Monolith Soft

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Monolith Soft
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Location Tokyo, Japan
Founded October 1, 1999
Parent Nintendo (96.67%)

Monolith Software Inc. (株式会社モノリスソフト), best known as Monolith Soft (モノリスソフト) and sometimes shortened to M.L.S.I., is a Japanese game developer founded on October 1st, 1999 by a group of former Squaresoft employees leaded by Tetsuya Takahashi, Hirohide Sugiura and Yasuyuki Honne, with the financial support of Namco.

As a subsidiary of Namco Limited (later Namco Bandai Games and currently Bandai Namco Games), they developed games for multiple systems, mainly for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. Their debut game was Xenosaga Episode I, part of the Xenosaga series, a spiritual successor to Xenogears, which many staff members worked on while employed at Square. Other games developed under Namco ownership includes Baten Kaitos and Namco x Capcom.

In April 2007, Nintendo agreed with Monolith Soft to purchase a 80% of ownership on the company, while Bandai Namco would retain 16% until 2012, when they completely divested. Since then, Monolith Soft has created the Xenoblade Chronicles series, itself a spiritual successor to Xenosaga. Other games include Soma Bringer, Disaster: Day of Crisis and Project X Zone, which is a spiritual sequel to Namco x Capcom, as well supporting on the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl [1].

In 2011, Monolith Soft opened a Kyoto studio near to the Nintendo's headquarters, to provide assistence on game development. So far, this division helped on the development of various games from The Legend of Zelda series (Skyward Sword, A Link Between Worlds, and Breath of the Wild) and Animal Crossing entries (New Leaf, Happy Home Designer, and New Horizons), and also collaborated with the Splatoon series and Pikmin 3.

Monolith Soft has been the developer for all games in the Xeno series with the exception of Xenogears, which was developed and published by Square (who, as Square Enix, are also the current holders of the intellectual property of the game and its universe) [2].

List of games[edit]

Year Game Platform Publisher Notes
2002 Xenosaga Episode I - Der Wille zur Macht PlayStation 2 Namco
2003 Xenosaga Episode I Reloaded PlayStation 2 Namco
2003 Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean Nintendo Gamecube Namco
Nintendo (Oceania)
Co-developed with tri-Crescendo
2004 Xenosaga Freaks PlayStation 2 Namco
2004 Xenosaga Episode II - Jenseits von Gut und Böse PlayStation 2 Namco
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (PAL)
2004 Xenosaga: Pied Piper Mobile Namco Co-developed with Namco Mobile and Tom Create
2005 Namco X Capcom PlayStation 2 Namco Co-developed with Banpresto
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Playstation 2 Square Enix Support development
2006 Baten Kaitos Origins Nintendo GameCube Nintendo Co-developed with tri-Crescendo
2006 Xenosaga I & II Nintendo DS Namco Co-developed with Tom Create
2006 Xenosaga Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra PlayStation 2 Bandai Namco
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Nintendo Support development
2008 Soma Bringer Nintendo DS Nintendo
2008 Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Nintendo DS Bandai Namco
Atlus (North America)
2008 Disaster: Day of Crisis Wii Nintendo
2009 Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans Nintendo DS Bandai Namco
2010 Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Exceed Nintendo DS Bandai Namco
2010 Xenoblade Chronicles Wii Nintendo Also released digitally on Wii U
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Nintendo Support development
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Nintendo Support development
2012 Project X Zone Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Co-developed with Banpresto
2013 Pikmin 3 Wii U Nintendo Support development
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS Nintendo Support development
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles 3D New Nintendo 3DS Nintendo Ported by Monster Games
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Nintendo
2015 Splatoon Wii U Nintendo Support development
2015 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Nintendo 3DS Nintendo Support development
2015 Project X Zone 2 Nintendo 3DS Bandai Namco Co-developed with Banpresto
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Support development
2017 Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Nintendo Support development
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch Nintendo
2018 Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Nintendo Switch Nintendo
2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Nintendo Support development
2020 Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch Nintendo
2022 Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nintendo Switch Nintendo
2022 Splatoon 3 Nintendo Switch Nintendo Support development
2023 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo Switch Nintendo Support development
2023 Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster Nintendo Switch Bandai Namco Ported by Logicalbeat

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