First Look At Xenoblade Developer’s New Wii U Game

By Ishaan . January 23, 2013 . 6:37am

Worried that Nintendo won’t release Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft’s new Wii U game in the U.S.? Don’t be. Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, showed off a teaser trailer for the game during the North American Nintendo Direct presentation today. Watch it below:


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  • OMG!!!
    My pants!!!

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      “Check his own pants” T_T
      Not only you friend.T_T

    • John Diamond

      Good thing i wear daipers. boy would that be embarrasing if i weren’t

      • good thing I just got out from the loo when I see the news

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    omg!!!!!!!! monster hunter eat your heart out lol

  • zferolie

    That looked damn amazing. Combining the great gameplay of Xenoblade with a transforming mech system? Sign me up!

    Do we know the name of this game? Just X? And is it in the Xenoblade universe(Still have not beaten Xenoblade, so please keep spoilers to a minimum.)

    • Look up Xenogears and check the wikipedia page and look at the case cover of the game. The gameplay looks like Xenoblade, but that X looks just like the one found on the Xenogears case, so what this game is, well, that is something we will have to wait for more info on.

  • Too bad this game will probably fail saleswise in Japan.

  • Samurai_Heart

    It’s beautiful =’)

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    What can i say? GOODD DAMNNN Mecha. Sold Nintendo Sold.^_^

  • Suicunesol

    Looks like Skyrim


  • epy

    …dat X!

    • neocatzon

      Giving example for comparison.
      … yes, dat X!

  • Go2hell66


    • KingRuff


  • Karibito

    It looks incredible!
    The mecha and the logo in the end remind me of Xenogears.

    • keithmaxx

      Time will tell if this will be the definitive game to bear that title (licensing issues be darned).

  • Elvick

    Better bring this game to NA and EU without no troubles this time around.

    • $39420547

      why show it at the European Nintendo direct if they don’t plan on bringing it over? this is a high profile title of course the want you to buy it

    • It was at NoA direct too, yeah it’s coming west side.

  • Here we go again…

  • $39420547

    Nintendo delivered! Above and beyond expectations

  • Must be Xenoblade 2, looks so incredibly similar. I bet this one will have online co-op.

    • Showmeyomoves

      Looks likely, considering the chat window at 0:25. :)

      • Thought that’s what it was too, but then thought it could just be displaying like an active log

        • Showmeyomoves

          They’re saying things like “Good evening!”, “What do you want to do next?”, “Hello there!” etc. So it doesn’t look like those are NPCs or anything. Also looking at their names, they look like typical Nintendo Network ID usernames. At least SOME form of online interaction seems all but confirmed to me at this point. :)

  • There is paper in my pocket. Who do I give this paper to to have this game right now?

  • Holy mothertucking graphics Batman….

  • isotrex


  • Xenoguns?

  • Showmeyomoves

    I can see a chat window at 0:25… O_O

    • Yeah you’re right, and also the name of the person playing is “Tester” which could mean anything, but still. If it is online that would be sweet ^_^

      • idrawrobots

        There is a section of the screen that says “Player 1, Player 2, Player 3”

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist



  • Rocsas

    Was that a freaking Gear? So excited

  • *left to buy a wii u*

  • $30632660


    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      This game needs your life too lol.^_^

  • Spirit Macardi

    *watches trailer*
    Looks pretty cool. The environments are beautiful, the combat looks fun, there’s some gigantic monsters, and… IS THAT A FRIGGIN’ MECH?! :D

  • MrRobbyM

    I…I….I don’t eve-…I….Wii U..


  • Very Nice graphics. Wow and a mech that transforms. Looks really cool. This company and many more could have making great looking games like this on the wii if only they would have put better hardware in it.

  • MrTyrant

    The only way to express this:


  • Oooooooo! All of these announcements are further justifying my purchase of the wii U!!!

  • E15

    OMG thats just.. wow..
    Take all of my pants.. I mean money.. I mean soul..

    I was gonna buy Vita next for my next console purchase but this.. this just tipped the entire scale for me..

  • Goddamn. I love how that mech at the end just suddenly came out of nowhere, after the game looking like a Xenoblade/Monster Hunter mashup for the rest of the video.

    • How the combat looked also reminds me of Phantasy Star a little as well.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      That Red X makes me think more of Xenogears than Xenoblade even though it’s clearly Xenoblade’s fighting system. Intriguing things happening here.

  • priemo

    This IS coming to North American right? Right?? RIIGHT?

