Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX Brings PlayStation Games to Modern Platforms

You won't need to put CDs in your system this time.

Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 are coming to modern platforms in the west, and my god, it’s like a long-dormant memory has been unlocked in my brain.

Both games will be coming to Switch, Steam, and iOS devices on December 9 as Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, a compilation that brings some new content like a memo feature, ranking in random battles, and a high-speed mode. One part of the original Monster Rancher games that the Switch and mobile devices (and most modern PCs) can’t recreate is that you could put CDs into the original PlayStation, which the game would read and spawn a monster for you to raise. To replicate this, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX has a searchable database for music that can let you create monsters without having to put the disc in anything.

Check out the reveal trailer below:

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I played a fair amount of Monster Rancher 2 on the original PlayStation as a kid, and between all members of my family, I had dozens of CDs to make monsters with. Monster Rancher was one of my passing hyperfixations as a kid that didn’t stick with me the same way stuff like Pokemon did, but I do have a lot of positive memories with the PlayStation games, the Monster Rancher Battle Card Game on the Game Boy, and the anime. It’s one of those things that gives me warm, fuzzy feelings thinking back on it, but not enough concrete memories about the mechanics of how it all works to make a call on whether or not these games have aged well. But I’m kind of interested to check them out on Switch in December to find out.