A few days ago, Nintendo held its first Direct showcase for the year, focusing on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As anticipated, the Nintendo Direct presentation announced two new DLC fighters joining Smash’s roster, which turns out to be Mythra and Pyra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Now, reports are indicating that shortly after the Direct announcement, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is now sold out in Japan.
It is worth mentioning that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has always been a remarkable tool for promoting other games. Recently, Fire Emblem’s Corrin was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which helped advertise Fire Emblem Fate’s release in the western region.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate series also assisted in the promotion of other games by having their respective characters show in its fighters’ roster. This is the reason why it is not shocking that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 received a huge boost in sales and has since sold out in Japan.
— Hot Katsuragi 💘 (@BellowDGaming) February 20, 2021
The effect Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was revealed on Twitter by user BellowDGaming, linking a blog that showed that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been sold out on Amazon Japan.
Interestingly, the price of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 at Amazon currently costs $86, which is $26 over the regular price of $60. It is uncertain whether the decrease of stock and the rise of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Amazon US can also be directly tied into Mythra and Pyra joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
In addition, it is also worth noting that the English edition of the game is now on low stock at Amazon at the time of writing. Although Xenoblade Chronicles had a decent successful performance since its launch in 2017, it is still considered a niche franchise for Nintendo.
As of September 2020, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has sold more than 2 million copies, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has sold 1.4 million. Thanks to the upcoming arrival of Mythra and Pyra as the new DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is back in the spotlight again nearly four years after its original release.
Aside from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 crossover announcement, the latest Nintendo Direct featured a few other titles coming to the Nintendo Switch. First, Outer Wilds and Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout are confirmed to be arriving to the hybrid console soon.
In addition, Nintendo revealed a new Mario sports game called Mario Golf Super Rush, which will come with a dedicated single-player campaign that will let players play using their own Mii avatars. Nintendo also revealed that a Legend of Mana remaster is releasing on the Switch on June 24, 2021.