Monolith Soft is now owned by Nintendo

By Rolando . April 26, 2007 . 11:07pm

chaos1.jpgNintendo now has an RPG powerhouse under their wing. Well, that would depend on whether or not you consider Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos to be two very diverse RPGs that Monolith Soft ever developed and conceived. All things considered of course, I personally found Baten Kaitos to be a breath of fresh air in terms of originality in turn-based gameplay. After all, what was the last RPG you could remember that used cards as your primary method of attacking, defending, and using an item? What? Chain of Memories? That works, too.


Platformers reports that Nikkei has issued a press release confirming Nintendo’s purchase of developer Monolith Soft with Nintendo keeping 80% of stocks in Monolith Soft while Namco-Bandai maintains 16% of stocks.  The reason behind the purchase isn’t really known; but considering the success Monolith Soft has had among its fans, this could mean that both the Wii and DS will finally get the RPG support that’s really needed…at least for the Wii since the DS is a handheld RPG powerhouse as it is. Could this mean that finally Baten Kaitos DS, assuming Nintendo owns the rights to the BK franchise, can finally come to be? If Namco-Bandai has also given Nintendo the rights to Xenosaga, does this mean there could be a new Xenosaga on the Wii or DS? Even further, could there just be a new Xeno series in general?


Errr let’s not jump to conclusions about this! What do you make of this news? Think it’ll be good for Nintendo? Think it’ll be bad?


Think we should wait until see some progress to determine whether Monolith Soft was a wise purchase?

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  • This has to be a great move on Nintendo’s part. The Wii needs more RPGs and Baten Kaitos rocked. But maybe Monolith Soft might not be going the RPG route, I remember they’re developing Disaster: Day of Crisis too.

  • Ryu Kazama

    Did they not do Namco X Capcom? Come on people, where’s an English version of that game. *sigh*.

  • Pichi

    No excuses, release Xenosaga 1 & 2 DS over here.

  • Aoshi00

    I bought the Xenosaga 1&2 on the DS a long time ago, but I wasn’t too interested in playing it, maybe in my mind Xenosaga = long 3D cutscenes :) I don’t definitely don’t mind more Xeno sequels in any form from Monolith .

  • monolith soft, owned.

  • Thomas Terranova

    remember when nintendo recently announced that they had (I forget the exact number) around 150 projects indevelopment for the wii and DS? i wonder if part of that number is made up of projects already under development at companies which have since (or will soon) become strategic acquisitions. i’m glad that we’ll probably be seeing even more commitment to RPG’s on the wii and DS now.

    interestng idea: i wonder if this means Nintendo will ever be making software for other platforms now (under the guise of Monolith.) probably not, but it’s just a thought.

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