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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D dated for US with a new trailer

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is set to release on April 2 in Europe, but Nintendo's decided it's really feeling April 10 for North America. Don't get too antsy about the brief wait if it affects you, though - it's a lot better than the eight-month gap between the original Wii version's European and North American releases.

Nintendo revealed the date in a new three-minute story trailer for the game which re-introduces the powerful Monado Blade and the war between the Homs and the Mechon. Of course, you're already familiar with the story if you were one of those savvy few to play Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii.

But for you series stalwarts, Nintendo also revealed that Shulk amiibo you've cleared a place for on your mantel (you do know where to get one, right?) will help you earn in-game tokens. Just tap it to your New 3DS' screen to get a hit of music-and-character-model-unlocking tokens. Not an amiibo fan? You can also feed your unlockable habit by StreetPassing with other owners of the game.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the first New 3DS exclusive title, so it's nice to see it make use of the system's assorted input gizmos as well as its boosted processing power. Stay tuned to GamesRadar+ to see how it all turns out.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.