Colony 9’s theme sounds stellar in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Barring any pandemic-related complications, only a little over a month remains until Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition drops on Nintendo Switch. Compared to the 2010 Wii cult classic and New Nintendo 3DS rerelease in 2015, the Xenoblade remaster hosts a number of new features, chief among them a new epilogue and a remastered soundtrack. On that, thus far we have heard snippets of iconic Xenoblade tracks like “Engage the Enemy” and “Gaur Plain,” as well as a new song to be featured in Future Connected. If you were itching for more, then good news! Nintendo has shared another (regrettably all too brief) preview on another redone track in the OST. Get cozy, sit back, close your eyes, and reminisce on simpler times with a thirty second demo of “Colony 9.”

Memories of everyday life before the crisis

Colony 9 is the starting area of Xenoblade Chronicles, a Homs settlement situated on the right calf of the Bionis. It is this settlement where Shulk, Reyn, Fiora, and Dunban call home.

If you’re curious as to how this stacks up against the original, compare with the below! Stellar as the original is, the instrumentation this time around adds a sense of openness with lighter guitar strumming and a little pluck of a piano riff towards the end of the preview, little touchups I wholeheartedly enjoy.

That said, it is criminal that Nintendo’s preview is only thirty seconds long and I want more. I sincerely cannot wait for this gem to drop on the Switch next month!

In related news, Nintendo of Europe recently revealed that the Collector’s Set for the game also comes with music download codes. Those without a record player need not worry about the vinyl disc since they too will get to enjoy the sound selection. I only wish I could say the same for us Xenoblade Chronicles fans in North America, but alas…

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition launches on May 29 worldwide.

Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.