Koei Tecmo released updated versions of Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 last year in Japan, and they’re coming bundled to Nintendo Switch, PC, and iOS as Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX. The announcement comes from a special 25th anniversary livestream that took place earlier today. Koei Tecmo has also confirmed that an English version of the game will release in the West.
The Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 ports added various upgrades to the original games, and the DX bundle will add even more. The upgrades include additional save slots, a new memo function, a high-speed mode, and an online rankings function for the two games. Monster Rancher 2 will get a little extra with the option to switch to the sounds from the original game and added monsters from the international version of the original game.
Koei Tecmo also plans to release a 25th anniversary limited edition version of the game for 15,070 yen (~$136.87) in Japan. However, the limited edition will only go into production if it reaches a certain number of preorders.
The 25th anniversary edition includes the following items:
- Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX software
- Golden Mochi figure with serial number included
- Soundtrack CD
- A complete series artbook
- Tecmo Player’s Mag pamphlet (TPM) Vol. 2021
- Monster Rancher 2 Secret CD
- Mochi drawstring nylon bag
Watch the English announcement trailer from Koei Tecmo America below:
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX will release worldwide for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, and iOS devices on December 9, 2021.