The Monster Rancher Series Makes its Triumphant Return to the West with Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, Now Available

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The Monster Rancher Series Makes its Triumphant Return to the West with Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, Now Available

Jump into the Magical World of Monster Rancher and Raise Eccentric New Companions for Battle!

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Dec. 9, 2021 – Today, KOEI TECMO America is excited to announce the long-awaited release of Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, launching digitally on the Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC via Steam®, and iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® via the App Store®.


In celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX bundles together the fan-favorite Monster Rancher 1 (1997) and Monster Rancher 2 (1999) and brings them to modern hardware for the first time. The beloved titles allow players to birth monsters from their favorite music, using an online database to choose the album they desire, with each album birthing its own monster. Players will then raise their monsters and train them to compete against other eccentric creatures in combat and tournaments – each with their own attributes and abilities – allowing players to find the perfect companion to secure their victory!


Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX features the complete versions of both games, including content that didn’t appear in the original Western launch, such as additional save slots, Freeze slots, Monster Hall of Fame slots, and 27 additional monsters. The new release adds further new content to make the titles even more enjoyable, including Training Records to help with raising monsters, rankings for random battles, and a Fast Forward mode to speed up the gameplay.


In addition, players will be able to show off their monster raising abilities post-launch in the Monster Koushien World Battle, a special tournament that will allow fans of the series to discover who is the number one player in the world. Originally a Japanese only tournament, this tournament will mark the first world tournament for the series with players able to upload their save data to the game servers from anywhere in the world to see whose monster reigns supreme.


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KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.