Nintendo has just revealed the two members of the Nopon group that players will be spending much of their time with in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022. The company has been releasing information about the upcoming title. over the course of last month on his Japanese Twitter account.
The translations in this particular case are courtesy of Perfectly Nintendo. The two party members in question, Riku and Manana, will accompany players in combat, but instead of fighting separately, the pair will apparently team up to take down enemies.
Riku is described as “a Nopon from Colony 9 in Keves (like Noah and his friends) who sports quite thick eyebrows. Back at the colony, he is a mechanic in charge of both crafting and maintaining the Iron Giant. He is an enthusiastic Nopon who always remains calm no matter the situation and the advice he gives Noah and others is worth heeding.” Colony 9 was a place of great importance in Xenoblade Chronicles.
When it comes to Manana, Nintendo describes the character as “a Nopon that comes from Agnus and a companion to Mio and the others. As if his chef touch wasn’t clear enough, his specialty is cooking. His skills are unmatched, so it’s no wonder he was in charge of cooking in his former colony.” The company added that “Manana is sure to brighten up his travels with her cheerful personality.”
Nintendo previously revealed a cutscene, information on combat mechanics, and a good look at two of the regions in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Millick Meadows and Eagus Wilderness.
While the game will carry a “T for Teen” rating, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will apparently feature a “deep cleavage” and “partially exposed breasts,” according to a statement issued by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. “This is an RPG in which players follow combatants through a conflict between two nations,” the group explains. “From a third-person perspective, players complete quests and engage in melee battles against enemies (eg animals, creatures, human bosses). Combat is highlighted by impact sounds, explosions, and screams of pain. Scenes show more instances of violence: characters run through by a sword, a character being shot off-screen, a man stabbing himself off-screen. A handful of scenes feature blood (eg, drops falling from an injured character, drops of blood on a character’s face).”
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