Xenoblade Chronicles announced for New 3DS
posted on 08.29.14 at 07:41 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Exclusive to 'New' model due to enhanced CPU power.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Nintendo is bringing Xenoblade Chronicles, first launched for Wii in 2010, exclusively to New 3DS (meaning, the new model it just announced).

According to Nintendo, the game will only run on the New 3DS due to its enhanced CPU.

The game is due out in Japan next year.

See it in action below.

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  • SuperLuigi

    And now I need a new 3DS. Dang it!!!!

  • Six

    Looks horrendous.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    God, it looks hideous.

    But I must have it.

    • Locksus

      Welcome to 4 years ago, Sal :p Shouldn’t come as a surprise that 3DS ain’t a powerhouse.

    • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

      It looked equally hideous on the Wii, so yeah…

      • bloodiOS

        No, it does not. It looks fine even on HDTV, and looks downright gorgeous when hooked into a CRT TV that has Component input.

      • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

        I’m with you. I never looked into seriously trying to get the Dolphin Emulator to run on my computer until I played Xenoblade on Wii for a few hours. Those textures are too detailed to NOT look smudgy/blurry in 480. It’s a shame. Darn hardware.

  • bloodiOS

    Looks ugly as fuck! I’ll bet my chance on the game being remastered for the Wii U, thank you! But that New 3DS though… are they trying to split the fanbase and cause confusion here? I mean, imagine the uninformed buying Xenoblade thinking it’ll work on their vanilla 3DS.

    • Anime10121

      They did the same thing with the DSi… And I thought it was a dumb move there as well :(

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      It’s gonna look fine though. 3DS games always look gross when blown up, when you can really see the anti-aliasing fail.

      I’m with you in general though. Very surprised by the move. So un-Nintendo-like… except for the last gasp of life they gave the Wii with Motionplus peripherals and exclusive M+ games that sold horribly because no one bought that thing.

      I don’t like it when Nintendo does this kind of thing. But I guess we’ll see how it works out for them.

      • bloodiOS

        I’m viewing this on my iPhone though…

        • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

          oh.

          oooohhhhh.

          (´∩`)

    • Thatguy

      In motion, it looked better than this screenshot.
      What’s wrong with 3DS screenshots? They are always ugly.

      • bloodiOS

        I’m looking at the video and not the screenshot though.

  • Anime10121

    So you’re saying I cant play this on my 2 month old 3DS XL? Well I’m gonna go cry me a river right now T_T

    • Alter

      “It’s cheaper than a Vita so buy it once more. LOL”

      That’s what Nintendo planners thought.

      • Anime10121

        Have they even announced a price yet though? It’ll likely be the same price as a Vita :/

        • kao

          The “new” 3ds will most likely be more than the current vita’s price since it’s the same price as the 3ds xl.

          I have both 3ds and vita and I’m prefering my vita right now since I don’t care that much for nintendo ip’s and I’m really hate nintendo’s business practices right now.

          • Anime10121

            At least in the west, Nintendo wont Risk that, they’ll either drop the price of the 3DSXL or wait until they can phase out the XL like they did the original and just release it at the same price once the supply of the originals have run out… That’s more than likely the reason they arent planning on releasing the NEW 3DS’ in the west this year….

            • kao

              well, it’s pretty much the end of Q3, I dont think that they’ll announce the “new” 3ds and release it @ Q4 on the such short notice.

              The xl will most likely get price drop but the “new” 3ds will still probably be the average price of the typical new handheld which is $250+(my estimate).

  • pekot

    Really ?
    I wanted to play this game again with enchanted graphics on my wii u .
    I know X is coming but this game have many beautiful locations and 3DS will make it worse .
    Also , Day 1.

    • Anime10121

      Lol at those conflicted feelings… unfortunately Nintendo aint gonna get my money for this since I’m not buying another 3DS just for this :(

      • pekot

        I think nintendo hates me . First , I bought 3ds but after 2 weeks they announced 3ds Xl and just before 5 days I bought a new 3ds Xl and now I see this new 3ds .

        • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

          They like to punish hold-outs. They needed your money BEFORE financial quarters end! ;)

  • Yaro

    Are they seriously calling it New 3DS? Nintendo just loves confusing the fuck out of everyone with their hardware names. Wow.

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      And hardware, period. This is only going to run on that? There’s gonna be a lot of consumers buying this for non-New 3DS and getting a nasty surprise.