  • O_O! Damn this looks good!

  • DesmaX

    Looks kinda like a mix between Xenoblade and Star Ocean

  • Cephrien

    Wow. I am suddenly very proud to have a Wii U right now. I haven’t been this excited on a wednesday morning in a real long time. I remember one update said that Monolithsoft didn’t want to make anything Xenoblade related for the Wii U– but look what we have here. Looks like they made the right choice after all– and was that Shulk at the end??

  • Ethan_Twain

    Wow! Are these videos up on the Wii U eShop yet? I have GOT to show this to my friend with whom I played through Xenoblade.

    This looks like Xenoblade except 1. HD graphics 2. Guns (which were technically in Xenoblade, but this is more of an integral gameplay system it looks like) 3. More dynamic enemy interactions. In Xenoblade you just slid your avatar around to be next to the enemy avatar on the ground always. It was not unlike being in a grid based game, except real time. This trailer shows that you can attack and cut off parts of enemies, climb up on enemies, and go over/under enemies. Lastly 4. Flying Giant Robots.

    Is there anything else we could have asked for?

  • grevlinghore

    *Disclaimer: I am not trying to be rude or to bash on Monolith Soft. I merely wish to express that I had hoped for something else, and that I feel a slight disappointment that this is what “the big project” turned out to be. I may sound like I`m raging, and that is partly true, but I am merely exercising my right to be critical here.*

    Alright! Enough with the damn monster hunting games already!
    Ever since Monolith Soft`s “Secret Wii U Project” was first hinted at, I`ve been praying for a Baten Kaitos 3, or at least something original. But what do we get? Just more monster hunting in a fancier wrapping!
    Seems that monster hunting is the new vampire / zombie craze … They`re everywhere. Jeez.
    Personally, I feel like my hopes and expectations have been betrayed.

    (“Dude! You can`t judge a game that`s not even out! You don`t even know what it`s about, and you`re making hasty assumptions!” – yeah. I know. That`s got nothing to do with what I`m saying. Plus; at this point, you can`t really judge me for assuming that this IS in fact, a title that is heavily focused around monster hunting.)

    Oh, and if you`re gonna vote this comment down, or worse still: delete it, I bid you: first take a look at yourself, and consider whether your excitement for this title is sincere and justified because this, based on what you`ve seen, looks like the kind of game that you`d really enjoy (In which case, I can totally respect that. We all have different tastes =) ) – OR if you`re merely blinded by flashier visuals and the fact that it`s “new”, when deep down, you feel as though if nothing really original was showcased in this trailer.
    If it`s the latter, you might want to leave it be.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I believe some of the people at gaf just went to ask Monolith Soft at their tweet whether this is their new IP or not and they answer it is not.
      I will take their answer there with a pinch of salt here but, i will wait for a bit of time before going rage all over the place there.
      And my expectation for this game? Great actually as i can see mecha inside the game lol.

    • Maumac77

      Monster hunting may be a new “craze” in NA, but its not really a new one, maybe just not emphasized enough? Also it does seem to have implemented some new ideas. Can;t remember the last time I did monster hunting with a Mech besides lost planet. I don’t necessarily think it will be the main focus either. It was there in Xenoblade Chronicles through sidequests and a few(?) bosses, but I’m sure it’ll have a story not pertaining to it. However, I don’t see the dissapointment if you’re wanting a 3rd installment to a seires. That and this game are similar besides gameplay I’m assuming. There both another title from a given set. Though I may be wrong or executing my point poorly

    • Altritter

      Xenoblade is pretty much nothing like Monster Hunter, I can’t really imagine this is going to be either. You fought big monsters in Xenoblade, but it wasn’t really the point of the game. And I can’t tell if you were considering Xenoblade “another monster hunting game” as well but if you were, it’s anything but.

    • $39420547

      i think you have it wrong… we will have to wait and see

    • “Hopes” “Expectations” “Betrayed”

      Edit: Oops, I broke a rule by using one liners. Ok, let me explain. I think getting your hopes up and having expectations will ultimately leave you with the feeling of being betrayed.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        The poster only took the time to rather completely share and express their own view and concerns. Let’s not respond with one-liners that lack that. Other responses have explained why they disagree, a perfectly proper way to encourage discussion.

        • Sorry about that, totally slipped my mind that rule. Fixed to show what I meant by it.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Thanks — sorry for the late response, was at work.

