Did you miss the Monster Rancher franchise? Well you’re in for some good news. Koei Tecmo just revealed that Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX will have a worldwide release for the Nintendo Switch, PC (via Steam), and iOS.
Check out the official Tweet below:
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX is coming on December 9th, 2021!
Watch this special video announcement from Fujita-san, Executive Producer of the Monster Rancher series!
— KOEI TECMO AMERICA (@KoeiTecmoUS) August 26, 2021
Worldwide release you say? Then that means the game will not be limited to a Japanese audience! Hooray! And you wont have to wait that long because the game will roll out this December 9.
From Koei Tecmo America:
In celebration of the magical series’ 25th anniversary, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX brings the wildly popular simulation games to modern hardware where players raise their own monsters and train them to compete against other eccentric creatures in combat and tournaments. With hundreds of different monster types, each with their own skills and abilities, every Rancher will be able to raise and train monsters that are a perfect fit for their personality and play style.
The special collection also includes content that was never originally featured in the original Western release, such as additional save slots, Freeze slots, and Monster Hall of Fame slots. New features have also been added to Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, including a memo feature to use while raising monsters, rankings for random battles, and a high-speed mode to play through the game faster.
The Monster Rancher series originally launched with a unique feature that allowed players to use physical CDs to generate monsters in the game, with each CD having a unique ID that would spawn a different monster. This feature has been re-worked in Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, allowing players to search a database to find their desired CD and generate a monster from its data. Enjoy searching a vast database of songs from around the world and generating monsters based off of some of your favorite music!
For someone who missed playing the game back in the good ol’ PlayStation 1, this will certainly be a trip down memory lane. Time to check back on Sueki Suezo! (Or not).
More information from the game’s official website.