Monster Rancher Series

ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
DSMonster Rancher DS2010SimulationCingMonster raising and battling, now on two screens! Utilizes the microphone and touch screen to create monsters
GBAMonster Rancher Advance2001Monster CollectingTecmoSimilar to the PSX games, but using words to summon monsters rather than CDs
GBAMonster Rancher Advance 22002Monster CollectingTecmo/Graphic ResearchSee above!
PS2Monster Rancher 32001Monster CollectingTecmoMore monster raising, but now you can trade monsters with friends/can use past data rather than disc-digging for old monsters!
PS2Monster Rancher 42003Monster CollectingTecmoAllows for more customization of your training facilities and adds a major exploration/adventure mode
PS2Monster Rancher EVO2006Monster CollectingTecmoLeans more into traditional RPG mechanics than the rest of the series, dumbs some regular Monster Rancher ones down in the process
PSXMonster Rancher1997Monster CollectingTecmoUse CDs to unlock monsters that you train and fight!
PSXMonster Rancher 21999Monster CollectingTecmoUse CDs to unlock more monsters that you train and fight!
SwitchMonster Rancher 1 & 2 DX (DL only)2021Monster CollectingKoei TecmoBundled QoL-polished versions of the monster breeder, with turbo functions, added monsters to the second game, and an in-game CD database
SwitchUltra Kaiju Monster Rancher (DL/Asia English)2022Monster CollectingKoei TecmoAn Ultraman-Monster Rancher crossover that maybe nobody asked for, but everyone needed (same gameplay as older titles, but kaiju-sized!)