Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Announced on Switch, Coming 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is a Switch remaster of the original Wii JRPG by Monolith Soft.

September 4, 2019

Nintendo and Monolith Software revealed Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition on September 4’s Nintendo Direct. The game will be launching on Switch in 2020. The reveal trailer is included below.

The first game of the Xenoblade series is one of the best JRPGs of its era and probably the best one on Wii. The game already re-released on 3DS, but this time we’re getting a full HD Remaster. The term Definitive Edition implies many new additions will be made too, though none were detailed for now. One thing fans are looking forward to is the addition of Bionis’ Left Shoulder area, which was in the original game but not normally accessible.


Xenoblade Chronicles is also one of the first well done open world JRPGs, something which became a staple of the series and culminated with Xenoblade Chronicles X/Cross on Wii U. It would be great if one day we’d get a remaster of Xenoblade X too, seeing the Wii U was a huge failure and the game went under the radar. In fact, I’m surprised Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a remaster over Cross. Nintendo is pretty much rereleasing every Wii U game on Switch too, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions is even coming to Switch. A Xenoblade X 2 would be great as well.

In either case, this is a great move by Nintendo and Monolith and I’m looking forward to this Switch port.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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