Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Introduces Hero Party Members, Nopons Riku & Manana

Nintendo has shared new character information for their upcoming expansive JRPG developed by Monolithsoft, Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Alongside the 6 main party members, players can also utilize extra party members known as “Heroes.” Of these Heroes, two Nopon have been highlighted, Riku and Manana.

Riku is from Keves’ Colony 9, like the protagonist Noah, and is a stubborn Nopon who specializes in item crafting. On the other hand, Manana is a highly-skilled chef who continually cooks for the party.

Screenshots of this pair are viewable via our gallery below:

The tweets introducing and detailing Riku and Manana are listed below:

Manana’s Voice Acting by Aya Suzaki:

Riku’s Voice Acting by Sayaka Senbongi:

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 tells the story of protagonists Noah and Mio contending with a conflict between the nations of Keves, and Agnus. 6 characters will be the crux of the experience, and the broad concept of “life” will be the title’s central theme. Additional seven characters will also be available during specific moments of the journey.

The narrative for the game will tie in elements and plotlines from the future of the prior two mainline games, Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Flutes seem to play an integral role in the title’s premise.  The new trailer reveals characters have a mighty Ouroboros form, which allows them to assume the form of powerful oversized entities in battle.

The summoning of this powerful new form depends on a new Interlink system. If specific conditions are met, characters can combine into this mech, and choosing well when to transform should be key to the more difficult battles. Another system revealed is a class change option, allowing players to customize their parties’ builds further than in previous games.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is releasing for Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.


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