%%* ExecutiveMeddling:
%%** Not by Creator/{{Nintendo}}, rather, Nintendo of America.
* DummiedOut: The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Bionis Shoulder]], it was featured multiple times in early previews of the game, and the locations is actually in the game data as a fully fleshed out map. The only rumor that can be agreed on by the fandom is that it most likely would have been the area connecting Frontier Village and Eryth Sea.
* 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, Shion,]] and [[VideoGame/{{Xenogears}} Citan Uzuki]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: In the United States: The retail 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. The Wii version has also since been released on the Wii U Virtual Console, in Europe on August 5, 2015, North America on April 28, 2016, and Japan on August 5, 2016. Used copies can be found at nearly any Gamestop, albeit still at close to original retail price.
* ModelDissonance: In ''Xenoblade Chronicles'', the cutscenes do this a lot as they are only seen from one angle. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZd2ZqE56hw Watching them with free viewing enabled reveals all sorts of nonsense]], including Shulk's body disjointing.

* NamesTheSame: "Beyond The Sky" is both the title of a song in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' and in ''[[VideoGame/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 and the Wii U Virtual Console.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** In the English voice cast, [[Creator/AdamHowden Shulk]], [[Creator/NicholasBoulton Gadolt]] and [[spoiler: Meyneth]] are ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''[='s=] Anders, male Hawke and Lady Hawke respectively!
** In Japanese, Dunban (Creator/RyoHorikawa) is [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]]. Metal Face (Creator/NorioWakamoto) is by that proxy, [[Anime/DragonBallZ Cell]].
* 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. The fact that it's the SpiritualSuccessor to [[CultClassic cult classics]] ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' also helped.
* 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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