Xenoblade Chronicles 3D shrinks an epic RPG into a nifty portable form. Even though the New 3DS' speedier hardware can't make it look quite as good as it does on the Wii, its scope and scale still make it an impressive and deep game that's well suited for play on the go.
A technically impressive port of a masterly RPG, though the small screen ultimately proves too restrictive for a game of this scope.
Still the best Japanese role-player of the last generation, even if squeezing it down onto the New 3DS does it few favours.
It'll take more than a few compression issues to take the shine off of this JRPG classic.
Xenoblade innovates, while also remembering the things people adore about the genre
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a valiant attempt at bringing an ambitious and expansive RPG to the handheld realm. For the most part it works, but the original undoubtedly shines brighter than this tweaked offering.
In portable form, Xenoblade Chronicles has more room to breathe
Xenoblade Chronicles is an above-average RPG hamstrung by a really bad port. From the muddy visuals to the barebones interface, it's hardly a visual showcase for the New 3DS. It has merit, and its best qualities still manage to shine through on the small screen, but it's definitely not the optimal way to enjoy one of the more celebrated RPGs of the last generation.
For a game with so much content, it's at home on a portable screen, even if the 3D isn't anything to write home about. (And at the higher settings is actually pretty painful... like Virtual Boy painful.) Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an impressive title to add to the 3DS library. Now if only we could get more noteworthy profile, non-port games to portable consoles in general (and the 3DS specifically) that would be greeeeaaaat.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an excellent port of one of the best RPGs of the last generation. It features an emotive story, strong characterisation and an engaging battle system, which combine with an approach to the genre that still feels fresh and innovative. The fact that you can now experience the game whilst on the go is hugely alluring, and while it may not make a New 3DS an essential purchase, it certainly provides a compelling argument.
Offering up some of the most unique gameplay to the genre over the last decade, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D shows exactly why the game was so beloved on the Wii and this time it is actually affordable.
An excellent port of a much-loved Wii classic.
One of the best Japanese role-playing games of the last five years still reigns, and now that's on a portable, it's much more accessible. If you're open to exploration, it probably has 80 hours of gameplay. For a game that long, being able to play anywhere and at any time is nice. For a game this great, it's a privilege.
Melding some of the best elements of Japanese and Western RPGs, this is an epic adventure that genre fans would be ill-advised to skip
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.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an excellent taste of things to come for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The 3D presentation opens up the world of Shulk and his friends into a impressively immersive experience. While some of the graphics can appear dated, and it is missing features like touch screen or in game Amiibo support, there's very little about this seamless port that disappoints. It is highly recommended for any owner of a New 3DS XL in search of an engaging and superbly polished RPG experience.
'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D' manages to provide JRPG fans with one of the best ports in recent memory, making the once Wii-exclusive a must-have on the New Nintendo 3DS.
A brilliant example of the RPG genre let down by indistinct graphics
It's an essential purchase if you're new to the series and love role-playing games, but a harder sell if you've already explored every nook and cranny of the vast and beautiful game world on a bigger and more capable screen.
Xenoblade Chronicles on the NEW 3DS system is a marvel. It offers one of the most complete, fascinating, and downright huge RPGs experiences you can fit in your pocket. It's great to see a release on another console to give new players a chance to experience it, granted you still need to own the new handheld. I feel nothing major is lost in the port to the smaller screen and in doing so, you now have one of the best RPGS ever made literally at your fingertips on the go. It doesn't get much better than that.