Recent Articles: Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be released on April 10… and here’s a new trailer

Nintendo dropped a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D that gives us another look at the portable remake of the beloved Wii RPG. But the key takeaway from this video is the card at the end that confirms the game’s release date: April 10, 2015.

In other Xenoblade Chronicles 3D news, Nintendo has confirmed (via Twitter) the game will include a special StreetPass mode that will allow players to collect Tokens to unlock music and character models. Tapping a Shulk Amiibo figure (which will be exclusive to GameStop and reportedly will be in very short supply) will also add Tokens to your coffers.

And don’t forget, if you haven’t upgraded your 3DS, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will exclusively be available only for the New 3DS XL.

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New Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer is a travelogue of the planet Mira

During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo unveiled a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X that showcases the game’s expansive open world. The game is set on an alien planet known as Mira, which is now home to a cadre of humans who left Earth in a generation ship. But Mira was already home to a wide variety of animal life including flying whale-like creatures and massive worms who traverse lush forests, towering mountains, and endless oceans alongside our main characters.

So what’s the game all about? Aside from serving as a spiritual successor to Xenoblade Chronicles, the story of Xenoblade Chronicles X is still shrouded in mystery. But we won’t have to wait much longer to find out more as the game is still on track for a 2015 release exclusively on the Wii U.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will launch for New 3DS in April


Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be released for the 3DS in April. Due to the size and complexity of the game, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be exclusively available for Nintendo’s New 3DS XL handheld, which will launch on February 13.

In addition to including a handheld version of the original Wii game, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will include maps and character stats on the bottom screen as well as a 3D character model viewer and a music player to listen to the game’ soundtrack.

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New 3DS and New 3DS XL will launch in Australia on November 21

Nintendo just uploaded the first-ever Australian Nintendo Direct. And in their inaugural down under address, the consolemaker has confirmed the redesigned New 3DS and New 3DS XL will make their Australian debut on November 21. Nintendo’s Australia arm also confirmed that the New 3DS-exclsuive remake of Xenoblade Chronicles will be released in Australia in 2015.

First unveiled on September 1, the New 3DS and New 3DS XL include a bevy of improvements over the original models. A second analog stick, designed for more precise camera control, and additional trigger buttons bring the handheld more in-line with the Wii U controller layout. NFC support is included out of the box for Nintendo’s Amiibo figures and bigger screens allow for improved 3D functionality. When it launches in Australia, the new handheld will be available in three different packages:

  • New 3DS (White) - $219.95 AUD
  • New 3DS XL (Metallic Black) - $249.95 AUD
  • New 3DS XL (Metallic Blue) - $249.95 AUD

The New 3DS and the New 3DS XL won’t be released in North America or Europe until sometime next year. Presumably, the Xenoblade Chronicles remake will also make the trip across the Pacific in 2015.

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New 3DS with second analog stick, more buttons, NFC announced

For all the jokes about Nintendo’s conservatism, sometimes they really can surprise you. A Japan-only Nintendo Direct presentation on Friday revealed that the company is working on a “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL,” which will sport a second analog stick, more buttons, built-in NFC functionality, and more.

Yes, you read that right. Nintendo has grafted three additional buttons onto the New 3DS (a second analog stick and two new trigger buttons up top). The handheld has also been given a power boost, allowing for “Super Stable” 3D play and built-in NFC functionality for Nintendo’s upcoming line of Amiibo figures. A bigger set of screens will also give gamers a better look at the new 3D effects.

To wring every bit of power out of the New 3DS, Nintendo has announced that games designed to run exclusively on the new hardware will be produced. The first such game, a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, will be available in Japan this October alongside the launch of the New 3DS itself.

So where does that leave 3DS fans in North America and Europe who want to get their hands on this new handheld? They’ll have to wait until 2015 as Nintendo has no plans to release the New 3DS in either territory until next year.

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The Golden Pixel Awards 2012: Gaming’s Best, Worst, and Everything Else


Welcome to Warp Zoned’s second annual Golden Pixel Awards. It was definitely a good year for gaming. With the fight over Mass Effect 3‘s ending, the resurrection of Sleeping Dogs, and the launch of the Wii U, we were treated to 12 months of interesting stories.

So sit back and relax as we reward the best (and worst) games of 2012 with a series of accolades based on their rather unique accomplishments.

The Apocalypse List

The bombs have fallen, the economy has collapsed, food is scarce, the zombie hordes are scratching at your door, and you’ve boarded yourself up in a bunker that’ll stand for a hundred years. What better way to spend your time in “The Vault” than by playing Warp Zoned’s favorite games from 2012? It doesn’t matter if you call it a “Top Ten List” or “Our Favorites From 2012,” but these are the games we plan to keep playing even if there was no game industry to keep making games. (more…)

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Xenoblade Chronicles Review Revisited

It’s April 6 and Xenoblade Chronicles has finally (FINALLY!) made its way onto store shelves in America. Correction, make that one store’s shelves. Xenoblade Chronicles is exclusive to GameStop. If you’re looking for a review to reassure you that buying one of the last big Wii games is a good idea, you’re in luck, we’ve had one lying around since the game’s European release:

Director Tetsuya Takahashi and writers Yuichiro Takeda and Yurie Hattori have managed to craft a world both unusual and yet familiar, allowing us to accompany Shulk and his band of heroes as they travel across two worlds, dealing with Gods and monsters alike. We share in their accomplishments and wallow in their grief. Xenoblade Chronicles is not just a game; it is an experience you will miss when it is finally over. It manages to raise questions about our own beliefs and spirituality as well as about the role of machines in our lives, and all while, offering up one of the greatest game playing experiences of this generation.

Click Here to Finish Reading “Xenoblade Chronicles Review: A Love Letter to the RPG That Changed My Life”

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New Releases: Kinect Star Wars, Devil May Cry Collection, Xenoblade Chronicles, More

March is over and that means Spring is… well… Spring’s been here for a while now, I guess it’s just a tad more official with the turning of the calendar page.

That said, we’ve got a few new releases that’s sure to interest you including the Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3, Xbox 360), which compiles Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening. It’s joined by the long-awaited Kinect Star Wars and it’s companion R2-D2 Xbox 360 Bundle. The GameStop-exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles will also be available this Friday, April 6. You may squeal now.

What else is new in stores this week? Hit the jump to find out. (more…)

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