An outspoken Nintendo employee has found himself out of a job following an impassioned podcast appearance where he critiqued elements of his role.
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Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is working on a new 3DS title, a set of job listings posted on the company's official website reveal.
The most pirated PC game of 2011 wasn't Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 or Skyrim - it was Crysis 2.
Xenoblade Chronicles isn't the best-made game released this year. It's not quite my personal favourite, either. It's not the greatest role-playing game in what was surely a banner year for the genre; nor is it the most exciting new game from Japan or the most welcome comeback. It's not even the best Wii game of 2011. But it was something none of those games were: a lovely surprise.
UPDATE: Nintendo of America has confirmed an April 2012 US release, via its Twitter feed.
ORIGINAL STORY: Xenoblade Chronicles, Nintendo's phenomenal Wii JRPG that so far has only been released in Japan and Europe, is finally getting a US release, judging by an eagle-eyed NeoGAF poster.
According to a retail database listing, it'll be out in The Land of the Free on 3rd April 2012 as a GameStop exclusive.
Directors chat on realising vision.
Nintendo titles have assaulted the top 10, as niche 9/10 Wii-exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles turned up in seventh place.
With each passing year, the Gamescom convention in Cologne in August provides a more fascinating contrast with E3's marketing blowout in Los Angeles two months earlier. This week has been no exception.
Nintendo has apologised to fans who put down money for the Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles' pre-order bundle at Game or Gamestation but didn't get what they were promised.
Nintendo has confirmed European releases for Japanese Wii RPGs Pandora's Tower and The Last Story.
Both games will be here next year.
Wii gamers have campaigned for Pandora's Tower and The Last Story to head West. This week's release of brilliant JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles was proof that such action could work.
It's not clear precisely when the Japanese role-playing game crumbled from one of gaming's core pillars to a battered monument to outmoded design. In the wake of Final Fantasy VII's global popularity, this weave of grandiose storytelling, menu-based battling and lavish production values seemed set to dominate the future of interactive entertainment. But as budgets strained ever harder to fill the widening technological boundaries of each new wave of console hardware, publishers took fewer and fewer risks with their money. Creative repetition led to stagnation led to decline.
Today, the release schedules are peppered with remakes and re-releases of seminal 'JRPGs' from the Super Nintendo's golden era and fans are routinely made to look backwards, rarely forwards. On the few occasions that we are treated to a strong fresh release, such as last year's outstanding Dragon Quest IX, that success leans more heavily on familiarity than novelty.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a rare exception. Here is an endlessly lavish, detailed production based in a newborn universe that is not only filled with unfamiliar faces but also brims with daring ideas and mechanics. Indisputably, this Wii game - released in the twilight months of its host console - is the strongest JRPG to emerge in years. Its vision is so bold and assured that it's difficult to imagine how such a creature could have risen from this brackish swamp of a genre.
The warm and fuzzy till-ringing sound of capitalism returns to shops this week, as the games industry escapes the annual drought of summer.
Nintendo details mission mechanics.
Pretty RPG worth dusting off the Wii for.
Wii exclusive action role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles will launch two weeks early, Nintendo has announced.
It was down for 2nd September. It now releases 19th August.
Nintendo's Game/Gamestation exclusive pre-order bundle includes the game, a red Classic Controller Pro and a poster tube with three A1-sized posters, electronically signed by the founder of Monolith Software, Tetsuya Takahashi.
Nintendo has finally responded to the widespread fan movement campaigning to get Japan-only titles The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower localised for the US market, and the news isn't good.
Nintendo has announced Xenoblade Chronicle's European bundle is a pre-order exclusive at Game and Gamestation in the UK.
Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles releases in Europe on 2nd September with a bundle pack that includes a red Classic Controller Pro.
Cockney accented Wii RPG out September.
Nintendo has hinted that Japan-exclusive Wii games The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will launch on these shores.
Wii users disgruntled at Nintendo's reluctance to localise a number of its Japan-only titles have launched a spamming campaign in an effort to coax the platform holder into action.
Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft is making a Wii U game.
JRPG just confirmed for Europe.
Who says the Wii is dead?
Not Nintendo Europe, anyway.
It's just launched a UK teaser site for Wii-exclusive role-playing game Xenoblade, confirming a European launch.