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North American Xenoblade Release Confirmed for April

OcelotOcelot is not declawedRPGamer Staff
edited January 2012 in Latest Updates
It is starting to look quite likely that North Americans will be able to enjoy the excellent Xenoblade Chronicles next year. Better late than never, but what's taken Nintendo of America so long to announce it?
Becky Cunningham, Staff-at-Large
Twitter: BeckyCFreelance
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    As reported in another thread there's a Facebook wall post from Nintendo showing character renders as well.

    As for what took them so long? I'm guessing getting voice talent lined up, localization work, and finding a spot in the release schedule once they had a better idea of WiiU's launch. Probably nothing terribly scandalous as we all want it to be.
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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited December 2011
    shoptroll said:
    As reported in another thread there's a Facebook wall post from Nintendo showing character renders as well.

    As for what took them so long? I'm guessing getting voice talent lined up, localization work, and finding a spot in the release schedule once they had a better idea of WiiU's launch. Probably nothing terribly scandalous as we all want it to be.
    They'd be idiots to do that, as the PAL version already has good enough voice acting to pass in NA. I believe the script is the same way, so their job isn't that hard at this point.
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    shoptroll said:
    As reported in another thread there's a Facebook wall post from Nintendo showing character renders as well.
    In fact, we linked that Facebook post in the article. :)
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  • Severin MiraSeverin Mira News Director/Reviewer RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    Yeah it would make very little sense for them to completely redo the localization, I am prepared to get very offended if they do ^^

    (Not like all the voice actors are completely new to US gamers either BTW, Shulk = Anders from DA2)
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Ocelot said:
    In fact, we linked that Facebook post in the article. :)
    It wasn't linked when I read it! :p

    Also, /fistpump for this news!
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    Yeah, there's one single character with a Cockney accent who occasionally says things that may not be entirely comprehensible to North Americans who are unfamiliar with British slang. That's part of his charm, though. The rest are completely comprehensible, and their performances are excellent.
    Becky Cunningham, Staff-at-Large
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    shoptroll said:
    It wasn't linked when I read it! :p

    Also, /fistpump for this news!
    It's been in the article the entire time...
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Ocelot said:
    It's been in the article the entire time...
    I don't know what you're talking about ;)

    (I skimmed the article and the red link would've caught my eye)
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • 7thCircle7thCircle RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    Told you guys not to worry about this. Or at least I thought it so hard, you should have heard me telepathically.

    My guess is one of two things: Nintendo is spacing out its final releases on the Wii to smooth out its financials as much as possible and try not to leave as massive of a dead space between the Wii and the Wii-U, or they originally planned to make this a Wii-U release title to increase NA Wii-U sales, then realized they were losing so many NA Xenoblade sales to importing that they scrapped the idea recently and are quickly bringing it out now.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    7thCircle said:
    they originally planned to make this a Wii-U release title to increase NA Wii-U sales
    That's a pretty good guess actually. I think the expectation after E3 last year was for an early to mid-2012 WiiU launch, and by the sound of it the final hardware won't be shown until E3 so I think a traditional fall launch is looking most likely. Also, taking a hard turn toward traditional gaming genres leading up to the WiiU launch might help boost early adoption of the WiiU, especially by people who passed on the Wii initially. Also also, maybe they wanted to use Skyward Sword as a hook to get people to buy the Wii this holiday and follow up with Monado?

    No doubt with Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party 9 looking like February/March releases they're probably trying to prevent an absolute dry spell until launch for their financials. Which makes me wonder what's up their sleeves for the rest of the year.
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • TheMooseTheMoose Member Full Members
    edited December 2011
    I think the reason why Nintendo of America was taking too long to release Xenoblade Chronicles in North America was Reggie Fils-Aime's failure to listen to North American gaming fans.

    If it wasn't for Operation Rainfall's persistence, assertiveness, and peaceful lobbying to bring Xenoblade in our side of the Pacific, North America would be left out of this best RPG in gaming history, possibly even better than the Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy series.

    However, I hope that from now on, Reggie Fils-Aime starts listening to his fans as Nintendo of America is nothing without them. Otherwise, Nintendo will go the way of Sega and Atari.
  • RebochanRebochan Who needs Rinoa anyway? Full Members
    edited December 2011
    7thCircle said:
    Told you guys not to worry about this. Or at least I thought it so hard, you should have heard me telepathically.
    So THAT'S what that painful throbbing in my brain was, followed by blood out my ears.

    Really, really hope Last Story and Pandora's Tower aren't too far behind.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    TheMoose said:
    If it wasn't for Operation Rainfall's persistence, assertiveness, and peaceful lobbying to bring Xenoblade in our side of the Pacific, North America would be left out of this best RPG in gaming history, possibly even better than the Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy series.
    Eh. The same tactics were tried with Mother 3 and Mother 1+2 years ago and we never got anywhere. I don't think it's that they suddenly decided to cave to fan pressure.

    EDIT: Don't forget, Sin & Punishment 2 didn't do very well despite fans clamoring for a sequel and the virtual console release of the original EU release. Nintendo placed that bet and it didn't pay off. So fans don't always know best.
    Rebochan said:
    Really, really hope Last Story and Pandora's Tower aren't too far behind.
    That would be a nice way for the system to ride out into the sunset. However, we don't have any European release date locked down so who knows what's going on.

