* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Not by Creator/{{Nintendo}}, rather, Nintendo of America.
** And a positive example out of [=GameStop=], who apparently convinced Nintendo to sell ''Xenoblade'' from their stores.
*** ...who then turned it on its ear by pricing the game ridiculously high (over $80!) and opening every copy so they could all be labeled 'used'. Four years on, 'used' copies still retail for $65.
* FanNickname:
** The seventh party member is often referred to as "7th" or "Seven" to avoid spoiling [[spoiler: that Fiora is revived as a Face Mechon and eventually rejoins the party. It also doubles as a ShoutOut to another blonde female cyborg, Seven of Nine from ''Star Trek: Voyager''.]]
** Some fans give Dunban and Fiora the surname "Uzuki," even though their actual surnames are never given (assuming they even ''have'' them, since most Homs have OnlyOneName). This is mostly a homage to [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Jin]] and [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Citan Uzuki]].
* HeyItsThatVoice:
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*** English: [[Creator/AdamHowden Shulk]], [[Creator/NicholasBoulton Gadolt]] and [[spoiler: Meyneth]] are [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Anders, male Hawke and Lady Hawke respectively!]]
*** Dunban is [[{{Series/Mongrels}} Nelson, the "urbane" fox]]!
*** [[Creator/JennaColeman Melia]] is [[Series/DoctorWho Clara Oswald]].
** Japanese:
*** [[Creator/RyoHorikawa Dunban]] is [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]] and [[VideoGame/FZero Captain]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Falcon]].
*** [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Metal Face]] is by that proxy, [[Anime/DragonBallZ Cell]], [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Father Anderson]], and many more villains to go.
*** [[Creator/JojiNakata Sorean]] himself too is also a number of villains, and tying in with Metal Face, Sorean would be his [[{{Manga/Hellsing}} Alucard]]. Again, between the two: AMEEEEN~!
*** [[Creator/AkenoWatanabe Sharla]] is [[Manga/ToLoveRu Rito Yuuki]].
*** [[Creator/TsuyoshiKoyama Dickson]] is [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Bang Shishigami]] and also another Nintendo character, [[VideoGame/PunchOut Doc Louis]] in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smash Bros. 4]]'', just like Dunban is Captain Falcon.
*** Alvis (Shizuma Hodoshima) is another Japanese RPG character, by the name of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Harvey]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: In the United States: The game is now out of print from its highly limited run by one retailer. This gives it a high value to collectors. This is likely the reason why it's getting a port on the New Nintendo3DS. With the January 2015 announcement that Wii games will be coming to the Wii U eShop and that ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime Metroid Prime Trilogy]]'', another highly sought-after limited release, would become available on that service, many are hoping that Xenoblade could similarly be distributed via this method. As of the time of this edit (Mid-November, 2014) used copies can be found at nearly any Gamestop, albeit still at close to original retail price.
* NamesTheSame: "Beyond The Sky" is both the title of a song in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' and in ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 6]]'', both on Nintendo platforms. Other than that, they share no relation.
* NewbieBoom: Newcomers started rushing in in late 2014/early 2015 partially because of the protagonist Shulk's inclusion in the fourth installment of the ever-popular ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, partially because of LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} playing it, and partially because it got a [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes much-needed]] re-release on 3DS. Most fans are welcoming them with open arms, but some joke along the lines of "[[{{Hipster}} liking Xenoblade before it was cool]]".
* SleeperHit: The game didn't receive a lot of advertising or recognition by Nintendo upon release in Europe, but positive reviews and word-of-mouth (courtesy of Operation Rainfall's efforts) made the game sell rather well, to the point where they had shortages of available copies because of the surprisingly good sales. Operation Rainfall hopes to do this again in America, despite a limited release.
* TalkingToHimself: Possibly the most insane example ever. For plot relevant reasons, both [[spoiler: Shulk and Zanza have the same voice. Yes, the final boss battle is one huge case of this trope!]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Fiora's first design was different from the final version. [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111007145541/xenoblade/images/b/b1/Fiorung_concept_art.jpg She had her hair in two long pig tails and wore a kinda childish short dress]]. Takahashi and his team eventually decided to give her a more teenager look. The outfit is still in the game however, as one of the earlier pieces of equipment you get.
** There is are also a few explorable maps that were DummiedOut of the game (though still accessible by hacking). The most prominent of these are a large, elaborate map set on Bionis' left shoulder, and a map for [[spoiler: the Colony 9 created after Zanza's defeat, implying that a post-game was to be included at some point in the game's development.]]
** In the '14 years ago' cutscene that plays shortly after [[spoiler:Fiora's death]], if you turn the camera, you [[https://tcrf.net/images/thumb/3/33/Xenoblade_shulks_mom_face.png/400px-Xenoblade_shulks_mom_face.png can see Shulk's mother's face.]]
** Removed from the international versions, there is a character named Lambert, a knight character that was presumably used for testing purposes only, with all the animations like in the final game.
** The game was originally called ''Monado: Beginning of the World''. The subtitle is still viewable on the Wii save data management, [[https://tcrf.net/images/thumb/1/1b/Xenoblade_monadotitle_stretched.PNG/120px-Xenoblade_monadotitle_stretched.PNG while a texture with the Kanji for 'temporary' is displayed in the background, presumably to be removed before the renaming.]]
** Dickson, Mumkhar, and Alvis all have unused dialogue, including for attacking high level enemies ([[spoiler:Neither Dickson or Mumkhar rejoin the party after the Battle of Sword Valley]]), burst affinity quotes, retreat quotes, [=KO=] dialogue (Alvis can't die in his only fight in the game), and Shulk, Fiora and Reyn would have Tephra Cave battle lines exclusive to the Ether Cylinder quest.
** Shulk originally had 6 swords before getting the Monado, including the Debug Sword [[spoiler:which was, aesthetically, the True Monado, despite being treated like a regular sword]], which was done to test out specific areas. [[spoiler:Sharla would've also received Gadolt's Cannon after Mechonis Core.]]
** There was originally going to be an enemy called 'boss', who had no animation when he was scrapped.

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