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Nintendo Shows Off Monolith Soft's Wii U Project

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Looks like a Xenoblade sequel to us

Xenoblade Chronicles may have arrived fairly late in the Wii's life cycle, and endured a drawn-out release in the West, but it earned plaudits from gamers and boosted the profile of its developer, Monolith Soft. There's little surprise, in that case, that a particularly exciting reveal in today's Nintendo Direct was a trailer for the studio's new Wii U game.

Nintendo's press releases are shying away from giving this one a title, but we're making an early assumption that this could be a new Xenoblade release. Perhaps it was the big X at the end of the trailer, or the character near the end that looks an awful lot like Shulk from the Wii title. If it is a continuation of the Xenoblade series, then we're rather excited.

The trailer below features a fair bit of footage, which is encouraging in terms of the progress of development. It shows off impressive, sizeable environments along with some rather large monsters, with a futuristic bike and mech to travel around in. The gameplay, in terms of the fighting mechanics, seems to draw heavy inspiration from the Wii game, which cleaned up in the Wii category in the staff and community Game of the Year 2012 awards here on Nintendo Life.

If epic JRPGs are your kind of games, then we suggest keeping an eye on this one.

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BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

Most exciting thing ever!
I hope it turns out to be directly related to Xenoblade, but it's a bit hard to tell at this stage. At the very least there'll be quite a lot of similarities and I'm sure it'll be absolutely incredible.
I'm doubtful that they can top Xenoblade Chronicles, just because it's the greatest game I've ever played, but there's no way this can't be amazing either way.

Xilef

#2

Xilef said:

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR XENOBLADE!

Some guy made the speculation that this could be about the "new world" that Shulk created.

citizenerased

#3

citizenerased said:

So, so gorgeous. But as mentioned, the hit point counter thing is annoying as hell, please let there be an option to remove that.

Emaan

#5

Emaan said:

I haven't even played the Wii game yet, and this looks amazing!

SheldonRandoms

#6

SheldonRandoms said:

@BenAV I just knew you made the first comment on this.

But yes, this looks amazing, Xenoblade sequel would be amazing, I just said amazing twice......three times in this comment, that's how amazing it'll be.........four times.

mattatron

#7

mattatron said:

@CanisWolfred first thing I thought was Xenogears. I would love if they were continuing the Xeno series, as I thought it was dead after the poor reception of the Xenosagas.

Knux

#8

Knux said:

This alone will make me buy a Wii U. But I still need to finish Xenoblade Chronicles first...

theblackdragonAdmin

#9

theblackdragon said:

idk what it is exactly or where it falls in the Xeno universe, but I must have it. Thank you for giving me something to save for, Nintendo and MonolithSoft!

BenAV

#10

BenAV said:

@SheldonRandoms Haha, this is the article I was waiting for.
Most exciting thing I've seen tonight, and that's saying something considering it was following HD Wind Waker.

I've been in a very Xenoblade mode this week.
Been really wanting to play through the game again (but my Wii isn't here sadly) and I bought the soundtrack and watched all the cutscenes again... now I just want to play it again even more.

WiiLovePeace

#12

WiiLovePeace said:

Xenoblade Chronicles is the single greatest game of all time imo but I'm definitely excited for Xenoblade Chronicles II & am anticipating it to be even better than the first one :D Those graphics look jaw droppingly gorgeous & the world looks like it'll be even bigger than before, being able to ride a mechon that can either fly or drive is brilliant & the monsters look even bigger than before! Greatly looking forward to this game :D

Edit: Although I'm hoping the entire game doesn't look like this but rather has a lot of "beautiful" areas like Eryth Sea. Although the sunset looks nice I would like the grass & water to be brighter & not just an entire realistic approach for this game to be better than Xenoblade Chronicles. I will try to keep my expectations in check.

rjejr

#13

rjejr said:

crossing fingers for some type of Xenoblade Chronicles update re-release.

Hope we don't have to wait 2 years for this one to come out overseas.

Note to people working on the new Zelda game - watch this video and make sure your game looks like this, only better. It's 2013, stop making cartoons.

Jukilum

#14

Jukilum said:

I haven't played Xenoblade, but that Trailer looked like what I've seen of Monster Hunter.

FarukoSH

#16

FarukoSH said:

@rjejr They announced this game at a US Nintendo Direct, that means this games ITS coming "soon" (when its finished)

CapnPancakes

#17

CapnPancakes said:

This game has me hyped so much. It looks like it could be a cross between Xenoblade and Xenogears. After the success of Xenoblade on the Wii, I find it hard to imagine that they would abandon that series completely though.

Blaze

#18

Blaze said:

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss!

The best game ever just got a sequel! :* :* :*

gefflt

#25

gefflt said:

I am thrilled about this (and it looks GORGEOUS).
I'm just not so sure about all those guns...

AJWolfTill

#26

AJWolfTill said:

The two games I was most hoping to see on the Wii U but felt unsure of their chaces were Xenoblade 2 and Okami 3.
This looks really stunning but I hope the mechs don't play too big a part as I have never really been a fan of them.
This and the Zelda announcement just sold the system to me <3

Xilef

#27

Xilef said:

I don't this has any relations to Xenogears. If this was Xenogears, then we probably would se Namco's logo since they own Xenogears.

TysonOfTime

#29

TysonOfTime said:

...Doesn't every game Monolith makes have an X in the title?

ALSO XENOBLADE SEQUEL GET HYPED!

Starwolf_UK

#31

Starwolf_UK said:

Hmm I don't see the white lines on the b.g. of the techniques. In Xenoblade these indicated if an art was physical or ether based. Thats the only Xenoblade related comment I have.

@TysonOfTime Only the popular RPGs, I mean Baten Kaitos and Disaster: Day of crisis don't have X.

