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Nintendo Acquires Stake In Monolith Soft

In a rare move for the company, Nintendo has acquired a controlling stake in Japanese developer Monolith Soft, best known for the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos role-playing games (and not to be confused with F.E.A.R. developer Monolith Pr

David Jenkins

April 27, 2007

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In a rare move for the company, Nintendo has acquired a controlling stake in Japanese developer Monolith Soft, best known for the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos role-playing games (and not to be confused with F.E.A.R. developer Monolith Productions) from Bandai Namco. According to translated Japanese reports, Nintendo has acquired 80 percent of Bandai Namco’s 96 percent stake in the developer. As such, Bandai Namco will retain a 16 percent stake in Monolith Soft and will continue to use the studio for planning and development, although whether these can be for non-Nintendo formats is currently unclear. Despite its large cash reserves, Nintendo’s well-established internal development studios have traditionally seen the company unwilling to purchase smaller developers, despite offering funding and publishing opportunities for many so-called “second party” companies. Monolith Soft, which has generally specialized in hardcore role-playing games, are currently working on the as yet sparsely detailed action title Disaster: Day of Crisis for the Wii. The game is to be published by Nintendo and has no doubt proven the catalyst for the acquisition – although Baten Kaitos was a rare original role-playing series for the GameCube, and a version of Xenosaga has appeared on the Nintendo DS.

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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