It's a remake
I don't think it is. I see the exact same Wii game, scene by scene. The character movements, the shots, the lines, the gameplay... it's like a side by side copy. With better visuals, music and a revamped interface. It has not been remade. They just... worked over the original. Like painting a room with another color and puting some posters. The room hasn't been remade. Improved. But it's the same room.
It's an amazing remastering work. But not a remake.
No, it is definitely a remake in every sense of the word. Remasters basically add HD textures, resolution bumps, new features, and stuff like that when porting a game from one device to another. Xenoblade however is using completely different assets to build (or remake) the same game from scratch. It is a much larger undertaking than any remaster out there, and certainly not a port of any kind.
You are probably comparing it to REmake 2 or FFVII Remake, which ironically are not really "remakes" at all. They are actually reimaginings of the games altogether. Everything from the assets, gameplay, story progression, and features had been changed. Unlike Xenoblade Remake, which is the same game made with new assets from the ground up, these games are not the same as the original. They tell reimaginings of the same story, but the game itself is different.
Other examples of actual remakes are Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora's Mask 3D, Medievil on PS4, Spyro, and Crash. REmake 2 and FFVII fall into a completely different category.
Last edited by Shiken - on 26 March 2020