      That’s really dumb of Nintendo. Either commit to a new handheld or not – this is 3DS family still, and it’s really uncharacteristic of them to do something like this that splits up that brand family…

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        How little we forget the DSi. Certain games ONLY worked on the i and it’s XL variant. On the brightside, at least this means the successor is not too far behind.

        • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

          That’s not the same thing though. There are only 3*, and they’re exclusive not because of the slightly faster CPU, but because of the camera.

          This is a different thing. At least it is to me.

          * – http://www.giantbomb.com/nintendo-dsi-exclusive/3015-3774/games/

          • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

            Doesn’t matter if you feel it’s different because of a justification in your mind. What matters is the precendent has been set, thus it’s happening. You also forgot the Game Boy Color.

    • Thatguy

      In Japan, word *New* is catchy, because it’s foreign word.

      So, maybe in West we will get new name? Shin 3DS.

      • bloodiOS

        People might start thinking it’s something used to wrap around either one of your shins…

      • sakanaとkoeda

        Atarashii sounds like the name of a demon to me.

      • Budgiecat

        Anno……Suimasen….Shin Nintendo 3DS oikura desu ka?

        • Thatguy

          Replace Shin with Nyu and all is well.

          • Budgiecat

            Niyu

            • sakanaとkoeda

              ….is extracted from a cash cow (well close enough)

    • Me

      “The 2DS can play all 3DS games, except for the NEW 3DS games, which don’t work on the 3DS.”

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    Nintendo
    Always innovative and thinking about their customer….’s money.
    You want to play Japanese exclusive games? Buy a JP console for it.
    You want to play a new game? Buy a revision console for it.
    We love our customer….’s money.

    • Six

      Unlike those other companies in the gaming industry who just love us so very much.

      #4theplayers

      • Budgiecat

        At least we know Sony won’t pull this with the Vita!

        And Microsoft with their handheld……ahahaha

        • Warboss Aohd

          you laugh NOW.

        • Six

          That would require Sony to acknowledge that the Vita is a thing.

    • Alter

      IKR, They’ve done many anti-consumer business practices. One example, Pokemon, they split every pokemon series into two game.

      • kao

        well, fans claim that the two versions with exclusive pokemon each is so people can interact and trade with each other but we all know that’s just bullsh*t so they can sell two copies of the game instead.

        • Budgiecat

          whatever helps em sleep at night…

    • Orichalon Hades

      who in the right mind decide, that in today society where we can import stuff from thousands of miles away really really easy, that they should region lock their console.

      Seriously

  • [ FalsePatriot ]

    What a bullshit -_-

  • fyi1191

    Ask the shop owner for one New 3DS. They will no doubt give you one “new” 3DS alright. Silly product naming by Nintendo.

    • Nesther

      Who said this is the English name? It’s a good product naming in Japan, but it’ll likely be re-named when it comes to the west.
      Maybe Super 3DS and Super 3DS XL.

      • Budgiecat

        No its a dumb name there too..

  • new_tradition

    It’s fugly, but I don’t care, I’m so frickin’ jelly! I’d been hoping and praying against all odds a port would make it to 3DS, but not for this new 3DS one ;A;

    This is “corrupt a wish” levels of irony, orz…

  • Tetsu

    I’ve played enough Xenoblade to know that this version is running a tad slow. I still want it lol.

  • indra jaya

    wooaahhh… wait a minute!!! xenoblade chronicles is an exclusives wii games, ported exclusively to 3DS but only exclusively run on the new 3DS devices… oouch… my head hurts… :(

  • desponent

    lol ok

  • Raziel Kõbe

    All the Game Boys and DS models have the same CPU or I wrong??

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      Very, very slight differences in hardware revisions, but generally they’re the same. The DSi, for example, had more RAM and a slightly faster CPU than the vanilla DS, but it didn’t allow for new experiences or exclusive games. Just to speed up everything a little bit.

      They’ve never handled a hardware revision that allowed exclusive games. The closest “hardware revision” they’ve done with that was… I guess, the RAM Pack expansion on the N64? But even then, very few “exclusives” like DK64.

      • Six

        The internals of the DSi didn’t, but the camera did. Also, DSiWare.

  • Raziel Kõbe

    The pc and mobiles upgrade paranoid reach now in Nintendo. Ok…

  • Barrit

    Ughh. I want to play this game..now I got to get a “new” 3ds!

  • Kuro-Law

    Fuuuuuuuu
    I bought the xl 2 months ago

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Me too! Ack.

