Nintendo acquires Xenosaga developer Monolith

There’s some RPG-related Nintendo news from IGN this morning:

Nintendo may have just become a major player in the RPG field. Bandai Namco Holdings issued a press release today announcing that it will transfer 80% of its 96% stake in Monolith Soft to Nintendo, effective May 1.

I’ve always had this tiny Square shaped hole in my heart left over from the days when Nintendo and Squaresoft (remember that name?) kicked RPG ass on the SNES. That hole’s gotten smaller over the years as I filled it with PSOne and PS2 titles and some Game Boy Advance Final Fantasy remakes, but it’s still there. This news, while not Square Enix related, gives me confidence that Nintendo is at least attempting to get back the glory day status it enjoyed in the 1990s.