@Xilef It is a red X at the end which is what the Xenogears logo had. Then again these mechs appear to be called Dolls rather than Gears.

MYCO

#33

MYCO said:

I HEARD THAT ITS A EARTHBOUND X GAME AND WE JUST SAW NESS IN THE VIDEO IGN SAID THAT EARTHBOUND IS COMING TO THE WII U SO THIS MAY BE IT

Spanjard

#35

Spanjard said:

Oh this great! XC OWNED. And that game wasn't HD... So this one will probably do just fine :)

MYCO

#36

MYCO said:

Did you see that yo yo in the game you have to look very good to see it and Mechs are called Dolls from Earthbound 3

zane

#37

zane said:

11 seconds in there is a big shape in the distance that might some part of a dead god?

Kelvin

#38

Kelvin said:

Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the best games on the Wii, and the best rpg in years — and yes, I'm counting the overrated Skyrim in that — so I'd be very pleased to see a follow-up. If this is true, then they've just sold a WiiU.

AyeHaley

#39

AyeHaley said:

It seems to have live chat or online play!! And it looks amazing those monsters and that mech!! Wowieeee! Also seems to be quite far into development. :) This holiday or spring 2014?

ritsuka666

#41

ritsuka666 said:

Monolith Soft: Fu** you Sony.

Seriously, it's nice seeing Nintendo doing Jrpg's so well since Sony head quarters started having a drug problem in japan. this game has already more info to the audience than FF X HD and FF VERSUS. Fu** you Sony, at least Nintendo knows how to manage development for its games.

Knux

#42

Knux said:

I better not get too excited until this is confirmed for the West. After all, Xenoblade Chronicles barely made it over here due to NOA's stupidity. :|

Ryno

#43

Ryno said:

Speaking of Xenoblade, can we please get another release of Xenoblade Chronicles Gamestop and Nintendo?

CanisWolfred

#46

CanisWolfred said:

I'm wondering if theyre gonna try to connect Xenoblade to the rest of the franchise with this game...?

theblackdragonAdmin

#50

theblackdragon said:

Excuse me while I go prepare myself to become a blind follower of kkslider5552000's new religion-in-progress

Expa0

#52

Expa0 said:

I really didn't care much for Xenoblade at all, wish they would make a new Baten Kaitos game instead.

zane

#53

zane said:

It looks like Shulk a lot. Maybe it's dunban in the beginning of the vid, you don't really see his face but you do see the haircut.

zane

#54

zane said:

@expa0 Did u finish the game? The learning curve was quite high I must say. But sooo worth it, love the ending.

Expa0

#55

Expa0 said:

@zane
I played until the black chick joined my party, but it was just too boring and slow for me, so I quit.

YChung

#58

YChung said:

Yes!! This is now my most wanted game. Xenoblade is my favourite game and I'm a massive fan of Monolift soft. Baiten Kaitos on Gamecube was also fantastic. Cannot wait!

SomeBitTripFan

#59

SomeBitTripFan said:

This is likely going to tie Xenoblade and Xenogears together. The mechs made that nearly obvious, not to mention Xenoblade is considered before the others in the Xeno timeline! I'M AS READY AS REGGIE!

Dunban

#62

Dunban said:

I´m so exited!!! Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best games I ever played. I just always asked myself: "How would these worlds look like on a HD-Console? How breathtaking can a view be?" And this Game is the answer. It would be the biggest fake ever, if this game has nothing to do with Xenoblade.

LonDonE

#63

LonDonE said:

@tealovertoma agreed, hell if they even just made xenoblade cronicles on wii u in hd, i would be happy, an yes the hit counter is so damn annoying!! oh nintendo, finally i can play al those great games i

tabris95

#66

tabris95 said:

@Xilef Namco does not own Xenogears. Square Enix does. Namco Bandai published the Xenosaga trilogy but it still belongs to Monolith. That said, i have a feeling that this title will try to link Xenoblade with the rest of the Xeno universe in the same way that Xenosaga 3 did for Xenogears. So happy for this!

Henmii

#70

Henmii said:

Looks like Xenoblade chronicles meets Monster hunter! Looks pretty nice: Big enviroments like Xenoblade chronicles with big dino's!

Only downside is that this looks a lot darker with a lot less color then Xenoblade chronicles! But still looks pretty exciting!

Jeremyx7

#74

Jeremyx7 said:

Incredible!! Even though this is just a Massive TEASE to all of us who fell in love with Xenoblade Chronicles.....this was still exciting to watch and now I am definitely going to make plans on getting a Wii U ASAP.

This is some of the best news for me in the video game scene!!

Kage_88

#75

Kage_88 said:

Frakking heck!

I'm definitely gonna get this...

...once I finish Xenoblade. Which willl be sometime around 2053.

Lopezdm

#79

Lopezdm said:

Looks like a awesome game, the mechs look cool as poopiedoodledingdongs.
I don't look into these types of games much but if it has a great game play and story I could be inclined to buy it.

MeloMan

#80

MeloMan said:

In and out of mechs at will?!?!? That X "swoosh" looks ALOT like the Xenoblade "X". At least the battle system is returning, and bathed in HD glory. Whether it's XC2, or just using the game engine, color me EXCITED as I've love everything from Monolithsoft.

banacheck

#81

banacheck said:

ritsuka666

I laugh at your naive comment as i place a copy of the epic Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch into my Blur-Ray Drive (Only on Playstation).

This will be an epic game and will add nicely to my collection of JRPG's.

DimensionRaven

#83

DimensionRaven said:

This looks very good. My only real complaint is a distinct lack of a team surrounding the central player. Still, these are only early shots so it could be very different when it finally comes out.

However, I'm not one for the big mechs as it looks set to spoil he perfect beauty of Xenoblade Chronicles.

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