Xenoblade Chronicles Set for US ReleaseBy Kyle Mann | December 3, 2011 | News | No comments | Share
It seems The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword won’t be Nintendo’s last hurrah for the aging Wii console after all: the company announced on Friday that the long-awaited Xenoblade Chronicles will finally be released stateside. Pegged for an early April 2012 date, the RPG from Monolith Soft has been the subject of pining from groups of U.S. fans ever since its Japanese and European releases over the past year and a half.
Xenoblade Chronicles, which first hit Japan last year simply as Xenoblade, aims to provide a bit more freedom than a standard JRPG alongside its unique real-time combat system. It appears Monolith has executed that goal with great success, as critics the world over (except in the U.S.) have praised its visuals, innovation, and unique role-playing experience. Despite gobs of hype and anticipation, Nintendo announced in June that the game would not be localized in America. Luckily for Wii RPG fans, Nintendo’s gone back on its word. The game will be available exclusively through GameStop and Nintendo’s website and will be priced at $49.99.