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Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX coming to Switch

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Koei Tecmo has recently confirmed that the beloved Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX collection is heading to the Nintendo Switch platform on 9th December here in the west. The game’s premise is raising teams of super cool monster which can then compete against others in either combat or special tournaments. You can watch a new trailer for Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX in the tweet below. Here’s what to expect from the new Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX compilation:

  • Save Data Slots – All the save data slots that were sold individually for the currently available digital versions (one slot for 120 yen, 12 slots for 980 yen) are available from the start in both Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2.
  • More Freeze Slots – Increased the number of Freeze slots to store monster data from 10 to 20 in both Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2.
  • Original Sounds Added – “Original Background Music” has been added to the “Sound” options in Monster Rancher 2.
  • Training Memo – Added a feature to check the training record in both Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2.
  • Monsters from the Western Release – Monsters from the western release have been added in Monster Rancher 2.
  • High-Speed Mode – Enjoy the game at high-speed in both Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2.
  • Random Battle Rankings – Added rankings for random battle results in both Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2.


6 thoughts on “Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX coming to Switch”

    1. This is exactly what I was thinking ? Like passwords like the gameboy version ? Or swapping out cartridges? I loved Monster Rancher 2 ! It was my absolute favorite and I had many rare cds with rare monsters .

  1. Monster rancher 2 is probably my most played game i keep returning to it . Alot of depth to it even though it’s cryptic as hell

  2. This is actually pretty cool. I have… well had the disks for both of these games on the ps1 and 2 respectively, but both disks have been ruined beyond being able to work at this point, so it might be worth it to rebuy them after all this time. It’s a shame that they are carrying over that lame ass CD database from the IOS version though, where you can just look up the CDs and thus get any monster you want. That kind of ruins some of the fun of the game. It was fun popping in CDs and never knowing what was going to pop out, it made getting nice monsters feel extra special and that’s going to be lost on these new versions.

    I used to play and love a game called ‘Scan Command’ when I was a kid. It came with a barcode scanner, and you could upgrade dinos by scanning barcodes. It seems like it would be easy for them to make such a peripheral for this game, and since everything has a barcode, people would have no shortage of things to comb their house over looking for them. That would be the perfect way to restore this games monsters system, but in a more modern way, using something everyone actually has in their houses; barcodes. Too bad they took the lazy route.

    This would still be a perfect idea down the road if they plan to create a new Monster Rancher since releasing these games means they have interest in reviving this franchise.

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