Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Is Just as Epic on the Go
When the New Nintendo 3DS arrived on North American shelves last February, its enhanced face-tracking 3D and laptop-style analogue nub proved a welcome upgrade for fresh titles like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4.
Save for the ability to effortlessly adjust the camera and also play in 3D for a sustained length of time without getting a headache, it wasn’t essential to enjoy these games on the new and pleasantly improved handheld.
This isn’t the deal with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which was created exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS. In this particular case, Nintendo needed all the processing power they could get to cram such a sprawling sci-fi epic into a portable device. Xenoblade Chronicles looked dandy when it was previously released on the Wii in 2012, and it looks nearly as impressive on a smaller, 3D-enhanced screen. It’s one thing to update a 15-year-old N64 game, as was gloriously realized with Majora’s Mask, but this is a clear indicator of the extra oomph the New Nintendo 3DS possesses.
It’s great Nintendo chose Xenoblade Chronicles to show off their new hardware, because the game’s richly diverse world is one of the loveliest around. From massive open vistas to magnificently designed alien architecture, even if this iteration technically can’t hold a candle to the current generation of home consoles, in terms of sheer vastness and scrupulous art design, portable or not, Xenoblade Chronicles is second to none. The current slate of Final Fantasy titles could definitely learn a thing or two from this game’s thrilling mix of fantasy and sci-fi.
One of the biggest advantages this port holds over its console counterpart is the ability to bring it wherever you go. Even if you try your darndest to breeze through it, Xenoblade Chronicles will take several dozen hours to complete. It’s also immensely helpful that you can save whenever or wherever you want, so plan to do a little exploring or levelling up as soon as you feel like scratching that itch. Not every session has to be a big commitment. Another nifty addition that carries over from the Wii version is the capacity to fast travel, which can be done with a simple press of a button. Between that and liberal saving, repetition is kept to a minimum.
If, like many people, you missed the Wii version, you’ll definitely want get your hands on this. Even if you played and loved the Wii version, you might want to relive the big adventure on a smaller, yet more convenient, platform. Either way, this is an ideal opportunity to brush up on a phenomenal cult franchise before its sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles X, slashes its way on the Wii U later this year.