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Quatre ans après sa sortie sur Wii, Xenoblade Chronicles s'improvise fer de lance de la New 3DS dont il constitue la première exclusivité. Bien que les responsables de ce portage aient réussi la prouesse de faire tenir l'immensité du jeu original dans le creux de notre main, cette version manque tout de même d'arguments inédits pour convaincre les fans de retenter l'aventure. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D n'en reste pas moins une pépite du J-RPG et, même sur portable, il nous donne pleinement conscience d'avoir affaire à une référence du genre.
Trotz aller Kritik: Xenoblade ist auch in mobiler Form ein sehr gutes Rollenspiel mit epischer Story, beeindruckender Spielwelt, gigantischem Aufgabenpool, tollem Leveldesign und stimmungsvoller Musikuntermalung. Die Faszination, die das Wii-Original seinerzeit entfacht hat, erreicht die an heutigen Standards gemessene Handheld-Portierung jedoch nicht. Sowohl die Entwickler als auch der New 3DS können definitiv mehr.
The port doesn't quite do the original justice visually, then - but it's still recognizably and absolutely Xenoblade. That means it's still one of the finest Japanese RPGs in recent memory, and essentially a must-play for any fan of the genre. Is this the definitive version? No - that remains on the Wii. It's still damn impressive, however, that all this has been squeezed onto a handheld - and it's a perfectly adequate way to enjoy this brilliant game.
Lacking in much in the way of additions – there’s not even any real touch-screen functionality – Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is about as straight a port as you could get on Nintendo’s portable console, but as someone who often prefers his roleplaying games in a handheld format, I’m not complaining. The game is still as great as it always ways, and despite the graphical downstep, it’s no less enjoyable on a smaller screen. I relished the excuse to play it once more, and have been having a blast as I once again alter futures, smash up robots, and indulge in a little private Reyn time. It’s Reyn time! I’m powering up! Who else wants some? I’m really feeling it! I’m really feeling it! I’m really feeling it!
The thing is, Xenoblade Chronicles made a very successful home on the Nintendo Wii. Playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the New 3DS just doesn’t look as good. However, as I still believe that all JRPG lovers should play Xenoblade Chronicles, those who missed out on the Wii version should definitely consider playing the 3D version on the New 3DS or New 3DS XL. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an incredibly entertaining, and frankly massive, JRPG, but it just may be a little too epic for the new Nintendo handheld.
The New Nintendo 3DS has its first exclusive in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, a port of a Wii JRPG from 2012. The game is every bit as good as it was back then, though slightly less pretty. The trade off is that you get 3D and amiibo functionality (even though it is a bit of an afterthought), plus a gallery of sorts that lets you view character models and listen to the awesome soundtrack. The controls and UI are well adapted, with the lower screen taking on some of the statistical burden and the right analog nub is incredibly useful. If you own a New Nintendo 3DS and you somehow missed out on this, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.