Wii role-playing game makes the jump from Japan later this year; North American release status uncertain.
European Wii gamers are about to receive an anticipated export from Nintendo, as the company today announced that it would be bringing last year's man-versus-machine-themed Xenoblade to the continent later this year.
Now called Xenoblade Chronicles, the game is set in a fantasy universe where the robotic army of the Mechonis seeks to conquer the flesh-and-blood Bionis. With the help of two companions, players will traverse the world attempting to discover the truth behind a magic sword called the Monado. When it launches in Europe, the game will feature an optional English-language voice track, as well as subtitles in five languages.
While a Nintendo representative had not updated the game's North American release status with GameSpot as of press time, a Western release for Xenoblade has been in the cards for some time. Nintendo unveiled the game at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo under the name Monado: Beginning of the World. As recently as January, when the publisher reported its financial third quarter results, it still listed Monado: Beginning of the World on its "launch schedule of primary Nintendo products" for North America. However, it noted that the game's title was temporary, and the release window was given as "TBA."
Xenoblade isn't the only Nintendo-published RPG that Western fans have been waiting for. The Mistwalker-developed The Last Story--perhaps the final game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakuguchi--debuted in Japan in January but has yet to be confirmed for other regions.
Great news, after years of getting crapped on by companies, things are looking better for Europe. Hope NZ and Oz soon get better treatment too. It baffles me that they translate games into English for the North American market but don't release them in the UK, NZ, or Oz (You could complain about distance, but really it's not like they are that further from Japan compared with the UK). They could easily release a few copies and make a profit, even if they had to make it UK only in Europe. I also feel that given how similar Germanic languages are to one another, translating and releasing games in Northern Europe can't be as expensive as they make out. The only issue of course is determining how many copies are going to be sold in each country, and therefore how many copies should be produced, but it's best to start small and re-release as you start hitting milestones like 10,000.
why won't it come to Canada it looks really kool and I would love an excuse to dust off the wii and put down my 3DS
@youngsexynerd Yeah, it's a shame. Good thing I still have my SNES, and PS1. Those systems are the kings of JRPGs.
will we ever see another good jrpg for playstation ever again??? why are all of them going to wii and the ds?
@Ripper_TV you need better reading comp cuz if you look at the date of the article along with the fact that this news has been out before today you would of known this isn't an april 1st joke article.
Xenoblade and The LAst Story are the two Wii games I've been wanting the most recently. It's great news that us Europeans are getting the game. It makes a change for an RPG to be announced for European release before an American release. Also this isn't an April fools joke for all those worrying. I heard this news a few days before I read this GameSpot article.
They need to bring both of these games to the U.S. I can wait, but make it happen by at least Spring 2012. I heard there was a White Knight 2 being made as well.
yall NA gamers should be used to this by now.. you're screwed yet again hahaha.. no worries, in time you will get your sweaty hands on em weeks & months we're done with it.. till then, just drool. haha
@underthere.... more like Monty Python's Holy Grail....Someday, son, all this will be yours...(What? The curtains?)
Xenoblade and The Last Story are both made by people who left Square Soft. Monolith Soft is associated with the creation of Xenogears and the Xenosaga trilogy. On the other hand, Mistwalker, made by FF creator Hironbu Sakaguchi, is the reason behind all the FF classics we know and love. Ever since Square Soft became Square Enix, the Final Fantasy series had deteriorated, producing games like FFX-FFIV. Yes, FFX is a good game. But one hit in a series of five misses is unacceptable coming from the once-RPG kings. What I'm trying to say is that this game is going to be undoubtedly awesome!
why do we get shafted all the time by these companys , i was waiting for the 3rd gba fzero , didnt get that , we didnt get starfox 2 , we didnt get disaster day of crisis and now we most likely wont get these 2 games
I am extremely hopeful that this game then makes the jump across the pond to the states. If not I guess I'll have to import a European Wii. Xenoblade looks to be worth it, in my opinion.
This is great news, now there seems to be a better chance for it to come to US as well. I was starting to lose hope.
Since they're already going to the trouble of translating it into English, then they might as well send some copies our way. It would be foolish of them not to, given that so many of us here want it.
This had better make it to America, do NOT pull another Disaster: Day of Crisis on us here. Too many Wii games don't make it out of Europe as is.
C'mon Reggie let this be allowed in the US. Europe is doing the translation for you. All you need to do is publish, distribute, and market this. Don't let this be a "Last Window" situation again. So far for the Wii, NoE > NoA. They get the 3DS first, import more games from Japan, and had Nintendo club first.
Does GameSpot read corrections? Hironobu said that it was a translation mistake, the real translation should mean something as: "I'm working on this game as if it is my last" :) that was just a confusion on Mistwalkers blog :) But can't wait for either game, they both look amazingly good :D
i'd lol if they pulled a tales of eternia/khfm and released the game only in europe/japan even though it has full english voice overs and alot of english text. seriously wth is with companies doing that? they are evil evvvviillll! on a serious not i hope it doesn't happen but i wouldn't put it past them doing it for $%^#$ and giggles
Nintendo has already released promo videos for Xenoblade in North America but the name was changed to Monado.
It looks like it might come to the US. Nintendo of America registered the domain name Xenobladechronicles.com but right now when you go to that site it automatically takes you to Nintendo.com But they did register it.
I saw the "Xeno" in Xenoblade and my mind went straight to one series. Not what I was hoping for, but this does look like it could be fun. Decent RPG's are getting harder to come by. Makes me yearn for that golden age between the SNES and PS1 era.
I am hoping this and The Last Story come to the U.S. These are two Wii games I'm looking forward too. Please Nintendo say soemthing at E3.
I tried this and last story een though I couldn't understand a word of it I have been looking forward to them for awhile ^^. Wii need's some good rpg's
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