Brandin Tyrrel of IGN writes, "We went hands-on with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Nintendo Switch and it's shaping up to be yet another handheld hit."
Yup, Nintendo is going to own this holiday twice.
Nintendo is having an amazing year. Such a great selection of games for a console less than a year old.
Definitely have to get this for the Switch console. Loved part one!
I’m still surprised it’s coming out this year
I think a lot of us are surprised by that.XD Remember the Wii U, when stuff was pushed back constantly to the point that we wouldn't see a game hit a supposed release date multiple times in a row? Looks like Nintendo's actually putting forth some effort to change that. That or they just aren't giving a release date until they're ABSOLUTELY SURE that they can hit that date.XD
probably a lil of both. I think they also held titles so that their lineup is spaced out enough. We don't know much about next year but I feel a Direct coming maybe in January.
I'm actually a little confident that Pokemon might hit the projected 2018 release. It's currently listed as "2018 or later". That would be an incredible surprise for next holiday.
That happened because Nintendo struggled with HD during the beginning of Wii U’s lifecycle. Now they got the hang of it they can output more games in a timely manner.
Agreed. Also consider they are not making home consoles anymore and just a handheld, this allows more time to focus on 1 device vs 2, this also could have been in development already for Wii U and simply ported to Switch considering.......well Wii U's lack of success and all.
Splatoon 2 & Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for example were titles that clearly could’ve been Wii U games but were ported. It’s blatantly obvious that’s what happened when you consider how underwhelming the Wii U’s finals years were as many titles were being shuffled to its successor. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild however only had to also be on Wii U because the game was previously mentioned so much to release on the system that Nintendo would seem like complete dicks to cancel that version.
And their resources were split between 3ds and Wiiu. Now they're mainly focused on Switch.
@EDMIX - why don't we just say a unified piece of hardware. Call it what you will. It's just one focus now for all the teams. We don't know if Nintendo will only make this hybrid from now on, this is just their current model.
The Switch came along at the same life cycle of 5 years. Only the Wii defied that life cycle by adding a single year. Nintendo is like clockwork, you can bet your bottom dollar we will see a new Switch or whatever around 2022. So while some titles may have started development on the Wii U, plenty were already planned for the successor while in development.
That's all true, but I think it might also be because they don't unnecessarily inflate their budgets to try and match up to graphical expectations, too.
Right. I guess wii u was a hand held portable console too. Seeing as it’s games get ported to switch. Switch is a home console. It’s just not the most powerful one. Considering switch is more powerful than wii u which ran great games like bayonetta 2. And wii u was more powerful than a 360 with tittles like gta mass effect red dead etc. No one ever insinuated 360 was a portable console. But now with switch we have something more powerful than and 360 but just becuase it can fit in a pocket doesn’t make it a portable system. It’s as Nintendo said a hybrid. Want it in your pocket that’s fine. Want it under your tv? That’s fine too. This is why it’s such a hit. I’ve never played my switch outside my home.
“EDMIX is still trying his hardest to push the "it's just a handheld" message.“ He repeats that mantra every time he talks about Switch.
It's selling really well digitally in Japan through Pre-Purchase.
Next, the haters will say...bu bu bu it has way too many good games to afford a pu pu purchase. lol
lol nobody ever says that.. what they will say is I don't like those types of games. However Nintendo has been releasing a diverse lineup so far.
And the same people will praise this game to heaven and death if it was released on their preferred plastic.
I'm just saying I have heard everything....next it will be that terrible...lol.
@Moonman yeah people do say things that contradict their argument. I think some people just wanna be trolls.
They should have withold games to get a staggered release. There will only ever be mario Zelda mario kart and what ever breakout RPG like xzenoblade it was the same with Wii
We're still waiting for Metroid, Pokemon, Fire Emblem and Pikmin though
no. I don't see how that would help them at this point and they have more then enough teams to keep development going. Remember...Nintendo isn't making a home console anymore ,they just have a handheld, that means no development on 2 systems, just 1 portable. This means we still got Pokemon, Animal Crossing and many more titles in development, consider the team that made Link Between Worlds has yet to make another title, they likely have a top down zelda in development.
They're still doing development for 3DS and have said nothing about discontinuing it thus far, so no, they do not have "just a handheld". The Switch is their home console solution in hybrid form. Get used to that and quit living in denial just because you despise the dock.
