With less than a month to go before Xenoblade Chronicles 2 makes its Switch debut in time for the Holidays, there is still plenty to learn about the game, its settings and characters in the meantime. So it’s a good thing Nintendo UK took the time to provide some new intel on a few of the characters and that is precisely what we’ve rounded up for you here:
If you haven’t yet, a new update is now available for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it is worth downloading. Not only does it add the new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Side Quest that will allow you to earn Rex’s costume, but there’s also support for the Champions amiibo:
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Version 1.3.3 / DLC Version 2.1:
- Added support for the Revali / Daruk / Urbosa / Mipha amiibo.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 side quest and collaboration equipment added.
- Fixed an issue with Hero’s Path Mode in which “x marks” weren’t recorded with version 1.3.0 or later.
- Various fixes to improve the gameplay experience
Only instead of just hitting you with the game’s patch notes, we will also be sharing a video from GameXplain that will show you how to get the new Salvager gear, if you’re in a hurry and have no time to look and figure it all out for yourself:
I’m just going to come right out and say it, I have never been one for the Xenoblade Chronicles game. I just couldn’t get on with them at all, but then 2 showed its face!
Xenoblade Chronicles is gorgeous, it’s breath-taking and going by everything that was shown in the most recent Nintendo Direct, it is going to be one of the most top contender videogames for the Holiday season because it really is downright incredible. So incredible in fact that a plethora of news was divulged that if we were to dedicate an article to each and everything thing and cover them in their entirety, it could take us 2 hours. Instead we’re doing one single article that covers everything, so if you’re just here for photos, we’ve got lots of them. If you’re hear for news, we’ve got that in abundance and we’ve even got videos!
Talking of videos though, for anyone who does prefer to watch as opposed to read, below you will find 2 videos, with one being a character trailer and the other being a video of the entire Direct, which actually incorporates the character trailer as part of it:
And now from here, we have both a slideshow gallery of characters, followed by an official recap press release by Nintendo of America and then a series of game related tweets:
Nintendo Spotlights Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Before its Launch on Dec. 1:
Expansive DLC Coming Soon; Day-One Update Adds Japanese Audio Option
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7, 2017 – I n just a few weeks, Nintendo Switch owners will leave the familiar behind and enter the fantastical world of Alrest – a world full of living lands known as Titans and the fabled paradise of Elysium. To get fans ready for the Dec. 1 launch of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game, Nintendo presented a deep dive into elements of the massive game, including the vast environments, battle system and characters. This special Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed upcoming paid DLC, a fun cross-promotion with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as free DLC available to download on launch day that will allow players to also play the game with Japanese audio and English subtitles.
“With Xenoblade Chronicles 2, we are giving fans yet another engaging adventure that can only be found on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This sequel is perfect for playing at home or while traveling during the busy holiday season.”
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is next in the series following the original acclaimed RPG that launched for Wii in 2012. This sequel features new characters and worlds, with an expanded battle system that will still feel familiar to fans of the first game. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Main character Rex is a Driver and Pyra is a Blade. To help familiarize fans with main character Rex before the game launches, a new Side Quest will be available via a free update in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for both Nintendo Switch and Wii U systems, in which players will be able to obtain a Rex costume starting on Nov. 9.
In and out of battle, Blades have a wide array of support abilities. While adventuring, these abilities might increase the number of items that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other special effects. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so forth. Abilities differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different Blades adds to the strategy of battle.
Blades are just one form of life that players will encounter while journeying on the backs of the mighty Titans. In the vast world of Alrest, players will discover both peaceful and aggressive wildlife of all shapes and sizes wandering among giant plains, winding caverns, frozen kingdoms, scorched earth and sandy beaches. If players manage to defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for additional rewards.
While traveling the massive world of Alrest, players will run into shining spots called Collection Points – which give players the opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to salvage hard-to-find treasures – or special landmarks that players can transport to at any time. Alrest is also teeming with bustling cities. From shopping districts to residential quarters, each Titan has its own unique layout and atmosphere.
Fans who want to expand their epic adventure can pre-purchase an Expansion Pass for the game in Nintendo eShop beginning today or pre-order it from select retailers shortly at a suggested retail price of $29.99. With this pass, players can enjoy DLC as it releases between the launch of the game and fall 2018, starting with quests and support items, and eventually including a challenge Battle Mode where they can face powerful enemies. This DLC will even include an additional adventure with a new side story set in the world of Elysium. Details about individual elements of the Expansion Pass will be released in the future.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Dec. 1 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99. Launch day will also see the release of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition. This special version includes the game, a beautifully illustrated hardbound art book filled with 220 pages of concept designs and artwork of the characters, landscapes and objects from the game, a sound-selection CD of many of the game’s memorable music tracks, and a special metal case containing the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game card at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Players who prefer the digital version can pre-purchase the game from Nintendo eShop now, either standalone or as a bundle with the Expansion Pass.
Lastly, we have another batch of images for you to go through, which we have separated into another two slideshows as the first concerns Illustrations and the other is Screenshots, enjoy:
We hope you found our Xenoblade Chronicles Nintendo Direct Digest helpful!
Source: Nintendo PR
For anyone who was hoping today’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct would possess something other than just Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you’re in luck! Continue reading Add a Touch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to Breath of the Wild This Week Thanks to a New Side-Quest!
For anyone wondering when the next Nintendo Direct is to take place, the answer is next week, on Tuesday and it solely concerns Xenoblade Chronicles 2. As for where to go and watch and at what time it begins, we’ve got that information right here:
For anyone who was worried about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 not making its release on Nintendo Switch, this year, worry not, for the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video has revealed the game is on track for release in Holiday 2017 and the new footage can be seen right here:
There’s also a new fact sheet for the game, which you can see right here:
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Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra.
Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend, Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyra’s long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity.
Explore colossal beasts called Titans, the homes of different civilizations, offering expansive regions to discover.
Form powerful bonds with Blades, unique beings granting tremendous power to their users, called Drivers.
Features a deep battle system that builds on triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games.
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Source: Nintendo (YouTube)
Lead Composer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Yasunori Mitsuda, has taken to his personal blog and Facebook account to express how things are going music wise with the game. He says it it one of the biggest productions he has worked on and is working with a team of 150 musicians. You can check out extracts from his blog below. Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Composer Says They Are Trying To Top The Original
It’s #SwitchWeek and like we promised, after coming together to compile a list of the collective 7 games we’re looking forwards to most on Switch, by submitting five choices of our own, we are ready to reveal on a daily basis our least anticipated game, to our most excited title! (I wonder what number 1 will be?) Continue reading The Miketendo64 #SwitchWeek Most Wanted Countdown! (In at #7, it’s Snake Pass)
And now the plot thickens.
Because 8-4 was responsible for the English translation of Xenoblade Chronicles X, it was believed but never confirmed that they would be working on the English localization for Xenoblade Chronciles 2, which is to release in all regions sometime this year, and then John Ricciardi, co-founder of 8-4 revealed on Twitter that they’re not handling it at all.
Earlier on we reported on there being more tracks and characters for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and now the new trailer for the port has revealed the Inklings have come to play and they brought their own god damn Splatoon themed level, which you can see here:
But we’re not just going to stop there, this is a round-up, so get ready to see a whole bunch of trailers pertaining to games that were shown off during the presentation:
Super Mario Odyssey:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
Fire Emblem Warriors:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
Suddenly, waking up as early I did became so worth it!
Source: Nintendo (YouTube)