Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is finally out on Nintendo Switch. The remastered Wii RPG arrives almost three years after the series’ most recent installment, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and if you’ve played that game, you’ll find a nice free gift waiting for you.
If you have save data for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on your Switch, you’ll receive a special one-time bonus upon booting up Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition–100,000 gold. Note that you’ll only have one chance to claim this bonus, so make sure to select Collect before setting off on your adventure, as you won’t be able to receive the gold after you’ve started the game.
Xenoblade Chronicles has received a number of tweaks and touchups in its move to Switch. Not only have the character models been significantly updated (you can get a better look at the improved models in these screenshots), the game also features an entirely new epilogue story called Future Connected, which follows Shulk and Melia one year after the events of the main game. Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi estimates that Future Connected takes about 10-12 hours to complete if you focus on the story and about 20 hours if you include all of the side content.
We gave the remastered RPG a 9/10 in our Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition review. “Although not every aspect of Xenoblade Chronicles has aged as well as others, Definitive Edition proves that Xenoblade Chronicles is still a fantastic JRPG with an immense amount of strategic depth that’s still impressive in 2020,” critic Jake Dekker wrote.
If you’re new to Xenoblade Chronicles, be sure to check out our roundup of some essential tips that will help you out on your adventure across the Bionis, as well as our battle system explainer to master combat.