Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 12, 2015
    Large-scale story of Xenoblade Chronicles will draw you into a huge world naturally, where boredom has no place and you’ll spend there several hours of a game time with love. This one is a must-have, and not only for fans of JRPG games. [Issue#252]
  2. Apr 12, 2015
    This marks an excellent port for one of the best RPG’s in recent years, and it’s a title that every RPG fan should not miss.
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    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.
  4. Apr 10, 2015
    The 3D presentation opens up the world of Shulk and his friends into a impressively immersive experience.
  5. 95
    At its core, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is just as good as the original release. Those that missed out on the chance to play through the Wii version will love the incredible world of Xenoblade, the masterfully told story, and the engaging combat system.
  6. Mar 27, 2015
    One of the greatest JRPGs you will ever play, in a decent portable edition. Visually, it's not as good as on the Wii, but it gets close. If you didn't play it on the Wii, you can't miss it.
  7. Jun 29, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles is a phenomenal RPG that hasn't been given the most extensive port that one would hope for, but is still impressive for being scaled down to a handheld.
  8. Jun 4, 2015
    Games like this on the Wii didn’t sell anything compared what Nintendo was able to do with Mario, and the majority of 3DS owners don’t have access to the title since it’s a N3DS exclusive. Still, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is worth buying a new system for, and this is a must-have for longtime jrpg fans.
  9. NF Magazine
    May 27, 2015
    It's such an incredible experience that you should do absolutely everything you can to see every last hour of it. [Issue #15; May/June 2015, p.73]
  10. May 19, 2015
    If you have a couple hundred hours to kill, I can think of few better ways to do it than with this JRPG masterpiece.
  11. Apr 22, 2015
    Despite downgraded visuals, the core of what made the original game so appealing is still very much intact.
  12. Apr 22, 2015
    Tetsuya Takahashi and his team at Monolith Soft put a lot of passion and care into Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Games has done a phenomenal job porting it to the New Nintendo 3DS platform.
  13. Apr 15, 2015
    Most gamers can expect over 80 hours of gametime, fantastic characters and voice-acting and some of the best graphics seen on a Nintendo handheld. Whether you buy this for your home console or your New 3DS, it’s one of the better JRPGs to have launched in the last few years.
  14. Apr 10, 2015
    Once again cementing its status as a JRPG masterpiece, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a game you owe it to yourself to experience.
  15. Apr 7, 2015
    An immense world to explore. Charming characters everywhere. A deep and satisfactory combat system. Gorgeous soundtrack. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great adaptation for New Nintendo 3DS of one of the best Wii games and, probably, the best J-RPG of the last decade.
  16. Apr 7, 2015
    Even those who have played through Shulk's big adventure before will love experiencing it again in Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. The game survives the console-to-portable transition amazingly well, with only a few minor graphical imperfections to speak of.
  17. Mar 30, 2015
    It’ll take more than a few compression issues to take the shine off of this JRPG classic.
  18. Mar 30, 2015
    This relatively minor annoyance aside, everything else about Xenoblade Chronicles 3D remains as incredible as when it originally came to the Wii.
  19. Mar 26, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D might look a bit worse than its original counterpart, but it's still a joy to play and it's much, much easier to find in stores.
  20. Mar 25, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles is an amazing game, no matter where you play it. It is true that it has some graphics issues on New 3DS compared to the Wii version, but it is an experience worth living.
  21. Mar 25, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D makes the promise of the New 3DS' power a reality. It's marvelous to play such a huge game on a handheld, although it could have been a bit sharper. Nonetheless, this game is the same blockbuster as it was years before.
  22. Mar 25, 2015
    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.
  23. Mar 25, 2015
    As for presentation, you would imagine that translating a game from a dual-layered Wii DVD to a tiny 3DS cartridge would end in disaster. That is not the case here, with a port that retains a steady framerate and draw distance, while still looking very favourable when compared to other 3DS games.
  24. Mar 25, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles reminds me of why I fell in love with RPGs in the first place. From the thrill of stepping into a vast land with endless possibilities to the surge of a hard-fought battle against larger-than-life creatures, Xenoblade holds plenty of excitement.
  25. 90
    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.
  26. Mar 25, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is one of the biggest and best games available for any handheld game system, and it still stands as one of the best role-playing games in recent years, handheld or otherwise.
  27. Mar 25, 2015
    A brilliant portable version of a true classic, fans of RPGs willing to commit themselves to the task of saving Bionis shouldn't hesitate to pick this up - it is, quite simply, the biggest world we've experienced on such small screens.
  28. 90
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D might not be the best version of this modern-day classic, but it’s a satisfactory way to play one of the boldest, biggest games in recent memory.
  29. Mar 25, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D brings to the New 3DS what was one of the best games released for the Wii in all its JRPG glory. While some technical aspects are clearly downgraded, this does not affect the overall experience of the game and with an enormous gameplay and world to explore, this Xenoblade port is an excellent opportunity for newcomers.
  30. Mar 25, 2015
    From a technical and ergonomical point of view, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is overshadowed the Wii version, yet it preserves this monumental RPG into the darkness of our pockets.
  31. Mar 25, 2015
    Shulk's journey begins in your New Nintendo 3DS at the same excellent level as Wii. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a perfect adaptation for one of the best JRPGs of recent years. It has spectacular graphics and sound on portable console. The Monado Sword hacks again this special and open adventure.
  32. Mar 30, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles is a game that ticks all the right boxes.
