|Parent company / owner||Nintendo|
|Divisions / Subsidiaries||N/A|
Monolith Soft, Inc. is a game developer based in Tokyo, Japan, mostly known for developing RPGs such as the Xeno series, among others. The studio was founded by Tetsuya Takahashi, a former Square employee.
After the release of Xenogears, Tetsuya Takahashi and Hirohide Sugiura left Squaresoft after the company chose to not develop a sequel to the game, instead wanting to focus on the Final Fantasy series, a move that Takahashi did not agree with. On October 1, 1999, the two founded their own company, Monolith Soft, with funding from Namco.
In May of 2007, Bandai Namco sold 80% of its shares in Monolith to Nintendo, giving Nintendo controlling interest in the company, while Bandai Namco retained 16% of its interest. Nintendo would later acquire the remaining 16% interest, making Monolith a wholly owned subsidiary.
In 2011, Monolith would open a Kyoto office, mostly for 3D designers. The Kyoto studio has mostly provided development assistance for other Nintendo games.
Games as a Nintendo developer
|Baten Kaitos Origins||2006||Nintendo GameCube|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl*||2008||Wii|
|Soma Bringer||2008||Nintendo DS|
|Disaster: Day of Crisis||2008||Wii|
|The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword**||2011||Wii|
|Project X Zone***||2012||Nintendo 3DS|
|Xenoblade Chronicles X||2015||Wii U|
|Project X Zone 2||2015||Nintendo 3DS|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild****||2016||Wii U, Nintendo Switch|
|Xenoblade Chronicles 2||2017||Nintendo Switch|
|Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country||2018||Nintendo Switch|
Note that all games listed were primarily developed by Nintendo EAD, and that Monolith only provided assistance in development.
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf||2012||Nintendo 3DS|
|Pikmin 3||2013||Wii U|
|The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds||2013||Nintendo 3DS|
|Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer||2015||Nintendo 3DS|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||2017||Wii U, Nintendo Switch|
Monolith Soft on other NIWA Wikis:
- Xenosaga Interview. GameSpot (May 17, 2006). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
- C3 Exclusive Interview | Monolith Soft on Nintendo Wii Support, Baten Kaitos II & More. Cubed3 (August 3, 2006). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- Monolith Soft Executive Producer On Going From Namco To Nintendo. Siliconera (August 21, 2017). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- Nintendo buys Monolith Soft. GameSpot (April 27, 2007). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- Xenosaga Developer Switches Sides. IGN (April 26, 2007). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- Monolith Is Helping Work On The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Game Informer (June 17, 2016). Retrieved June 18, 2016.