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Video: What Could Xenoblade Chronicles Look Like In HD?

Posted by Damien McFerran

Sharp as a blade

Did you enjoy our Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD videos? We certainly hope so, because we've got another one for you today, and it's a real jaw-dropper.

For this Xenoblade Chronicles video, we've done things a little differently. There's no standard definition footage in there now — this is all HD, captured by our moving-image master Rory Cocker inside his top-secret research facility in the darkest regions of north England.

As you can see, the game looks absolutely stunning (make sure you've got 1080p enabled on your YouTube player) and hopefully one day we'll see this cult classic re-released on the Wii U in some form, as many people missed out on the Wii original due to its low print run and the game's subsequent rising value in the second-hand market.

As ever, we cannot stress enough that this footage has nothing to do with Nintendo whatsoever — it is merely an illustration of what Xenoblade Chronicles could potentially look like running in 1080p high definition.

Let us know what you think by posting a comment, and also be sure to vote in the poll to decide which game we tackle next.

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What game would you like us to give the HD treatment to next? (325 votes)

Super Mario Galaxy 2


Metroid Prime 3: Corruption


Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Mario Kart Wii




Metroid: Other M


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess


Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition


Sin and Punishment: Star Successor


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element187 said:

This one isnt quite what Xenoblade would look like in HD because of how few polygons are used on the character models and the ultra low resolution textures.... I don't think Nintendo would let just an uprezzed port out the door, they would have to give the game a makeover

Probably the same reason why they chose Windwaker over TP/SS. A lot cheaper to give cel shaded graphics a facelift than poly/texture upgrades



RupeeClock said:

Still making these videos yet denying Dolphin Emulator the credit it deserves for making these videos possible? Come on, not cool.



TreesenHauser said:

Twilight Princess gets my next vote, only because I know it'll be one of the next HD vids anyway.



ajcismo said:

Pretty cool. An HD version would give me an excuse for a 4th playthru, not that an excuse is really needed.



Spoony_Tech said:

I was going to vote for MeMetroidut that already looks great. Now that I've seen RE4 on the list I really want to see that hd instead.



PinkSpider said:

I meant to select metroid prime 3 and selected resident evil by mistake
Please do metroid prime 3 next



tom_q said:

This is a game that really needs to be release in hd, nowhere near enough people played it. I would say it is the best game since Majora's Mask, I played Ni No Kuni around the same time and it had nothing on this.



metaloid said:

I think you should really stop with this emulation COOL/NOTCOOL paradox.
Your site has some visibility/credibility... Not compatible with this.



King47 said:

Just started the game, I'm looking it so far. I hope I'm fine with it by the time mk is out.



rjejr said:

Can't watch the vid, about 5 hours in and dont' want any spoilers, but this game should have been in HD in the first place on Wii U, considering how long it took to come out in the US. Would have been worth the extra year or two wait. Wii still had the other 2 JRPG for it's waning years.



xevious said:

Well, I don't think a mere HD update would be worth it, but watching the video sure does take me back! What an amazing game. A masterpiece. A true modern classic. Can't wait for "X"



Kosmo said:


I'll be outside, if you're looking for me...



Just_Ethan said:

These videos have taught me I hate buffering. Does this mean my internet can't handle HD?



ikki5 said:


I doubt many people will still play it. Nowhere near enough people played it because they never bothered to go buy it. When it was released in NA. it was easy to get a hold of and not many people really bought it. I am pretty sure Nintendo really only released it in NA because it kind of flopped in other places around the world and there seemed to be a decent interest in NA. However, even with it being released in NA, it never did get over 1 million sales and I doubt an HD remake will really do that much more and will probably perform even worse.



pazmon said:

i'd like to see this game, Pandora's Tower and also the Last Story in HD, they would be amazing..!!



triforcepower73 said:

Yeah this game, my favorite game of all time, has my favorite title screen theme of any title screen theme I've heard before. (It might just be that the two most relevant instruments are violin and piano, my favorite instruments, but still).



tom_q said:

@ikki5 I think that was because it was right at a time when people had forgotten they even had wiis right at the end of it's life cycle. Xenoblade has gained a lot notoriety since then for being the best example of it's genre in a very long time and I think a lot of people would jump at the chance to see it on their new shiny hd televisions.



triforcepower73 said:

And as you can tell from my profile pic, I'm absolutely pumped for X right now!!! My most anticipated game right now!



yuwarite said:

I request a video, which shows how you obtained the ISO to make these, it would put everyone's minds at ease that you didn't just download them.



Dreamz said:

Just cranking up the resolution does not high-definition make. You can't make a good pie using rotten apples, no matter how good the recipe. Likewise you can't make something HD without having the texture resolution and polygon counts to support it.



bezerker99 said:

That was an incredible video! You guys were able to cram lots of different locations in those 3 minutes. It would have been cool if Monolith had released an HD version while we all wait for X. Either way, Xenoblade Chronicles looked great in that video!



tanasten said:

These HD Makes are a need to any Nintendo fan. Seriously Nintendo, do it.

