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Sadist
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(08-11-2011, 11:38 PM)
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Genre: RPG
Developer: Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Release: EU: 08-19-2011

Standard Edition



Classic Controller Pro Edition



- Alternative cover (as voted by fans)
- Limited edition includes a red Classic Controller Pro
- Preorder and receive one of three posters which include an electronic autograph of Tetsuya Takahashi (may depend on your country, will not be available in all countries)



Our story begins with two gigantic gods who are fighting each other. After a long and hard fight the two cease their battle: neither one of them actually won and they just “stop”. Eventually life starts to flourish on both gods: one race is akin to humans called the Homs, High Entia and there are small creatures called Nopons. The other is a mechanical race named the Mechon. The Mechon are a violent race and try to destroy the other races with a war. During this war, a young man called Shulk researches a mysterious sword…

Xenoblade Chronicles features a massive world with beautiful scenery. According to fellow GAF-ers this game takes about 60 or 70 hours to complete if you run through it. If you want to take sidequests and really explore the world, it will take longer to complete the game. In other words, you don’t want to rush things with Xenoblade Chronicles. Not just because of the amazing world you will visit, but everyone needs to enjoy the fantastic soundtrack of the game. Gaur Plains for example is fantastic while exploring the gigantic world. Or while fighting several enemies to the sound of Mechanical Rhythm or Those who bear their name. This is just a small selection of the amazing soundtrack.

About the fighting system, it has a similar set up like the action-based battle system of Final Fantasy XII. When entering a battle, characters will start attacking with basic attacks, but these can be interrupted to launch “arts”, the special techniques available in this game. However, after use these Arts are in need of a cooldown period.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a game developed by Monolith Soft, known for games such as the Xenosaga series, Namco x Capcom, the Baten Kaitos games, Soma Bringer and Disaster Day of Crisis. Originally, Xenoblade was released on the 10th of June 2010 in Japan. It received high marks from Famitsu Magazine and it was well received by Japanese Wii owners. Which is great, but Nintendo fans in the west are clamouring for a nice looking RPG like this one. Even with Japan receiving the game first, the title made its first appearance at E3 2009. It debuted as Monado: Beginning of the World. After its Japanese release, Nintendo kept its lips sealed about a possible western release. While everybody gave up hope, on the 31st of March Nintendo of Europe announced that Xenoblade got the subtitle Chronicles and that it would see release in 2011. Europe rejoices, but our American friends weren’t so lucky. Xenoblade Chronicles joins a group of titles which saw a release in Europe and Japan, but not the USA.













Art





Trailers

Debut Trailer
Launch trailer



I know it’s tragic that Nintendo of America will not release Xenoblade Chronicles in American territories. But please, let me remind you that this thread is not meant for you guys placing comments like “NoA sucks” or “Reggie hates Monolith Soft”. Let’s just talk about the experience of players who do get to enjoy this game. Or, even better: why don’t you import? Thank you in advance. Instead, thanks to CruxisMana we have a nice summary of where to get the game if you want to import it:

How can I play this game on my US Wii?

Main Wii Homebrew Tutorial page l Starting Page/For Dummies l NeoGAF Homebrew Thread

Where can I order this for delivery to the US?

Zavvi £29.85 l GAME (Collectors Edition) £49.99 l GAME (Regular Edition) £37.99 l 365games £31.99 l ASDA £29.91

Is the Collectors Edition available to order from anywhere else/for cheaper?

Unfortunately, no. The Collectors Edition is exclusive to GAME.

What does the Collectors Edition include?

A copy of the game, a red Classic Controller Pro, and in some countries (including the UK, which all of the above order links are) 3 A1 sized posters electronically signed by the Tetsuya Takahashi. Large versions of the posters can be found below;



If I order this from a European country that does not speak English, will I be stuck playing the game in French/Spanish/Italian/German?

No. The game's voice acting will only be available in English and Japanese, whilst only subtitles will be available to encompass other European languages.



Iwata Asks: Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenolade Chronicles Product page
Xenoblade OT: The Adventure Begins (Japanese Release)
Let’s Play Xenoblade Chronicles Episode 1 *Contains spoilers
Let’s Play Xenoblade Chronicles Episode 2 *Contains spoilers

Spreadsheet with all the NPC's, comes in handy while completing quests.

Reviews

GamesTM: 9/10
IGN: 9/10
Metro GameCentral: 9/10
Cubed3: 10/10
Eurogamer: 9/10

* A big thank you goes out towards Cigarbeetle for creating the banners and CruxisMana for summarizing the options for American Wii-owners. Cheers guys!
Last edited by Sadist; 09-22-2011 at 09:15 AM.
RPGCrazied
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(08-11-2011, 11:38 PM)
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Yay!

