Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenoblade Chronicles Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Monolith Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) JP June 10, 2010
EU August 19, 2011
NA April 6, 2012
Genre(s) Action, Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller
Compatibility 4PlayableEdit rating: Xenoblade Chronicles
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Xenoblade Chronicles, known in Japan as Xenoblade (ゼノブレイド, Zenobureido), is a console role-playing game, and the first of the Xeno series to make it to a Nintendo console. Originally not intended to be released in North America, a massive fan movement called Operation Rainfall convinced Nintendo to publish it in more regions.

The game follows a young man named Shulk, who wields the titular Xenoblade – an energy blade called the Monado – against the Mechon in order to ultimately save the world. The game world is designed to give the feeling of freedom and scope to the player; the environment is massive and most of it is available for exploration right from the start. Xenoblade uses a real time battle system, allowing the player to control his movement and attacks at will while party members attack automatically.

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[edit] Patches

[edit] 30 FPS Patch for PAL

There is a patch to make the PAL version run at 30 FPS rather than its default 25 FPS. This makes gameplay smoother and matches the original JAP version's 30 FPS. Download the patch here. You may wish to back up your original .iso game image before applying the patch.

  • NOTE: You should only apply this patch if you can maintain a stable 25 FPS.

[edit] XBox 360 Button Icons

A texture pack has been made to allow the user to replace all Wii button icons in the game with XBox 360 icons. The pack contains one NTSC pack and three different PAL XBox 360 button icon types. A forum post with pictures on the Xenoblade Dolphin forum thread can be found here. The file can be downloaded here. Be sure to install whichever pack to your Dolphin install directory. Also, you MUST click "Load Custom Textures" under the "Advanced" tab of the "Graphics" configuration window.

[edit] HD Textures

See the HD Texture Project.

[edit] Problems

[edit] Missing screenshots when saving game

When saving/loading game, screenshots next to a save file will not show correctly. Set EFB Copies to RAM to fix this (note: this may significantly decrease game performance).

[edit] Stutter

With D3D, the game stutters during battles or when entering a new area, even when running at fullspeed. OpenGL greatly improves this issue; use it to minimize this problem. It may be IO related, and an SSD or Ramdisk may help it further.

  • In 4.0-314, a change was made to Dolphin that unified components of D3D and OpenGL. The unfortunate side effect of this was bringing the greater stuttering of D3D over into OpenGL. For this and other regressions, the change was undone in 4.0-330.

[edit] Minor audio pops

With both DSP HLE and DSP LLE, the audio will have minor pops throughout it, most noticibly in the music. It occurs in all audio backends and there is no way around it at this time. Fortunately it is very minor.

[edit] OpenGL Missing Effects with "Auto" Internal Resolution

When using either "Auto (window size)" or "Auto (multiple of 640x528)", certain effects will be missing in OpenGL. Usually blur and desaturation effects, used in the opening cinematic, monado visions, and various combat actions. This can be corrected for by setting the Internal Resolution to an integer value (for example: 2x native). D3D is not affected. See issue 6788. Fixed by r4.0--418.

[edit] Configuration

Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed. Please see the performance guide for an overview of performance related settings. A full list of options is available at Template:Config/doc

Graphics

Config Setting Notes

Video Back End

OpenGL Minimizes stuttering

EFB Copies

RAM Enable screenshot when saving/loading


[edit] Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Xenoblade Chronicles since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

4.0-1432 (current)
2.0 (r5350)
r6880
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

[edit] Testing

This game has been tested on the environments listed below:

[edit] Gameplay Videos