Explore an Alien Planet and Save Humanity from Extinction in Xenoblade Chronicles X

Pilot Giant Mechs and Battle Exotic Beasts in Wii U Game

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fans of RPGs, grand adventures and all things sci-fi are in for an early
holiday treat when the Xenoblade
Chronicles X
game launches exclusively for the Wii
console on Dec. 4. The enormous game finds players exploring the
planet Mira on a mission to rebuild humanity. The game is absolutely
mammoth, featuring a gorgeous, seamless open world that lets players
visit any location they see. Using a deep, highly customizable battle
system, players can choose from a variety of special attacks and skills
to take down enemies of all shapes and sizes – some as tall as
skyscrapers! By earning a special license in the game, players can even
pilot giant armed mechs to fly around the planet and engage with the
toughest of enemies.

Xenoblade Chronicles X appeals to any gamer who loves epic
stories combined with beautiful visuals,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo
of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The game is
a must-play for any Nintendo fan.”

In the year 2054, Earth has been destroyed and the remaining humans face
annihilation from an intergalactic war between two alien races. Xenoblade
Chronicles X
follows the story of the survivors from Earth on the
mysterious planet of Mira. Players step into the role of a main
character that can be customized with features like gender, facial
components, clothes and hair. As players journey through the game, they
will meet a large cast of engaging characters, some that will even join
their party.

Mira itself is a vast world, composed of five massive continents, each
with its own unique flora, fauna and weather. Players move seamlessly
between these continents, with no loading times for the majority of
travel in the game. Being able to travel to any location seen in the
distance adds to the majesty and scope of the game. As the center of
human activity on Mira, New Los Angeles (NLA) is a large city composed
of four distinct districts. Here, players can buy weapons, develop
equipment or visit cafés. The many citizens of NLA will even ask players
to complete numerous quests, rewarding success with money, items and
experience points.

Xenoblade Chronicles X features a fast-paced, robust battle
system that occurs in real time. While battling, players can freely move
around to gain a tactical advantage, as well as use a wide variety of
customizable special attacks and skills. These attacks can even be
chained together to deal massive damage. At one point in the game,
players will earn a license to pilot huge armed mechs. These mechs – or
“Skells,” as they are referred to in the game – allow the player to fly
quickly around the planet or battle powerful enemies. Like the main
character, these Skells can also be customized, letting the player
personalize things like weapon loadout and color.

As players defeat enemies, discover new locations and complete quests,
they will earn both experience points and in-game currency. While
in-game currency can be used to obtain equipment and items, experience
points are used to level up party members and increase their skills in a
variety of areas. These skills will vary, depending on the “Class” of
each character. For example, the Shield Trooper Class specializes in
defense, while the Samurai Gunner Class excels in dealing damage and
using longswords. In addition to upgrading skills, characters can equip
gear, ranging from high-tech weapons to body armor. Each piece of gear
will look different depending on whichever character is wearing it.

For players who want to take on the game’s challenges with friends, Xenoblade
Chronicles X
offers an online multiplayer experience called Blade
Network. When connected using an Internet connection, players can join
online squads. These squads will allow players to embark on
multiplayer-specific missions, trade loot and share information with
each other. Players can also recruit other players’ avatars into their
team in the form of the Scout system.

To fully enjoy the physical (disc-based) version of the game, players
can download four free and optional High Speed Data Packs in the
Nintendo eShop on Wii U to help with the game’s performance. The Basic
Data Pack is the most effective of the four and speeds up load times for
elements of the massive open game world. The Enemy Data Pack loads enemy
data even faster, the Player Data Pack accelerates armor load times when
changing equipment in shops and the Skell Data Pack loads Skells faster
when players are out in the field. The physical game launches for Wii U
in stores on Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Players that
want to get a head start can download the Data Packs from the Nintendo
eShop now, but won’t be able to use them until the game launches. An
external USB hard drive may be required to download these packs from the
Nintendo eShop. To learn more about storage options, visit https://support.nintendo.com.
The digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop and the version
purchased on the website
will come with the Data Packs built in.

Also launching on Dec. 4 is the Xenoblade Chronicles X Special
Edition, which includes the game, an art book, a USB drive pre-loaded
with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game and a limited-edition
art card, all in a specially designed package at a suggested retail
price of $89.99.

For more information about Xenoblade Chronicles X, visit http://xenobladechroniclesx.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

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interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
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and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 686 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
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Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
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