You'll Need the New 3DS to Play Xenoblade Chronicles' Upcoming Port

A port of the acclaimed Wii RPG is coming exclusively to the New 3DS.

Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii

It may simply be an enhanced revision of the 3DS, but the newly announced New 3DS will be receiving at least one game that owners of other 3DS (and 2DS) models won't be able to play: Xenoblade Chronicles.

This is the same Xenoblade Chronicles released on Wii in Japan in 2010 that fans petitioned to have brought to the west (along with The Last Story and Pandora's Tower). It did end up being released in Europe in 2011 and in North America in 2012, and it'll now be brought to another platform next year, Nintendo announced today during a Nintendo Direct, according to Gematsu.

The reason for this being a New 3DS exclusive is because the system packs a speedier CPU that is necessary for running the game. It's the only game to be announced so far that requires the new system, which also plays all regular 3DS games.

Xenoblade will be released for the New 3DS in Japan sometime next year. There is no word yet on a European release; the New 3DS launches in Japan later this year and in Europe sometime in 2015. A North American release for the system has not yet been announced. As a result, we don't yet know when (or if) Xenoblade will ever make it to New 3DS here.

As someone who much prefers to play lengthy RPGs (which Xenoblade, at 65-hours plus for core content, certainly is) on a handheld system, I'm hopeful this ends up making to the US. You can check out our review for some thoughts on the Wii version, or watch the video below (at the 27:18 mark) to see what the 3DS version looks like. Shulk, the game's protagonist, was just today confirmed as a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros.

Have you already played Xenoblade? Would you be interested in playing a 3DS version? Let us know in the comments.

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Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Sorry Nintendo, I think I'll stick with the Wii version. Find some other way to force people to buy the new 3ds.

CaptAwesome9
CaptAwesome9

@Enforcer246 Except that the wii version is either A) extremely hard to find or B) Costs $60 more than the New 3DS version. 

And we all know that the Monster Hunter and Majora's Mask N3DSs sold out within hours. The system is selling moderately well, and Nintendo IS going to use its superior CPU to put bigger games on it. 

jasongm
jasongm

I'm not going to buy a new 3ds just to play this port. This is just ridiculous, what about those that bought the system last year? what we should just throw them away and get this new updated version? Nintendo can just simply ass a update fix to existing XL's if they wanted people to take advantage of the new game.


I'm done with buying multiple 3DS systems, when will it end? Make one and stick with it, that's it!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Am I the only one who feels like Nintendo had this game be a New 3DS exclusive in order to justify this new system?

CaptAwesome9
CaptAwesome9

@theKSMM If you really think a gigantic game like Xenoblade Chronicles could play on a normal 3DS that can't handle the Ice Climbers, then I have concerns for your mental health.

cguido
cguido

awesome upgraded version it brings added much needed hardware too

more portability 

you can customize it 

more battery life cant wait till it comes out :D

flashn00b
flashn00b

Did nintendo really just go ahead half a generation?

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Oh good, Nintendo needed to add a bit more convolution to their current product line up.  Why make another iteration of the same console with better processing power?  Either commit to a new model or don't, going half-way is just confusing.

ken_rodbender
ken_rodbender

@Evanrocknuma I love that I have the option to upgrade to a more powerful, refined system, and I dont have to wait years for it. I will gladly trade my current XL for this new version for the second analog nub alone. Gamestop has awesome trade in deals for these. Not everyone will need to do that though so they will stick with or purchase the older versions. Its not like they are forcing you to upgrade. You're making to big of a deal about it.

verk81
verk81

technically Wii AND 3ds exclusive

cubeboyx2
cubeboyx2

I love the fact that people who missed XBC on wii can get it on a new console, but...

HOLY BALLS THAT QUALITY IS LOW!

I have it on wii, so wont be purchasing, but seeing as how expensive wii copies are getting, this certainly seems like a good alternative

dragonlance01
dragonlance01

I wish I meet the guy responsible for the idea of this new system, so that I can throw my current 3DS at his face and then buy the "New" one.

