Xenoblade Chronicles was finally released in the United States on April 6, 2012 with a retail price of $49.99. The game was developed by Monolith Soft, and published by Nintendo.
Xenoblade Chronicles received an ESRB rating of "Teen" with "Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence" listed as content for parents to be aware of.
How many hours did Wii owners report playing Xenoblade Chronicles in the first 3 weeks after its release? Let's take a look!
Xenoblade Chronicles had 3,134 Wii owners that had reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with 24 days possibly reported.
Xenoblade's average play-time per day/session reported was 3 Hours 11 Minutes for its debut last week.
Being that the game-play hours debuted last week on the Nintendo Channel, the game as of this week currently has 71,588 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 3 Hours 10 Minutes per day/session reported.
The game has seen an increase of just over 500 new players reporting data since last week, now with approximately 3,650 Wii owners reporting data through the Nintendo Channel.
I know many Nintendo fans, thanks to the help of the group (now site) at OperationRainfall, kept Nintendo's feet to the fire on getting this game published in the U.S., and their efforts paid off.
From looking at the debut game-play hours reported, it does appear that Wii owners who purchased the game are sinking a good bit of time into it, with the average hours "Per person" being higher than some Wii games that have been out for a few years now.
If you are not familiar with Xenoblade Chronicles it is classified as a "Role-playing game" by Nintendo, and below is a trailer that will try to give you a look at the game-play and environments you can expect in the game:
I have not played Xenoblade Chronicles, and with my current track record of playing games this year, I probably won't get around to playing it.
I will say (if I haven't before) though, that out of the three games Operation Rainfall is/was trying to get published in the U.S., Pandora's Tower is the one I'm most interested in, and they have just started up another effort to make sure Nintendo of America knows Wii owners would like it to be released as well. You can read more about the efforts HERE, http://operationrainfall.com/callnintendo/.
Did any of you participate in the OperationRainfall efforts to get Xenoblade Chronicles released in the U.S., and if so, did you end up purchasing the game the day it was released?
If you have been playing Xenoblade Chronicles since it released, what are your thoughts on the game, good and/or bad? Is it a game you would recommend to other Wii owners that enjoy RPG type games, or even perhaps to Wii owners that haven't played many RPG style games before?
If you're interested in purchasing Xenoblade Chronicles from GameStop, you can find the game new/used by clicking the image below: