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Xenoblade Chronicles Games in Order: Full Series List

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Xenoblade Chronicles games in order

Getting into the Xeno series in general, and the Xenoblade Chronicles one in particular can be a bit confusing, especially if you want to play the games in chronological order.

But I am here to help you with that, by listing all the games in the series below – including Xenogears and the Xenosaga ones as mentions, because they’re all part of the same universe.

It might sound confusing now, but it will become clearer after you read all the details.


Before Xenoblade Chronicles, the franchise started with Xenogears back in 1998, as a turn-based combat RPG for the original PlayStation.

The interesting thing about Xenogears is that it was initially a proposal for Final Fantasy VII, but it was moved on as a Chrono Trigger sequel, becoming in the end, a standalone game that gave birth to the Xeno Univerese and the highly appreciated Xenoblade Chronicles.

The game was a pretty standard Square game from the era and you can easily see the Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger influences. But despite its strange beginnings, it was considered a hit, being appreciated mainly for its religious themes, but also solid gameplay and characters.

And if you want to read about more legendary game series, check out my article about the God of War Games Listed in Order.

The Xenosaga Games

In the next few years (2002-2006), the Xenosaga games were released. I won’t go too much in depth with these, since our main focus is the actual Xenoblade Chronicles, but I am listing the games in the series below.

These were all PS2 games that enjoyed amazing sales and had a solid reception from the public and reviewers at the time. While things slowed down and the final release in the Xenosaga game recorded mediocre sales, the series overall is worth playing – or at least mentioning.

So, here are the games released in the Xenosaga series – all were launched on Sony’s PlayStation 2, with one exception mentioned below.

  • Xenosaga Episode I (2002)
  • Xenosaga Freaks (2004, Japan Only)
  • Xenosaga Episode II (2004)
  • Xenosaga: Pied Piper (2004 – Mobile game)
  • Xenosaga Episode III (2006)

And, finally, after these two series, we can finally get into the actual Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Release date: 2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, New Nintendo 3DS and Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles is an action RPG where Shulk and his group set on an adventure against Mechon. They travel across the world, discover new secrets, and showcase great character development overall.

All in all, Xenoblade Chronicles received amazing praise from the fans and thus received two versions later on other platforms:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (2015) – 3DS version of the same game
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (2020) – Switch Remaster which I am writing more in depth below.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Release date: 2015

Platforms: Wii U

This is a standout action role-playing game set on the alien planet Mira, offering expansive open-world exploration across five continents. The storyline focuses on humanity’s survival after Earth’s destruction, with players joining the BLADE unit to defend settlers and discover Mira’s mysteries.

The game features a customizable avatar, allowing players to alter their character’s appearance and voice. Players engage in story quests, affinity quests to bond with allies and various side missions, with quest availability tied to exploration progress.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Release date: 2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

The second main game of the series, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, was released in 2017. In XC2, Rex meets Pyra and follows her story to Elysium in a new, collapsing world.

Explore the world, defend Pyra against Torna, and progress through the main quests to see how characters evolve and the story unfolds.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Toma – The Golden County

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Toma

Release date: 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Toma – The Golden County is a prequel to XC2, as the events in this game occur 500 years before those in the previous game.

This game follows the story of Lora and Jin in their fight against Malos and his army.

While Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Toma – The Golden County is a standalone game, it can also be purchased as an expansion to Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

definitive edition

Release date: 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

This is an expanded remaster of the original Xenoblade Chronicles with the same gameplay but better visuals, UI, and various QoL improvements.

If you want to try the original games before diving into the Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the definitive edition is a great starting point for the series, without having to start with the original game launched for the Nintendo Wii.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblades 3 battle screenshot

Release date: 2022

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a sequel to the two previous main games and the conclusion of the trilogy’s story. The game follows the story of the Keves and Agnus nations that are at war.

A group of friends, half from one nation and half from the other, work together and try to uncover the mystery behind the war. The game also includes lots of DLC that add new modes, quests, heroes, and story scenarios.

The gameplay and story are similar to the first games, with a solid upgrade on combat and the surrounding world/graphics.

I’m really curious to see where the Xeno series will go next, now that the Xenoblade Chronicles are (supposedly) finished. Because I’m sure that the Xeno universe still has a lot to offer.

If you want to read more of my lists about great game series, I recommend the ones below:

If a new game is released in this series before I get the chance to update the article, please let me know! Also, let us all know which was your favorite game in the series and what you expect from it in the future.

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