The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 isn''t the only game Monolith Soft was working on this year, as the JRPG developer provided guidance on another significant Nintendo release.
Monolith Soft, which is well-known for JRPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles 3, has provided its financial aid to Splatoon 3, the latest Nintendo Switch blockbuster, although this should come as no surprise for long-time Monolith Soft fans, as one look at its development history (opens in a new tab) shows the company also benefited from both previous Splatoon entries.
Monolith Soft has a big success in developing Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Breath of the Wild (and its upcoming sequel), as well as a technology that makes me happy with Project X Zone, a Nintendo 3DS classic.
Nintendo''''s greatest asset?
Monolith Soft''s ascension has been one of the most fascinating in gaming. Established in 1999 by former Square Enix developer Tetsuya Takahashi, the developer developed the PS2''s Xenosaga trilogy and then developed the Baten Kaitos JRPG series on Gamecube before being bought out by Nintendo in 2007. Three years later, it launched Xenoblade Chronicles on the Nintendo Wii.
In the following years, Xenoblade quickly gained a broad following and would eventually become a stable Nintendo IP. No doubt it was helped by the inclusion of Shulk in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and later Xenoblade Chronicles 2''s Pyra and Mythra as DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Monolith Soft isn''t showing signs of slowing down, either. It''s a key developer on Breath of the Wild 2, who has a new IP, and has speculated on a future version of the Xenoblade series.
On top of that, we have an extensive story expansion planned for 2023. It''s a fantastic time to be monolith soft fans.