Believe it or not, it's official! Monolith Soft's expansive RPG, Xenoblade Chonicles, is coming to North America. I've heard fans of the game claim that it's the "greatest JRPG [they've] played in the last decade" on multiple accounts. That's saying something. Based on the trailer they have on Nintendo's website, the English dub is the same one they added to the European release. On one hand, I think it's lazy. On the other hand, I think it's great because it adds a little flavor to each character and the world as a whole. On top of that, the voice actors do a pretty stellar job of being believable characters. In any case, I'm glad Nintendo's giving this game a chance despite how niche I feel JRPGs are nowadays.
Retailer exclusive titles isn't really new to Nintendo. Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol for Nintendo DS was only available at Walmart. As you might remember, that game didn't sell well at all! This might just be Nintendo saying, "We're not sure if this will sell well. So, as an experiment, we're only going to ship it to a store where the customers are more than likely gamers who will most likely buy a JRPG."
As much as I prefer not to buy my games from GameStop, I will gladly purchase Xenoblade Chronicles to show my support for these kinds of games.
(This is assuming I have cash by time it releases)
Quick aside from Matt here:
Also, I would like to argue that my article is 100% responsible for this game and the different 3DS colors being brought to the US. Yep. All me.