- Monster Rancher was one of the many monster-capturing games popular in the 90s.
- Koei Tecmo announced a re-release was heading for Japanese smartphones and Switches.
- If we’re lucky and we let them know we want it, we might get a western re-release.
The late 90s ended up being the era of monster-hunting games. After Pokemon came along and made the genre hugely popular, several other Japanese brands gave it a go. Digimon is probably one of the most well-known, but another fan favorite of the PS1 era was Monster Rancher.
Monster Rancher featured the ability to actually generate monsters from your CDs which was sort of a neat feature. In terms of other stuff to help differentiate it from more popular franchises, it really just had CDs and Jelly Cups.
Monster Rancher Might Be Making a Comeback
News recently broke that the first Monster Rancher title is going to see a re-release on Smartphones and Nintendo Switch in Japan. Koei Tecmo has announced the Japanese re-release to come to smartphones on November 28th while the Switch port will drop on December 19th.
The new versions don’t add too many features, but they do make it possible to get around the lack of CD scanning. It is now apparently possible to search for CD titles to generate monsters, as well as download other player’s monsters to fight against.
So Will We Get a Western Release?
The chances of a western release depend on a few things. It won’t be that difficult to translate, on the basis that the original game already had a release in North America and Europe. Transplanting the translations into the newer version shouldn’t be all that much work.
The biggest issue here is going to be the new features.