People is playing Wii games on the emulator just to enjoy these games looking like the one of this video. 480P looks horrible on an HD tv!



SetupDisk said:

This would be the best game to remake. Thanks to the crappy distribution and lack of advertising not near enough people played this. I have to admit this has just gotten me more excited for X than anything else.



yuwarite said:

It's all about trust.

I was emailed by an admin regarding another one of these articles, that the person who makes these videos does legally obtain his ISO's, but there's no real proof of that, just word of mouth.



PorllM said:

Why is RE4 on the list? The game has already been released in HD. Not the Wii edition but it's still not gonna look much different.
@yuwarite or you could just chill out and realise it doesn't matter.



bizcuthammer said:

I bought this game a month ago, and its the best RPG i've played in a long time. Great the whole way through. I'm usually against HD remakes (they're just a way for companies to make quick cash by releasing last gen games with a barely noticeable upgrade, not to mention the fact that simply making a game look better does nothing to the actual gameplay), i would be in favor pf a remake for this game, if only because it would allow more people to play it. This is one of those games that everyone should play.



yuwarite said:

@PorllM It doesn't matter? It's in the ToS, that:

"The following subjects are explicitly against our rules:

  • Any illegal activity, including but not limited to, talk of modchips, flashcarts, piracy, warez, etc.
  • Talk or discussion about any unofficial emulators and/or ROMs"

People say the loophole is in the word, "Talk". But how can you not talk about the process of creating this article or discuss the tools needed to.

In other words, you're free to talk about them in this article only, but if another mod sees you discussing them in another article or forum post, you're banned basically



FX102A said:

In all honesty, I'm glad the original was in SD because being blown away by the visuals and scenery was heightened when I remembered that this was all in SD on a little console that many had tagged as being 'underpowered'.



yuwarite said:

@tom_q @PorllM I guess you two can just "chill out" together when you're both unfairly banned for the discussion of piracy outside of this article, right?



TheRealThanos said:

One of the best Wii games I've ever played, it would fully deserve an HD treatment, to say the least. I hope that X is the HD sequel that it deserves. It's also one of the few games from which I've seen all the intro animations (the ones that you see if you don't press any button to start). It takes some time to let the game cycle through them all because you go back to the start screen before the next one is loaded, but it is definitely worth the wait...
@Brickbuild101 what browser do you use? If it's Chrome or Firefox, you can install a browser app called "Flash Video Downloader (Full HD Download)" which allows you to download most YouTube videos in whatever resolution they are available, so also in full HD. You can then just watch the clips on your computer with your own Media player without the need for online buffering. (or put them on a USB stick or portable HD and watch them on a big TV screen, like I do. It's great... )



ejamer said:

HD or SD, this game remains stunningly beautiful.

I wonder if remaking Xenoblade as an HD title would ever be financially viable though - there is just so much content they would have to create new art assets for, and JRPGs (even great ones like Xenoblade) don't appeal to a huge segment of the market. The sequel might be as close as we ever get?



Achoo said:

@Jazzer94 OH yes! I would love a HD F-Zero! That game was for skilled gamers for sure, me and my mate took weeks to complete it!



PorllM said:

@yuwarite well if it's in the rules that they can't use piracy then this video obviously wasn't obtained through piracy? Anyone can upscale a video. And even if it was, it's their own site they can break the rules if they want.

I won't get banned from the site because I haven't discussed anything of that nature outside of replying to you.



rushiosan said:

Wii U could run Wii games with HD (1080p) setting. Emulators can, why a Nintendo machine couldn't? That would give Wii a pretty decent afterlife, and make Wii owners have a real reason to upgrade/transfer all the data.



Action51 said:

So many memories flooding back with that of my favorite things about Xenoblade was that expansive world and brilliant use of color.

This game proved that you don't have to use bright crayon box colors or drab greys and browns.



Dolphin64 said:

@RupeeClock Do you live in Europe? If not, then emulating games unofficially is illegal. But no matter where you live, emulating is a bad thing. Wanna play Mario 64? Do the VC or get an n64 bro.



AVahne said:

These videos make me sad that the Wii U is incapable of upping the resolution of Wii games. I guess it's about time I upgraded my PC; an FX-6100 with the Radeon HD 6850 didn't hold out very long.



Oniinside said:

The only thing I hated 'bout this game was the bunny-hop (and the missable missions actually)



Melkac said:

Guys, believe me when I tell you you don't want to see Twilight Princess in HD. The textures are horribly SD and there's nothing the Dolphin emu can do about that...



Ryno said:

Man watching that video really makes me want to do a 2nd playthrough but I do not have enough time in my life.



LetsGoRetro said:

NL arent you going to announce Nintendp filing trademark for " Code Name STEAM: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace"?

I wonder if it's Miyamoto's new IP?