    EDIT: Also, it would bolster the number of traditional genres available on the Wii for when the WiiU launches...
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • SlayerSlayer Member Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Looks like I need to swipe a friend's Wii again.
    I last borrowed one for Muramasa.
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    My theory is that NoA didn't decide to actually bring Xenoblade out here until they saw the sales in Europe. If they'd been honestly planning to bring it here the whole time, why not announce it in the summer so that people didn't go into an import frenzy once the game came out in Europe? Reggie is savvy, I'm sure he knew that a reasonable percentage of the RPG enthusiast audience would import the thing if there was no reasonable assurance that it'd come out in North America. Spacing out the releases makes sense, yes, but I think there's more to it.

    Operation Rainfall probably didn't hurt; at the least it showed NoA that there's an audience for the game. Just because fan demand for one project (Mother 3) didn't work, that doesn't mean that Nintendo will never listen to fan movements. It's just that the fan movement has to line up with various other variables in order for a game to come out.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Ocelot said:
    My theory is that NoA didn't decide to actually bring Xenoblade out here until they saw the sales in Europe. If they'd been honestly planning to bring it here the whole time, why not announce it in the summer so that people didn't go into an import frenzy once the game came out in Europe? Reggie is savvy, I'm sure he knew that a reasonable percentage of the RPG enthusiast audience would import the thing if there was no reasonable assurance that it'd come out in North America. Spacing out the releases makes sense, yes, but I think there's more to it.
    Well didn't they announce a couple years ago (2009?) that they were going to localize it once it was out?
    Operation Rainfall probably didn't hurt; at the least it showed NoA that there's an audience for the game. Just because fan demand for one project (Mother 3) didn't work, that doesn't mean that Nintendo will never listen to fan movements. It's just that the fan movement has to line up with various other variables in order for a game to come out.
    That was somewhat my point. It has to be convenient for them to give it a green-light, and I don't think they just arbitrarily decided they're going to start listening to their fans from now on. Getting Mother 3 and Mother 1+2 (of which Mother 2 apparently is a huge copyright infringement lawsuit waiting to happen) over here just wasn't something they thought was a good business decision despite a years of call-ins, fan letters, etc.

    If all companies listened to fans and ignored every other factor, I'm sure we'd have a Final Fantasy VII PS3 HD remake by now ;)
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    shoptroll said:
    Well didn't they announce a couple years ago (2009?) that they were going to localize it once it was out?
    I don't know if there was an official announcement, but they showed it at a couple trade shows. Then after it stopped showing up, people asked about it, and we got the whole, "We can't confirm that it's coming out here" thing. I think because Nintendo got burned on several hardcore titles like Sin and Punishment, NoA decided to wait on Xenoblade's European sales (and in fact Reggie even said they were doing so) before committing to releasing it here.
    Becky Cunningham, Staff-at-Large
    Twitter: BeckyCFreelance
  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    *nods* that seems likely.
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited December 2011
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  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Ocelot said:
    I don't know if there was an official announcement, but they showed it at a couple trade shows. Then after it stopped showing up, people asked about it, and we got the whole, "We can't confirm that it's coming out here" thing. I think because Nintendo got burned on several hardcore titles like Sin and Punishment, NoA decided to wait on Xenoblade's European sales (and in fact Reggie even said they were doing so) before committing to releasing it here.
    But how many US fans imported it and now won't buy the US version which will cause further slump in sales.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    How did this get through the ESRB without the Internet flipping out?
    TheAnimeMan said:
    But how many US fans imported it and now won't buy the US version which will cause further slump in sales.
    Probably less than you'd expect. There's at least 3-4 posters who either forgot to import and were holding out. Plus you might have the crazy people who will buy a second copy just because.
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    Like Wheels!

    The sales will be slightly diminished by importers, perhaps. Or perhaps they will be assisted by the positive word-of-mouth generated by those of us who imported. :)

    Seriously guys, Xenoblade is awesome and you should all get it.
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  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited December 2011
    Yeah, I think the importers have been better marketing that NoA themselves would do. I don't think it will hurt them in the long run.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    They always say word-of-mouth is the best promotional activity you can do for a product. Why else would every company have a presence on all the social networks?
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited December 2011
    I know I've been holding out for a US release. Better find time for this one in April...
  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited December 2011
    TwinBahamut said:
    I know I've been holding out for a US release. Better find time for this one in April...
    Seriously. All I need now is a release date for Type-0 and I'm more than set for the year on RPGs.

    Too many games to play. Yay first world problems!
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • RebochanRebochan Who needs Rinoa anyway? Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Macstorm said:
    Doesn't get anymore official than that. Sweet.
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  • NightfoxNightfox Member Full Members
    edited December 2011
    TwinBahamut said:
    I know I've been holding out for a US release. Better find time for this one in April...
    Same here, I hadn't completely abandoned hope yet. The fact it was doing so well abroad I always had my suspicions that they were holding out here as long as possible.
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  • RebochanRebochan Who needs Rinoa anyway? Full Members
    edited December 2011
    Nintendo's apparently clarified that the game will only be distributed through GameStop (retail or online) and directly through Nintendo.com.

    Going to put my pre-order in over lunch then.
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  • AurianAurian Member Full Members
    edited December 2011
    I wonder how many people are like me and gave up on ever hearing if this would be released in North America and went ahead and imported it? The whole cute song and dance about never confirming if it would be released at SOME POINT made me give up. I would have been fine to wait until April if I knew it was coming.... I doubt I will buy the game a second time.

    NOA will probably miss a chunk of sales because people imported but would our word of mouth be enough to replace those sales?
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