Xenoblade Chronicles 2 closes out what has been an incredible first calendar year for Nintendo Switch, and, while the English voice actors present an incredible mixture of regional accents, there are those of you out there that may prefer the Japanese voice option.
While it was implied at E3 2017 that Monolith Soft’s expansive RPG would have no dual audio option, there seemed to be a change of heart when, in the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct, Nintendo shared that a Japanese voice pack would be made available on the Nintendo eShop.
That means that it isn’t present in the Nintendo Switch exclusive straight away, so, if you have bought your copy and are wondering what to do, we’re here to help!
How To Get The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Japanese Voice Option And Dual Audio
The Japanese Voice Pack is available as a free download on the Nintendo eShop, and, for those interested, it will require 871 MB in either the portable home console’s internal storage space or on a MicroSD Card.
It is easiest to find the Japanese Voice Pack by navigating to the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 page on the Nintendo eShop, where, if you scroll down, it is as listed as downloadable content alongside the game’s Expansion Pass. This week, that can be quickly found in the Recent Releases category, but, eventually, you may need to use the Search function.
Once selected and downloaded, there’s one more thing that you will need to do. The Japanese language option was added in software update version 1.1.0. To check which version you have, hit the Start button on the game icon and it will say at the top of the screen. Or, if you prefer, you can load up the game and it is detailed in the top-right corner of the main menu screen. If you need to update Xenoblade Chronicles 2, then scroll to Software Update and then Via the Internet to do so.
How To Change Voice Language In Xenoblade Chronicles 2
There are two places that you can change the in-game voice language in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The first is on the main menu screen, where, once you select Options, you can adjust the Sound Settings. In this menu are multiple volume options, but, right at the bottom, you will see the option to change the in-game voice settings from English to Japanese.
The second is the same Options menu but having to navigate to it while you are playing the game – which becomes an ever so slightly longer process. At any time, you can press the Start button, navigate right to the System option, Options, and then Sound Settings, where you can continue as above.
Whether you prefer to play with the English or Japanese voice option is entirely a personal choice, but you can freely switch between the two whenever you wish. With the Events Theater that was added at launch, you can now rewatch any cutscene that you have seen in the game – which, if you hadn’t realised, presents the chance to watch them all in both languages!