KOEI TECMO Europe has 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! 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 the 9th of December.
A special announcement video was also released featuring a message from Fujita-san. Check it out at the bottom of the article.
Welcome back to the ranch
In celebration of the magical series’ 25th anniversary, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX brings the wildly popular simulation games to modern hardware. Here 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. These include additional save slots, Freeze slots, and Monster Hall of Fame slots. New features have also been added to Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX. A memo feature can be used while raising monsters. There are also rankings for random battles, and a high-speed mode to play through the game faster.