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My Nintendo has added in a couple of new rewards in North America, and both are themed around Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country.

First up are a pair of printable boxart covers that cost 30 Platinum Points. And for 50 Platinum Points, you can receive a new wallpaper.

Both of these rewards can be redeemed here.

Monolith Soft isn’t just known for the Xenoblade franchise. The studio has worked on many games over the years, including the GameCube-exclusive series Baten Kaitos. Two titles released on the platform, but it sounds like there were plans for a third entry as well.

Director Yasuyuki Honne has revealed that Baten Kaitos III was planned and was in pre-production. However, certain “circumstances” prevented the project from moving forward. Honne stated that Baten Kaitos III “would have been grand-scale game with settings at the bottom of the sea, on land, and in the sky.”

Nintendo games are quite often known for their wide appeal. The Mario series sells well because not only are they generally good games, but anyone can grab a controller and enjoy themselves. On the other hand, the Xenoblade franchise has always been a bulky RPG; something that those faint of heart and hundreds of hours of free time, may shy away from. Let’s find out why the new expansion for the second Xenoblade game might just make for the best place ever to start or continue your Xeno-journey!

While Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country was made available to Expansion Pass owners last week, it’s out today for everyone else. Watch a launch trailer below.

Nintendo Life recently had the chance to speak with some of the developers behind Xenoblade Chronicles 2. These include Monolith Soft executive producer Tetsuya Takahashi, producer Koh Kojima, and Nintendo director Genki Yokota.

We have some excerpts below, which confirms that there won’t be any additional content for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, talk about designing Blades and the ending (spoilers of course), and more. You can read the full discussion here.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country saw its initial debut on Switch yesterday. Expansion Pass owners can access the new content now, while everyone else can begin playing next week.

Over on Nintendo’s Japanese website, Monolith Soft’s Tetsuya Takahashi shared a lengthy message about Torna – The Golden Country’s creation and new features. He reveals that the team created a new engine to render the game, originally intended to squeeze in the expansion between chapters 7 and 8, and more.

Have you purchased the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass? If so, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is now available to download with the latest update.

Speaking of the update, all users can download version 2.0.0. The patch notes are as follows:

GameStop released the first 25 minutes of the Xenoblade 2 Chronicles DLC, which releases tomorrow. Check out the start of the new adventure below.

 

Nintendo and Monolith Soft have prepared yet another character introduction for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country. Today’s bio is for Gout.

Here’s his introduction:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is just a few days from its initial release, but Nintendo and Monolith Soft are still introducing characters. Today’s bio is for Rhadallis, the 107th Indoline Praetor.

Here’s his full introduction: