- Dummied Out: The 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.
- Fan Nickname:
- The seventh party member is often referred to as "7th" or "Seven" 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, Shion, and Citan Uzuki.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: 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 got a port on the New Nintendo 3DS. 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.
- And now the game is being remastered/remade for the Nintendo Switch, with a release date of 2020.
- Model Dissonance: In Xenoblade Chronicles, the cutscenes do this a lot as they are only seen from one angle. Watching them with free viewing enabled reveals all sorts of nonsense, including Shulk's body disjointing.
- Name's the Same: "Beyond The Sky" is both the title of a song in Xenoblade and in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, both on Nintendo platforms. Other than that, they share no relation.
- Newbie Boom: 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 Super Smash Bros. series, partially because of Chuggaaconroy playing it, and partially because it got a much-needed re-release on 3DS and the Wii U Virtual Console.
- Relationship Voice Actor:
- In the English voice cast, Shulk, Gadolt and Meyneth are Dragon Age II's Anders, male Hawke and Lady Hawke respectively!
- In Japanese, Dunban (Ryo Horikawa) is Vegeta. Metal Face (Norio Wakamoto) is by that proxy, Cell.
- Via as of Street Fighter IV and V, Shulknote is Alex, Sharla is Rose and Metal Face is M.Bison/Vega (the dictator).
- 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. The fact that it's the Spiritual Successor to cult classics Xenogears and Xenosaga also helped.
- Screwed by the Network: Xenoblade's run in North America was practically sabotaged. First off, it was released as an exclusive to one retailer, (GameStop. Who then proceeded to understock a highly hyped game, and proceeded to sell new copies as "used", which enabled them to double the price. The only alternative were eBay and Amazon - which went well over triple digits until the 3DS remake.
- Talking to Himself: For plot relevant reasons, both Shulk and Zanza have the same English and Japanese voice.
- 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. Bionis' left shoulder is set to return in the Definitive Edition, finally averting this, though whether or not other cut content will make it is yet to be known.
- In the '14 years ago' cutscene that plays shortly after Fiora's death, if you turn the camera, you 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, 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 ( Mumkhar never rejoins the party after the Battle of Sword Valley, Dickson only joins in battle against Metal Face after Central Pit, and Alvis only fights when Shulk encounters the Telethia for the first time and gets Monado Purge), 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 which was, aesthetically, the True Monado, despite being treated like a regular sword, which was done to test out specific areas. 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.
- The Wiki Rule: The Xenoblade Wiki.
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