      • Anime10121

        Me three :(

        • shogunknight

          How unfortunate

          • Anime10121

            Looks like a lot of us got 3DSXL’s around June/July after E3 where we were fairly sure there werent gonna be any revisions any time soon :/

            • kao

              I wanted to upgrade to xl but I decided I’d rather stick to the slightly smaller screen of the 3ds and spend that $ on actual games.

              • Anime10121

                Thats wise, but I had to make the upgrade if I wanted to play 3DS games at all… KH3D nearly murdered my eyes when I played it and it was the only “real” game I played for the 3DS prior to upgrading to an XL..

                • kao

                  yeah, tbh playing KH3d on the first 3ds can be pretty annoying with those bad camera angles and all.

                  But now when I think about it, I don’t even care for most of nintendo’s IP’s to the point where I regret even having a 3ds in the fits place. The only thing I really liked was fire emblem awake, I don’t care at all for smash and while bravely second looks like it may be even more recycled than the first.

                  • Anime10121

                    I dont particularly care for much of Nintendo’s IP either outside of Kirby, Smash, and Monolith Soft…. I mainly get Nintendo consoles as secondary consoles for the few 3rd party exclusives they secure that I like. Stuff from Square (KH3d, Bravely Default, Bravely Second), Namdai, Atlus, and stuff that should have been from Capcom like Legends 3.

            • shogunknight

              I was actually banking on a smash 3ds xl bundle for the holidays, this one seems like their last push before they go for a completely new model. It would be good if nintendo could allow for an exchange between 3ds models to at least reduce the price or stress of getting a brand new one and keeping the previous model

              • Anime10121

                Well I needed one, as I couldnt really use the original because the screen was too small and prolonged play would hurt my eyes… And I wanted to play Bravely Default and Persona Q :(

    • Wolf Star

      I’ve had my 3DS (original since 2012) I wanted to get XL but didn’t have the money for it… Or like now.. After seeing this.. I’m afraid of buying the New 3DS because Nintendo will come out with a better one until next gen comes along.

    • Wolf Star

      Plus the small analog stick is way to small :P

  • xMCXx

    A reason why I hate Nintendo sometimes.

  • shogunknight

    What? Thats very unfair to the 45+ million people that already have a 3ds

    • Alter

      revision revision money money money.

    • Invisbin

      Well I’m upgrading lol

      • shogunknight

        Smart choice, it would be cool if they allow for an exchange. With a little something extra :P

        • Invisbin

          I’d like that but I gotta give my old one to my girl friend :(

      • Budgiecat

        get me one too

        • Invisbin

          Nah man

          • Budgiecat

            thought we were bros…bro

  • Skandu

    hijos de mil p… y ahora que hago con mi ”vieja” 3ds xl ed. mario & y luigi? -.-‘

    • JoJo_718

      Hay que venderla según ellos :v y yo que adoro mi 3DS XL de pikachu…

  • SuperLuigi

    I wonder if Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 ports are possible now….♡hype♡

    • shogunknight

      Depends, do you think the 3ds can ever be as powerful or more than the wii due to the enhanced cpu? Im not so sure it will look as good as the wii version even if its ported. I may be wrong though

      • SuperLuigi

        Well it can kind of handle the huge open world of xenoblade so I can see it working. I wouldn’t care if mario galaxy took a hit on the graphics if it meant I could play my favorite game of all time wherever I want.

  • Samsara09

    this was a a bad idea.They should have waited for the 3ds sucessor,which could probably handle this.Releasing a new model now,for simply one game,is foolish.
    Worse,many will play this game without the appropraite model,frying their 3ds…

    well,I was really hyped to buy this game,until I read about the model detail

    I also remembered that rpgs ported from “main” consoles to handheld,or that belong to franchises that run in “main” consoles(kingdom hearts),usually are unpleasant to play,at least to me.

    Lol,I had many camera issues with Kingdom hearts DDD…plus,the graphics.Those bugged me in tales of the abyss,

    • Invisbin

      But KHDDD was great…plus the graphics were top notch for a portable KH game

      • Warboss Aohd

        agreed

      • Samsara09

        well,I meant tales of the abyss,should have been more “explicit”.Bad habit of mine.I am sorry.Gonna edit it now.That was quite a mess up.

        • Invisbin

          That…I can totally agree with now then. Lol

    • LordKaiser

      Yeah it looks like shit.

    • kao

      yeah, I thought the exact same thing. The “new” 3ds is just a middle finger to people who have the normal 3ds’s, it’s like the DSi but worst since instead of gimmicky camera mini-games it’s actual games this time.

