Nintendo and Monolith Soft are set to remake the classic Wii title with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch this May. This new definitive version will bring stunning visuals to players alongside various enhancements upon the original game, including the restoration of cut content and even the brand new Future Connected epilogue. However, this definitive edition will not include all content previously made available in versions of this game, as content related to the New 3DS version will not appear.
The New 3DS port made use of the 3DS features to include a collection mode, compatible with StreetPass, as well as amiibo support. According to the Japanese website for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, this edition will not include the "collection mode" and amiibo-compatible elements the New 3DS release used.
In case you were curious about what amiibo functionality did in Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, it wasn’t anything major. You could receive in-game tokens by scanning the Shulk amiibo on your New Nintendo 3DS XL, these, in turn, could be used to unlock music and animated 3D models of characters.
While an argument could be made that removing the 3DS versions amiibo function is unnecessary considering the Switch Joy-Cons have the ability to read amiibo, it isn’t a huge loss. It's possible that the features that were previously unlocked via amiibo will just be unlocked as a completion reward instead, if at all, although we can’t say for certain. This seems to be more of a move to make this a direct remaster of the original Wii release without worrying about additional versions.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was recently confirmed to be released on May 29 in the recent Nintendo Direct. Check out the latest look at the game from the Direct in the video below.