CheapMerc
CheapMerc

Pretty sure 98% of the people wanting to play Xenoblade would already have 3ds. Can defiantly see naming problems ala wii/wiiu.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

why couldnt they have gone the n64 route instead of this?  make a newer 3ds with an upgrade slot and pop in some ram or an extra gpu processor or whatever it is so they can get the best of both worlds?  that way it will still run on old 3ds models and on the 'new' one it runs even better?  seems like a win to me.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Sorry Nintendo.  I recently bought the Zelda Edition 3DS XL and Wii U and now I have console fatigue.

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

I'm not looking forward to what this may lead to. I mean I have a 3DS XL and this release is something I won't be able to play on it. So how many other games can I expect to be the same. I can't say I'm happy about this.

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

@eat_game_poop I understand your concern but I doubt there will be a lot of games exclusive to the "new 3ds" the bulk of the 3ds userbase will still have standard 3ds' and they wont be wanting to abandon them because it'll decrease game sales and damage their reputation. There may be games with exclusive content/upgrades but for the most part I imagine we'll just see a lot of remakes of Wii and Gamecube games like Xenoblade or Twilight Princess.

groosemchades
groosemchades

Thanks for telling use about this at E3 before I spent $60 on a used copy of Xenoblade.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

They should call this one " The new 3DS-F.U. "

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

nintendo......what compelled you to release a new 3ds with new specs completely without removing region lock and a new processor while still marketing it off as a 3ds? do you have the fanbase or do you just like loosing money? 

grenadehh
grenadehh

Yet another game I will unfortunately not be purchasing because I don't negotiate with terrorists. Sorry, Nintendo and every developer holding the entire RPG genre hostage on Nintendo systems. It's not going to happen. I won't be buying 1 or 3 new systems just to play RPGs. If I already owned a 3DS.,I would be very mad right now, too. Cease this Applery

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

@riotinto876 I'm sooo doing that, I'll stick it to Nintendo like they just did to me. An eye for an eye, a game for a game.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@riotinto876 And yet you actually didn't because playing an emulated game with the emulator gpu settings cranked up != the actual game being in 1080p because it wasn't designed to be.

Defender1978
Defender1978

This is going to cause problems in the US.  Owners of the 3ds will be really upset when games arrive on the shelf that say "This software is only compatible with 3ds LL."  

sanchango
sanchango

@Defender1978 corrections NEW(or whatever name they will call it here) 3DS XL. LL is specifically for Japan(which is the same as XL).

sdevmanny
sdevmanny

Well that's some bullcrap. Nintendo just loves to keep updating their handhelds. It's as if the Japanese just can't stand having the same model for longer than a year.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Gameboy had Gameboy Color and Gameboy Pocket

Gameboy Advance had GBA SP, GBA Micro, and GBA SP with a brighter backlight.

Nintendo DS had DS Lite and DSi.

3DS has 2DS and New 3DS.


As far as I'm aware, no games were exclusive to the later versions, except the digital games on the DSi shop.

paxis85
paxis85

not sure i like where this is all going. I only got my 3ds xl two Christmases ago and they're already effectively phasing out the 3ds cycle...

mattcake
mattcake

They didn't learn the lesson when they released a new console simply as "Wii U", so people got confused. Now they release an updated handheld that will have games that can only run on it, so technically it should have a new name... and they leave it the same.

Talk about dig your own grave. Nintendo make the shovel and dig the hole in their own garden too.

myungish
myungish

This is nothing new from Nintendo. They've done spec upgrades with DSi, GBC, and even N64, and they also had exclusives games. However, most of them were not big titles and the majority of DSi exclusives were on DSiWare. You could say X-Chronicles isn't a prestige release since it's a remake, but it's certainly not in the same category as titles like Face Training, Foto Showdown and etc.


I'm not too bothered by the 'new 3DS' as long as Nintendo doesn't try and force the existing 3DS owners' hands by prioritising exclusives. If they start releasing new Zelda, Mario, and other big franchise titles exclusively on this new 3DS, that would be a very financially risky move (the 3DS has sold 44.6 million so far), and fracturing the customer base like that could also have very negative PR consequences. So I doubt they will really go down that route. However, I did read an article where Iwata talked about there being quite a few exclusives in development, so that does make me a little anxious.


Still, we need to be patient and wait for Nintendo to finalise their strategy. And these aren't coming out in EU/NA till 2015, so there's no need to start panicking.