      If nintendo wanted next-gen hardware to run better games they should’ve just went next-gen, not do stuff like this.

    • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

      They’re not releasing a new model just for one game… They are releasing a new model, and this is the first game they’ve announced that takes advantage of it. And it is not going to work “without the appropraite [sic] model”. No one is going to fry their 3DS. You must be new to video games.

      • kao

        Yeah, they said they they got several games planned that are only for the “new” 3ds.

        The thing that most people don’t like is that new 3ds games are gonna start feeling like exclusive exclusives and not everyone is willing to spend another few hundred$ to upgrade their 3ds.

  • Elvick

    Wow.

  • Alter

    Enhanced CPU, not GPU, not RAM/VRAM. Rest assured, Vita.

    • 罪罰

      More like, rest in peace.

    • bloodiOS

      Vita could use an upclock CPU and a better battery, too.

      • Willgaea

        And cheaper memory cards.

        • shogunknight

          Honestly even though sony drops the memory card prices i highly doubt people will rush the vita. The general mass just dont fancy the games being released on the platform, thats aside from the fact that sony hasnt been firmly advertising the handheld. Majority of casual gamers only know a nintendo handheld, some still dont even know psp has a successor. Its similar to the wiiu situation but without big named games like the ones on wiiu

    • Zackasaur

      And the new CPU still won’t compare to Vita’s. :P

  • LordKaiser

    A stupid de-make… It’s a HD version what I wanted damn it! I can see your greed Nintendo! Just because there’s more JP people with 3DS you want to milk it instead of creating a meaningful HD version for Wii U.

    • Tyler

      Nintendo totally does whatever one person out of 7 billion says they should do.

  • Invisbin

    I’ve had my original 3ds since launch, but I’ll happily upgrade to try this out.

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    This comment section is really depressing.

    • Budgiecat

      snap into a Slim Jim, Jesse…

  • Solomon_Kano

    Bought it on Wii a few months back. Not sure if I’d play it on 3DS, but this is interesting.

    • kao

      If this is anything like other main console games that have been ported to handhelds then this will probably look like a downgraded fuzzier version of the wii’s version(and tbh the wii version’s wasnt all that pretty either, imagin what the low-res will be like).

      • Solomon_Kano

        Playing Xenoblade in all of its jaggy glory on an HDTV has already prepared me for the game not being pretty, so that’s fine. I’m more interested in how it performs outside of that. Slowdown and such.

        • Tetsu

          Actually it really depends on your TV.
          If your TV has excellent Standard and Progressive decoding, then it will look excellent with component cables. Of course you have to do research, and get a more expensive model, but it can be done.
          My PS2 and Wii games look fantastic.

          Also, changing your TVs settings for optimal visual fidelity is a must, it can make worlds of difference.
          Again, research and time needed for that.

  • Impressionnant

    They called me crazy for never even using my two 3dsxls. Well, guess who’s laughing now? Gonna ebay those badboys.

  • kenshee

    This is kinda funny, I just got caught up to the news of this direct, my feelings went as thus:
    1) a next gen ds? Oh wait no it’s just a different version of the 3ds … that plays games 3ds can’t? So … it’s the next gen of ds? No? I’m confused, I’ll pass, I love my vita now, and there’s plenty of normal 3ds games I still want that I have to get to and are still coming out (eu fan waiting for SMT IV atm ^^).

    2) Wait WHAT? The monolith soft 3ds game is a port of xenoblade to that not quite next-gen 3ds? Oh good god, this is perfect, xenoblade with some graphical upgrades and such would be amazing. Crossing fingers for a xenoblade new 3ds XL bundle!

    3) *saw this trailer*
    … Oh.
    Well I’ll still have dolphin o/

    Really, it’s great for people who don’t own xenoblade yet though, and have no plans of getting it for the wii. Also for those who don’t care about a slight visual downgrade to get it on the go.

    I’ll be honest, if this new 3ds had the option to pay 50 euro/dollars extra for a version with a better GPU so that the image quality is bumped up a notch on all existing games + AA and such (I know it’s not quite that simple), and that xenoblade port was an enhanced port instead of what looks like a downgrade, it’d have been a winner in my eyes.

    • kao

      The “new” 3ds is just the gameboy color to the old 3ds I guess. They said that they planned several other exclusive for the new 3ds and tbh an ugly port of xenoblade isnt enough for me to consider upgrading, playing on dlophin is probably the best choice for those that dont want this “upgrade” or $80 wii version at gamestop.

