Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 5, 2019 0:16:53 GMT -5
I'm sorry, I can't help it. I want to start a thread for this. Kinda hyped for it.
Xenoblade sure has come a long way. Next June will be the 10th anniversary of the Japanese release for the original game.
Tetsuya Takahashi is incredibly ambitious, but it's kind of ironic how when he has tried to plan a series from the get go, it never panned out. Xenogears was supposed to be "episode 5" of a six part series that would span different types of media, but in the end, it never went past that one game. Xenosaga was, again, supposed to be a six part series, but only ended up with three episodes and a mobile spin-off. Xenoblade, on the other hand, was only intended to be just one big standalone game, and it's the one that has organically turned into a series that has, so far, spanned four games (counting Torna as a standalone).
EDIT: Here's a thorough graphics comparison between the original Wii version and the Switch version.
I've yet to see a graphics comparison that includes the New 3DS version, but I guess that's because it looks similar to (or worse than?) the Wii version.
Although, I would like to see some side-by-side with Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 26, 2020 9:57:59 GMT -5
Confirmed May 29 release date.
So, I wasn't expecting the main game to be dramatically altered. Sounds like it's using the same voice acting from the original. Otherwise, the graphics look really good, and the new character models are fantastic. The HUD's been cleaned up really well. Also, some re-recorded music.
Also, at 3:00, you can see there are separate sections for equipment and appearance, so you can customize the characters' outfits without altering their stats. I was hoping for this!
The Bionis' Shoulder area is being added as post-game content as part of a new story called Future Connected. (At least it's not DLC.) Looking forward to that! I wonder if they'll be adding connections or references to Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 30, 2020 9:47:54 GMT -5
It's a long wait for this game to come out.
There have been a number of new details revealed in the past week that I'm happy about.
Both the original and remastered versions of the soundtrack will be included, and not only can you switch between them, but you can separately customize which soundtrack you hear during battles and field exploration. Since I've played the original game, I'll probably be sticking with the remastered soundtrack overall.
The money and materials you need to rebuild Colony 6 will be noted in the menu rather than having to talk to Juju and write everything down. I like town-building mini-games, but I never got very far with Colony 6 because it was always so annoying finding the right materials. (ie. Get a number of some rare material you can only get from a certain monster that only appears in a particular area during a random rainstorm.) I don't know how much this will help, but I'd like to try to put more effort into this side quest this time.
Future Connected really sounds like it'll be a "Torna ~ The Golden Country" type of expansion for the original game. It's immediately selectable from the title screen, so it's likely that nothing will carry over from the main game. Also, it's confirmed to have a different battle system of some sort. There's been speculation that the story will have some connection to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but I think it's more likely that it'll be some kind of setup for a future Xenoblade game. I don't plan on touching it until I finish the main game again, so it could be months before I get into it, and avoiding too many spoilers during that time will be difficult.
Anyway, here's a rundown of features, courtesy of GoNintendo (source and source):
- the Quest screen has been revamped, and information is presented in a clearer way - if you set a Quest as Active Quest, then you will be guided to your destination - you can enlarge the map to get a better look at where you need to go - the Colony 6 reconstruction quest has been made more convenient - now you can check how much money and what kind of materials you need for reconstruction straight from the Menu screen - you can see the Affinity Chart from the Menu screen, seeing details about the various people you’ve met during your journey - those details are recorded in their Profile - you can see the hours they are active, the places they can be found at, items you can trade with them, and more - Fashion Gear allows you to choose what your characters look like at all times - you will keep the stats of the “main” equipment even while wearing different looking gear
- "a story that leads to the future" - a new scenario featuring Melia - a new map - use the Nopon reinforcement army - new battle system - new way of tracking sidequests - the ability to swap between original score and remastered soundtrack reconfirmed - refined map system
It'd be cool if there were some new costumes for the original game. I was never too crazy about the original designs; many of them looked so ridiculous. But I don't really expect the game to be altered that much.
This game really makes Twilight Princess HD look so cheap in comparison.
I thought I read somewhere that Tantalus actually wanted to do a more significant upgrade to the original game, but in the interest of getting it out quickly, Nintendo told them to stick closely to the original, so they added a couple of extra spikes to Link's hair and called it a day.
Regardless of the reason, TP is still an embarrassment for Nintendo's flagship prestige franchise.
As for this game, lots of nice quality of life improvements. Also quite looking forward to Future Connected, the attack with the Nopon rangers was cute, and it looks like a lot of fun. It's nice to see Tyrea getting some more screentime too.
Post by Nester the Lark on May 5, 2020 10:41:37 GMT -5
Here's a new trailer from Nintendo UK that, towards the end, reveals Melia's English voice in Future Connected.
This has been a point of discussion for some fans, because in the original game, Melia was voiced by an actor named Jenna Coleman who, after working on Xenoblade, got her big break, and landed a role on the TV series Doctor Who. Since then, she's gone on to become a more well-known actor (at least in the UK). This has led fans to wonder if she would return to voice the character in Future Connected, or if doing voice work for a video game would be beneath her at this point in her career.
And the funny thing is that, even being able to hear the character's voice in the new trailer, fans can't seem to figure out if it's the same actor or not. Some say it must not be Jenna Coleman because it sounds different from the original, while others say it does sound like her, just 10 years older.
I'm not personally invested in this, as I'm not familiar with Jenna Coleman beyond Xenoblade, and I really don't care if the character gets recast, but I am curious about the situation.
I tried comparing Melia's voice in the trailer to an interview Coleman did in 2018, and I personally can't tell if it's the same. They do sound very similar to me, but the accent may be throwing me off.
