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Monolith Soft looking to hire new graduates for multiple positions

The next generation of Monolith Soft

Monolith Soft is once again looking to bring some fresh faces onto their team. The company has shared their interest in hiring some new graduates for a series of positions. They're looking to get in on the hiring spree early, as they're targeting March 2022 graduates, and they want them for the following roles.

- Programmer (Tokyo)
- Planner (Tokyo)
- Designer (Tokyo)
- Designer (Kyoto)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 sells out on Amazon Japan following Pyra/Mythra's reveal for Smash Bros. Ultimate

Japan is really feeling it!

Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't just a fighting game for Nintendo. It's a great marketing tool for other franchises. Smash's roster helps spread the word on games players might not otherwise know about. We've seen it boost the sales of related games before, and it appears to be happening once again.

During last week's Nintendo Direct, Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were revealed for Smash Bros. Ultimate. A few days later, Amazon Japan has completely sold out of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There's no doubt the two are related, and you can bet Nintendo is happy about the results. Let's hope some new stock hits Amazon Japan soon!

Monolith Soft president discusses the company's growth, hopes for employees, and sticking with the work-from-home environment

A bright future ahead

A recent issue of Famitsu featured some discussion with Monolith Soft president Hirohide Sugiura. In that feature, Sugiura talked about the current state of the company, along with goals going forward. With that, Sugiura also shared his personal hopes for the employees of Monolith Soft, and a decision to continue with work-from-home efforts even once the pandemic has come to an end. You can see his full statement below, as translated by NintendoEverything.

“We aren’t focusing our attention on increasing the amount of employees or offices we have. It’s more that we’re meeting the needs of our projects and the scope of what’s requested of us. And we’re still recruiting talent in order to reach our goals, so I hope anyone interested checks us out. But I also think we’re going to feel the effects of the decreasing birthrate in Japan as we continue on. So even though there will be people with a variety of different circumstances, as long as we prepare for what’s ahead, we can make it easier to join in on game development. Therefore, regardless whether the current situation with coronavirus calms down or not, I want us to keep maintaining a work-from-home environment.

Rather than be a company that’s always on a roll, I want us to be a company that sustains itself. I want when our employees retire and look back on their career, they say, ‘I sure am glad I worked here.’ And I don’t want the games industry to be something that’s only for the wealthy or first-world nations; I hope the barriers can be broken down and the accessibility to enjoy games spreads, because video games bring smiles to people’s faces.”

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 character designer shares new art to celebrate the game's third anniversary

Happy third anniversary!

Believe it or not, its been 3 years since Xenoblade Chronicles 2 hit the Switch. In honor of the anniversary, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 character designer Masatsugu Saito shared the above artwork. It features both Pyra and Mythra, two main characters from the game.

Adam Howden, voice actor for Shulk, discusses returning to the role for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

He was really feeling it

Adam Howden is the voice of Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. He took on that role back in 2010, and he returned a decade later for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Howden lent his voice to Shulk once more, voicing the new Future Connected epilogue. In an interview with NintendoEverything, Howden reveals what it was like returning to the character.

Always a pleasure, never a chore. It’s great that Nintendo keep finding ways to continue the story. It was 2011 when I first recorded XC and even though that’s nearly 10 years ago the time has flown by. The worry for me was “does my voice still sound the same?” Luckily my voice doesn’t age the same as the rest of me. ...Other than that it’s like seeing an old friend and picking up where we left off. I always have a look back at bits from the original game as a reference and we do some voice matching in the studio to ensure the voice is consistent.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Phone Ring Holder back in stock at My Nintendo

Ring ring!

If you missed out on the Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Phone Ring Holder, today's your lucky day. The item has just been restocked at My Nintendo. We have no idea how many units there are, but as you can probably guess, they'll most definitely go fast. Make sure to grab yours here.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition "Available Now" trailer

Just incase you didn't know...

Looking for an adventure? Join Shulk and friends as they band together to save their world from the malevolent Mechonis in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

My Nintendo in North America starts offering multiple physical rewards

Hell has frozen over

The day has finally come. My Nintendo in North America is now offering physical rewards. Three surprise offers just turned up on the official site, and they include the following.

– Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Phone Ring Holder for 500 Platinum Points
– Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Three Sheets of Stickers for 300 Platinum Points
– Splatoon 2 Postcard Set for 400 Platinum Points

All three items can be found here, and they're sure to go quickly. Lock in your orders today!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country updated to Version 1.1.0, adds Korean language support

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country has gotten an update, bringing it to Version 1.1.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

- Korean text is now supported.

The text can be changed to Korean by setting the Nintendo Switch language setting to Korean. (Korean voices are not supported).

Monolith Soft now 256 employees strong

The highest number yet

Monolith Soft has shared their latest employee update, and the company has revealed that they're now employing 256 people. The breakdown is 74.8% male and 25.2% female. Along with that, the average time employees have been with Monolith Soft is 5 years and 8 months, and the average age is 35.33 years old.