Koei-Tecmo have announced their latest game for the Nintendo Switch: Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, which is a collection of the two Monster Rancher games previously released separately on the Nintendo eShop in Japan.
The collection will be released worldwide:
- Europe and North America: digital-only
- Japan: digital and retail release via a Limited Edition
This Limited Edition costs 15 070 Yen (as opposed to 3 520 Yen for the regular edition), and includes the following:
- Metal figure (with serial number on the metal base)
- Soundtrack CD for both games
- Internal planning documents book
- a copy of Tecmo Player’s Mag Vol. 2021
- a Monster Rancher 2: The Secret CD
- a vinyl backpack
Next, here’s the announcement video for Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, featuring the executive producer of the series:
And here’s some details and pictures:
In celebration of the magical series’ 25th anniversary, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX brings the wildly popular simulation games to modern hardware where 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 includes content that was never originally featured in the original western release, such as additional save slots, Freeze slots, and Monster Hall of Fame slots. New features have also been added to Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, including a memo feature to use while raising monsters, rankings for random battles, and a high-speed mode to play through the game faster.
The Monster Rancher series originally launched with a unique feature that allowed players to use physical CDs to generate monsters in the game, with each CD having a unique ID that would spawn a different monster. This feature has been re-worked in Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, allowing players to search a database to find their desired CD and generate a monster from its data. Enjoy searching a vast database of songs from around the world and generating monsters based off of some of your favorite music!
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX (Switch) comes out on December 9th in Japan.
Source: Koei-Tecmo PR / 4Gamer