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.
I don't think NoA is unenthusiastic, but the games being localized in Europe kind of makes it an NoE product compared to your typical Nintendo game. My comment about NoA not hiring Coleman was more about how they penny pinch in general than just with regards to Xenoblade. I have no doubt they would have just recasted like they did with Laura Bailey for since Smash 4.
I think NoA has thing about not having voice actors that are (American) unionised, so they hire VA's that are non-union, so I would assume the situation for Europe/UK for voice acting might be different.
That's a bit shorter than I was expecting. I thought it would be about the length of Torna ~ The Golden Country, which was 30+ hours to do everything. Apparently, it would've been longer if it had been paid DLC, but MonolithSoft wanted to put their resources elsewhere.
Other notes from the interview:
- Monolith Soft’s First Production staff was divided into three sections: one section to work on Xenoblade: Definitive Edition, one to work on a new title, and one to work on both.
- While character graphics were not the best in the original version, they have been improved in Xenoblade: Definitive Edition.
- Since this is a remaster, Monolith Soft was not able to re-record all the music with an orchestra. Instead, they improved the quality and rearranged it.
- Data compression is better mitigated and sound quality more enhanced compared to Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Post by Nester the Lark on May 21, 2020 9:58:10 GMT -5
I'll tread lightly, but I'm sure I'll still stumble across a spoiler here and there. Eh, that's OK. I'd rather play through the games on my own terms rather than feel like I need to rush through them or play them in a certain order just because there are spoilers floating around online.
Nintendo Life has translated the full Famitsu interview with Takahashi. You can read it here, but here are a few interesting bits:
Famitsu: When did development on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition begin?
Takahashi Tetsuya: I remember we launched the project near the end of 2017, immediately following the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. At the time, development of Torna – The Golden Country was in progress, so production of both projects was simultaneous. A planning document was created while Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC was being produced, and was completed around May 2018. We officially started development in August 2018, after development of Torna – The Golden Country wrapped up. I think in that sense, it could be said that both projects had been progressing alongside each other, but staff was divided three ways – staff working on a new title, staff for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, and staff working on both.
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Famitsu: Aside from the graphics, UI and music, is there anything else you changed from the port from the Wii?
Takahashi: I think it’s very important not to alter game content such as the story and battles, and as such, remains unchanged from the original. That said, there were new mechanics added. Autosave, casual mode, quest and landmark stacked EXP bonuses, advanced level settings that allows players to level down at any time, time attack, event theatre, fashion equipment, and more.
Famitsu: Please tell us about the concept behind the production and development of “Future Connected.”
Takahashi: I’m half-joking here, but there was a lingering feeling of pity towards Melia, but really, there were two reasons. First, it would appeal to existing fans and would continue the story towards the future of Xenoblade, and second, so we could finally show off the shoulder of Bionis, a map that didn’t fit into the main game, but was perfectly suited for this role.
I'm curious about that "new" title. I know they were hiring for work on an original game a few years ago, and there was concept art, but I was wondering if it got past that initial early development phase. Sounds like it's still coming.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 23, 2020 20:50:54 GMT -5
There's going to be a Xenoblade-themed Maximus Cup in Tetris 99 from July 3-6.
So, I've been taking my time with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. I've put in over 80 hours, and I'm about to leave the Fallen Arm. (I think I'm maybe two thirds through the game? I don't remember.) I'm mainly spamming side quests, and trying to stay on top of finding all the materials for Colony 6. My original playthrough took me 130+ hours, IIRC. I'm curious to see how long this one will last.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jul 9, 2020 11:56:17 GMT -5
I finished the main game yesterday.
I mostly finished rebuilding Colony 6. All the reconstruction was finished, and I filled out the population. I decided to check a guide for the last few recruits since the search was getting tedious. It didn't help that Juju kept telling me there were Nopon in Frontier Village I could recruit, even though it turned out I had already gotten them all, so I spent a lot of needless time running around wondering who was eluding me.
Shrikeswind: His name is Elliott, btw.
Aug 31, 2022 3:59:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Good to hear! Best of wishes to you and to your sister's family.
Aug 31, 2022 8:57:30 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Congrats again, Uncle Shrikes!
Aug 31, 2022 9:18:34 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The Japanese voice actor for Adol (of the Ys series), Yuji Kaji, will be making an appearance at Konami's TGS presentation to "represent the fans." In the past, Konami has showcased Falcom's games at TGS. I wonder if there will be more to it...
Aug 31, 2022 9:23:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm reluctant to do spoiler discussions because if people are playing the game, they wouldn't want spoilers, and if they're not playing the game, they wouldn't be interested anyway.
Sept 3, 2022 9:00:36 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm… not sure if I'll read your spoiler discussions. I don't think I'll get the chance to play this, but at the same time, I'm not entirely sure I won't, either.
Sept 4, 2022 11:28:04 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I have yet another pile of games waiting to be played. Due to various circumstances (I'm busy at work, this month's weekends are filled with family events, and Project DIVA Mega Mix just got new DLC), I'm not able to play them yet.
Sept 4, 2022 11:30:56 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'm currently at 34 Switch games played. I've been thinking about my Switch review videos and I'll make another at 36 or 40 games. Leaning towards 36.
Sept 4, 2022 11:38:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I actually wanted to remake the older ones as well. I didn't notice that the 2nd video had volume issues in the audio until I have my current PC.
Sept 4, 2022 11:40:15 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you're thinking of playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3, then definitely *don't* read the late-game spoilers I posted.
Sept 4, 2022 19:04:34 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: So I assume everyone here's heard the news but for those who haven't, Queen Elizabeth died today.
Sept 8, 2022 14:50:28 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I learned on the way home from work today - I stopped in at a McDonalds for lunch, was checking the news in line, and...well, there it was.
Sept 8, 2022 14:51:39 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I knew it was serious when I heard the whole royal family dropped whatever they were doing to be by her side.
Sept 9, 2022 8:49:46 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm not British, but there's never not been a Queen of England during my lifetime (and indeed, most of a lifetime before that), so even though I knew it had to happen eventually, it still feels a little weird.
Sept 9, 2022 8:50:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I guess there is still the "Queen Consort," but I'm talking about how there's a King now.
Sept 9, 2022 9:13:49 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, a lot to take in there. I'll post my impressions either later or tomorrow.
Sept 13, 2022 9:47:11 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The English lip sync in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has spoiled me. I was hoping Fire Emblem: Engage would have it, too, but comparing the English and Japanese trailers, it doesn't seem to be the case.
Sept 19, 2022 8:44:03 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should create a thread for Fire Emblem: Engage, or just talk about it in the general Fire Emblem thread...
Sept 19, 2022 8:55:44 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Nintendo has had a good rhythm with their releases. When I'm tired of Xenoblade, they release a new Fire Emblem. When I'm tired of Fire Emblem, they release a new Xenoblade. When I'm tired of both, they release a new Zelda.
Oct 1, 2022 8:58:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a relatively new game in terms of TAS, so it usually doesn't look as impressive as Super Mario 64. But sometimes we get stuff like this: Cosmic Cove Green Star 1 in 20.58s
Oct 1, 2022 9:29:20 GMT -5