And Koei Tecmo Made It Possible to Pre-order It Now
The cult classic from back in the day, Monster Rancher 1 and two DX, is now available for pre-order. These are based on the original games released in 1997, and 1999, Monster Rancher, and the sequel, Monster Rancher 2. For those who are not familiar with the Monster Rancher franchise, the game is similar to Pokemon. The objective of Monster Rancher 1 and two for players was to, well, raise monsters, and be able to fight with them. Where the game franchise differed or used to differ is the ability to generate new creatures via CDs.
Thankfully, no one is expected to use CDs for the monster generation feature. Instead, those who want new monsters can use keyword searches for CD titles. And apparently, there are 600,000 songs in the database, so there may be a few selections for future players.
The relaunch of Monster Rancher to the west is part of the twenty-fifth-anniversary celebration. With the release, comes improvements. Most come in the form of user requests over the years and improve the UI. But too, there is the integrating of a minigame from the PocketStation, which must have been in high demand. And, much like the Pokemon game series, there are new monsters and callbacks to old monsters from the original animated series.
A good question though would be why should players try Monster Rancher 1 and 2 DX. The game does elicit nostalgia from the graphics, and a monster generator sounds like a lot of fun. Plus, if you want to try something similar to Pokemon, but costs half of the latest Pokemon release, Monster Rancher 1 and 2 DX may be worth a try.
For those who want a copy of Monster Rancher 1, and 2 DX, the games will be coming out on December 8, 2021, on Steam for PC,iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch via the App Store, and on the Nintendo Switch store, at the price of 33.99 CAD.