KOEI TECMO America proudly revealed that the beloved Monster Rancher series will finally make its triumphant return to the west with the release of Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX!
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 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 Historic Monster Rancher CD System
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!
I loved this system as a kid and went through my Dad’s entire CD collection looking for new monsters, so it’ll be interesting to see how in-depth this new version of the monster generating system is.
This collection bundles together Monster Rancher 1 (1997) and Monster Rancher 2 (1999), bringing them to Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC via Steam®, and iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® via the App Store® for the first time on December 9th 2021.
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