You may only be able to get Xenoblade Chronicles this week
If you live in North America and have any interest in JRGPs at all, you need to check out Xenoblade Chronicles. When the title released in Japan it was heralded as “the best thing to come out of the…genre in five years”. With a Metacritic score of 92, Xenoblade Chronicles has lived up to its hype.
Xenoblade Chronicles is being released in the United States and Canada for Wii on April 6. This is great news. The unfortunate news is that Nintendo anticipates that after selling well for a core fan base that there will be little interest in the game. Rumors have been floating around that the game can only be purchased in North America through GameStop and the Nintendo website. Rumors also hold that that game can only be purchased if you preorder it.
That’s right. Rumors say that you cannot buy Xenoblade Chronicles unless you preorder it through GameStop or Nintendo.
The title costs $49.99. The special edition costs $64.99
What makes Xenoblade Chronicles great?
Check out the ign.com review video of the game below to catch some of their favorite features.
A list of improvements the game has on the standard JRPG compiled by fan Louisgod include:
- No consumable items. No potions, phoenix downs, anti-venoms, none of that poo poo.
- You regain HP automatically as soon as a battle is complete.
- No MP. Your attacks ‘cooldown’, so as soon as they’re available, you can use them again.
- Adjustable day/night clock. Need to be somewhere at a specific time? Set the clock exactly to that time.
- No game over screen. If you die, you’re sent to the last game marker you passed.
- Rewards for exploration, often in the form of experience.
- Every piece of armor, clothing and weapon looks unique on your characters. Sometimes they’re really goofy but kinda fun.
- Insta-warp from one map to the next. Are you near the end of the game but need to visit the beginning? Literally open a menu, choose that area, and you’re transported there.
- Save any time, anywhere. There are NO save points; you can just about save anywhere you want.
My interest in JRPGs waned a long time ago like most people, but Xenoblade Chronicles is the type of game that could win me back. Don’t miss out on this gem; reserve Xenoblade Chronicles today.