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Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch features new content and improvements that were not included in previous versions. This page will explain all new features found in the Xenoblade Chronicles remake, including the epilogue chapter: Future Connected.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition New Features

Remade Graphics

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Xenoblade Chronicle: Definitive Edition uses completely remade graphics. Fans of the original Xenoblade for the Wii will immediately welcome the enhanced HD graphics and beautiful scenery this game holds. The photo above shows the original game graphics (Left) compared to the remake (Right).

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These graphics are not simply upgrades of existing Xenoblade Chronicles Wii models, but instead, completely new ones, which were based around the ones present in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch. The graphics are one of the biggest draws to the game, as the now 10 year old game was overdue for a graphical overhaul.

New Engine

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In addition to the upgraded graphics, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition runs on a newer engine than the Wii release, which was also used in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This engine allows for extremely smooth gameplay for this RPG modern classic.

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Updated Interface

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This game's Menu Screen and Battle HUB have been totally revamped. The layout is smooth and more accessible than ever.

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These changes extend to the other menus as well, including the equipment screen, which is much more carefully designed and easy to sort through, and the Side Quest screens, which give a neater layout and keep track of your current progress on the mission.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition New Content

Epilogue: Future Connected

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Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition will feature a new playable Epilogue mode, titled Future Connected. This new addition will feature both Shulk and Melia, and will take place after the main story. However, according to a tweet from Nintendo, it will be playable immediately, even if you haven't yet finished the main story. Veterans of the game may enjoy hopping straight into the brand new content before replaying the main story.

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While not much is known about this epilogue, we do know that Shulk and Melia will team up with two new Nopon allies. Together, the group will embark on a quest to find the Imperial Capital, located on the Bionis' Shoulder. For fans who just couldn't get enough of the original, this extra story segment will provide even more reasons to replay this remade title.

Re-recorded OST that can be swapped for the original

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition uses brand new recordings of much of the OST. On top of this, a tweet from Nintendo of America on May 2, 2020 revealed that the game will allow you to use both the original and remastered version of the Xenoblade Chronicles soundtrack. While playing, you will be allowed to switch between both versions, so you can compare old with new and see which you like better!

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