During it’s recent Direct, Nintendo announced they were bringing Monolithsoft’s classic Wii title over to the Nintendo Switch. More from Nintendo below:
MONOLITHSOFT’s epic Xenoblade Chronicles game, which originally launched in 2012 on the Wii system, is destined to be reborn on Nintendo Switch as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The game, which chronicles the adventures of Shulk and Fiora, is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2020.
From the looks of the trailer, this appears to be far more than your standard “definitive” edition. While the backgrounds remain largely similar, the character models have been completely re-designed to resemble the Switch models of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There’s also some rumors that some of the cut content will be restored to the game, but with no confirmation of that yet, it’s probably best to wait before getting too excited.
In the meantime, MonolithSoft’s popularity continues to grow. With this the “Xenoblade” duology will be completely playable on the Switch. Could a Xenoblade Chronicles X port be far behind? When MonolithSoft’s head Tetsuya Takahashi was asked, he mentioned money being the biggest block to the game being ported over. But the original Xenoblade isn’t exactly a small game, so perhaps that was a smokescreen. Still, if the company can manage Xenoblade 2, Torna: The Golden Country, Xenoblade Chronicles: The Definitive Edition, and it’s rumored new IP, perhaps that’s more than enough for the developer for the next few years of the Switch lifespan?