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The New Nintendo 3DS is everything fun, exhausting, about Nintendo's strategy

The changes are interesting, and include another analog stick above the face buttons, two extra shoulder buttons, some speed improvements that are said to help make the menus and downloading a bit zippier, and the 3D effect should be enhanced. Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the new system, and it will only work on the upgraded 3DS. If that becomes a trend we're in for some scary times. Retailers are going to have a hard time explaining that there is a system called the 3DS that plays this subset of 3DS games, but not all the 3DS games. Customers will glaze over before they get to the part where if they want to play every 3DS game they'll need to buy the latest model, which comes in two sizes, or that their existing 3DS merely plays most 3DS games, as does the 2DS, because the new...

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Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the new 3DS, won't work on older hardware

Nintendo has announced a new model of the popular 3DS line of portable systems, and the updated hardware has its first exclusive game: Xenoblade Chronicles, a port of the 2010 open-world Wii title. This explains Shulk's now-confirmed appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. release, use of Xenoblade characters will only help to promote the 3DS game. Very little is known about the 3DS version of the game, although you can watch the trailer below, straight from Nintendo Direct this morning. Here's the catch: This version of the game will only be able to be played on the new 3DS hardware, meaning owners of the older hardware will be locked out. "The remake is something they’ve previously wanted to do for the Nintendo 3DS, but were not able to due to its lack of CPU power, but now...

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How Nintendo plans to reignite Wii U sales

You need to have good games to sell lots of consoles. Typically that's not a problem. A console's launch is so steeped in media attention and gamer buzz, that attracting games and their creators is a breeze. But what happens when a console stalls? Then it's up to the console maker to find that buzz again, to bring back the sort of audience that makes shipping games for a platform worthwhile to other developers. "Well, software sells hardware; it is the truism of this industry," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, "and for us, it's always about creating compelling content, making it available at the right time for the consumer to be motivated and buy the hardware." Sitting in a small office on the second floor of Nintendo's massive E3 booth, Fils-Aime has reason to be...

E3 2014
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Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to Wii U in 2015

Monolith Soft's science fiction role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X — the successor to 2010's Xenoblade Chronicles — is coming to Wii U in 2015, Nintendo announced today in its pre-E3 Digital Event. In Xenoblade Chronicles X, small groups of survivors of an intergalactic war remain on Earth. These individuals are left to fend for themselves in a beautiful yet hostile environment. Xenoblade Chronicles was originally published for the Wii in Japan, with a North American version hitting in April 2012. The game, available in limited quantities in North America, usually sells for $89.99 and above. In January 2013, Nintendo announced Xenoblade Chronicles' successor, currently known as X. X, led by Monolith Soft studio head Tetsuya Takahashi, will be open-world and will feature an u...

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GameStop charging 'market value' of $89.99 for Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles, Monolith Soft's role-playing game for Wii, is back in stock at GameStop for a "market value" of $89.99, Kotaku reports. According to a statement issued to the site, GameStop restocked a limited number of Xenoblade copies in response to fan requests. The game is labeled as a "vintage" title and is only available to purchase pre-owned. "As always, our pricing for these games is competitive and is based on current market value driven by supply and demand," the statement issued to Kotaku reads. "PowerUp Pro members always receive a 10 percent discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases." The representative added that several more vintage titles are expected in the coming months, including Metroid Prime Trilogy. Xenoblade Chronicles launched in North America...

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Xenoblade Chronicles successor will be open-world, coming 2014

The in-development successor to Xenoblade Chronicles is coming in 2014, Nintendo announced during its E3 Nintendo Direct today. The game was announced earlier this year and is in development with Monolith Soft. The project is being headed by studio lead Tetsuya Takahashi. "The goal is to create a large-scale open world that players can explore seamlessly," Iwata said. "The team is using their experience from creating Xenoblade to make this goal a reality." Footage for the game showed giant mechs, that Iwata said players will drive at certain points in the game. These mechs can fly and be taken into battle against enemies.

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Xenoblade Chronicles successor coming to Wii U from Monolith Soft

A follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles is in development on Wii U at Monolith Soft, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today during a Nintendo Direct presentation. The development team is led by studio head Tetsuya Takahashi, who also served as game director on Xenoblade Chronicles. Character design is being done by Kunihiko Tanaka, who performed the same duties for Xenogears and Xenosaga Episode 1. Hiroyuki Sawano, a composer for Japanese film, TV and anime, is writing the score. Check out the debut teaser trailer, which includes gameplay footage, above. Nintendo is referring to the title simply as "a new game from Monolith Soft," but it bears a strong resemblance to Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade Chronicles launched on Wii in 2010 in Japan, and last year in North America.

Culture
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Guild Wars 2 comes in at #1 on TIME's top 10 games of 2012

Guild Wars 2 has taken out the top spot in Time Magazine's top 10 games of 2012. Chosen by Time's technology and games writer, Matt Peckham, the complete list is below: Guild Wars 2 Xenoblade Chronicles XCOM: Enemy Unknown Dishonored Assassin's Creed III Papo & Yo The Last Story LittleBigPlanet Halo 4 Torchlight 2 Writing about Guild Wars 2, Peckhams says: "Guild Wars 2 is one of those rare games that unexpectedly knocks your life off-kilter, like a meteoroid banging into a satellite. Call it the pinball machine of MMOs, devoted to keeping you entertained by the minute, whatever you're doing." Peckham says that all the elements of Guild Wars 2 — from the scavenger hunts to defending homesteads to protecting towns from bear hordes — give the game the "feel of a living...

Xenoblade Chronicles Releases
North America
  • Wii
    • Released 05/06/2012
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Monolith Software
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