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.(opens in new tab)
Early this morning Nintendo made it official on its Facebook (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)
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.