Xenoblade Chronicles 3D download requires a 8GB or larger microSD card

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 21 March 2015 20:54 GMT

Nintendo has announced the downloadable version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will not fit on the 4GB microSD card included with New 3DS and New 3DS XL. Oh – and there’s a new trailer for the game out as well.

According to a notice posted on the game’s official page by Nintendo UK, those who opt for the downloadable version through the eShop will need a microSD card 8GB or larger.

If you don’t have a larger card already, you may wish to purchase one – or just buy the retail version of the game when it releases on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America.

The game is huge, according to the game’s general coordinator Hiro Yamada, and will take players around 100 hours to complete.

Yamada also said with the original game, the basic specs of Wii are higher than New Nintendo 3DS, which presented a challenge when porting the game.

“On top of this, implementing the 3D effect, which requires double the image processing, made it even harder,” he said. “However, we used a lot of tricks technically, as well as in our working methods. We achieved the 3D effect while retaining an almost equal graphical quality, except for the resolution.

“Without the higher performance of the CPU on New 3DS compared to Nintendo 3DS, we simply wouldn’t have been able to port the game. The New Nintendo 3DS also comes with the C-Stick and ZL & ZR buttons, which was really helpful as we could just use the Wii Classic Controller control scheme without any changes.

“As stated, simply porting the game itself was difficult. In porting the game we had to use a lot of technical tricks to get the immense landscapes to show both seamlessly and without performance drops. Dealing with the 3D effect was an incredibly difficult challenge, but something we deemed necessary to provide players with a sense of immersion in these huge landscapes.”

That explains why it is so large then.

Thanks, Nintendo Life.

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