I have a secret that I have to admit. I never played Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. Despite supporting Operation Rainfall and the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles as well as other JRPGs, its release slipped through my periphery. By the time I rediscovered the title it had already sold out in large part and GameStop was busy charging twice the price for new copies. Luckily, it seems that a majority of other Operation Rainfall supporters had their money where their mouths were.
Not only is the sequel Xenoblade Chronicles X being developed for Wii U (and being pushed as a headlining title no less), but today during a Japanese Nintendo Direct Shulk was confirmed for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS roster. Shulk, a very standard JRPG looking fellow, wields a particularly JRPG looking sword and even his Smash skill summons a party of fellows in order to pull off an epic RPG combo attack. One might even think Shulk comes from turn-based origins.
Shulk's selling point, however, is his sword -- the Monado. With the Monado Shulk is able to buff himself in four different ways, though each buff also comes with a debuff. Jump, Speed, Shield, Buster and Smash will, respectively, increase jumping power at the cost of defense, increase speed at the cost of attack strength, increase defense at the cost of movement speed, increase attacks at the cost of launching ability, and increase launch power at the cost of overall attack strength.
Shulk also claims to read the future, though it will take a particularly strong Super Smash Bros. player to be able to persuade anyone that's a game feature.
Also announced today was a special deal for fans who purchase both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. After registering each title with Club Nintendo, players will unlock a special edition "Premium Sound Selection" soundtrack for the games. The digital album will feature "music taken from and inspired by the games." Just hit me with that Donkey Kong Rap and I'm all yours, Nintendo.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS will launch on October 3, which is just a bit more than a month away! Wii U-only fans will have to wait a bit longer, with the console version of the title still only tentatively planned for the holiday season. Everybody, please take a moment to tell Nintendo that we don't want any delays here. We're quickly approaching a dangerous time here. If Nintendo doesn't dedicate to a release date soon.. well, enough said.