In the past few hours Koei Tecmo has confirmed that Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX are about to land on Nintendo Switch. The game is set up as a collection of both chapters of the series and should arrive on December 9 this year, for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the series. Given the relatively close date, these two remasters are likely to be in an advanced state of development.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX arrivano su Nintendo Switch
The Monster Rancher video game series dates back to 1997 and is set up as one of the first products Pokémon Like to be released after the boom of pocket monsters. The core of the gameplay of the title in fact for precisely that of raising their own creatures and then making them fight in fights and tournaments very similar to what is seen in the saga of Game Freak.
In the collection coming in December we will be able to play again the first two chapters of this series, thanks to a clean graphics and some extra features which were missing from the original titles. One of the most useful changes in this regard is the increase in save slots and the ability to save at any time during the game.
The #MonsterRancher series makes its triumphant return on Nintendo Switch, Steam, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, with Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX!
Raise your own monsters and train them to compete against other eccentric creatures in combat and tournaments.
Coming 09/12/21! pic.twitter.com/TPCHggiaYv
— KOEI TECMO EUROPE (@koeitecmoeurope) August 26, 2021
Another noteworthy addition that we often find in remastering operations of this type is the ability to increase game speed, although we still don’t know exactly how much. As if that were not enough, we will now have a ranking related to random battles and the ability to check training records.
Kazumi Fujita, the executive producer of the series, also stated that these two remasters are only part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Monster Rancher series, hinting that there might be more to boil in the pot. Is the time ripe for a new unreleased chapter? We will surely find out over the next few months.