Defender1978
Defender1978

@myungish At least with the N64  it was a $20 ram update for the N64 you already owned.  Not being forced to buy a new N64 so that you could play the updated Donkey Kong 64.  

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Looking forward to the Shulk Amiibo. Hopefully they'll have the whole team. A Riki amiibo would be kinda neat. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I guess the majority of people who have a 3DS should already have a Wii / WiiU and they should just get it on that? Why would you play this on a smaller screen and lower resolution.


This game deserves to be played in it's full glory. :p

linthes999
linthes999

Couldn't they have just held off on a new handheld to release something substantially different than the 3DS? Now there's 3 different consoles for the same generation from the same company - 3DS, 2DS and New 3DS (and XL versions).  And now an exclusive title for the New 3DS.  Apparently, 44million 3DS' have been sold, does Nintendo really think that the New 3DS will sell this well? So it's got a speedier CPU and slightly slimmer/lighter than a 3DS..  it's still a 3DS.  I highly doubt that owners of the-current-3DS will buy a New-3DS just to have access to a couple of titles.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Wow. Nintendo has officially lost it. The tether snacked, there in orbit. I fear when they finally get back to Earth they are going to be left further behind.


Still, these are my opinions. The reality is that this is the proverbial "Sh.i.tting in a box and selling zillions" because Nintendo love.


They are struggling with the home console because of the horrible name and marketing but the 3DS is around to keep them afloat. Now they are going to cause the same insanity with their only saving grace. What is going on? Has the mobile market really knocked them around so savagely that they can't stand on own their feet anymore?

lostn
lostn

What will the box art for this game say on the side label? Will it say New 3DS? Meanwhile Tommy's mom who bought a 3DS for him a week ago will say, well we got a 3DS, and it's new, so this game should work then. 


Personally, I even though it has updated hardware, if they're keeping the 3DS name, it's not a next gen system like going from DS to 3DS, but a half gen. So it's like a 3DS 1.5. I'm not going to pay for a half step. I'll wait for a full next gen handheld. It's a bit of a kick to the teeth to 3DS owners tbh.


Also, I don't think Xenoblade will sell all that well if it requires new hardware.

toffifee
toffifee

@lostn I don't own a 3DS, but this is bullcrap and yes, a very big kick in the teeth.

toffifee
toffifee

I feel lost here. So basically they release the same 3DS with a faster CPU speed? Nintendo has really lost it.

leoymd
leoymd

Now, people - give some love to Vita please : D

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@leoymd Well, it doesn't have an online multiplayer fee like the Microsoft Extortionb... er I mean Xboxes and ... Sony Payst... er Playstation 4. That makes it a better system than them in my eyes.

lostn
lostn

@Jinzo_111887 @leoymd You get what you paid for. Nintendo's online has always been crap.
It also doesn't have free games.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@lostn You pay for DDoSes? Wow! Also, PS+ doesn't give you free games either. Remember, they are tied to your subscription fee, and seem too random to me to be worth the risk.

xarcand13
xarcand13

@Jinzo_111887 @lostn Well, with how frequent they release free games tied to your PS+ which you will be keeping for online play anyway, and even if you stop your + the games are still bound to your account. 50$ a year for over 100$ of free games definitely seems like a okay from me.

lostn
lostn

@Jinzo_111887 @lostn DDoSes can happen to any network service. They can even go for Nintendo if they wanted to. But they don't consider Nintendo a priority target because not many use it. They go for popular services to hit as many people as possible. 


PS+ has given me free games that I've been playing for years. I don't know what your criteria for 'free' means, but I didn't pay extra for these, and I have not lost access to them since I downloaded them. There is nothing random about it. As long as I remain subscribed I have full access to all free games I've downloaded. I have no intention of ever unsubscribing, because I play multiplayer, and even if I didn't, the free games each month far exceed the <$5 a month I pay for it, so I would like to continue getting more free games each month for the rest of my life.


Nintendo gives you a shoddy online service with no cross game chat, very limited voice chat ability, and no console wide achievements. Oh and an online service that was dependent on Gamespy which went defunct when Gamespy went defunct. You pay nothing, you get what you paid for.