* 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.
* FanNickname: The seventh party member is often referred to as "7th" 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, [[StarTrekVoyager Seven of Nine]].]]
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** English: [[Creator/AdamHowden Shulk]] and [[spoiler: Meyneth]] are [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Anders and Lady Hawke respectively!]]
*** [[Creator/JennaColeman Melia]] is [[Series/DoctorWho Clara Oswald]].
** Japanese: [[Creator/RyoHorikawa Dunban]] is [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]] and [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The game is now out of print from its highly limited run by one retailer. This gives it a high value to collectors.
* NamesTheSame: ''Beyond The Sky'' is both the title of a CrowningMusicOfAwesome in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' and in ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 6]]'', both on Nintendo platforms. Other than that, they share no relation.
* NoExportForYou: The case of this game is quite possibly the strangest and most bemoaned instance of this trope in video games since the fate of the ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' franchise. In an odd reversal of precedent (said oddity didn't pass without notice), Nintendo of Europe released the game in their territories, while Nintendo of America spent two years ignoring it before quietly dropping it from their upcoming release calender. It's particularly strange in that obviously there was an English localization that was being actively sold elsewhere in the world.
** In response came [[http://oprainfall.blogspot.com/ Operation Rainfall]], a movement not unlike the (unsuccessful) ones which have been after ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' for years. Their goal was to demonstrate support for the game (and [[PandorasTower two]] [[VideoGame/TheLastStory others]]) to show Nintendo of America that there WAS interest in the games in a time of dearth of good Wii games, with the aim of getting the games released in the United States. Results were mixed at first. While in the early days of the movement Nintendo of America decided to declare their lack of plans for the games on their Twitter and Facebook pages (with much anticipatory fanfare), Reggie Fils-Aime went on record saying they were watching how they sell in Europe and Australia and make a decision from there.
** It was even released in Australia, usually the king of NoExportForYou. Nintendo of America had NO excuse.
** '''''Finally''''' averted, but it took long enough: it had a limited April 2012 release in [=GameStop=] and Nintendo stores.
*** Ironic, considering it sold more copies in the US ''at a single location'' in ''three weeks'' [[http://operationrainfall.com/xenoblade-breaks-the-200k-mark-after-3-weeks/ than Japan had in almost two years. It also bested Europe's sales.]]
* Here's a fun fact: The [[Magazine/{{Edge}} Edge Magazine]] gave the game a special award for having the best localisation of 2011. Although they specifically referred to the British English translation and its {{Woolseyism}}, the other four languages were just as great. They sure had to be happy in the Nintendo of Europe localisation department.
* 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: [[TheHero Shulk]] and [[BigBad Zanza]] have the same voice. Yes, the FinalBoss 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.
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