Developer: Monolith Soft, Monster Games (N3DS)
Platform: Wii, New Nintendo 3DS
Release date: 2011 (Wii), 2015 (N3DS)
Genre: Role-playing game
Xenoblade Chronicles, known in Japan as Xenoblade, is a science fiction role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. The game was announced during E3 2009 under its original title Monado: Beginning of the World. It was later renamed Xenoblade in January 2010 to honor Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of the game and all prior games in the Xeno series. The game was first released on 10 June 2010 in Japan and later localized and released on 19 August 2011 in Europe.
The game follows Shulk and his band of friends as they search for answers about the mysterious "Monado" sword and defend their homeland from violent robotic creatures known as the Mechon. The game contains an open world design and strongly emphasizes exploration due to the world's large size. The game was very well-received by critics, with many citing it as a great example of innovation and improvement in Japanese role-playing video games.
On 29 August 2014, Nintendo announced during a Japan-only Nintendo Direct presentation that a port of Xenoblade Chronicles, titled Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, is in development for the New Nintendo 3DS system. As the game makes use of the improved CPU of the New Nintendo 3DS, it will not be compatible with previous Nintendo 3DS family models. The new port will feature StreetPass functionality, as well as compatibility with the Shulk Amiibo.