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5:15 PM on 10.18.2013

GameStop to sell Xenoblade, Metroid Prime Trilogy for $40

Just a couple months ago, GameStop was selling copies of Xenoblade for upwards of $90. The retailer has exclusive rights to the title, you'll remember. This monopoly and price hike raised a number of issues, especially when i...

Steven Hansen


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7:00 PM on 08.13.2013

GameStop taking heat amid Xenoblade controversy

Over the past few days, GameStop has found itself in the midst of a controversy surrounding the used sales of Xenoblade Chronicles, a fan-favorite and a game which the retailer had negotiated an exclusive contract to distribu...

Tim Sheehy

1:15 PM on 04.25.2013

SMT X Fire Emblem, Monolith Soft's X reconfirmed for West

[Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich] Two of the more mind-blowing Wii U announcements in the past few months have been Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's "X," the spiritual successor to Xenoblade. For the soft...

Tony Ponce



Xeno-something is coming for Wii U and I want it photo
Xeno-something is coming for Wii U and I want it
by Dale North

Nintendo and Monolithsoft are working on something for Wii U, and I want whatever it is. The team behind Xenoblade Chronicles have something beautiful lined up, but all we got this morning from this morning's Wii U Direct broadcast were a few short snippets of gameplay. Whatever it is looks big and open, and it features parties of three going at big beasts, not unlike Monster Hunter

When dude hopped into a mech at the edge of a cliff and flew off into the sunset I felt a rush of goosebumps come over me, starting from my knees and ending up at the very top of my head. And then they fought in these mechs! Oh My GOD!

It all ended with a big painted 'X' on the screen, telling us that the Xeno series will continue on Wii U.

As for what we know, Kunihiko Tanako, the character designer of two of my favorite games ever, Xenogears and Xenosaga, is on board. The music from Japanese film and TV composer Hiroyuki Sawano had me all choked up. Finally, Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade is at the helm. How could this not be the best thing ever made?

Sorry, still freaking out here.

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Why Xenoblade Chronicles HAD to look like shit  photo
Why Xenoblade Chronicles HAD to look like shit
by Jim Sterling

This week, Game Informer guest editor Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe confessed that Xenoblade Chronicles wanted to make him punch a kitten. However, it wasn't due to the game being bad, it was due to him loving it, and the resulting frustration that it was on the graphically inferior Wii. 

"The graphics. Dear god, the graphics," he wrote. "I can’t decide whether the technical capabilities of the Wii make me want to projectile vomit or take a 12-gauge to my television, and it makes me angry enough to mail a severed unicorn head to Nintendo’s main office because this game deserves better.

"It deserves better than gasping fish mouths bobbing up and down through beautifully crafted dialogue. It deserves better than jagged edged fuzzy textures comprising a breathtaking landscape set within the body of a fallen god. IT DESERVES BETTER THAN WHAT YOU’VE FORCED THIS GAME TO BE, NINTENDO."

Here's the thing, though. Had the game been on Xbox 360, PS3, or the inevitable Wii U, I don't think it would have been better. In fact, I sometimes fear that the Wii represents the swan song of the Japanese RPG as we know it.

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5:30 PM on 04.10.2012

Live show: Xenoblade Chronicles on Mash Tactics

King Foom is back from PAX East and, with his batteries recharged, he's ready for a "New Release Showcase" today on Mash Tactics. The game this time is Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii. This highly rated JRPG almost didn't se...

Bill Zoeker

3:00 PM on 04.09.2012

Jimquisition: Cutscenes aren't a failure state

It's become increasingly popular to disparage cutscenes and the games that use them in the past few years. It is argued that interactive art should never force a player to watch a movie and, while there's merit in that, that...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 04.06.2012

So ... who's buying Xenoblade Chronicles today?

The day has finally arrived. After months of campaigning, the fruits of Operation Rainfall's efforts have become ripe for the plucking, as Xenoblade Chronicles releases across North America. So ... who's going to get it? ...

Jim Sterling



Review: Xenoblade Chronicles  photo
Review: Xenoblade Chronicles
by Jim Sterling

Xenoblade Chronicles will be remembered for its controversial release history more than what it does with its story, its gameplay, or anything else. It has had a long and tumultuous past, released as it was in Japan, then in Europe, while Nintendo of America refused to publish it. 

So desperate were American Wii owners for a good Japanese role-playing game, that they founded Operation Rainfall, an organization dedicated to getting Nintendo of America to publish Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower

We may be lacking Pandora's Tower, but The Last Story is confirmed and Xenoblade Chronicles is finally on the horizon. It's safe to say that, in Xenoblade's case, the fighting was certainly worth it.

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1:30 PM on 02.27.2012

Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles, receive stunning art book

This is one of the more exciting recent art book announcements, in my opinion. As a treat for fans of the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles, Nintendo is offering a Gamestop pre-order bonus, in the form of a beautiful art book. Th...

Holly Green

6:30 PM on 02.23.2012

Xenoblade developers working on 3DS project

Monolith Soft, the studio behind sci-fi fantasy Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles, appears to be working on a new game for 3DS. The studio has opened a recruitment page seeking staff to work out of its new Kyoto location, specif...

Holly Green







Xenoblade Chronicles dated April 6 (also, sweet box art) photo
Xenoblade Chronicles dated April 6 (also, sweet box art)
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo of America seems to be knocking news out of the park today in an effort to draw attention away from the PS Vita. If you're an RPG fan, it might just be working! Alongside announcing The Last Story for 2012, the publisher has also confirmed Xenoblade Chronicles for April 6. 

As well as the date, Nintendo has also revealed some sweet box art for the game. Look at how pretty it is!

Xenoblade is going to see a limited release when it finally drops, available only at GameStop. Still, that's a small sacrifice to finally get a hold of the damn thing.

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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