Xenoblade Chronicles on Switch Side-by-Side With the Original Highlights Some of its Massive Improvements

Xenoblade Chronicles on Switch Side-by-Side With the Original Highlights Some of its Massive Improvements

Talk about a Shulk glow-up.

A new version of the Wii JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles was announced for the Nintendo Switch during yesterday's Direct, and it already looks great by itself. Put up against its original Wii version though, you can really see how much work went into updating this erstwhile gem, to where certain characters and vistas seem like an entirely new game.

Various Nintendo and RPG-centric sites posted comparisons seemingly within moments. Shulk's face alone, in a close-up from an early portion of the game, shows just how much has been done. Rather than a flat, low-res face, Shulk looks animated and more defined, much closer to his look in later games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

GameXplain posted an excellent side-by-side comparison of various scenes pulled from throughout game, slated against the Direct trailer for the Definitive Edition. While it's hard to get an exact one-to-one on some shots, you can really see the contrast between the two versions.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is one of many ports making their way to the Nintendo Switch that were announced yesterday. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, another gem lost adrift on an older Nintendo platform, is getting an "Encore" edition next January, and Deadly Premonition surprise-dropped on the Switch yesterday in anticipation of a sequel. If the Nintendo Switch is set to be a port machine for more cult classics and fan favorites, they're doing a pretty great job at picking them.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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