Koei Tecmo reintroduced us to the beloved Monster Rancher series with Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX last year on Steam, Switch, and the Apple App Store. And Bandai Namco is taking the classic franchise to the next level by allowing you to raise kaiju in Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher!
If you’re not familiar with the term, kaiju is a Japanese genre of films and television shows featuring giant monsters. Think Godzilla.
Tecmo (now Koei Tecmo) introduced the world to Monster Rancher in 1997. It spawned over a dozen video games and a successful anime that ran for 73 episodes in 1999 and 2000. Monster Rancher revolves around creating, raising, and training monsters so you and other ranchers can do battle.
Monster Rancher and kaiju are a perfect match because they’re trading in the unremarkably sized monsters for massive, city-destroying monsters.
The trailer shows us Gomora, Zetton, and Alien Baltan to start with. Koei Tecmo licensed them from the Ultraman franchise so we can expect many more from Ultraman. You’ll create kaiju from NFC-compatible cards and “discs” in Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher. Then you raise the kaiju by training them, having them compete with other kaiju, and helping the locals. Once you feel confident in the kaiju’s abilities, your kaiju can fight another kaiju in a turn-based battle format. And like past Monster Rancher games, you can combine one kaiju with another kaiju. This allows you to pass down attributes and discover new types of kaiju.
Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher is a brand-new collaboration between Ultraman, a famous Japanese Tokusatsu work, and Monster Rancher, a popular role-playing simulation series.
This new game introduces the iconic “Ultra Kaiju” such as Alien Baltan, Zetton, and Gomora to the popular gameplay mechanics of raising and battling monsters from the Monster Rancher series.
– Discover Many Types of Ultra Kaiju – Summon your Kaiju by searching the digital CD database or scanning NFC-compatible cards and more.
– Raise and Train Your Ultra Kaiju – Explore and train to unleash the full strength of your Ultra Kaiju. Players can enjoy unique and cute movements of Ultra Kaiju that are not usually seen in the original Ultraman series.
– Battle to Become the Ultimate Kaiju Trainer – Compete in tournaments to test your skills.
– Combining Ultra Kaiju – Combine Ultra Kaijus to unlock new variations, including a Zetton-patterned Gomora! Over 200 types of Kaiju to be discovered.
Bandai Namco and Koei Tecmo are bringing Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher to Switch in 2022. But if you want to try Monster Rancher before then, check out Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX on Steam, Switch, or iOS!