Xenoblade Chronicles is a science fiction role-playing video game that follows Shulk and his band of friends as they search for answers about the mysterious "Monado" sword and defend their homeland from violent robotic creatures known as the Mechon. The game contains an open world design and strongly emphasizes exploration due to the world's large size.
Without any confirmation on a North American release, a fan campaign was formed called Operation Rainfall to generate interest in a release in the region. Despite Nintendo's statement that they were not influenced by the movement, the game was eventually released. The game was very well-received by critics, with many citing it as a great example of innovation and improvement in a rather stagnant genre of Japanese role-playing video games.