Percentile Rank

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 49 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 49 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Apr 1, 2015

A technically impressive port of a masterly RPG, though the small screen ultimately proves too restrictive for a game of this scope.

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Twinfinite
Unscored
Twinfinite
Twinfinite Staff

Top Critic

Unscored
Apr 11, 2015

It is, without a doubt, one of the largest and most spectacular RPG available now on the Nintendo 3DS.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles belongs to one of three titles that gamers have fought to bring over to the US, and feels like a crowning achievement to have actually succeeded. When it debuted on the Wii on 2012, it surprised a lot of gamers with its forward thinking mechanics, a relatively fun combat system, some extremely deep gameplay systems, and its sense of scale. This was easily one of the biggest JRPGs on a console that was an entire generation behind, and it delivered on nearly all fronts. Fast forward to 2015, with the release of an updated 3DS model which adds some extra processing power and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D being the system's first exclusive game, utilizing that power, and you have the perfect reason to either dive back into this fantastic game, or perhaps experience for the first time.

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GameXplain
Liked
Liked
Mar 25, 2015
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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Mar 25, 2015

This is a great game, and you should absolutely snag it if you like huge JRPGs and own a New Nintendo 3DS.

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Scored Reviews

ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles on the NEW 3DS system is a marvel. It offers one of the most complete, fascinating, and downright huge RPGs experiences you can fit in your pocket. It's great to see a release on another console to give new players a chance to experience it, granted you still need to own the new handheld. I feel nothing major is lost in the port to the smaller screen and in doing so, you now have one of the best RPGS ever made literally at your fingertips on the go. It doesn't get much better than that.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jun 10, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an excellent taste of things to come for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The 3D presentation opens up the world of Shulk and his friends into a impressively immersive experience. While some of the graphics can appear dated, and it is missing features like touch screen or in game Amiibo support, there's very little about this seamless port that disappoints. It is highly recommended for any owner of a New 3DS XL in search of an engaging and superbly polished RPG experience.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2015

At its core, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is just as good as the original release. Those that missed out on the chance to play through the Wii version will love the incredible world of Xenoblade, the masterfully told story, and the engaging combat system.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D brings to the New 3DS what was one of the best games released for the Wii in all its JRPG glory. While some technical aspects are clearly downgraded, this does not affect the overall experience of the game and with an enormous gameplay and world to explore, this Xenoblade port is an excellent opportunity for newcomers.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2015

But everything is something you might want to do in this game, as it is all so much fun to discover. Combat manages to stay fresh over the 50-60 minimum hours required to finish the story, and the story is great at carrying you through any lulls. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D might not be the best version of this modern-day classic, but it's a satisfactory way to play one of the boldest, biggest games in recent memory.

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Arcade Sushi
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2015

I wasn't sure if the transition would succeed, but this port is just as impressive and fun as the original Wii release, so anyone who decides to first experience Xenoblade here won't miss a beat.

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games(TM)
9 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 30, 2015

The first major reason to own a New 3DS

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2015

However, the only way to truly experience this breathtaking title is to experience it for yourself. And now with this New 3DS version, said experience has gotten a whole lot easier.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2015

An excellent port of a much-loved Wii classic.

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Fintendo
Jan 30, 2017

"Wii masterpiece looks almost as good on New 3DS,"

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2015

If you don't have any of the Wii consoles, and you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, then I can't recommend this highly enough. Most gamers can expect over 80 hours of gametime, fantastic characters and voice-acting and some of the best graphics seen on a Nintendo handheld. Whether you buy this for your home console or your New 3DS, it's one of the better JRPGs to have launched in the last few years.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 19, 2015

"Epic" is a criminally overused word these days, but Xenoblade Chronicles deserves no other descriptor. This existential saga of man vs. machine is finally available to the masses and on a portable to boot, with some graphical sacrifices. If you have a couple hundred hours to kill, I can think of few better ways to do it than with this JRPG masterpiece.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade innovates, while also remembering the things people adore about the genre

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Game Rant
Apr 22, 2015

'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D' manages to provide JRPG fans with one of the best ports in recent memory, making the once Wii-exclusive a must-have on the New Nintendo 3DS.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 21, 2015

Tetsuya Takahashi and his team at Monolith Soft put a lot of passion and care into Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Games has done a phenomenal job porting it to the New Nintendo 3DS platform. The journey that Shulk takes is a very well-told classic tale of a hero's journey and it's filled with a cast of memorable and likeable characters. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a complete package from beginning to end, wrapped around a very deep and intricate combat system that has a lot of potential for those who like a bit of thinking in their fights. For such a huge and long game, there is very little fat or filler since the adventure has all kinds of conveniences to never waste time. It is loaded with detail and heart for every character, while introducing some original ideas of its own. Is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D perfect? Almost - it's held back by a few lacking visual flourishes and some examples of goofy animation, and for a port it could have had some other substantial additions, as well as flaccid use of 3D. One of the most engrossing titles of the eighth generation is back and is now the most engrossing game on a portable platform.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+
GamesMaster Staff