      It would’ve been a better move if they just waited to make an actual next gen handheld instead but oh well, I’m not upgrading I don’t even care that much for nintendo IPs anyway, I have both the old 3ds and a vita and I play the vita way more(I don’t even care about smash).

    • An Tran

      It’s basically the exact same thing as the DSi; a mid-gen refresh that improves the CPU and adds new features. I wonder if they added more RAM as well.

  • Orichalon Hades

    did Nintendo really just shafted all of their customer that bought a 3DS before?
    Wow.

  • Wolf Star

    I wondered why there isn’t that many Wii U games.. Now I know why..

  • TreizeX

    Nintendo what the hell are you doing

  • Articuno76

    Wow, this game and the new 3DS announcement just sorta… came out of nowhere.

  • MuppetTechNews .

    only nintendo gets away with this…amazing

  • Tino S

    New CPU? WTF? I thought they just added a C-pad. Even if they changed up the CPU I figured they maybe made it smaller, cheaper, better in some way, but still required same functionality. This is fucked up, this is very fucked up. At least on the N64 they had an easy to acquire cheap RAM upgrade. Ain’t no way this is going over well with people. Nintendo should offer a mail in replacement program to upgrade your 3DS for $20, because this is really screwed up.

  • XanderZane

    They actually think people are going to run out and buy one of these? If they have some kind of trade in policy it might be work it. I still have a brand new 3DS that’s not even opened. I’m assuming all the older DS games will play on this thing, otherwise they are seriously screwed.

    • Orichalon Hades

      and im assuming Xenoblade chronicle is not going to be the last one that’s gonna be exclusive for the new 3DS. Really, this is a real dickmove by Nintendo.

      • http://ladymulti.livejournal.com/ LadyMulti

        Xenoblade Chronicles isn’t really exclusive to the New 3DS; you can still buy a Wii copy and play it on the Wii-U; so I think its strange that they’re doing this… but, then again, I know Japan’s market is more “mobile” than ours.

  • Tino S

    If they’re going to basically upgrade the CPU and start making games that are only compatible with the beefier version, why bother and still call it a 3DS? I mean they’re already going to alienate everyone else with a 3DS already, right? Why not just do that by making an entirely new handheld system itself?

  • Bart Fatima

    Impressive, but wouldnt it be best to just to change all 3ds to this enhanced module. Sales will not be good because some will have to buy a entirely new 3ds. However, I do love the idea tho.

  • SOforever

    pros “assuming” ya don’t have a 3DS already you’re good

    cons: games that are “exclusive” to this new model will tick people off especially those who paid full retail price of $250 for original 3DS model before price drop happended

    • Invisbin

      I still have my original, but in upgrading.

      Why? Because that’s the world now. Upgrade, upgrade, New tech.

      • SOforever

        only thing I hate “MUCH WORSE” that is updating for: computers, consoles, & hand helds

  • Samsara09

    The successor to the 3ds that will be released in 3 years time can probably handle this game.If you want,you can buy it and wait…

  • LordKaiser

    Yup it also won’t work on the regular 3DS. BTW if Bravely 2nd or any games that I’m waiting for it goes to this new 3DS then it will be skipped.

    • Zackasaur

      Bravely Second is obviously for the regular 3DS.

      • SOforever

        I’m glad about that

        PS: GameStop will “OBVIOUSLY” have some kind of trade-in promotion for those who want to upgrade :) “note” for those who have VC downloads transfer your games before selling your old 3DS

    • An Tran

      I gonna say that the only games that will be exclusive are those that absolutely REQUIRE the faster CPU (and rumored additional RAM and VRAM) to run like Xenoblade. Basically games with bigger worlds or more populated worlds, without having developers resort to flooding the game with fog (ala Lego City Undercover 3DS) or dropping the texture level and framerate by a huge margin (MGS3D). Personally I’d like a to see a third person Rune Factory in the vein of the Wii games for this device.

  • Izzeltrioum

    I don’t see Xenoblade as a system seller even in America or Europe. This is no Skyrim.

    Sadly, onrii America and Europe care about this, because not even Chronicles X is listed in the “most wanted games of lolfamitsu readers” in Japan.

    Now, regarding that New 3DS announcement–YES! Good things happen to those who wait.

  • artemisthemp

    I can see Nintendo running into issues if, they don’t ensure the new 3DS get a special name since, I would be angry if, I brought Bravely Default 3 and it didn’t work on my 3DS even though, It said 3DS on the box

  • AdamBoy64

    It looks playable..
    I wish they had done more with the hardware upgrade though.