      • Suicunesol

        Yeah, games AND media of any sort tend to do that. You gotta give the audience hopes and expectations. If there are no expectations of the game, it means that people weren’t impressed enough to try it out. The only thing the developer can do, in the end, is to deliver. I really don’t think there’s a foolproof way to avoid that without ignoring the game.

  • kool_cid414

    I was waiting to get a wii u until a game was coming out that I could be really interested in. I have found that game and I am in love.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Just noticed that the music composer is Sawano Hiroyuki. O.o

    If he can give us this kind of music quality, i will said this game will become game of the decade lol.

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, nice of Monolith to pick these “not well known” composers for their games.

      ACE+ working on Xenoblade was definely a nice surprise

  • keithmaxx

    The very moment I saw the character roaming the field, I thought to myself that Monolith Soft is just so badass for having made a high-quality RPG (prototype as it may be). It looks like a mix of Monster Hunter, Xenoblade, and even Final Fantasy, which means outright fantastic in my book.

    I hope that they make the world just as explorable as Xenoblade, with a great story to boot. Once they do so, Nintendo and Monolith Soft will have my wallet and hours upon hours of playtime.

    As an added bonus, it’d be great if they make this game somewhat MMO-ish as well; I can imagine the fun I’ll have with party members from all over the world!

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    if persona 5 is multiplataform and comes to wii U, that would make it my next gen console.

  • Masa

    OMG! This is…….”drools on keyboard”
    Looks so beautiful “cleans keyboard”

    • This was shown in both the U.S. and European Nintendo Directs.

      • Anime10121

        But do remember, that Xenoblade was also first announced at E3 to NA audiences, and we had to fight for them to localize it. So unfortunately, I dont think being announced in a WW Nintendo Direct is a guarantee, as much as we all hope it is.

        • To be honest, I think it’s more that it was for the Wii than anything else. Since they’re pushing to get games for the Wii U, we’ll probably more likely see it.

          Afterall, I think Nintendo had written off the Wii here in NA by that point for the most part. Why would they bother to use the funds to release a game here if they didn’t want to push that system anymore, right?

  • KingGunblader

    SEXY! I WANT. NOW. Looks like Xenoblade 2 if you ask me, but I could be wrong. Hopefully we don’t have to start a campaign to get this game localized.

  • Ferofax

    Holy… transforming flying mechs!

    Let’s see, pilot to mecha combat ala Xenogears, check! Flying around in it, check! Driving around in it too, check! Huge monsters, check! Pew pew pew combat, check!

    GODDAMMIT, I’d slave away for a WiiU now.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Guys, am I the only person who noticed the “Player 1, Player 2, Player 3” markers in the top right hand corner during one of those fights? It seems this is not simply the great big single player JRPG one might have expected from the team at Monolith.

  • I don’t even know what to do with myself. What is my life right now.

  • Nasser Al-Ojayan

    I hope its a single player game that lets people jump in and control any of your AI characters instead of a full on Co-op game.

  • Immortal1

    Wow. Love everything about this. The red X at the end and the fuel gauge when the mechs were being controlled reminded me of Xenogears (naturally, considering some the people making this)

    • MrTyrant

      It’s amazing. How the mech did those combos, it was flying trough a huge open map and then sliced a monster then it stwitched to a “fps view” in the pilot cabin and lastly we saw the main character tranforming the mech in a motorcycle.

      GOD, being a mech fan I was wating for something like this. Something with good story, good characters, good gameplay (with robots) and with huge open maps.

  • Micheal Willis

    Hiroyuki Sawano is doing the soundtrack? Freaking AWESOME

  • Anime10121

    This, Bayonetta 2, and Smash Bros, my main reasons for buying a Wii U! I just hope it doesnt take anywhere near as long to bring this to the west as it did Xenoblade!

  • SolidusSnake

    OH MY GODD, open world robot RPG, where have you been all my life?

  • MrJechgo

    So many Xenoblade vibes O_O, it looks so much like a spiritual sequel.
    Day 1 buy, absolutely… provided they release it in NA and EU without too much trouble.

  • Wake

    This trailer just turned me into a kid again. I’m so excited for this game.

    • badmoogle

      Damn straight.This trailer made me excited and have hopes and dreams about games once again.God Damn.

      • Wake

        When they showed that mech…then it freakin’ transformed. Holy hell, that’s when I lost it. It’s 1995 again and I’m playing Chrono Trigger for the first time.

  • TruSpindash

    This game looks beautiful, and the music sounds amazing. I recently managed to track down a copy of Xenoblade so I’ll will be enjoying that game as more information rolls in about this game.

