Shtop Shulking! Xenoblade Chronicles introduces the Heir to the Monado

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After a couple of bad experiences, I swore off Japanese RPGs. Too much grinding, too much emo twaddle from sulky blue-haired androgynous teens. I had no intention of ever playing another one again – which is a pity, because growing up, they were some of my favourite games. I still hold Chrono Trigger, for example, as one of the finest games ever made. My disposition’s been changed a bit. And by a bit, I mean a lot. I’ve been playing Xenoblade Chronicles on the New 3DS – and the game’s reignited my dormant love for the genre.

I won’t get too much in to detail, because that’s what reviews are for, but suffice it to say that it’s one of the best games available on a handheld, thanks to its legacy as one of the best games available on Nintendo’s Wii.

It features a chap who becomes heir to the Monado, a great big glowing sword that’s capable of slicing apart the robotic mechon menace. The New 3DS port of the Monolith Soft-developed Wii RPG includes all the features of the Wii version – along with a few new ones, like full 3D support, a bonus mode that lets players view 3D models of characters and a jukebox to listen to the game’s music tracks. It also includes Amiibo support. It’s coming to the New 3DS in North America on April 10, and to Europe and Japan on April 2.

Here’s a brand new trailer explaining what being the heir to the Monado means.

Last Updated: March 3, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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