Back in January of 2013, things were looking grim for the young Wii U. The system had a decent launch,  but many titles were unable to make it in time, and third-parties were very silent about the situation as well. Nintendo needed to reassure the new owners of the system that things were looking up and that they didn’t just invest in a falling bridge. Towards the end of the month, they released a Direct that was exclusively relating to the Wii U, and boy was it amazing. We got a lot of announcements from that single presentation, but the reveal of Xenoblade Chronicles X (simply known was ‘X’ at the time), was probably the biggest of them all.

It’s been almost 2 and a half years since then, and Wii U owners are still patiently waiting for it. With its release on the near horizon, a lot of details and new footage have been rolled out. This has led one eagle-eyed YouTuber to go ahead and create a short clip which shows off two identical scenes from the game that are 2 years apart in development. On the left, we have the orignal version  that was first shown at E3 2013. On the right, we have the new version that was just released in the most recent Nintendo Direct. Take a look:

You don’t need to be a qualified analyst to see that (surprisingly), the E3 2013 footage has some noticeable improvements from the latest Direct. This is the opposite of the other exclusives that have come to the system, as they all ended up looking better when they were released versus when they were first revealed. This brings to mind Ubisoft’s fiasco when they released Watch_Dogs last year, which was much less detailed than it’s original reveal.

Nevertheless, downgrade or not the game still looks pretty good. How do you feel about this? Do you even care about graphics? Sound off below!

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.


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