  33. Apr 10, 2015
    A true classic in portable version, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is well worth your money, despite some minor graphical problems.
  34. Mar 25, 2015
    It’s one of the best JRPGs in a generation, capable of inspiring wonder - and it fits in your hand. It may have been one of the Wii’s swansongs but it’s a great start for the New 3DS.
  35. Apr 2, 2015
    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.
  36. Apr 7, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is translated well from its big brother. While there is a drop in visuals, the gameplay design and delivery that make this JRPG great is still very much intact. The added 3D visuals, superb story and voice acting will make this game worth your time and effort.
  37. Apr 17, 2015
    There it is, the first game that runs exclusively on Nintendo's improved 3D hardware. And five years after the original release this is still a grand epic roleplaying experience. But the fascination that the original could spark for its premiere is not there – also thanks to technical shortcomings that I didn’t expect on the new system.
  38. In the end, the biggest problem you might face is simply figuring out how best to play a game clearly meant for consoles on a mobile platform.
  39. Apr 8, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a marvelous port of an awesome JRPG, whose brilliance and ambition overlook the technical compromises: this is, along with Persona 4 The Golden, the very best JRPG that ever graced a handheld console.
  40. Mar 26, 2015
    As of today, it's still one of the best JRPGs around. The game is identical to the original release, and this is a great chance for anyone who might have missed it.
  41. Mar 25, 2015
    If you have not yet played Xenoblade Chronicles, this is your chance. This excellent adventure, with its huge game world, compelling story and balanced fighting system, is magical, even though the screen of the 3DS is a small one.
  42. Mar 25, 2015
    It's probably not the best port ever made. It has some graphical issues but it's still a good choice for people looking for play one of the most interesting JRPGs of the last years.
  43. Apr 15, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D stands on its own just as well in portable form as it did on the Wii, but be forewarned that they really didn’t change anything from the console version.
  44. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    A truly huge RPG with nice visuals, enjoyable combat system and a lot to do besides the main storyline. [08/2015, p.78]
  45. May 18, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles is injected with new life as it is turned into a portable game. It lacks content updates but it is still a remarkable experience. The new 3DS might seem like a tight fit for the large adventure, but the addition of the c-stick makes it effortless to control.
  46. 80
    The finest version of Xenoblade Chronicles that we’ve seen. And if you’re a fan of JRPGs and you don’t own a 3DS? This is a solid reason to pick up Nintendo’s portable.
  47. Apr 14, 2015
    It's an impressive game in terms of depth and sheer scope.
  48. Hyper Magazine
    Apr 14, 2015
    It’s better on the Wii, but Xenoblade Chronicles is still a top-notch JRPG.
  49. Apr 13, 2015
    Take up the Monado and put down the Mechon who dare to stand against you, you are Bionis’ only hope in this expansive, spectacular handheld RPG.
  50. Apr 3, 2015
    The game is still as great as it always ways, and despite the graphical downstep, it’s no less enjoyable on a smaller screen. I relished the excuse to play it once more, and have been having a blast as I once again alter futures, smash up robots, and indulge in a little private Reyn time.
  51. Apr 2, 2015
    Xenoblade Chronicles is an embarrassment of riches, packed with content and depth. But it feels like a squeeze, rather than a natural fit, on Nintendo 3DS.
  52. 80
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D doesn't really belong on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact, Nintendo would have been better off going the other way and doing a "HD" version for the Wii U in the lead up to the next Monolith Software release on that console. But, that aside, this is a classic game, and having that experience on the go is not a bad bonus reason to purchase the New Nintendo 3DS.
  53. Mar 26, 2015
    Monster Games did the job with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D : if he's not being offered some really new features or functionalities, the player will still enjoy an undiminished experience.
  54. Mar 25, 2015
    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.
  55. Mar 25, 2015
    While the New 3DS can’t always do justice to what Monolith Soft originally created for their beloved Wii RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D retains almost everything that made the game’s original release great—while also making it far more accessible to a wider group of players.
  56. Mar 25, 2015
    Still the best Japanese role-player of the last generation, even if squeezing it down onto the New 3DS does it few favours.
  57. Mar 25, 2015
    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.
  58. Mar 25, 2015
    While it's an inferior proposition to its initial release in 2011, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D remains superior to the majority of RPGs.
  59. Aug 12, 2015
    The game has suffered by being ported to the 3Ds. It's still a great game, but I would only recommend the Wii version.
  60. Apr 13, 2015
    As a game, Xenoblade is still one of the best JRPGs available in years, and on that front, any fan of the genre who’s never played it should buy it immediately if there’s a new 3DS in the house. As a port, however, it’s a less than stellar job, and people spoiled on improved remasters of old games are in for an unpleasant surprise.
  61. Mar 25, 2015
    It may not be the worst porting in history of videogames, but it comes pretty close. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is still a great game, but we strongly advise you to play it on Wii.
  62. Apr 29, 2015
    Even though the idea of having such a big game like Xenoblade Chronicles in a handheld sounds attractive, its implementation in the New 3DS doesn't work quite as well.
  63. Apr 9, 2015
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 330 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 330
  1. Apr 10, 2015
    Beautiful, artistic, deep, interesting. I never played it on Wii, but for 3DS standards, we just got an amazing, long game with a load ofBeautiful, artistic, deep, interesting. I never played it on Wii, but for 3DS standards, we just got an amazing, long game with a load of exploration and quests to do. A lot of mechanics to master. A lot of skills and strategies to check out. A lot of cutscenes to watch, a lot of amazing music to listen to... A lot of goodness embedded into that small catridge.

