The heart of today’s Nintendo Direct may have been exciting new content for new and current games, but one announcement near the end will excite RPG fans for a different reason. That’s because it was announced that one of the most highly-acclaimed role-playing games of the past decade, Xenoblade Chronicles, is making its way to the Switch.
Though details were scant, the brief trailer released during the Nintendo Direct confirmed that the new version will go by the name Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, while showing off teasing footage of the game’s protagonist, Shulk, and the grand adventure he goes on armed with the Monado, his distinct red sword that grants him the ability to see the future.
While Xenoblade Chronicles is where he first showed up, fans these days will most likely recognize him from his recent appearances in the Super Smash Bros series, as well as those “I’m really feeling it” memes that seemed to be all over the place a few years ago.
All that aside, it will soon be possible for those who missed it the first time to experience Shulk’s original adventure wherever they go, spruced up like never before. Good news for those who’ve long been interested in trying it out without having to blow money for an original copy (those can get rather pricey these days) or downgrade to play Xenoblade Chronicles on the New Nintendo 3DS.
Developed by Monolith Soft and released for the Wii in 2012, Xenoblade Chronicles told the sweeping tale of Shulk and his life on the Bionis, one of two dead giants that make up the game’s world. When his home is devastated by mechanical beings from the other giant, the Mechonis, he sets out to seek revenge with the Monado in hand, unaware of the true scope of his destiny as its wielder.
Back then, Xenoblade Chronicles was a real hit with reviewers and fans alike. It garnered enough goodwill through its engaging story, unique RPG combat, and immense locales that Monolith Soft was able to make a franchise out of it, including the Wii U spinoff Xenoblade Chronicles X and the first proper sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which launched for the Switch in 2017.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition will be out for the Switch at some point in 2020.