Trivia: Xenoblade

  • Executive Meddling:
    • Not by Nintendo, rather, Nintendo of America.
    • And a positive example out of GameStop, who apparently convinced Nintendo to sell Xenoblade from their stores.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The seventh party member is often referred to as "7th" to avoid spoiling that Fiora is revived as a Face Mechon and eventually rejoins the party. It also doubles as a Shout-Out 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 Only One Name). This is mostly a homage to Jin and Citan Uzuki.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 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 Nintendo 3DS. With the January 2015 announcement that Wii games will be coming to the Wii U eShop and that 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.
  • Name's the Same: "Beyond The Sky" is both the title of a song in Xenoblade and in Fire Emblem 6, both on Nintendo platforms. Other than that, they share no relation.
  • Sleeper Hit: 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.
  • Talking to Himself: Possibly the most insane example ever. For plot relevant reasons, both Shulk and Zanza have the same voice. Yes, the final boss battle is one huge case of this trope!
  • What Could Have Been: Fiora's first design was different from the final version. 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 Dummied Out 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 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.