You can play one other Pokémon-like game later this 12 months, thanks to the upcoming arrival of Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, the remaster of the retro monster accumulating video games from Koei Tecmo. The assortment bundles Monster Rancher (1997) and Monster Rancher 2 (1999), and can launch Dec. 9 on Nintendo Switch, Windows PC by way of Steam, and iOS, Koei Tecmo introduced Thursday.

In the Monster Rancher video games, gamers increase monsters and practice them to compete towards different creatures in fight and tournaments, similar to in Pokémon. The unique Monster Rancher launched with a enjoyable gimmick the place gamers might use bodily CDs to unlock monsters within the game, with every CD corresponding to a monster.

Most folks don’t use CDs anymore, however the builders discovered a means to rework the function into their trendy model of the game. In Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX, you’ll give you the chance to search a database to discover every monster’s desired CD and generate a monster from its knowledge.

The re-release will embrace new content material that wasn’t within the unique Western launch, like extra save slots, Freeze slots, and Monster Hall of Fame slots. The newer model will carry a few different enhancements to gameplay, as properly. Players will now give you the chance to use a memo function whereas elevating monsters, view rankings from random battles, and use a high-speed mode to play by means of the game sooner.

The Monster Rancher reboots are however a few of the various Pokémon-likes which have been introduced or launched in recent times. There’s Temtem, a hardcore MMO model of Pokémon launched in 2020, and Palword, a game that takes the idea of elevating cute monsters and turns it into a brutal survival game, which is due someday in 2022. Or additionally, you possibly can simply play one of many many precise Pokémon video games which are slated to be launched within the subsequent few months, like Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl or Pokémon Legends: Arceus.