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Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U for just £31.49

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Monolith Soft, Rice Digital, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles X

Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U for just £31.49

This is, by far, the cheapest pre-order we've seen for the upcoming Wii U exclusive, and it's all thanks to the voucher code above. Considering how well its predecessor held its price, this offer of £31 is pretty good going. We've made no secret of our high hopes and expectations for Xenoblade Chronicles X, with its expansive world to explore, monsters to defeat with enjoyable combat mechanics, and added multiplayer functionality. We'll ultimately find out in December if it has been worth the wait. Cheers to Buzz @ HUKD!

Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U for just £34.85

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Monolith Soft, RPGs, simply games, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles X

Pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U for just £34.85

Here's the cheapest price around for the upcoming Wii U exclusive, which beats the next best offer elsewhere by almost £4. Considering how well its predecessor held its price, this offer of £35 is pretty good going. We've made no secret of our high hopes and expectations for Xenoblade Chronicles X, with its expansive world to explore, monsters to defeat with enjoyable combat mechanics, and added multiplayer functionality. We'll ultimately find out in December if it has been worth the wait. Thanks to Gamer_U @ HUKD!


Xenoblade Chronicles X is going to reinvent the JRPG... again

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
JRPGs, Monolith Soft, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs of the decade, and it succeeded by breaking the mold. The great characters and strong storylines we love from the genre were innovatively merged with the massive open worlds and exploration we typically associate with western RPGs and MMOs, creating a game that was enormous as it was deeply compelling. In effect, it reinvented and reinvigorated a genre that many, albeit incorrectly, feel is stagnating.

Xenoblade Chronicles X seems set to do the same. Only on a much grander scale. With mechs. And multiplayer!

Monolith Soft's upcoming Wii U exclusive has been on our radar ever since its first teasers, but Nintendo have now launched a slew of new details by way of one of an utterly stunning Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation. You can watch the video above, but for your convenience, here's what we now know about Xenoblade Chronicles X... and why we feel that it's one of the most exciting releases of 2015.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is going to reinvent the JRPG... again

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From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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From The Vault, JRPGs, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games, Xenoblade Chronicles

Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, having gotten all excited once again over the prospect of Xenoblade Chronicles X in the wake of the first Nintendo Direct of the year, here's a reminder of exactly why Monolith Soft's original title on the Wii was so highly regarded, and why we're very glad it's getting a revisit on the New 3DS.

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From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Platform: Wii (Reviewed)

Developer: Monolith Soft

Publisher: Nintendo

The UK release of Xenoblade Chronicles poses many questions. The most controversial of which, naturally, is exactly why us Brits have received Monolith Soft's anticipated RPG instead of the United States... who have spent the last few months demonstrating the massive demand by banging their heads against Nintendo Of America's Facebook page.

There's a much more pressing question to be answered, however. Is Xenoblade Chronicles actually any good - and does it worth the insane amount of hype?

The answer is simple. Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles an astounding RPG and a late-game miracle for the Wii, but it's also one of the best games to have come out of Japan this console generation. It's bigger, smarter, more innovative, more nuanaced and more considerate than practically any other JRPG I can name... and just to put the icing on the cake, all the voice acting isBritish. The term game-changer has never been more apt or profoundly literal.

From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Xenoblade Chronicles is set a year after a legendary hero uses the power of a mysterious sword to rout an army of machines hell-bent on crushing the human race clinging to life on the back of an ancient dead machine God. Shulk, a young laboratory technician tasked with unlocking the secrets of the Monado (the blade in question), is soon granted a nightmarish vision of the future by the enigmatic weapon - and sets out with a group of comrades to discover whether the prophecy will come true. And more importantly, whether the future can be changed. It's an exciting and imaginative premise, and one that sets the tone for a truly superior RPG.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X deploys 45 minutes of mechs & monsters!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
JRPG, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X deploys 45 minutes of mechs & monsters!

