I’ll always have a fondness for Xenoblade Chronicles’ localization. There was once a time when Nintendo only intended to release the game in Europe, and thus we have a very British cast of characters on this alien world. When Nintendo caved in and brought it to the States , re-recording the entire game was too much of a hassle, and the British voices remained in the final version.
It’s such a wonderful choice, because Americans are used to British accents being used exclusively for smart people, super villains, Michael Caine, and One Direction. In a game where the entire cast speaks the Queen’s language, though, it’s impossible to squeeze their dialect into a single archetype. Nintendo even carried this into Super Smash Bros. as well for Shulk. Such a nice choice.
Why did I think this just now? Well, this launch trailer is for the European release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, and it sounds fitting for that side of the pond. However, this could very well be the American release trailer as well given that the voices are the same. It’s something that Europeans probably have to deal with all the time when getting Americanized English in their games.
Interesting little switcheroo.
It’s an interesting look into how a great localization can add just a little extra depth or even improve a game. I’m still now sure about how I feel about the portable version’s muddy graphics, but Joey doesn’t seem to think its detrimental. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launches on April 10 exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS. Europe gets it on April 2, hence why they get a launch trailer this week.