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Xenoblade Chronicles is Coming Early, UK & Europe

Posted by Zach Kaplan

August just got a little bit hotter

Xenoblade Chronicles, the greatly anticipated Wii RPG due out this summer in Europe and the UK, is launching two weeks earlier than the previously scheduled date of 2nd September. The game will now launch 19th August.

That makes just a little less time to order that sexy preorder package. The game is also scheduled to come to Australia at some point, but there is still no word on a North American localisation.

You can read the full press release below, including preorder details.

8th July 2011: Xenoblade Chronicles, the epic action RPG for Wii, will now be available across Europe from 19th August, allowing fans to explore the massive world of this critically acclaimed game two weeks earlier than expected.

Nintendo has also created an exclusive pre-order bundle for Xenoblade Chronicles which includes the game itself plus a red Classic Controller Pro, and is accompanied by a poster tube with three exclusive, A1-sized posters, electronically signed by the founder of Monolith Software, Tetsuya Takahashi.

Xenoblade Chronicles takes you to the stunning lands of Bionis and Mechonis where the vast landscapes result in over 100 hours of immersive gameplay. Enjoy the freedom of being able to reach whatever you can see in the distance, exploring and plotting your way around the many quests. Xenoblade Chronicles is a real departure from traditional RPGs due to its real-time combat and the freedom you are given to roam the seamless universe without having to endure random encounters.

The number of pre-order bundles is limited, so fans must be quick if they want to get their hands on the three exclusive posters depicting the landscapes and characters of Xenoblade Chronicles, as well as the red Classic Controller Pro. Xenoblade Chronicles is also available to buy or pre-order as software only.

To pre-order your copy of the game or the Xenoblade Chronicles bundle and to receive your special pre-order items ahead of the new 19th August 2011 release date.

Visit to read behind the scenes Iwata Asks interviews, see the game in action and stay tuned for the full website!

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User Comments (51)



Aviator said:

Ooh, Australia, now there is a nice surprise.

Might de-box my Wii for this... might not though.



FonistofCruxis said:

Americans may want to look at the rumour I posted in this games thread. If its true then theres still some hope for you guys and this game looks amazing, I bet it will be GOTY!



JayArr said:

@ #4 - This Rumor

Can't believe GoNintendo even reported on that. Just looks like Operation Rainfall propaganda garbage.



Wheels2050 said:

Aargh! Really want to pre-order this, but I'm moving overseas around then and don't know where I'll be...



Cia said:

this is the first time i've actually felt bad for those who live in usa.



RedYoshi999 said:

I really want that red classic controller now that I have the remote and nunchuk combo. And it's coming to Australia? Yay!



LztheQuack said:

NoA said "at this time". If I had a nickle for every time they said that then reversed it I would own Nintendo



Hardy83 said:

@Izbirdboy If I had a nickle for every time Nintendo said "at this time" and did absolutely nothing, I would own Apple, MS, Sony and Nintendo.



Lotice-Paladin said:

If I had a Pound for every "F you NOA"....

What is it with NOE trolling NOA lately? Especially when NOA maybe localising the game for Europeans!?!



FonistofCruxis said:

@Frimelda Why would NoA be localising a game for Europe that isn't confirmed for release in America? I'm pretty sure NoE did the localisation, especially when the voice actors are British.



Drake said:

@mariofanatic: They've done it before, Another Code R and a bunch of other games were tested by NoA for Europe and never saw a US release.



iPruch said:

PERFECT! I mean, 2nd September is the day I go back to university. Xenoblade Chronicles and studies are incompatible I guess



FonistofCruxis said:

@Drake I didn't know that NoA localised those but it would surprise me if it was the same for this because of the British voice actors.



Nintendo-64 said:

The games are all localized in germany where NOE is.
The translation office of NOE is in Frankfurt.



Davidmoreaux said:

Maybe the reasons they are holding off for America is that all the hype is drawing more people to the game in hopes it will sell better.



AVahne said:




Ernest_The_Crab said:

Why does the article say the UK and Europe? Isn't UK part of Europe? Unless localization treats the two differently.



Traxx said:

@34: NoE doesn't seperate them for their business. They cover mainly all PAL countries, so this includes African countries and some Asien. To certain extent, even Nintendo Australia is dependent on NoE waiting for games being localized, etc.



Monsti said:

This shows how little NOE and NOA and of course the japanese guys work together. A slap into OPrainfall's face, probably without even wanting it.

Personally of course I'm glad I have something to play during the summer.



AVahne said:

Operation Rainfall received word from someone inside Nintendo that TLS is being localized for American with Xenoblade already done...Not gonna believe that insider until I see proof



Henmii said:

Good news! By the way: No need to mention the UK and Europe both. The UK is a part of Europe, and when a game has a UK release-date, it counts for all Europe!



Jamouse said:

here is an idea americans, stop complaining.
Us PAL gamers don't complain that much when games don't get localised for our region (which is often... i think... maybe)



Vinsanity said:


I'm shaking with rage right now.

Don't get me wrong, my UK gamer brethren. Please, enjoy this game. Enjoy twice as much for your US and Canadian brothers-in-arms.




Vinsanity said:

Could NOE president, Satoru Shibata, maybe please save the day here? And release a non-region locked disc so us NA gamers can import?

Man....frickin' Reggie. The only non-Japanese president in Nintendo history. Because the old NOA presidents were Japanese too. He clearly doesn't think the way Nintendo guys should. Ken Lobb and Howard Lincoln could've been NOA president. Fu** this Fils-Aime guy.



hYdeks said:

ohhh! a red controller! I want it for that alone, the game looks sweet too.



SennaKurosaki said:

Finally a game that makes me excited about my Wii again. (Last one was Kirby Epic Yarn and that's already a while ago.) I'm gonna buy Xenoblades, and I want to red controller too! Now only hope that the price of the special edition isn't too "special". Hahaha!

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