Nintendo showed us a cinematic trailer of Xenoblade Chronicles X during their E3 presentation, but we just had to know more. Following one of the best JRPGs in a generation was never going to be easy and a bit of shiny CG was never going to cut it.

Thankfully Nintendo then dropped the bomb with a whopping 45 minutes of narrated gameplay footage showing off character creation, open-world exploration, weather effects, gorgeous visuals, combat, enormous monsters and finally revealing Neo Los Angeles: the main hub of the game.

I wish they'd managed to show some of this during the Nintendo Direct, to be perfectly honest!

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Project X Zone Review | Hot Cross Fun

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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3DS Games, Capcom, Monolith Soft, Namco Bandai, Project X Zone, Sega, SRPG

Project X Zone Review | Hot Cross Fun

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Monolith Soft

Publisher: Namco Bandai | Capcom | SEGA

Perhaps it's the heatwave, but I've been having a bizarre recurring dream over the last few nights. In my fevered imagination, the developers behind Xenoblade Chronicles impossibly created a strategic turn-based RPG disgused as a fighting game. Starring over 40 classic characters from SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai franchises. Jill Valentine, Frank West, Heihachi Mishima, Ulala, Chun Li, Yuri Lowell, Blackrose, Mega-Man, Ryu, Dante, Neneko and even that bloke from Resonance Of Fate come cartwheeling through my mind; an impossible cavalcade of superstars all fighting side by side. On the 3DS, no less.

I wake up screaming.

Then, just before I reach for my phone to ring a clinical psychiatrist, I notice that same game in my 3DS card slot. Project X Zone is somehow inexplicably, maddeningly, brilliantly real. And magnificent in its insanity.

Project X Zone Review | Hot Cross Fun

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Monolith Soft Working On New Wii U RPG: Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles

Monolith Soft rather stole the show in today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, debuting footage of a new RPG designed exclusively for the Wii U. Ornate monsters, enormous levels and transforming vehicles/mecha suggests that the veteran studio will be working on another expansive open-world to explore.

Though the name of the title wasn't specifically mentioned, it's likely to be a sequel or follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles. Not only does the GUI and combat system look broadly identical, but Shulk, the hero from the original game, also makes an appearance. Plus, the footage ends by displaying a ruddy great "X." We've embedded the video above so you can judge for yourself.

Since I described Xenoblade Chronicles as "the best JRPG in years" when it released at the tail end of 2011, we couldn't be more excited about this. We'll bring you more details as we get them.

Outrageous Capcom/SEGA/Namco Crossover RPG Confirmed For Europe

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, Capcom, Monolith Soft, Namco Bandai, Sega, SRPG

Outrageous Capcom/SEGA/Namco Crossover RPG Confirmed For Europe

Project X Zone Coming To UK 3DS

The 3DS is set to get another big hitter this year in the form of Project X Zone, a Strategy RPG/fighting game hybrid featuring eighty usable characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises.

Yes, that does mean Dante, Ulala, Ryu, Heihachi, Jill Valentine, Morrigan and Frank West will be in the same story-driven game. For starters.

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Disaster: Day Of Crisis | £6.85 | ShopTo | Wii

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games
Disaster: Day Of Crisis | £6.85 | ShopTo | Wii

Disaster: Day Of Crisis is insane. It's a bit like a cross between Die Hard, Time Crisis and 2012 - a disaster movie with hilarious scripting, a rollicking storyline and a mix of different gameplay styles. There's certainly a lot of room for improvement, but this madcap escapade offers a real breath of fresh air that never takes itself too seriously. Basically, it's fun. And there's a lot to be said for that.

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Games deals, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Wii games
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The Legend of Zelda: Skywar... | Wii

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword | £29.95 | The Game Collection | Wii

There's no way that Skyward Sword can possibly cause you any disappointment whatsoever, because it's phenomenally good fun and if you want to see how it'll make you feel then I suggest you check out Matt's preview! The game supports full motion controls, so you might want to think about picking up the Wii Motion Plus peripheral too. The Game Collection are parting with copies of the game for £29.95, which should save you about £2 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.

