Project X Zone 2 may have slipped into an early 2016 release in the West, but there's exciting news that should help build more interest among Nintendo fans. Characters from Nintendo-exclusive games are joining the diverse cast which already encompasses Bandai Namco, SEGA and Capcom IPs.

The two games / franchises being brought in are Xenoblade Chronicles and Fire Emblem. The former makes sense in terms of Monolith Soft's involvement as developers of the first game and this sequel, while the latter is a neat curveball that nevertheless makes sense considering the close ties between Nintendo and Bandai Namco, in particular.

The Xenoblade character will be Fiora, who will be partnered with KOS-MOS from the Xenosaga series. Then we have Lucina and Chrom from Fire Emblem, below.

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Are you excited about these new characters, and does this boost your interest in the game? Let us know in the comments.