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Xenoblade Hitting North America with GameStop Exclusive?

by Andy Goergen - December 2, 2011, 7:21 am PST
Total comments: 29 Source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=45412..., NeoGAF

(UPDATED - Nintendo posts pics on Facebook!) Could the fruits of rainfall finally wash ashore?

UPDATE: Nintendo has posted images from the game on the company's official Facebook page.

Xenoblade Chronicles may be released in North America as an exclusive to gaming retail giant GameStop. On the flip side, an exclusive version of the game could be hitting GameStop.

Over on NeoGAF, a screenshot was posted of GameStop's upcoming releases computer system, and at the very bottom of the list could be seen "Xenoblade Chronicles GS Exclusive". The game shows a release date of 4/3/2012.

Xenoblade, a game which has gotten incredibly positive reviews, was localized for release in Europe earlier this year. The English-language version, however, was not approved for release in North America leaving many Wii owners in the United States with a tough decision: either hope for the best, or import the game and play it on a modified console. It appears that those who chose the former might be getting their wish this upcoming spring.

Talkback

CericDecember 02, 2011

That Title is baiting.
I would prefer "Xenoblade May Be Hitting North America as Gamestop Exclusive"
Shoot "Could the fruits of rainfall finally wash ashore?" be less baiting.

It's written under the rumor category.  Most of our readers don't read the news through the forum, I think.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 02, 2011

So... the game could be exclusive to Game Stop or Game Stop could end up with an exclusive edition of it....

BlackNMild2k1December 02, 2011

I would like to make a little suggestion since I think quite of few of us that comment do mostly read through the forums.

How about changing the icon to the left of the title of the thread depending on what kind of story it is. I'm sure MegaByte could put in some custom icons that say things like "Rumor", "Blog", "News" or "Editorial".

That should end alot of confusion on the forum side of things.

Quote from: UncleBob

So... the game could be exclusive to Game Stop or Game Stop could end up with an exclusive edition of it....

That was my thought as well, but I was hoping for the latter

CericDecember 02, 2011

An Aggregator and the RSS Feed doesn't have the category on it.
Most forum regulars do because its easier.

Though I'm of the mindset that titles should naturally lend themselves to a category.

In the end it isn't my call.  It's the Sites style guide.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 02, 2011
gbuellGrant Buell, Staff WriterDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Ceric

An Aggregator and the RSS Feed doesn't have the category on it.

It shows the category in my RSS reader...

http://cl.ly/CGSh/Image%202011-12-02%20at%2010.09.21%20AM.png

PajamasDecember 02, 2011

Glad to see that it might be coming out in that coveted post-holiday season window where nobody really buys anything.

CericDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: gbuell

Quote from: Ceric

An Aggregator and the RSS Feed doesn't have the category on it.

It shows the category in my RSS reader...

http://cl.ly/CGSh/Image%202011-12-02%20at%2010.09.21%20AM.png

That's interesting.  I only ever hit the one on the site.
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rss/news
I stand corrected.

ejamerDecember 02, 2011

Hmm... Awesome news for many, but I've already got a second (used) Wii with the necessary homebrew installed to play import games. I've already received an imported copy of Xenoblade from the UK. How does that saying go? Too little, too late?

Glad to have given my money to NoE in this case. They deserve it for recognizing quality and supporting the game without needing:
(a) outside critical approval (#6 Wii retail game on Metacritic),
(b) active campaigning from a nearly-abandoned fanbase, and
(c) proof of successful sales in other regions.
NoE took a risk publishing a game that I really wanted. They earned my business and I'm happy that they (who have also committed to publishing a couple of other games that appeal to me greatly in 2012) are the ones receiving my dollars.

Also glad to know that people who aren't willing to jump through the import hoops will get to enjoy this gem of a game anyway.

While I could be cynical, I'll instead simply see this as a positive step on the part of NoA. Recognizing that this game deserves release, even if it is considerably later than it should have been, is still very much a good thing.

Now if only they'd give us EarthBound on Virtual Console...  ;D

broodwarsDecember 02, 2011

Well, good for the folks who didn't import it, assuming this rumor is true.  I already imported it, and I imported the soundtrack as well so there's pretty much nothing Gamestop could offer that would tempt me to double-dip on this version.

Ian SaneDecember 02, 2011

Having to buy it from GameStop would kind of suck, you know?  Still better than nothing but ARRRGH!  GAMESTOP?!  COME ON!!

broodwarsDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Ian

Having to buy it from GameStop would kind of suck, you know?  Still better than nothing but ARRRGH!  GAMESTOP?!  COME ON!!

I have a feeling this is Nintendo's version of the Limited Print run off their Website that many of us were urging them to do.  They don't do online ordering, so (once again, if this is real) they figure a Gamestop-exclusive is the same thing.

NinSageDecember 02, 2011

Once again, the sky over Nintendo's world remains firmly in place.

ejamerDecember 02, 2011

Funny note: Just double-checked how much it cost to import. I paid slightly less to get a copy of this game shipped from Europe than the rumored GameStop release is listed at ($49.99+tax). Somehow that doesn't sound right.

lolmonadeDecember 02, 2011

Didn't want to go through the trouble of importing a copy and modding my Wii to play this, but if this rumor holds true, then I may have to consider getting it, depending on if I'm in an RPG mood when it releases.

I've heard nothing but praises, but should really read more about the gameplay before I commit.

AdrockDecember 02, 2011

I'll buy this out of principle even from GameStop. I'm still hoping for The Last Story since that's the one I wanted more.

broodwarsDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Adrock

I'm still hoping for The Last Story since that's the one I wanted more.

Yeah, that's the game I hope NoA announces soon, since NoE still hasn't announced a date for it.  I'd rather not have to import that if I don't have to.

CericDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Adrock

I'll buy this out of principle even from GameStop. I'm still hoping...

Second on the sentiment but I want Pandora's Tower more.

EnnerDecember 02, 2011

I have yet to import and un-region-lock my Wii, so I hope this rumor comes true!

Chozo GhostDecember 02, 2011

If I can only get this from Gamestop I suppose I'll do that, but if that's the case I'll just order it off their website. That way I won't have to worry an opened display piece attempted to be passed off to me as "new" or deal with any product pushing.

CericDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

If I can only get this from Gamestop I suppose I'll do that, but if that's the case I'll just order it off their website. That way I won't have to worry an opened display piece attempted to be passed off to me as "new" or deal with any product pushing.

You can get the game Direct from Nintendo as well.

Chozo GhostDecember 02, 2011

Quote from: Ceric

Quote from: Chozo

If I can only get this from Gamestop I suppose I'll do that, but if that's the case I'll just order it off their website. That way I won't have to worry an opened display piece attempted to be passed off to me as "new" or deal with any product pushing.

You can get the game Direct from Nintendo as well.

Well, that would be even better.

the asylumDecember 03, 2011

Nintendo caving in to outside pressure?

Surely you all jest.

ShayminDecember 03, 2011

We don't jest about these things.

(And don't call me Shirley.)

NinSageDecember 03, 2011

Three minute Xenoblade trailer is currently sitting on your Wii's Nintendo Channel if anyone's interested.

ShayminDecember 03, 2011

If it's the same one that went out on Twitvid... massive spoilers. So yeah.

EnnerDecember 03, 2011

Thankfully the trailer is so haphazardly edited that it is hard to tell what was going on unless you were familiar with the game in the first place.

Still, some of the scenes they picked looked like they could be late-game stuff to anyone who is very familiar with JRPGs.

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