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This huge, beautiful sci-fi RPG is coming to the Wii U

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People buy Nintendo consoles to play familiar Nintendo games: the best titles to grace the Wii U thus far have been the likes of Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and the new, crazy Super Smash Bros. But every so often a game outside of those established franchises comes to a Nintendo console and blows people away. In 2015, it looks like that game will be Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The sci-fi role playing game is the follow-up to Xenoblade Chronicles, a cult classic for the Wii (which itself is getting a remake for the New Nintendo 3DS XL). It takes place in a massive open-world unlike anything on Nintendo's home console; it's filled with startling landscapes and epic-sized monsters. You can also ride around in crazy mechs. Unfortunately, it's unclear just when you'll be able to venture into that world and explore — Xenoblade Chronicles X has no specific release date for North America, but is expected to launch in 2015.

And coupled with the impending launch of Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of Japanese RPGs.

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