Enhanced Port of Monster Rancher 2 Heads to Nintendo Switch & Mobile in Japan

The sequel to the PlayStation monster taming classic returns.

The sequel to the PlayStation monster taming classic returns.

In the latest issue of Famitsu, Koei Tecmo has revealed that an enhanced port of Monster Rancher 2 (known as Monster Farm 2 in Japan) will be coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android this Fall in Japan.

This comes a month after Koei Tecmo asked fans if they’d like to see Monster Rancher 2 receive a similar treatment to the enhanced port of the first Monster Rancher released last year. Not much information has been revealed yet, but it has been announced that the port will contain over 400 monsters. It has also been said that the port will have various improvements based on fan feedback.

Monster Rancher 2 originally released for PlayStation in Japan on February 25, 1999, in North America on August 31, 1999, and in Europe on October 20, 2000. It was the first Monster Rancher title to release in Europe and was named Monster Rancher there and in other PAL regions. Monster Rancher 2 also featured a system where players could transfer their monsters over from the first game if they had a save file for it.

The enhanced port of the first Monster Rancher game released for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in Japan in Fall 2019 and featured various adjustments and improvements. Instead of using physical discs to unlock monsters, the port featured a CD database that players could look through.

It is currently unknown if either of these enhanced Monster Rancher ports will see a release outside of Japan. The last Monster Rancher title to see an international release was My Monster Rancher, a mobile title that was released for iOS and Android devices in 2011.

Monster Rancher 2 will come to Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS in Fall 2020 in Japan. Monster Rancher is currently available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop as well as Google Play and the iOS store in Japan.

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Erroll Maas

Writer pursuing a career in Games & Entertainment media. Specialties include coverage of non-Pokémon monster taming RPGs, event coverage, indie game coverage, and coverage of various Japanese games.