  • pressUPfororanges

    Oh my.
    The soundtrack.
    The environments.
    The everything.

    These next few years will be hard on the pockets, but they sure will be fun.

  • LightZero

    Looks like a cross between Xenoblade and Xenosaga/gears in a way. If it has the gameplay of Xenoblade and the story of Xenogears I’ll don’t know the words that would describe how great that would be.

  • Seink

    looks nice…..really nice!

  • Yuuki

    that isnt a xenoblade game at all…
    they said it themself.

  • Curses!!! Now I must buy 3DS and WiiU *hug wallet* Hang in there wallet.

  • Charles


    Time to start saving for a Wii U.

  • 猫 黒

    Not sure how I feel about it. Sorta looks like crisis core x monster hunter with xenoblade’s battle system. I did like the mecha/bike vehicles though.

    What made Xenoblade good was 1) story/characters, 2) DAT WORLD, 3) original battle system. Battle system is no longer original, hope there’s at least some improvements. No input yet on story/characters. World doesn’t look as beautiful, looks more “realistic”, i.e. more brown, less color. So far, doesn’t look like it holds up.

  • Akarnage

    But, mommy, I don’t wanna get a WiiU ):

  • jugun

    They knew the Mech was the sellin’ point,they knew the key to my safe,just take my money

    • Brandon001

      im going nuts, cant stop watching this trailer, i hope to god NA gets X

  • Brandon001

    -That Xenoblade meets Xenogears Gameplay
    – That free roam
    – Those battle animations
    – That Gundam Unicorn Composer


  • AshenPhoenix1981

    Xenogears is one of my most loved games, and the mecha, and that X and the fact it’s Monolith Soft gave me goosebumps. Will be interesting to see if it will actually be an entry in the xenogears world, or if it’s something new. I would prefer the first, but I’ll be happy as long as it’s solid.

    • Brandon001

      Bruh, just imagine customizing the frames and weapons on the gears in this, GOOD LAWD

      • AshenPhoenix1981

        Actually think it’s about time for a Xenogears playthrough once more, been a few years since last time. Definitly up there with my most played through games.

        • Brandon001

          When i finished Xenogears, i could not believe how great of a journey it was, then i read the perfect works, and it just solidified me as a Xeno fan.

  • ShinGundam

    ROBOTS <3
    I am getting Lost Planet 2 vibe from this.

    • Kibbitz

      That was actually the first thing that came to my mind too when I saw this.

  • Square Enix has yet to meet this scale of an rpg.Unfortunately.

    • They already did. FFXI and FFXII.

      • Jordan Coleman

        And besides, I don’t know what Square has to do with this. Either way, since VII. FF is the polished as heck cinematic rpg series. I don’t expect or need a FF to be like Xenoblade, a game that lacks in the presentation department where FF excels.

      • yes they did it with XII but that was last gen and I that game is still the most technichally impressive game SE ever made.Square Enix is the king of JRPGS, XIII was expected to deliver on both fronts, cinematics and vast gameplay.I still wonder what the towns in XIII could’ve looked like if they were given a chance to exist and what flying your airship on granpulse & cocoon must be like.This is what I wanted from XIII but never happened.This is coming from someone who actually loves XIII but I admit they should have done so much more with it.

        I am no hater, just stating facts.They should be embarrassed that a brand new studio who doesn’t have half of SE’s experience in this field is able to do more.

        • I like your passion!

          • Thanks I really love this series :D and I hope this “X” game is as good as we want it to be :D

        • fayt255

          Monolith Soft isn’t a new developer they have been around for sometime.

  • Heartek

    Am I the only one hoping that the online-multiplayer component will NOT prevail over single player playability and over those beautifully mindf***ing storylines that Takahashi used to write?

  • Jordan Coleman

    To be fair, they also showed Xenoblade(I think announced it) at one E3.

    I sure hope isn’t an online focused game.

    • Kevin Tan

      It was never shown in the conference, and apparently not on the floor either, just in the press kit. The fact that this already has an ESRB and PEGI rating incoming probably means worldwide release.

  • *round of applause* Wii U owners should be happy to have a developer like Monolith Soft backing the console. The game looks amazing.

  • Jirin

    Any info on whether you have better control over your team yet?

    • It was only a reveal, they actually said nothing about the gameplay. Seems like it will have multiplayer co-op though so that’s one way to have a better team ^^

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Xenogears/Monster hunter with a dab of Phantasy Star, This looks Delicious

  • Daniel Curtis

    Final Fantasy, what’s that again?