FritzFrapp said:

Looks lovely, but also makes me sad to think we'll never get another game from these guys starring Raymond Bryce because of the disasters of recent years.



JebbyDeringer said:

I guess I should play this game huh? Might as well play it in HD using the same technology of the top secret research facility in North England.



FJOJR said:

I could see Nintendo rereleasing N64, GCN and Wii games in higher resolutions and framerates in the future much like what Sony has done on the PS3 with their back catalog.



wombatkidd said:

@rushiosan because the Wii u doesn't emulate Wii games, it has an actual Wii on a chip. When it's in Wii mode it's a Wii. That's why it has a sperate interface for it.

You can't do software emulsion tricks with that kind of setup, with the trade off being that 100% of Wii games are compatible.



Gold said:

Wow. TLoZSS was last week. That was quick.
Anyways, Brawl is my next vote, then I don't know what. Maybe TP?



Manaphy2007 said:

i need to finish the game, also i chose MP3 for next hd look like but i also want twilight princess, skyward sword, pandora's tower, f-zero gx, and the last story



ChuJelly said:

It doesn't look like the HD treatment did much to it to me (probably because of the low-res looking textures), but even so, that video makes me really want to play this game even more now. If only I could find it for a cheap enough price for once I hate how much rarity can affect a used/old game's prices. Used copies are going for the prices they were when new.. should've gotten it when I had the chance back in the day.



JaxonH said:

Seeing these Wii games in HD makes one realize how great of a job Nintendo programmers did last gen. Games like Xenoblade, Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3... such intricate detail and flawless design. The standard definition really hindered gamers from appreciating how well designed these games were. This gen is going to be so amazing, because with the Wii U, that's no longer an issue.



PinkSpider said:

Seriously another Zelda in top spot we seen Zelda already come on guys try and be original, your all so obvious with your choices



RennanNT said:

@LetsGoRetro Scroll at the begining and click on home. Do NOT click on NintendoLife logo, you will be redirected to Wii news only (because this is a Wii article), if you do that.
Also, take notice the site has 2-3 featured news always on top, which may not be the most recent news.
If its not neither, I don't know what is happening with you..



Mahe said:

Maybe I should try Xenoblade on my Wii U through HDMI one of these days.



Emaan said:

Twilight Princess in HD I can't handle. That would be so amazing

This game looks really nice also might I add.



Vriess said:

We already had this discussion. Twilight Princess should be the next game to be done in HD.



TwilightAngel said:

This video make me want nintendo to make a remake of xenoblade chronicles so if X does not come out this year then we have a game to help us wait.



Maelstrom said:

And to everyone arguing about emulators and roms, emulators are not illegal. However, all roms are illegal whether you have a copy of the game or not. BUT, you can use dolphin by ripping your games to a hard drive without downloading a single rom



kyuubikid213 said:

It doesn't look all that different to me.

The only real difference I can see is it's not as jagged as the original Wii quality. To be fair though, Xenoblade Chronicles is a beautiful game to begin with.



zip said:

Seriously, stop posting these dolphin emulator videos without giving the dolphin emulator team credit. It's like stealing news from somewhere else without providing the source.



Marshi said:

Please please please release this for the wiiu monolith! Heck even just rerelease the wii version with a repackaged "works on wiiu" logo on it,as the game is so hard to find and I sold my copy like a fool. One of the best rpg's ever



Pod said:

The environment art and music is amazing in this game.

Though I'm really not feeling it for the characters, so after a while I sort of dropped out on it. Might return though.



BestBuck15 said:

I bought Xenoblade yesterday. Argos are selling it cheap, (shock horror). €30 for the game and red classic controller pro. The controller is worth €25.

Played it for 5 minutes, it looks interesting.



Kamalisk said:

Xenoblade needs to be upscaled. There was a fan project to actually update the textures and such for HD in the dolphin emulator. What I played of it, it looked amazing. I really hope they are working on updating it for HD, I would buy 10 copies



AJWolfTill said:

This video actually made a visible difference to me unlike the other two. The world and music of Xenoblade were phenomenal. X has very high standards to meet on those fronts.



audiobrainiac said:

God they REALLY need to do this to this game and stick it on the eshop. I'd buy it in a heartbeat!!!



Dreamz said:

Sigh. Looks like we're stuck with another Zelda remaster. Maybe we should just have them all done at once so we can move on to something else.



Pahvi said:

If a game were to be made in HD for Wii U (which is, I assume, one reason these "What if" videos), Sin & Punishment 2 would not be the game. It'd practically require the players to have the Wiimote => even smaller potential userbase.

Still, it's fast-paced enough that the low-poly models and low-res textures might not be that visible. This brings me to my next thought: if I didn't think Sega might get upset, seeing Sonic Colours in HD would be nice. Some might even find it better than Sonic: Lost World...



Baker1000 said:

I can't believe you only featured the briefest of clips from Gaur Plain, and it wasn't even that spectacular part of it. That's left me disappointed really. Could we just have a one minute clip of you running through Gaur Plain?

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