Nice job! :)
NeoNess
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(08-11-2011, 11:39 PM)
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Nice OP - preordered the deluxe edition.

Here we go. My backlog is ready.
Pranay_
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(08-11-2011, 11:40 PM)
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here we go ! :)
MicH
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Very nice OP. Ordered the CE myself and can't wait for it to arrive!
Shalashaska161
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(08-11-2011, 11:40 PM)
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Nice OP. I guess it's almost time for me to get off my lazy ass and finally mod my Wii so I can play this. I can't wait.
Icelight
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(08-11-2011, 11:40 PM)
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More excited for this game than anything else this year...probably this gen!
Luigi87
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(08-11-2011, 11:41 PM)
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Very nice OP.

As much as I want this, for financial concerns I cannot import it yet, but I certainly will in the future. It looks to be such a good game.

And thinking about it, I don't think I've played any type of RPG on any console in quite a while...
Zwei
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(08-11-2011, 11:41 PM)
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Awesome |OT|

Bring it on!
Strive
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(08-11-2011, 11:42 PM)
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Good job.
Zornica
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(08-11-2011, 11:42 PM)
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looks not that humble to me
to be honest, i was expecting more grass ^^

i am not sure yet about pre ordering.. its a bit risky but i think i will just pick it up early in the morning at my local store, so i can play the game sooner
batbeg
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(08-11-2011, 11:43 PM)
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Just inject it into my veins, dammit! Hnnnnnngg!
Attackthebase
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I will play the fuck out of this game come winter. I won't have time to play a JRPG when the semester begins. :-(
Lord Ghirahim
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Already got the JPN version, buying two copies of the EUR version to support the localization.
Not really, I just want the pre-order stuff.
Disguises
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(08-11-2011, 11:45 PM)
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Beautiful. Can't wait till next week :).
FreeMufasa
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(08-11-2011, 11:46 PM)
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Hype hype hype!

Next Friday will be glorious
Bel Marduk
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(08-11-2011, 11:47 PM)
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Good OP. You should include some of the reviews though:

93% Hobbynews - http://www.hobbynews.es/reviews/giga...ronicles-18743

9/10 in Game Reactor - http://www.gamereactor.es/analisis/2...de+Chronicles/

9/10 in GamesTM - http://www.gamestm.co.uk/reviews/xen...nicles-review/

87% in German GamePro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rucQ_VexVY

There are some others out there as well, but these are the ones with links.
SecretMoblin
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(08-11-2011, 11:47 PM)
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I can't wait for this to arrive in the mail.

Great OP!
dani_dc
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(08-11-2011, 11:48 PM)
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Very excited.

Have it pre-ordered on Game but will probably cancel it and try to find the game with the posters locally.
Piercedveil
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Nice OP. This game looks really good.
Holy Order Sol
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(08-11-2011, 11:48 PM)
There is a slight chance for me to get this early, I'm going to check the stores in Paris on a daily basis starting tomorrow.
vitacola
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(08-11-2011, 11:49 PM)
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Well done, OP.
Pre-ordered at Amazon.de now, because I won't get my posters at GAME.co.uk :(
Mr. Wonderful
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Can we get recommended Dolphin Configuration added to the OP for those of us who may try to emulate, should FPS be reasonable?
SatelliteOfLove
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(08-11-2011, 11:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sadist

Gaur Plains

I didn't think it could ever happen, but we have a new Best Overworld Theme Ever.
The Technomancer
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(08-11-2011, 11:50 PM)
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September for me, money is tight right now. I'll be there though, oh will I be there.
LordPhoque
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Hey OP, how come you forgot the US release date. Not cool bro.
CSSer
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(08-11-2011, 11:51 PM)
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Can't wait, going to be awesome
Corleth the Fey
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Thanks for the thread.

Now I've got a bit of a dilemma - my girlfriend has now fallen in love with this game after watching too many videos of it with me. Now she wants to play it on her Wii. But we only own one CCPro and technically it's hers. I'm gonna have to buy another aren't I?!

I don't really want to change my Shopto order, and they ain't doing the Red controller. Off to the internet shops we go!
A Human Becoming
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(08-11-2011, 11:52 PM)
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Pre-ordered from Zavvi so I expect to get it the end of August/ beginning of September.
Sammy Samusu
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(08-11-2011, 11:52 PM)
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Ready for this.
Levyne
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(08-11-2011, 11:52 PM)
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Can you add where NA can import from for the best price?