Xenoblade Chronicles | £22.99 | Amazon & Play.com | Wii

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games
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Xenoblade Chronicles | Wii
Xenoblade Chronicles | £22.99 | Amazon & Play.com | Wii

Xenoblade is the best JRPG in years, and as far as I'm concerned, provides a stern challenge to Skyrim in terms of GOTY status. It offers a massive open world to explore, fantastic combat and deep inter-character relationships, in fact, it's a tour de force that makes the whole genre relevant again. GAME, Grainger and Amazon have sadly finished squabbling over a short-lived £19.99 Christmas price tag, but Play.com and Amazon have once again locked horns to provide a £5 saving.

Xenoblade Chronicles | £19.99 | Grainger Games | Wii

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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JRPG, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games
Xenoblade Chronicles | £19.99 | Grainger Games | Wii

Xenoblade is the best JRPG in years, and as far as I'm concerned, provides a stern challenge to Skyrim in terms of GOTY status. It offers a massive open world to explore, fantastic combat and deep inter-character relationships, in fact, it's a tour de force that makes the whole genre relevant again. If you missed GAME and Amazon squabbling over the Christmas £19.99 price tag, Grainger Games have gallantly stepped up to match.

Xenoblade Chronicles | £19.99 | Amazon & GAME | Wii

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games
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Xenoblade Chronicles | Wii

Xenoblade Chronicles | £19.99 | Amazon & GAME | Wii

Could this finally be a hint of a price drop for one of this year's best games? Xenoblade Chronicles has commanded a premium price since its summer launch (due, in part, to the fact that us critics lavished praise upon the "best JRPG in years"), but Amazon and GAME are finally squabbling over a £2 saving. Xenoblade offers a massive, immersive world to explore, with fantastic combat and inter-character relationships; it's a tour de force that makes the whole genre relevant again.

Now that it has been finally confirmed for a US release, though, this slight price wobble could be followed by a larger crash in the new year. Your call.

Update: It turns out that the £2 saving was just a slight wobble before a bona fide price avalanche! Thanks to Rhys135 at Hot UK Deals and Gunn for pointing that out.

Disaster: Day Of Crisis | £7.85 | ShopTo | Wii

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games
Disaster: Day Of Crisis | £7.85 | ShopTo | Wii

Disaster: Day Of Crisis is insane. It's a bit like a cross between Die Hard, Time Crisis and 2012 - a disaster movie with hilarious scripting, a rollicking storyline and a mix of different gameplay styles. There's certainly a lot of room for improvement, but this madcap escapade offers a real breath of fresh air that never takes itself too seriously. Basically, it's fun. And there's a lot to be said for that.

ShopTo is kicking arse as the cheapest online retailer - they'll save you a fiver.

Xenoblade Chronicles Review | The Best JRPG In Years

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
JRPG, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games, Xenoblade Chronicles
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Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles Review | The Best JRPG In Years

Platform: Wii (Reviewed)

Developer: Monolith Soft

Publisher: Nintendo

The UK release of Xenoblade Chronicles poses many questions. The most controversial of which, naturally, is exactly why us Brits have received Monolith Soft's anticipated RPG instead of the United States... who have spent the last few months demonstrating the massive demand by banging their heads against Nintendo Of America's Facebook page.

There's a much more pressing question to be answered, however. Is Xenoblade Chronicles actually any good - and does it worth the insane amount of hype?

The answer is simple. Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles an astounding RPG and a late-game miracle for the Wii, but it's also one of the best games to have come out of Japan this console generation. It's bigger, smarter, more innovative, more nuanaced and more considerate than practically any other JRPG I can name... and just to put the icing on the cake, all the voice acting is British. The term game-changer has never been more apt or profoundly literal.

Xenoblade Chronicles Review | The Best JRPG In Years

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