Nintendo Spotlights Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Before Its Launch on Dec. 1

Expansive DLC Coming Soon; Day-One Update Adds Japanese Audio

REDMOND, Wash.–In just a few weeks, Nintendo Switch owners will leave the familiar behind and enter the fantastical world of Alrest – a world full of living lands known as
Titans and the fabled paradise of Elysium. To get fans ready for the
Dec. 1 launch of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game, Nintendo presented a deep dive into
elements of the massive game, including the vast environments, battle
system and characters. This special Nintendo Direct presentation also
revealed upcoming paid DLC, a fun cross-promotion with The Legend of
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
, as well as free DLC available to download
on launch day that will allow players to also play the game with
Japanese audio and English subtitles.

“With Xenoblade Chronicles 2, we are giving fans yet another
engaging adventure that can only be found on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug
Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing. “This sequel is perfect for playing at home or while
traveling during the busy holiday season.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit .

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is next in the series following the
original acclaimed RPG that launched for Wii in 2012. This sequel
features new characters and worlds, with an expanded battle system that
will still feel familiar to fans of the first game. In Xenoblade
Chronicles 2
, Blades are artificial lifeforms that bond with Drivers
to lend them their weapons and powers in battle. Main character Rex is a
Driver and Pyra is a Blade. To help familiarize fans with main character
Rex before the game launches, a new Side Quest will be available via a
free update in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for
both Nintendo Switch and Wii U systems, in which players will be able to
obtain a Rex costume starting on Nov. 9.

In and out of battle, Blades have a wide array of support abilities.
While adventuring, these abilities might increase the number of items
that can be collected, open up new paths to explore or initiate other
special effects. When players fight alongside their chosen Blade, they
might trigger effects that protect the Driver, strengthen attacks and so
forth. Abilities differ from Blade to Blade, so selecting different
Blades adds to the strategy of battle.

Blades are just one form of life that players will encounter while
journeying on the backs of the mighty Titans. In the vast world of
Alrest, players will discover both peaceful and aggressive wildlife of
all shapes and sizes wandering among giant plains, winding caverns,
frozen kingdoms, scorched earth and sandy beaches. If players manage to
defeat certain Unique Beasts, a tombstone will be left behind to
commemorate the creature and allow players to relive those battles for
additional rewards.

While traveling the massive world of Alrest, players will run into
shining spots called Collection Points – which give players the
opportunity to pick up valuable items or dive under the clouds to
salvage hard-to-find treasures – or special landmarks that players can
transport to at any time. Alrest is also teeming with bustling cities.
From shopping districts to residential quarters, each Titan has its own
unique layout and atmosphere.

Fans who want to expand their epic adventure can pre-purchase an
Expansion Pass for the game in Nintendo eShop beginning today or
pre-order it from select retailers shortly at a suggested retail price
of $29.99. With this pass, players can enjoy DLC as it releases between
the launch of the game and fall 2018, starting with quests and support
items, and eventually including a challenge Battle Mode where they can
face powerful enemies. This DLC will even include an additional
adventure with a new side story set in the world of Elysium. Details
about individual elements of the Expansion Pass will be released in the

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will launch exclusively for the Nintendo
Switch system on Dec. 1 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The same
day, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99. Launch day will also
see the release of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition.
This special version includes the game, a beautifully illustrated
hardbound art book filled with 220 pages of concept designs and artwork
of the characters, landscapes and objects from the game, a
sound-selection CD of many of the game’s memorable music tracks, and a
special metal case containing the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game
card at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Players who prefer the
digital version can pre-purchase the game from Nintendo eShop now,
either standalone or as a bundle with the Expansion Pass.

For more information about Xenoblade Chronicles 2, visit

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental
that let adults manage the content their children can
access. For more information about other features, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch
system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems.
Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System,
Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710
million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the
Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES,
Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii
and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that
have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong,
Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

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