- more or less the equivalent of Challenge Battle mode from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - defeat waves of enemies as quickly as possible - the entrance for this mode is located in Colony 9, located right next to the Furnace - when you pass through the entrance for this mode, you'll find Nopon Archsage waiting for you - talk to him to select from a growing list of challenges, with more unlocked as you progress through the main story - there are two types of challenges: Free and Restricted - Free lets you choose which characters will be in your party, and there are no particular restrictions - Restricted gives you challenges with specific restrictions (max. Level, fixed party members, etc.) - when you've defeated all the enemies, your performance is evaluated based on various criteria (clear time, etc.) - you will be given a rank, and a certain amount of Nopon Crystals based on that rank - these crystals can then be traded for various rewards, such as equipment, gems, and more - one of the rewards you can get are new costumes for the various party members, which you can see in the images below
So, there will be new costumes, but I hope there are more than just swimsuits and casual wear.
Also, if it's like XBC2's challenge mode, could there be guest characters? I'm guessing no, unless they're exclusive to NG+. (Although, the Nopon Archsage does like his fan service.)
Post by Nester the Lark on May 14, 2020 9:29:21 GMT -5
I can never tell if it's my imagination, or if NoA just isn't that enthused for the Xenoblade series. Nintendo of Europe tweets about it way more frequently, and they've changed to a Xenoblade banner. (As of now, NoA still has Animal Crossing.)
On the other hand, Nintendo's Japanese account tweets about it even less, but maybe they just leave it up to MonolithSoft.
Nester the Lark: I was thinking how I considered the original Donkey Kong Country to be a generic Super Mario Bros clone with fancy graphics, but SMB Wonder only just caught up to the level of quality that DKC Tropical Freeze gave us almost a decade ago.
Nov 20, 2023 14:57:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This is surprising. I see DKC as the least Mario-like platformer to feature a Mario character. The Wario Land games still feature Mario-style blocks and pipes, for example, while DKC lacks many Mario elements.
Nov 21, 2023 8:16:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: True that DKC lacks a lot of specific Mario-like details, but it has the basic gameplay in that you run, jump, and defeat enemies by landing on them. I didn't see it as having much more than this, thus why I considered it generic.
Nov 21, 2023 9:27:07 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Yeah, psychologically there is a 'first example' thing. When something new is released and is thought to be innovative, and becomes popular it can lead to comparing newer games to be like it (so we have newer genres like "Metroidvania").
Nov 24, 2023 18:28:16 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: I find it interesting with platformers, it's less often that we regard platform games after Mario as "Mario-like". On this note, I also find it interesting how certain genres are treated differently.
Nov 24, 2023 18:29:32 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: In addition to the "platform" (rather than Mario-like) and Metroidvania examples (incidentally there were games like Metroid and Castlevania before their release), some games are seen as "rip-offs" if people think they're too similar.
Nov 24, 2023 18:31:26 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: An example is how some people treat Fossil Fighters, Robopon, Yo-Kai Watch as Pokémon 'rip-offs' or clones, and the 'monster-battling' genre is often seen as less 'mainstream' than something like 'platformer'.
Nov 24, 2023 18:32:39 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Also on that note, often people on databases, wikis, etc. stick to only a few genre labels like "platform", "arcade", "fighting", "racing" etc. but there are many more ways to describe a game.
Nov 24, 2023 18:35:03 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: The developers may choose to advertise their game using their own genre, so for instance Starfy was given the label "marine action" in Japan rather than "platformer". I think in essence these don't exist in isolation though.
Nov 24, 2023 18:36:28 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: It also reminds me of how there was apparently a debate on whether NES The Legend of Zelda is an adventure game or RPG (or something like that).
Nov 24, 2023 18:37:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Happy 6th anniversary to my favorite RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2!
Nov 30, 2023 20:54:33 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The Super Mario Bros. Wonder speedruns don't feel much like Mario speedruns. Any% takes more than 80 minutes, and features slow Wonder Seed segments and a lot of loading time. They're rather boring to watch compared to even the New SMB games.
Dec 2, 2023 6:08:10 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've got a lot of Nintendo Switch demos that I haven't got to play. At this rate I'll never clear my backlog even if I don't buy anything.
Dec 2, 2023 10:36:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've finally finished Ciel nosurge DX. Its end is directly connected to the beginning of Ion's part in Ar nosurge DX, which means I'll have to play through that to experience the whole story.
Dec 2, 2023 12:45:14 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Going through everything takes more time than finishing an entire quadrilogy in the Atelier series. I think it'll be another few months before I even touch another game.
Dec 2, 2023 12:46:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, this is of no use to most people reading this, but Surge Concerto confusingly has save data bonus that goes both ways. To experience the story in chronological order, do Sekai Link in Ar nosurge DX as soon as possible, then play Ciel nosurge DX.
Dec 2, 2023 13:05:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Any advice you find online about needing to advance Ar nosurge's story to a certain point does not apply to the DX version. Just make the save data and leave it behind to avoid Ciel nosurge spoilers and not understanding Ar nosurge's story.
Dec 2, 2023 13:07:17 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: (By the way, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Ar nosurge is available in English, but not Ciel nosurge. The DX version is entirely Japan-only. I have much to complain when it comes to localisation for both Gust and the whole of KOEI TECMO GAMES.)
Dec 2, 2023 13:12:43 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Been a bit busy recently and haven't had a chance to respond to things until now.
Dec 7, 2023 10:50:24 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Stories I've read that deal with fantasy races tend to have only a few named members in those races, and those tend to be outlier individuals. We don't get to know generic members in great detail. One exception is Xenoblade, which does the exact opposite.
Dec 9, 2023 23:29:12 GMT -5