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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fifth anniversary wallpapers

Original (11/30): Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is now five years old (at least if you’re in territories like Europe and Japan), and developer Monolith Soft is celebrating with two special wallpapers.

The designs are largely the same with Pyra and Mythra being hoisted into the air. Other main characters are here as well – specifically Rex, Nia, Tora, Zeke, Morag, and Vandham plus their Blades. The wallpaper you go with really depends on which device you intend to use it on. Monolith Soft’s images have been optimized for either mobile / tablets or PC.


A new version 1.2.1 update just went live for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. However, we should note right off the bat that it’s rather small in nature.

The official patch notes are as follows:

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 wave 3 hero DLC

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 fans have looked through the game’s files following the release of the new version 1.2.0 update and wave 2 DLC, and via a datamine, have apparently discovered the design for the next new Hero.

We have the image attached after the break. Nothing is revealed in terms of story content, but for those looking to maintain the surprise, keep that in mind before proceeding.

Xenoblade 3 Nopon Archsage Adam Howden

Here’s a bit of trivia that may blow your mind: Adam Howden, who played Shulk in the first Xenoblade Chronicles, is the voice of the Nopon Archsage in the new Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC. It goes without saying, but this is specifically for the English version.

The Nopon Archsage was just added as part of the game’s Expansion Pass. He’s included in the new Challenge Battles where players take on consecutive enemies to earn accessories and special outfits.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 update 1.2.0

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 just received its new version 1.2.0 update, and as part of that, wave 2 of the game’s DLC has gone live.

As a reminder, the next wave of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC is primarily comprised of two elements. The first aspect is Ino, a new Hero with an additional quest. Challenge Battles are also included in which players can earn accessories and special outfits by taking on tough enemies.

The third wave of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass, comprised of more Challenge Battles, a new Hero, and outfits will be live by April 2023. A new story scenario for the game will follow by the end of 2023 and concludes all DLC.

Below are the patch notes for today’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3 version 1.2.0 update:

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 swimsuits

Nintendo and Monolith Soft have shared what is presumably their final video for the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Wave 2 Expansion Pass DLC, and have now shown off the swimsuit costumes players will be able to unlock in the game.

Players can earn special outfits and accessories by taking on the new Challenge Battles. This mode, which introduces the Nopon Archsage, features consecutive battles against tough enemies.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon Archsage

Nintendo and Monolith Soft have introduced the Nopon Archsage, who will be featured in Wave 2 of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass and ties into Challenge Battles.

Challenge Battles are accessible by walking up to a portal located in Llyn Nyddwr. This can be found in the Fornis Region, specifically Ribbi Flats. After entering the portal, you’ll end up in the Land of Challenges. The Nopon Archsage is here and there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s voiced by Akio Ootsuka in the Japanese version – that’s actually the same person who voiced Consul Z.

Monolith Soft boss and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 executive director Tetsuya Takahashi has weighed in on the game’s nations of Keves and Agnus, world of Aionios, and main cast of characters. Takahashi left a lengthy message in the art book included with the special edition that was recently made available to fans.

Here’s the message in full:

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Ino introduction

Ino is less than a week away from joining Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and we now have a few details about the character thanks to a post shared on social media today.

Ino was seemingly created by the Great Nopon – the tweet does not specify who this is. Interestingly, she introduces herself as an “Artificial Blade”, though Noah and his friends remain suspicious of her. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fans may point to Tora as the one behind Ino, though that isn’t confirmed at this time.

Xenoblade 3 interview Noah Harry McEntire

Nintendo Everything recently had the opportunity to speak with Harry McEntire, who played the role of Noah in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The RPG has been one of the biggest games of the year, and many fans would say that McEntire had a memorable performance.

During our discussion, we talked about the challenges involved, what was most memorable to record, and interest in returning to the role of Noah in the future. You can read our full interview below.

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