Dec 2, 2011

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Xenoblade Chronicles Confirmed for US Release

Xenoblade Chronicles Confirmed for US Release

Rumors began circulating this morning that Xenoblade Chronicles, a Wii RPG formally only released in Japan and Europe, would be arriving in the US as a Gamestop exclusive after a Gamestop employee leaked an upcoming internal stock memo.

Later, the rumor seemed to gain strength when Nintendo of America updated their facebook page with screenshots of the game.  This afternoon, the rumor was confirmed by an official Nintendo of America press release: the game will be available in the US this spring (April 2, 2012 to be exact), and it will only be available through Nintendo or Gamestop.

In case you’re not familiar with the game, Nintendo has provided this description:

Xenoblade Chronicles™ asks players to use the Monado blade to take on a seemingly endless series of invading Mechon robots in a sweeping role-playing adventure.

The main character is Shulk, a weapons researcher who must confront the Mechon by wielding the ancient Monado blade. It’s the only weapon that has any effect against the Mechon, and it also enables Shulk to see the future.

Players can customize their characters with a variety of weapons and armor choices, as well as headgear, boots and gloves. As in many role-playing games, players can then gain experience and upgrade their characters. Players can watch their enemies, learn their tactics and unleash real-time counterattacks.

The vast open world of Xenoblade Chronicles is ripe for exploration. Players can avert their focus from the main story and venture out looking for other challenges and side quests. Hidden areas and unique monsters are scattered throughout the game’s massive world, which players can explore freely.

Not sure if the stock on this item will be limited or not, but it might be worth putting in your order early if you know you want a chance to play this game. You can pre-order now for $49.99 via the official site.

Maybe there’s still hope that other unreleased titles will finally arrive in the US, such as The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower.

[Source: Nintendo]