Top Critic

Mar 25, 2015

It'll take more than a few compression issues to take the shine off of this JRPG classic.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an excellent port of one of the best RPGs of the last generation. It features an emotive story, strong characterisation and an engaging battle system, which combine with an approach to the genre that still feels fresh and innovative. The fact that you can now experience the game whilst on the go is hugely alluring, and while it may not make a New 3DS an essential purchase, it certainly provides a compelling argument.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a high-quality port of one of the Wii's most demanding yet brilliant experiences. A sizeable and stunningly diverse world, full of wildlife and fantastical cultures, is admirably recreated for the small screens of the New Nintendo 3DS. Its natural home may be on the TV, but this release gives more gamers an opportunity to set off on a lengthy and dramatic adventure. A brilliant portable version of a true classic, fans of RPGs willing to commit themselves to the task of saving Bionis shouldn't hesitate to pick this up - it is, quite simply, the biggest world we've experienced on such small screens.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 10, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles was an incredible experience on Wii and it has transitioned beautifully onto New 3DS. Some compression concessions were made in the process, but the underlying quality of the narrative, setting and mechanics ultimately mean the cosmetic blemishes make little difference. Once again cementing its status as a JRPG masterpiece, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a game you owe it to yourself to experience.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 25, 2015

One of the best Japanese role-playing games of the last five years still reigns, and now that's on a portable, it's much more accessible. If you're open to exploration, it probably has 80 hours of gameplay. For a game that long, being able to play anywhere and at any time is nice. For a game this great, it's a privilege.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 26, 2015

You can go home again after all.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2015

Although muted, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D delivers mostly the same experience that playing the original Wii release would, with the small details suffering the most in transition. If you simply must play this version, it's a worthy port but playing the original release is the better option.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 25, 2015

Offering up some of the most unique gameplay to the genre over the last decade, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D shows exactly why the game was so beloved on the Wii and this time it is actually affordable.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 12, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles earned its cult status on the Wii, and the New 3DS version makes it much more widely available. Aside from a visual downgrade, the handheld port is worth your time.

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Impulsegamer
4.45 / 5.0
4.45 / 5.0
Mar 30, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles is a game that ticks all the right boxes

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Critical Hit
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2015

It's hard not to be impressed by Xenoblade Chronicles, not least because it's rekindled my long-dormant love for a genre of games I thought I'd never be interested in again. It's one of the best JRPGs in a generation, capable of inspiring wonder - and it fits in your hand. It may have been one of the Wii's swansongs but it's a great start for the New 3DS.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.7 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D shrinks an epic RPG into a nifty portable form. Even though the New 3DS' speedier hardware can't make it look quite as good as it does on the Wii, its scope and scale still make it an impressive and deep game that's well suited for play on the go.

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Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is translated well from its big brother. While there is a drop in visuals, the gameplay design and delivery that make this JRPG great is still very much intact. The added 3D visuals, superb story and voice acting will make this game worth your time and effort.

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2015

Very strong title to add to the Nintendo 3DS's library. Lots to do, pleasing gameplay, and decent visuals. Battle system is more than just an average RPG, has more complex elements that makes for some truly unique scenarios. Definitely deserves a purchase at some point but will require dedication and time to truly enjoy.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2015

Melding some of the best elements of Japanese and Western RPGs, this is an epic adventure that genre fans would be ill-advised to skip

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MMORPG.com
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2015

This adaptation does a great job of importing that experience to the 3DS but does not do a lot to add to the original experience.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2015

While the New 3DS can't always do justice to what Monolith Soft originally created for their beloved Wii RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D retains almost everything that made the game's original release great—while also making it far more accessible to a wider group of players.

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The Jimquisition
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2015

Lacking in much in the way of additions – there's not even any real touch-screen functionality – Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is about as straight a port as you could get on Nintendo's portable console, but as someone who often prefers his roleplaying games in a handheld format, I'm not complaining.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 25, 2015

Still the best Japanese role-player of the last generation, even if squeezing it down onto the New 3DS does it few favours.

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Game Revolution
Mar 25, 2015

For a game with so much content, it's at home on a portable screen, even if the 3D isn't anything to write home about. (And at the higher settings is actually pretty painful... like Virtual Boy painful.) Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is an impressive title to add to the 3DS library. Now if only we could get more noteworthy profile, non-port games to portable consoles in general (and the 3DS specifically) that would be greeeeaaaat.

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Examiner
Mar 25, 2015

There's simply no other JRPG quite like it.

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Digital Spy
Mar 25, 2015

It's an essential purchase if you're new to the series and love role-playing games, but a harder sell if you've already explored every nook and cranny of the vast and beautiful game world on a bigger and more capable screen.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 25, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a valiant attempt at bringing an ambitious and expansive RPG to the handheld realm. For the most part it works, but the original undoubtedly shines brighter than this tweaked offering.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2015

In portable form, Xenoblade Chronicles has more room to breathe

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 31, 2015

You'll still really feel this game, but it's been visually diminished.

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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 1, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D doesn't really belong on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact, Nintendo would have been better off going the other way and doing a "HD" version for the Wii U in the lead up to the next Monolith Software release on that console. But, that aside, this is a classic game, and having that experience on the go is not a bad bonus reason to purchase the New Nintendo 3DS.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2015

As a game, Xenoblade is still one of the best JRPGs available in years, and on that front, any fan of the genre who's never played it should buy it immediately if there's a new 3DS in the house. As a port, however, it's a less than stellar job, and people spoiled on improved remasters of old games are in for an unpleasant surprise.

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Guardian
Mar 30, 2015

A brilliant example of the RPG genre let down by indistinct graphics

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USgamer
Apr 10, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles is an above-average RPG hamstrung by a really bad port. From the muddy visuals to the barebones interface, it's hardly a visual showcase for the New 3DS. It has merit, and its best qualities still manage to shine through on the small screen, but it's definitely not the optimal way to enjoy one of the more celebrated RPGs of the last generation.

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