  • Z3

    I just want to shout ORE WA GUNDAMU DA!!!!!!!! when I saw the mech came out of nowhere but restrained myself

  • Junko Enoshima

    Possibly a remake of Xenogears, aka one of the most insane and awesome games ever made?

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Fei Fong Wong doesn’t need a stinking sword.

      • Junko Enoshima

        What if that’s Citan?

  • $24431191

    This is gonna be amazing. I’m definitely buying a Wii U now.

  • Mavalex

    Oh man this game. so good

  • revenent hell

    But…..But I dont want to buy a Wii U!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ugh thank god its income tax time.I am going to buy a Wii U

    • raymk

      Sometimes this makes me tear up knowing I’m like the only person that has a wiiU right now on this site >'(

      • revenent hell

        Well I just bought the Wii back when zenoblade came out…then the 3DS and Vita….I had to prioritise my friend!
        Actually I didnt plan to buy it this soon either,I kind of figured it would take a long while befor a game came out for it that would induce me in to buying it…I was wrong.

      • Herok♞

        I have a wiiu

  • puchinri

    Fascinating. Is it a sequel? A spiritual successor? Just a fabulous, amazing looking game? Definitely the latter. Can’t wait to see more. 0n0

  • Sergio Briceño

    At first I thought it was a Monhun wannabe, but then I saw the mechas :p Count me in.

    Also, some objects in the distance may look blurry, but considering this is the first look we had of the game I think it’s still a little too early to judge, it’s sure to improve.

  • Sam Park

    Words from my mouth after the trailer: Jsijagfofijjfoidajaddsnvialievelelelvel

  • Sam Park

    This is like Xenoblade with Mecha Action, Gun Fights and Just as Free and Cool Setting, sign me up once the WII-U Gets a Price Drop

  • LynxAmali

    Sounds like the person who does Gundam Unicorn’s OST.


    • SetzerGabbiani

      Cause it is.

  • Noice.

  • Miralizmis

    Finally, a Wii U RPG. :T
    This is why I bought mah Wii U… SO I COULD PLAY THIS!!! :D :D

  • JoJo_649

    bring on Operation Monsoon!!!

  • Happy Gamer

    I just dunno wut to say..i will just cry

  • Jeebs

    If you go to 0:23 it says “player 1, player 2, player3” So maybe it will have multiplayer, sort of like monhun?

    Is that Shulk at the end?

  • Aoshi00

    Love Monolith Soft. Still haven’t beat Xenoblade yet.. If no region lock, would be so day 1 *.*…

  • Skye Johnson

    It looks like a very cool Monster Hunter mash up with Xenoblade graphics (yes!) and mechanics (good!), but I’m hoping it’s still an RPG when it finally rolls out, and not just an (awesome-looking) Monster Hunter-type game with Xenoblade vibes written all over it.

    But either way, it looks like Nintendo’s making some really neat looking games. I approve, Monolith Soft.

  • riceisnice

    It’s so nice that MonolithSoft finally found a nice daddy company that loves them. They’re gonna make this one a real killer I’m sure.

  • $29082171

    I can only hope this game’s sidequests aren’t like Xenoblade’s.

    If so then I’ll be forced to get a Wii-u.

  • brian yep

    I know this is promising for a localization, but I think Xenoblade was revealed at E3.
    And holy crap, mecha.

  • Sweet Sui ♥

    O-oh my… O.o
    And that’s all I have to say about that xD LOL

  • kaizin

    i think i just heard my wallet cry looks so amazing you can have my money.

  • Tatsuya1221

    Well nintendo, you’ve given me a reason to get a wii-u, bravo.

  • My god!! ….my heart

  • Shadowman

    That. Was. AWSOME!!!!

  • Alexander Aubert

    i don’t like wii u but, because of this maybe i will buy a wii u

  • solbalmung

    No words can describe what I saw and what I felt. When the zach like character jumped in the mech I was like “no, no noooooooooo; stop it QQQQQQ”

    Now let’s see how Mistwalker gonna answer (The Last Story 2 “wink wink”)

  • Austin Corleone

    Let me guess the title

  • Kai2591


    and this isn’t an MMO, right?

  • Kitestwinblades

    ( ̄□ ̄;) Holy cheese on rye!!! What just happened!?

  • StaticDestroyer

    Looks like if Zack Fair piloted xenogears in a PSO/MH crossover.
    Might be tempted to get a wii if this actually ends up being as good as it looks

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