Koei Tecmo announces global tournament for Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX

Koei Tecmo has announced an upcoming worldwide tournament for Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX following its release this December. While dates and specifics about the 'Monster Koushien' tournament have not yet been revealed, any player around the globe will be able to upload their monster data to a server in order to participate.

A new video has also been shared, where executive producer Kazumi Fujita highlights the upcoming re-release as well as the tournament plans. RPG Site's Kite Stenbuck had a chance to ask Mr. Fujita some questions about Monster Rancher, and you can check out the conversation here.

More details about Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX can be found in its August 2021 announcement.


Today, Koei Tecmo unveiled a special world tournament for their upcoming release of Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX! The collection marks the triumphant return of the Monster Rancher series in the West, and bundles together the fan-favourite Monster Rancher 1 (1997) and Monster Rancher 2 (1999). The title will launch December 9th, 2021 on the Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC via Steam®, and iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® via the App Store®.

 To celebrate the Monster Rancher series’ 25th anniversary, Koei Tecmo announced the Monster Koushien World Battle! "Monster Koushien" is the official Monster Rancher tournament series. The first tournament was held in 1997 at the Tokyo Game Show and has become the representative tournament for the franchise. This global event will allow any player who purchases Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX to participate by raising their monsters in-game and uploading their data to a special server to see who are the top players in the world.

“I am planning to hold a world tournament like the ones we have been running in Japan,” says executive producer, Kazumi Fujita, “We have never run a tournament like this outside of Japan. This is an endeavour to allow everyone around the world to take part and decide who is number one in the world.

Aspiring ranchers can pre-order Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX starting today on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam.

Additional game details and further information for the tournament will be revealed at a later date.

Additionally, digital pre-orders are now available on both Nintendo Switch eShop and Steam. Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX is set to release worldwide on December 9 for Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices.