Monster Rancher Port Coming to Switch in Japan

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Monster Rancher (Monster Farm in Japan) has become somewhat of a gaming relic. It’s a franchise a lot of people remember from their childhood but it’s been quite some time since the series was given any sort of recognition, particularly in the west. Well, as Gematus has recently reported, that’s all going to change later this year when the first Monster Rancher game is ported to the Nintendo Switch. Well, in Japan anyway.

This announcement comes way of the October 2019 issue of the Japanese magazine, Nintendo Dream, a magazine that covers Nintendo hardware and news. Rather or not the issue will go into more detail regarding the port is unknown, and there is no current confirmed release date, but the article does state to expect it sometime this year as a digital title on the Japanese eShop.

Back when the Monster Rancher series was on the PlayStation 1 it had a rather unique gimmick of using other discs (and not just PS1 discs.) to summon new monsters into the game. Exactly how the Switch port will handle this isn’t known at this time.

We’ll keep you informed of any future developments regarding Monster Rancher down the road, including if it’s ever announced that there will be a North American release, so be sure to stay tuned. You may also want to checkout this teaser site.


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