Considering how long we had to wait for some of these games, I'd say they've been "staggered" enough already.XD
It's okay I'm not hyped...hhnnnnnghhh HYPE! CANNOT WAIT! the 1st game was a masterpiece. I really hope the music is even better this time around.
"it's shaping up to be yet another handheld hit" Agreed.
That's where i mostly play so its great news for me, only dock 4 times since March and less than 30 minutes each
That might be me when I buy Switch as I see me spending lots of time with friends with either Mario Kart or Animal Crossing etc. I think if not playing with friends, I'd spend the other half playing on the TV as my eyes are not like they used to be. I really loved that about PSP's tv out and one of the biggest reasons I'm looking forward to buying a Switch. I'm still mad we never got a DS or 3DS player. I like them focusing on 1 device and let the gamer decide where they want to play.
Mario Kart is still better on the big screen. The local co-op play is awesome, but nothing beats having 3 other people at your house while you play. I will still be surprised the day you get a Switch. You spend far too often complaining about it's library and the lack of 3rd party game X to seem like you actually would sit down and play one.
Dude why are you always on Nintendo article spouting the same nonsense? How is it a handheld if you can play it on TV as well? And no, don’t reply with the same psp tv out bullshit. That is clearly a handheld, had no viable AAA games, and is advertised as such.
Thank you; someone finally gets it. Switch is a hybrid, which also means it's Nintendo's answer to those who were once wondering what Nintendo's next home console tech would be after the Wii U didn't do so hot. It's really only those in denial, or who want Nintendo to die trying to go third party, that say the Switch is evidence of Nintendo dropping their home console market altogether, especially when recent polls show that more consumers than not spend a balanced amount of time on both ways of playing [docked and undocked] compared to just one or the other. Yeah, the tech inside doesn't match up to the other two, but that doesn't make it any less of a home console, let alone any less of a hybrid of home and handheld. It's playing into both markets and once, and that's the biggest reason why it's become so successful this fast; it gives players the freedom to choose their way to play, without changing the essence of what the system is, AKA, a hybrid that enables both.
"it's shaping up to be yet another portable home console hit" There ya go edmix, fixed it for you and your friend, Venomsnakerisingx.
The Switch's first year looks great. Let's see how the second year will be.
I think Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Smash, Kirby, Yoshi, exclusive Tales of, Project Octopath, SMTV, and possibly Monster Hunter, Star Fox, remastered Zelda games, and smaller games like Ace Attorney and Story of Seasons will make the second year another great year as well.
I doubt SMTV and Pokemon will be for 2018 though.
True. Second year is where the chance of stumbling might grow. But there are plenty of IP's left under Nintendo's belt that they could revisit to keep sales flowing, and recent news of Square-Enix wanting to proactively develop new games for the system, as well as bring back older titles to give them some new life, has left me pretty optimistic about the Switch's second year as well. If only publishers like Capcom would pull their heads out of the sand and follow, I'm sure there would be many more games out there to enjoy next year, and not just for Switch owners too...
So was Xenoblade Chronicles X’s lower quality than it’s predecessor a fluke or will Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also falter to be unquestionably better than the first game? Not that having a Metascore of 84 is bad thing, but it just seems like a step down critically from the first game’s Metascore of 92.
A great game in 2001 may not be a great game in 2010. You can't just look at the scores from two different time periods and say that Game A is better than Game B because of it's score. Chronicles and X were also very different style of games so its really not a direct comparison.
A fair question, but I do have one thing to consider that might make you a little more optimistic... Compare Xenoblade X's music to the first game. X is a bit bleh, right? Story too; even from the start, not very moving or exciting on X's part compared to the first game... Now compare >Xenoblade 2's< music and known story to both... Now, call me crazy if you wish, but I get the feeling a 92 is more than a little achievable for this one...
This is what we've gone to? First, getting a metascore above 90 is way, way harder than you seem to think. Yup, Xenoblade X wasn't as good as Chronicles 1, but it was still a fantastic game. I'll be grateful if Chronicles 2 performs as well as X. If it scores even better, that's just icing on the cake. Besides, numbers aren't everything. My favorite Wii U game "only" scored 78 at Metacritic, and that didn't stop me from loving every minute of it. :)
Don't have my system yet, but have the collectors preordered for this.
You're lucky jealousy can't be physically felt from others. I'd be burning a hole through you at this point if it could...
Lmao!! I'm flame retardant!!
Can't wait for xeno 2! Get my collecters edition coming and it's going to rock!
My most wanted 2017 game. God, I love the Xeno games from Gears to Blade! I'm really feeling it!
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