[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 America's previous refusals to publish it. If the rumor is true, it is slated for April 2012 and will arrive as a GameStop exclusive product.
The exclusivity is what makes this particularly plausible. It would indicate that Nintendo of America, while conceding to demands for a North American release, is wisely keeping supply limited as I once suggested it should do -- potentially producing just enough to satisfy the cult audience without mass-producing copies that the masses would ignore. I should be an analyst!
Of course, this is just speculation at the time, with Nintendo saying nothing on the matter. Still, hopefully it has merit. The game is reportedly pretty damn good, and it makes no sense to not release it in limited quantities when it's already been translated for Europe.
|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...more
|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...more
|6:00 AM on 08.15.2011|
Xenoblade Chronicles full website open for business
Alongside the latest episode of the official Let's Play series the Xenoblade Chronicles site has been vastly expanded as the European release draws near. The new website contains detailed explanations and video demonstration...more
|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 ...more
|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...more
|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...more
|10:20 AM on 06.28.2011|
At least HEAR Xenoblade in English
You can't play Wii RPG Xenoblade in English. Yet. Hell, you can't even see Xenoblade in English in this video. But you can at least hear what it would sound like in English. Nintendo of Europe has the English voices in pla...more
|9:40 AM on 06.27.2011|
Mistwalker thanks fans for 'Operation Rainfall' movement
The Last Story developer Mistwalker has thanked fans for Operation Rainfall -- a huge effort undertaken by fans who want to see Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower get confirmed release dates in North America. ...more
|9:20 AM on 06.24.2011|
Letter writing campaign for Last Story, Pandora's Tower
It's been a very quiet year for the Wii, and while it sounds like the perfect time to throw out games such as The Last Story, Pandora's Tower and Xenoblade, Nintendo of America seems absolutely adamant in refusing to localize...more
|8:15 AM on 05.24.2013|
Wii U sales drastically spike after Xbox One presentation
While the Xbox One may have been appealing to some non-gamers, the gaming community reacted in a unified, "not interested" front, much to the chagrin of Microsoft. Now that people are disinterested in whatever Microsoft is pe...more
|1:45 PM on 05.23.2013|
Why is EarthBound for Wii U listed on Amazon UK?
After years of waiting, the SNES underdog classic EarthBound is finally coming to the Wii U eShop in America and Europe. EarthBound is the second game in the Mother trilogy, though the other two have never officially made the...more
|10:09 AM on 05.23.2013|
Nintendo Direct at E3 now has a time: 7am PT
Here's a quick update on that E3-timed Nintendo Direct we told you about recently. We know it will focus on future Wii U games, and will be streamed live here. And we now have a time: June 11 at 7 a.m. PT. That's pretty damned early.more