Sep 2nd, 2014


Xenoblade Chronicles X is perhaps the most anticipated Wii U game outside of the upcoming Legend of Zelda game. The game was teased early in 2013 as a Wii U exclusive sequel to the original Wii title, Xenoblade Chronicles. The original came out late in the Wii’s life cycle in the West and only released because of a huge campaign to see it and a few other games like Pandora’s Tower locally translated for the rest of the world to enjoy.

In the upcoming Edge Magazine issue dedicated to Miyamoto and upcoming games for the Nintendo Wii U, executive producer Tetsuya Takahashi discusses how the Wii U GamePad will be used in the new game.

We decided that it would be perfect to use as a navigation device, in the same way that a lot of tablet computers are. We’ve put some important features relating to the game system and your objectives onto the GamePad, so I feel that this should create a very user-friendly experience for players.

It sounds like you’ll be using the GamePad to navigate the world, similar to what many games have done in the past. While it’s not innovative just from that description, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing it in action.

If you’re interested in checking out what other things have been gleaned from this newest issue of Edge Magazine, check it out here.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    Navigation, item selection/equipment hot swap keys…thats all i want from the gamepad

  • Two words.

    • Christian Schoff

      Da fuq is that?

      • I don’t know.

        I call it “My reaction to Xenoblade X”

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      More Then That!!

  • Jack

    This game will be epic. To think that we will be getting this, Zelda, and Star Fox (assuming none are delayed) next year is just amazing. 🙂

  • The first time they showed this game I thought it had great graphics, but during this past E3, I couldn’t help but notice that either the game terrible or it was just the character models that look awful.

    I hope they put more polish into this.

    • uPadWatcher

      You should realize that the graphics are the same. If you look at the character’s face in the first teaser trailer, it’s still the same with better improvements. What you last saw were just CGI cut scenes… NOT ACTUAL GAME PLAY. If you had watched the real game play in action during Nintendo’s Treehouse live @ E3, you should have seen how the game works and plays.

      • I did. Hence my thoughts on the graphics.

        • kevin nun—-

          I know right? The environment looks great but when it comes to the character models it looks like another wii game.

          • Fred

            No it doesn’t. Go pull out Xenoblade again. X looks head and shoulders better than Xenoblade especially the characters models!

          • uPadWatcher

            Do your research again. Look at the Xenosaga trilogy on PS2 and Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii and see the difference of what Monolith Soft have made in Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U… especially in full HD.

          • C4

            Yeah, it’s really just the style which doesn’t resonate with everyone.

    • Ultrasyd

      I have the same feeling. But 1st trailer was more like a cinematic and not a lot of gameplay scenes. The models are indeed terrible. Just my opinion. Just like a single player MMORPG if you see what i mean. I’m really looking forward to this game though.
      I’ve been playing Ni No Kuni on PS3 lately and it looks so awesome. I think i would love to see such graphics (anim style/ smooth animation) in a JRPG. Yeah i really need such a game

    • Fred

      I’ve been playing Xenoblade and the graphics for X put the graphics for Xenoblade to shame

    • Phoenix

      The models do look a bit…weird. I mean, they all have these huge eyes and the same facial expressions, it just doesn’t seem quite right compared to the character models in Xenoblade Chronicles.

    • C4

      Looks fine to me.

      • Mario

        I never played Xenoblade chronicles (Which I regret). But to me, they look just fine.

    • CommonSense

      Its the character designers face designs. Hes the same designer from xenosaga, and decided to go with the same weird cherub face style as xenosaga instead of something else he did like, xenogears. Gives me kind of the same reaction as the tmnt 2014 faces. Did the same to me back with saga too.

      The rest of the character, monsters, and environment are aces. But man… Those faces…

      They can really put a negative halo effect on the whole games visuals for some people.

  • FutureFox

    I didn’t even have to read their comment to know how they’d use it. This is how everyone has used the damn thing. Its boring. Uninspiring and doesn’t bode well as any competitive reason to own a Wii U for newcomers.

    • uPadWatcher

      Sounds like you have no experience in the Xeno series. Most of the people see otherwise when it comes to Xenoblade Chronicles X. It’s more of an open world with more stuff not found in other games including the Wii original.

      • FutureFox

        I didn’t mean the game itself was boring and unimaginative just the developers (and other developers) use the gamepad to merely a map-screen. Especially when you consider it being the most expensive piece of hardware on the console. Nintendo could have spent far less making a second peripheral dedicated to navigation/inventory for a much cheaper cost and gamers would be just as happy.

        • uPadWatcher

          With the Game Pad, you can do more than just move and shoot. That’s why there’s a touch screen to use weapons, health… and even a helpful map to see where you’re going or the next move in the heat of a battle and when to attack.

        • A – Kuma

          “nintendo could have spent far less on making a second peripheral dedicated to navigation/inventory” or, crazy idea, developers could actually try to make better use of the gamepad. But having a map/inventory on hand rather than having to stop everything to look is actually very helpful sometimes.

    • Fred

      For this game the Gamepad use doesn’t have to Sell me because an excluse Xeno game made by Monolith Soft has me 300% sold. These guys are NUTS good at making the most incredible games. If you want to experience it go buy Xenoblade

  • adamm

    This, and off-TV play, is exactly why I prefer some Wii U ports over other consoles’ versions. Not terribly innovative, but very pragmatic use of the gamepad.

    • Ultrasyd

      We might miss some DLC, but we have this awesome feature indeed. Good deal imo

  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    Ok, pls release Xenoblade chronicles to the Wii U with updated graphics, instead of taking it to ”new” Nintendo 3DS. I dont wanna buy another 3DS system so soon

    • Fred

      I pulled it out and played in Wii Mode this weekend. It works just fine and I had a great time just do that.

      • Arthur Jarret

        I often pull it out and play in wii mode too. I almost got arrested once.

  • darkcreap

    I think that off TV play plus a touch screen interface would be great for Xenoblade. I mean, to play watching the gamepad screen and touch on the character movements instead of using the d pad and buttons. It could be much quicker. Of course, this wouldn’t work if you use the TV as the main screen, only in Off TV play.

    • C4

      Especially skill selection if that is handled like in Xenoblade. I think the whole interface should be on GamePad, optionally. And vice versa not leave stuff out when you can’t use the second screen (which ironically see Wind Waker _is_ while playing Off-TV play)

      Kinda still works on TV see eShop, Miiverse or other stuff, you can still follow the pointer on TV, you only get more false positives for ‘click’ when you don’t want to ‘click’ on stuff but that could easily be changed by mapping ‘don’t click, just point’ to one of the shoulder buttons

  • leo

    Dem character models though

  • ShortyStock

    Is Shulk in this game?

    • Fred

      Great question. We don’t know the answer. In one of the trailers it showed someone that looked like Shulk, but it didn’t say if it was him and in another trailer it showed a Napon but we learned at E3 that there are actual worlds in this
      one not just Giant Titans where people live.

      • ShortyStock

        I haven’t tried the old one. I might have to if Shulk isn’t in this

  • PS4WiiURocks

    Looks cool

  • Craig Desmond

    this Zelda and star fox are going to be amazing and the only ps4 game im getting is batman arkham knight and I am getting more wii u games aswell these are just my most anticipated games

  • zoohero

    I know its of but This is just a sad thing to see and it dos not help Nintendo in the right direction…. so sad