This Is Xenoblade, Nintendo’s Other Wii RPG

By Spencer . January 29, 2010 . 5:20am

image Nintendo has at least two Wii RPGs scheduled for 2010. The Last Story from Mistwalker and Xenoblade from Xenosaga developers Monolith Soft.

 

Xenoblade was actually revealed last year under it’s English name Monado: Beginning of the World. It’s coming out this spring in Japan and is on Nintendo’s North America schedule with a “TBA” release date.

 

Here’s a look at Monado.

 

 

The teaser site also flashed this image.

 

Given the Japanese title, should we expect a Jin Uzuki cameo?


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  • Soma

    The trailer intrigues me. Looks like it may be pretty awesome.
    Battle system looks like it’s real time. Initially I wasn’t a fan of real time combat in RPG’s, but I’m finding that I enjoy it far more these days.

  • http://twitter.com/Golii Cristóbal Escalona

    When I saw that trailer back when it was announced at E3, I thought it looked like a bad FFXII x PSO mash up, but now I’m expecting far, FAR more!Also, for some reason the art with those robot thingies…It reminds me of the opening and ending art style used for BK: O.

  • Tokyo Guy

    Oh what a MAJOR disappointment. Here I was thinking it was something Xeno-related, yet all it is is Monolith trying to reuse the Xeno moniker… Though given the weight that the “Xeno” prefix carries, I somehow wouldn’t be surprised if it ties into the Xenosaga/gears mythology somewhat.

    What if (and this is just a big what if) it was actually Xenosaga Episode 4 but without KOS-MOS and chaos?

    • Serge73

      I don’t think you should be “majorly disappointed” quite yet. We knew so little about Monado, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about it too, they may have changed it and made it much more “Xeno”-like since then…

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      How do we know this doesn’t take place in the Soma Bringer universe? Some of the architecture in that picture looks very much like that could be the case. Honestly, I’d prefer that to them trying to go back to XenoSaga at this point. Soma Bringer was an awesome game, and it’s CRIMINAL that they didn’t localize it. :(

      • http://www.facebook.com/OrigamiKiller Julien Lavoie

        Soma Bringer is made by imageepoch, not Monolith

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          You’re probably thinking of something else. Soma Bringer is developed by Monolith and published by Nintendo. Look it up.

          • MrMee

            Soma bringer for U.S.? please? PLEASE?! T_T
            I’ve wanted Soma Bringer to head our way for some time.
            I tried out the first level Soma Bringer at an import store
            and loved it!

          • jarrodand

            Maybe they’ll re-title it XenoBringer and do some cross-promotion?

        • Xelinis

          No it was not, it was made my Monolith. Takahashi produced it, Soraya Saga wrote it. Not to mention that Monolith Soft logo that popped up every time I played the game.

        • http://twitter.com/Golii Cristóbal Escalona

          Besides imageepoch not having done Soma Bringer, they haven’t done a game as good as anything Monolith has, EVER.

      • Ereek

        While I certainly couldn’t complain about it being in the Soma Bringer universe, I’m with TokyoGuy in that I’m a bit disappointed that they’re simply reusing the “Xeno.”

        I’d rather Monolith go back to Xenogears than Xenosaga, but I know they won’t. Actually, I’m glad Nintendo is finally using Monolith Soft for something new.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Oh, the “Xeno” thing is totally a cop-out. I’m surprised Nintendo let them do that, to be honest. But I don’t want to see Monolith dragged back to the Xeno franchise at this point, regardless of everyone wanting to see it continue. They’re part of a different company now…one they could potentially learn a few new tricks from, and I’d prefer to see them move on than be held back by their legacy the way the Tales teams at Namco are.

  • Soma

    For some reason the replying to individuals isn’t working for me?@TokyoGuy: I also wouldn’t consider this to be a major disappointment. Xenogears was the best game in the Xeno-series, and that was when members of Monolith were still with Square. Nothing else has quite been as good since then, in my opinion.@Julien: Yo Julien! I think you’re mixing up Luminous Arc and Soma Bringer.

  • Vanilla

    This could potentially be very awesome or…not so good. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this. If they’re tying it in with the rest of the Xeno universe, it’s definitely a cause for celebration. The character models certainly bring me back to Episode III.

    • MrMee

      The character models look like something out of Final Fantasy XII with an anime twist.

    • http://twitter.com/Golii Cristóbal Escalona

      They look worse than that, but then again that must be early footage.

    • BK0000

      I doubt it has anything to do with Xenosaga. It’s just a way for them to get more sales. It’s a slap in the face to Xenosaga fans and people that want the rest of the series. Monolithsoft lost all the respect I had for them in just this one move.

      • Vanilla

        Pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about it. I have too little faith in this generation of RPG developers to breathe new life into their works. We keep getting crappy remakes and spinoffs that rip off the titles of series once good and long DEAD.

  • badmoogle

    I’ve never played any Monolith game (in Europe they released only the second Xenosaga) but this looks interesting.Too many JRPGs for 2010…

    • BK0000

      “(in Europe they released only the second Xenosaga)”

      You guys got Disaster too.

      • badmoogle

        Oh i didn’t knew Disaster was developed by Monolith!:O
        Thanks!

        • malek86

          Also, Baten Kaitos and that DBZ game.

  • dgmfan

    *Facepalm*

    Jin Uzuki can’t make a cameo because…

    *Xenosaga Ep.3 spoilers*

    he’s dead.

    • BK0000

      He’ll be back. He went with Abel and Nephilim to Lost Jerusalem. He’ll be reborn with the Gnosis.

  • fallen

    Um… it is completely possible that this is Xeno-related. Check out the font for the title… http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/sx4j/index.html

    Um. Yeah. Plus “The Beginning of the World”? Um, the return to Old Jerusalem (Earth) anyone? I won’t be expecting this but I won’t be too surprised when it happens.

    After all, after Soma Bringer, what the hell have Takahashi and co. been up to?

    • fallen

      Then again, watching the trailer again… Ugh.. don’t be a cash-in, Monolith – you’re better than that.

      • BK0000

        It’s pretty much confirmed as just a cash in now.

        ‘Nintendo’s not even going to bother saying that the name change is a coincidence. “We decided to call it Xenoblade to honor Mr. Tetsuya Takahashi who poured his soul into making this and who has been working on the Xeno series,” said Iwata.’

        http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/01/the-last-story-wii/#more-20538

        • fallen

          Ouch.

  • http://twitter.com/Flamzeron Ryan Burton

    This game looks cool.

  • malek86

    It’s just like Zork Nemesis. They’ll give us a game that has nothing to do with the series. Sure, it might actually turn out to be a great game (ZN was indeed very good), but that doesn’t change the fact that fans will probably be disappointed.

    I should also point out that Activision learned their lesson and later released the awesome and true-to-the-series Zork Grand Inquisitor. So who knows, maybe Monolith will actually make a proper Xeno game after this one.

  • holyPaladin

    Interesting game.. although that “Xeno” title somewhat nostalgic =x

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