Edit: NVM it's already there!
PixyJunket
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SO CLOSE to importing. SO VERY, VERY CLOSE.

Seeing as there are very few other retail games I'm interested in this year, I should just do it.
LeadProtagonist
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(08-11-2011, 11:53 PM)
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In for the collector's edition. I'm excited, but my wallet isn't.
vitacola
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(08-11-2011, 11:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Corleth the Fey

Thanks for the thread.

Now I've got a bit of a dilemma - my girlfriend has now fallen in love with this game after watching too many videos of it with me. Now she wants to play it on her Wii. But we only own one CCPro and technically it's hers. I'm gonna have to buy another aren't I?!

I don't really want to change my Shopto order, and they ain't doing the Red controller. Off to the internet shops we go!

I assume you live together? Why would you buy a second CC then?
CruxisMana
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Awesome OP.

Next Friday can't come soon enough!
BocoDragon
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(08-11-2011, 11:53 PM)
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I've just discovered that unlike a lot of PAL Wii games, Pikmin 2 New Play Control is generally unplayable on NTSC Wiis unless you hapen to have the right TV. Wouldn't that be a BITCH if Xenoblade somehow did this as well?

EDIT: Just because this is on the first page, I thought I'd let a lot of would-be importers know: I think it's very, very, very likely to work on a homebrewed NTSC North American Wii just fine.
Last edited by BocoDragon; 08-11-2011 at 11:57 PM.
kiryogi
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The moment of truth! Will NeoGAF truly enjoy it or was importGAF wrong again?! I look forward to impressions next week!
flipping_heck
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PR purposes and all that.
(08-11-2011, 11:54 PM)
I want to play this game because it's hyped loads as best rpg this generation, and also it reminds me of ffxii, which is one of the best RPGs last gen... Can't wait!
Rehynn
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(08-11-2011, 11:55 PM)
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I'm probably getting this next year. With the backlog I have and the (reportedly) biggest Zelda on the horizon, I'm afraid I would not give this game the attention it deserves if I bought it at launch.
speedpop
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This is going to have to wait for a while. I've got essays coming out of my ears.
The Technomancer
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Originally Posted by BocoDragon

I've just discovered that unlike a lot of PAL Wii games, Pikmin 2 New Play Control is generally unplayable on NTSC Wiis unless you hapen to have the right TV. Wouldn't that be a BITCH if Xenoblade somehow did this as well?

I've got a godamn decade old CRT thing. It had better work.
Sadist
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Originally Posted by Khold

Can you add where NA can import from for the best price?

Edit: NVM it's already there!

Yeah, seeing a lot of GAF'ers were talking about importing I thought it would be wise to include an "Import" section.
Sklorenz
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(08-11-2011, 11:57 PM)
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Here to rep NA GAF that'll be importing. Can't wait for this game. My Wii has been a MK/SSB machine for far too long now. Too bad school's starting up right when this will be arriving.
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I'm waiting for my copy to ship and hopefully get the posters as well. I was lucky enough to play this for like half an hour at NoE and I really wanted to take the game home with me to dive into this world.
CruxisMana
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Originally Posted by speedpop

This is going to have to wait for a while. I've got essays coming out of my ears.

I'm so glad the release date got moved forwards otherwise it would have fell just a week or so before I need to go back to University.
Strife91
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(08-11-2011, 11:58 PM)
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Great job.
RPGCrazied
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Wish it had some Character bios though! Isn't there like 8 members? That's probably a lot of work.
BocoDragon
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(08-11-2011, 11:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

I've got a godamn decade old CRT thing. It had better work.

The few NTSC TVs that do play Pikmin 2 PAL need to accept a 480P signal... so a new TV is actually better.

BUT, as I edited above, I think it's VERY unlikely that importers will have a problem. The "Force NTSC" option will likely work, and play identically to a domestic title.
A Human Becoming
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Originally Posted by BocoDragon

I've just discovered that unlike a lot of PAL Wii games, Pikmin 2 New Play Control is generally unplayable on NTSC Wiis unless you hapen to have the right TV.

Damn, that's another Wii game I want to import. :( Do you know what type of TV you need?

EDIT: I see your explanation above. My TV does allow 480P, but now I'm really hesitant to import it.
Bel Marduk
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(08-12-2011, 12:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

I've got a godamn decade old CRT thing. It had better work.

Mine is almost similar. Tell me if it works on your TV.

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