Baten Kaitos director reflects on Japanese commercial and Nintendo’s enthusiasm for the game
Monolith Soft is most commonly tied to the Xenoblade franchise these days, but the developer has worked on a number of other titles in the past. One such IP was Baten Kaitos, a GameCube-exclusive that originally released in Japan at the end of 2003 and a year later in the west.
Not too long ago, director Yasuyuki Honne reflected on the game, and more specifically, one of the game’s Japanese advert. Honne said Nintendo “was extremely happy that we were making a GameCube exclusive RPG for them, and without even knowing what the game was about, they made a teaser commercial”.
Honne’s full tweet:
“There’s one thing that’s really surprised me over the past 20 years: the first commercial for Baten Kaitos. Nintendo was extremely happy that we were making a GameCube exclusive RPG for them, and without even knowing what the game was about, they made a teaser commercial featuring a bunch of guys as blacksmiths to represent how we were vigorously making this game. I remember the tagline being, ‘Namco’s making an RPG with all their might.'”
We’ve included the commercial in question below, along with a few other Japanese promos for the game.