Xenoblade Chronicles finally coming to US UPDATE: Confirmed as GameStop exclusive

For months fans of Japanese RPGs have been lobbying Nintendo of America hard to bring over some JPRGS games that garnered much acclaim in their native country. The one that US fans clamored for the most had to be Xenoblade Chronicles, as it’s been fully localized and out in Europe for too long with no word from NOA. Now, after some gave up hope, Nintendo has confirmed a US release for 2012, and according to one source it’ll be a GameStop exclusive.

Early this morning Nintendo made it official on its Facebook stating:

“It's confirmed! Next year, Wii players throughout North America can wield the Monado blade and join the epic battle between the Homs and the Mechons in Xenoblade Chronicles. Like this post if you're ready for an adventure on the surface of two frozen Titans!”

This was followed by several official images of the game and hundreds of comments of thanks. Nintendo's official page for it lists the game as coming out April 2012, and one rumor points to it being a GameStop exclusive. This image of planned GameStop Wii releases was posted on the famous gaming forum NEOGAF

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, but how about we just take a moment and just celebrate the fact that a whole new hemisphere will finally be able to enjoy this game. Take note everyone; don’t throw out your Wii after beating Skyward Sword, ok?

UPDATE: We just received email confirmation from Nintendo that Xenoblade Chronicles will be a GameStop exclusive in the US, though you'll also be able to purchase it directly from Nintendo online as well.



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  • Shenlong4517 - December 2, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    VCIII and AAII are already spoken for, so just gimme a word on The Last Story and I'll be satisfied for now.
  • pr0tostar - December 2, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    First line of article's header: WOW Second line of article's header: WHAT?! So glad I've already imported this. Excellent game. If this is your chance to play it, GET IT!! (from the Nintendo Store, ofcourse.)
  • Darkhawk - December 2, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    w007 Oregon Trail!
  • EnigmaSpirit - December 2, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    You mean that the Wii will finally have a GOOD JRPG?!!! *Fanboy Squeel*
  • shawksta - December 2, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Monster Hunter Tri said Hi!
  • shawksta - December 2, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    FINALLY! YAY! PFFT, Who said im throwing my wii away and Skyward Sword?Im never throwing it away, too many great games to Replay!
  • FriedBeans - December 2, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Wow a Mario Party 9? Sweet.
  • ppopopp - December 2, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Finally! Forget Skyrim, we get a real polished jrpg to spend 100+ hours on. I can't wait until april. Hope this isn't an april fool's in advance.
  • ALinkToTheZack - December 2, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Booyah. And that's all I have to say about that.
  • Corsair89 - December 2, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    *happy dance* Now release The Last Story! And Sega, release Valkyria Chronicles 3! And Capcom, release Ace Attorney Investigations 2!
  • Cyberninja - December 2, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    i hate to kill your happiness but sega has said Valkyria Chronicles 2 didnt make enough money to justify bringing the 3rd to the states
  • mattdark - December 3, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    Yeah, that was the problem for Valkyria Chronicles. While it made sense in Japan, with how well the PSP has, and still does over there, America and Europe has seen the PSP continously fade away. Dont know what its like in most places now, but in the UK, most gaming stores (Or gaming sections) have litte space set aside for the PSP. Hell, some places have have stopped selling/displaying anything for the PSP entirely. It much as it pains me to say it (As I wanted VC3 too) it just doesnt make sense for Sega to release a game on what is pretty much a dead format...
  • shawksta - December 2, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Yeah, exactly what Cyberninja said. Capcom DID CONFIRM that they ARE bringing Ace attorney Investigations 2 outside japan, catch is, it WONT be a DS game, possibly remake it for 3DS, or make it a e-shop downloadable, its still not clear.
  • dcox99 - December 2, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    If you look at the page you link to on again, it actually says it's released in April
  • mattdark - December 2, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    My guess is they may get an exclusive deal for the 'Collectors' edition with the Red Pro-controller like the one sold alongside the game in Europe. (Any reason why this page dissapeared for like 5 minutes just to be reposted at the top of the queue?)
  • LSZ - December 2, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    This game looks fantastic but shame it's a Wii only title. It's not enough to make me waste money on a Wii.
  • celticwhisper - December 2, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Actually I'm glad it's a Wii-only title. Helps disprove the claims of there being no "serious" games for Wii. I'm looking forward to this one.

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