    Game is, long story short, about a conflict between organic and mechanical races, that both live on huge, lifeless giants that used to fight long time ago. The setting of the game juggles epicness, jrpg-like cuteness and... a little bit of shocking, grim atmosphere here and there, since the machines' favourite food are organic races.

    What is amazing about this game is the number of side-quests and their meaning. You actually get access to a map of people you talked to, and upon discovering connection between them they get connected on the grid with specific relation. You can change/enhance that relations by doing different quests, and those sometimes offer you a choice. Upon doing quests more and more of them are coming. Just finding every npc in the game is challenging task.

    Areas you're about to explore are vast, interesting, and filled with strong monsters. Music is amazing, and the battle system is easily the best I've ever seen in jrpg.

    I could go on. The thing is, if you don't have Wii, just go and get this game, it's worth it. I can't think of a single thing that's wrong with it, unless you hate doing a lot of side-quests and reading a lot of equipment/skill details.
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  2. Apr 12, 2015
    A Masterpiece on the WII - A blurry experience on the NEW 3DS

    I was seriously exited to play the NEW 3DS Release of Xenoblade but after the
    A Masterpiece on the WII - A blurry experience on the NEW 3DS

    I was seriously exited to play the NEW 3DS Release of Xenoblade but after the first 2 Hours, I can say that it is a bit of a let down. Compared to the Visuals on the Wii, the Graphics are unsharp, blurry and (which is why i bought it again in the first place) the 3D is not very impressive. This is mainly because the whole World is supposed to fit on a bigger Television and looses much of its appeal on such a small screen.

    While impressiv that such an Openworld Game is available "on the Go" it feels too big at times. Playability is great, the C Stick Movement is a welcome substitue for a Controller and the FPS delivery is solid. Audio Quality didnt suffer much and the Interface was customized for the 3DS / doesnt clutter the upper Display. You can save anytime you want but that is possible on the Wii too.

    Xenoblade itself is still a 10 out of 10 but this Version only gets a 7 out of 10 because of the above mentioned flaws. If you can, play it on the Wii.
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  3. Sep 10, 2016
    One of the most overrated and overhyped games of the last generation, now on the New 3DS!

    This is final fantasy wannabe with mediocre story
    One of the most overrated and overhyped games of the last generation, now on the New 3DS!

    This is final fantasy wannabe with mediocre story and bland, boring gameplay. I can understand how this scored highly on the Wii, after all Wii had no good RPGs (or games in general), so in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king and all that. But this doesn't mean that the game was good, it wasn't. The only really cool thing about the game was the setting, but a setting can't carry a 80hour slog on its own.

    The port is mediocre, as expected, and requires a New 3DS for no reason. The original 3DS is more than capable of playing this, as evidenced by other games playable on the O3DS, like the Monster Hunters. Nintendo used the lame excuse of "needing more power to run it" in order to sell more consoles. Which is disgusting, but that is Nintendo greed for you.

    The good thing is that we didn't need to play this anyway. Skip it. If you just don't value your life and your time, play it on PC using Dolphin. Thank me later.
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