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10:00 PM on 02.06.2012

Fans get to choose Xenoblade's alternate cover art

For as much as some of us passionately argue over minor issues, game companies sure do like having us vote on things. Nintendo is allowing you to decide what the reversible box art for Xenoblade Chronicles' North American rel...

Jordan Devore



Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012
by Jonathan Holmes

There were a few excellent third-party releases on the Wii in 2011 (Bit.Trip Complete immediately comes to mind), but for the most part, last year marked the end of an era for the console. The Wii didn't even get the new Sonic game! When Sonic won't even slum it on your console, you know that it's over.

Still, thanks to a strong first-party lineup, the little white object of hardcore hatred had a pretty great year. There was a small but incredibly high quality library of releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and (in Europe) Xenoblade Chronicles.

Surprisingly, 2012 is looking just as good for the Wii. Depending on your tastes, some may say this year will be even better than 2011 (which isn't saying a lot, but bear with me). Destructoid has been ticking off all our anticipated titles for the coming year, beginning with the Xbox 360 and PS3 lineups, and now Tony Ponce and I are here to tell you which Wii games you should want the most (with a bonus Wii U section for pure overexcited speculation). Let's get this show on the road!

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Rumor: GameStop is helping Nintendo with Xenoblade photo
Rumor: GameStop is helping Nintendo with Xenoblade
by Dale North

This rumor seems to be coming out of left field, so don't put too much stock into it. 

GoNintendo has some information from an anonymous source that says that GameStop reached out to Nintendo to get Xenoblade Chronicles released here. They say that the retailer is actually helping pay for the publishing, too. But, if this is true, they might be regretting that, as the same source says that preorders are not doing well so far.

This alone is a lot to take in, but there's more to butter Wii RPG fans up. This same source says that Nintendo is also interested in localizing Mistwalker's The Last Story, and that it's all hanging on the preorders and sales of Xenoblade Chronicles.

Wow, that's a big lump of rumor. Even if you're not feeling good about its validity, it still couldn't hurt to preorder Xenoblade Chronicles

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8:10 PM on 12.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Xenoblade, Minecraft, and... Tetris?

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when two sick people host a live show together, then look no further. Technical difficulties be damned, today's live taping of The Destructoid Show has explored the boundaries of wh...

Tara Long

6:30 PM on 12.02.2011

Xenoblade trailer confirms British voices for NA release

Nintendo of America put the icing on today's news cake by releasing a trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles. The video confirms that the rather nice British voice cast is remaining, which is hardly surprising considering the fact...

Jim Sterling



Xenoblade CONFIRMED for North America photo
Xenoblade CONFIRMED for North America
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo of America finally did it! After earlier rumors and teasing, it has finally been announced that the looooong awaited roleplaying game, Xenoblade, will be coming to North American Wiis in April 2012. It'll go by its European name, Xenoblade Chronicles.

No word yet on whether it'll be exclusive to GameStop, as rumored before. [Edit: It has BEEN CONFIRMED! GameStop will sell the game as a $49.99 MSRP, exclusively.]

So there you have it. After all the campaigning and shouting, Nintendo finally did it. Now it's up to us to ensure it sells more than twenty-five copies. I would say that's when the real struggle begins!

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9:20 AM on 12.02.2011

Rumor: GameStop to sell Xenoblade in US (Update)

[Update: Nintendo has thrown fuel on the fire, updating its Facebook page with Xenoblade images! The plot thickens] According to a NeoGAF Sherlock, Xenoblade Chronicles will finally come to North America despite Nintendo of A...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 10.24.2011

Reggie Fils-Aime gets swamped with Xenoblade Tweets

Before the weekend, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on Twitter but didn't quite get the welcome he bargained on. Last Friday, the meat-flavored executive was spammed with Operation Rainfall Tweets as people...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 08.23.2011

Xenoblade Chronicles seems to be doing okay in Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles launched in Europe last week, and it seems to have had a pretty solid debut. The RPG that Nintendo of America won't localize debuted at number two on the British Wii Charts. If you're thinking that says v...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 08.17.2011

Pandora's Tower, The Last Story coming to Europe in 2012

It has now been confirmed that all three of the three titles Nintendo of America won't publish are coming to Europe, with news with Pandora's Tower and The Last Story will join Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii in 2012.  O...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 08.12.2011

Operation Rainfall Phase 2: Buy Final Fantasy on Wii

Operation Rainfall is not finished in its quest to get Xenoblade, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story released in North America, and has begun phase two of operations. As well as encouraging Europeans to buy Xenoblade and show...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 08.11.2011

Nintendo of America watching Xenoblade 'very closely'

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has dripfed a bit more hope to JRPG fans like the cruel little sausage that he is, stating that Xenoblade may yet come to North America if "business opportunities" are there. He ...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 07.18.2011

Nintendo writes back to Operation Rainfall via snail mail

Maybe I'm just desperate for some happy Nintendo news on this bleak Monday night, but I'm actually feeling encouraged by this token gesture of acknowledgment for Nintendo of America. Ms. (or Mr.?) Sissy Barner of Nintendo of ...

Jonathan Holmes

8:40 AM on 07.08.2011

Rumor: Last Story, Xenoblade already localized for NA

Operation Rainfall, a group dedicated to the seemingly impossible task of giving the Wii more than four games this year, has declared potential victory. According to a "source" at Nintendo, both Xenoblade and The Last Story a...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 07.08.2011

Xenoblade Chronicles to release early in Europe

After years of having to wait patiently for many Nintendo games to arrive in Europe -- and most Atlus games for that matter -- not only are we getting Xenoblade Chronicles, but we're getting it even sooner than previously tho...

Maurice Tan

12:30 PM on 07.04.2011

The Jimquisition: Nintendo of America

Impotent nerd rage from random people on the Internet always gets things done, so I guarantee that my latest Jimquisition will single-handedly convince Nintendo of America to release Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower in North America.  Meanwhile, you could always add your name to the Operation Rainfall movement and see if that does anything.

Jim Sterling