Xenoblade Chronicles on Nintendo Switch sells double Wii original •

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The new Nintendo Switch version of Xenoblade Chronicles has doubled the game’s original launch sales on Wii.

Monolith Soft’s Definitive Edition re-release of the game debuted in first place within this week’s UK boxed game charts.

This director’s cut release offers numerous gameplay tweaks, shinier visuals and remastered music throughout, as well as an all-new epilogue.

It comes a full decade after Xenoblade Chronicles’ original debut on Wii in Japan – which only reached Western shores years later after hardcore fans petitioned Nintendo for its localisation.

The Nintendo-exclusive RPG series has since spawned a couple of sequels, while Chronicles protagonist has joined the Super Smash Bros. roster.

Sales were up on the Wii U’s Xenoblade Chronicles X, but down slightly on fellow Switch release Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (launched during the busy 2017 Christmas sales season, and not during a pandemic). And as ever, these are physical sales only – digital downloads are not counted. It’s likely many more people downloaded the Definitive Edition with shops shut.

Last week, Martin wrote that the package felt “like the Xenoblade formula perfected” in his warm write-up of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition’s many new features.

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