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Monolith Soft

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Monolith Soft
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Founded: 1999
Founder: N/A
President: N/A
Parent / 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.[1] On October 1, 1999, the two founded their own company, Monolith Soft, with funding from Namco.[2][3]

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.[4][5] 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


Game Year Console
Baten Kaitos Origins 2006 Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl* 2008 Wii
Soma Bringer 2008 Nintendo DS
Disaster: Day of Crisis 2008 Wii
Xenoblade Chronicles 2010 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****[6] 2017 Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 2017 Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country 2018 Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition 2020 Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 2022 Nintendo Switch

* - Development cooperation for Sora Ltd..
** - Development cooperation for Nintendo EAD.
*** - Co-developed with Banpresto.
**** - Development cooperation for Nintendo EPD.


Note that all games listed were primarily developed by Nintendo EAD, and that Monolith only provided assistance in development.

Game Year Console
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Pikmin 3 2013 Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Splatoon 2015 Wii U
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 2015 Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[6] 2017 Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2020 Nintendo Switch

External links

Monolith Soft on other NIWA Wikis:
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Xeno Series Wiki


  1. Xenosaga Interview. GameSpot (May 17, 2006). Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. C3 Exclusive Interview | Monolith Soft on Nintendo Wii Support, Baten Kaitos II & More. Cubed3 (August 3, 2006). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  3. Monolith Soft Executive Producer On Going From Namco To Nintendo. Siliconera (August 21, 2017). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  4. Nintendo buys Monolith Soft. GameSpot (April 27, 2007). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  5. Xenosaga Developer Switches Sides. IGN (April 26, 2007). Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Monolith Is Helping Work On The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Game Informer (June 17, 2016). Retrieved June 18, 2016.

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1st & 2nd Party / Owned
Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* – Former / Defunct
3rd Parties / Partners
8-4 • AlphaDream* • Ambrella* • Argonaut Games* • Arika • Artoon* • Arzest • AS Tokyo Studios • Bandai Namco • Capcom • Camelot • Cing* • Creatures Inc. • DeNA • DigiNin* • DigitalScape • Eighting • Flagship* • Fuse Games* • Game Freak • Ganbarion • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Hatena • Hudson Soft* • indieszero • iNiS • Intelligent Systems • Jamsworks • Jupiter • Koei Tecmo • Kuju • Left Field Productions* • Level-5 • Mistwalker • Monster Games • Noise • Paon • PlatinumGames • Q-Games • Rare* • Red Entertainment • Sega (Atlus) • Sora Ltd. • skip • Softnica • Spike Chunsoft • Square Enix • St.GIGA* • Syn Sophia • TOSE • Treasure • Vanpool* • Vitei
* – Former / Defunct
Key employees
Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre