Xenoblade Chronicles 3D makes a good argument for design overriding hardware limitations. The New 3DS normally puts out PSP-quality graphics, yet it's capable of rendering massive open-world naturalistic environments full of moving structures, and realistic human characters capable of emoting through polygonal deformation.

It's less than ideal, obviously; it looks clunky, but it can be done. How do we have developers complaining about not being able to realize their vision on the Switch? 🔸

Xenoblade 3D (spoilers) 

Something about this has me eager to figure out where the hell this story is actually going, also. I've just hit the Bionis's lower back; Xord and the rest of the Mechon are playing up their evil facade to a cartoonish extent ("GRAHAHA! YOU'LL MAKE A TASTY SNACK!"). Is it a successful attempt to manipulate and enrage Shulk, who doesn't know any better, or a clumsy attempt on the devs' part to motivate me as a player as part of the game's amusement park ride?

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Xenoblade 3D (spoilers) 

Digging this thread up because my recent fascination with the 2DS in 2019 had me picking this game up right where I left it off. And I made it not just to the Satorl Marsh, but all the way through to the Frontier Village, which I'm genuinely pleased to see is full of the franchise's sentient-beachball race.

Oh, I should also say I'm doing every single sidequest as they come up, and engaging with as many of the game's superfluous systems as possible. 29 hours and counting!

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Xenoblade 3D 

Nopon are spherical Chu-Chus, and their species-wide dialect is a shade removed from Jar Jar Binks, but I love and accept them completely regardless. They're explicitly stereotypical anime comic relief, but (and I think I said this when I tried out Xenoblade 2) it's still nice to see a setting where they socialize and cooperate alongside humans despite being so incredibly different. It reminds me of how I felt seeing the Hanar, Elcor, and Volus in the Mass Effect series

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Xenoblade 3D, ranting about graphics 

Tonight I reached the floating city above the Eryth Sea. The polygonal and texture fidelity of the characters and environments in this game are a shade above the original Half-Life; the screen is 400x240 with no anti-aliasing and minimal texture filtering, and yet, seeing the back of the Bionis's head off in the distance, I am absolutely taken aback by what they've achieved with the sense of scale in this game

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (mild Prison Tower spoilers) 

Riki appearing in these post-Metal Face boss fight cutscenes all like

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (mild spoiler) 

All the subquests from inside the Alcamoth city limits are desginated as time-limited (advancing the story will eventually cause them to become unavailable). I, much like the royal family's seer, also get the vague sense that Shulk continuing in his quest will result in the High Entian empire's destruction :thaenkin:

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (mild spoiler) 

Doing the Paola and Narine subquest has caused me to use Sharla as my main character, with assistants Riki and Melia, with the intent of maxing out the affinity between Sharla and Melia through combat prompts and Heart-To-Hearts. Their dialogue absolutely fails the Bechdel test, but I greatly prefer this version of the game regardless

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Sharla, Melia, and Riki are now high enough in affinity that after some battles Riki refers to Melia and Sharla as his found family. I think it's the first time in recent memory an RPG has made me feel "oh my goodness, they love and support each other" followed by "specifically because of actions I took in gameplay". Other RPGs could stand to learn a thing or two from this mechanic; as for my affinity plans, Riki's now taken the lead with Reyn and Dunban following behind.

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@Lobst That sounds so wonderful...!

I don't have a way to play this version... I wonder if the second game does that...

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@poetfox I know it shares this mechanic with XCX, but that they also heavily revised it in XC2; when I get to 2 I'll let you know how it shapes up.

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@Lobst Thank you! I've been trying to keep an eye out for a good deal on the second one, but Switch games just don't like dropping in price... I'd appreciate your thoughts when you get there!

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