Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher Coming to Nintendo Switch This Year

Bread and fight Kaiju.
Bread and fight Kaiju. Bandai Namco

Do you like Ultraman? Maybe not the hero but kaiju? How about Monster Rancher? If you answered "yes" to those questions, you'll surely love Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher. The game is a combination of the two franchises mentioned heading to Nintendo Switch this year.

Here, players take on the role of a rancher to befriend, breed, and train Ultra Kaiju. What purpose, you ask? Obviously for fighting!

The game features at least 200 types of kaiju from the Ultraman franchise which can be collected through the Song Search function to play songs. It’s also possible to generate kaiju through NFC-enabled devices or even items like transport ID cards. In addition, players can also synthesize or combine monsters and have their very own kaiju.

It goes without saying that the fights between these kaiju are sure to be epic and bring to mind the classic battles in Ultraman.

In a statement, Bandai Namco Entertainment Producer Kentaro Matano shared that while Ultraman has an impressive roster when it comes to Ultra Kaiju, Monster Rancher is known for simulating how to raise monsters. He added that being able to bridge these two franchises is a good fit to offer a fun monster breeding simulation. Matano went on to say that fans of the two franchises are sure to enjoy this game not only through having their own kaiju but also in its epic battles.

Fighting Kaijus

The franchise had its start with the release in 1966 of Ultra Q. The one that many fans are familiar with is likely Ultraman, also released in 1966. That's because this was the one that had the actual Ultraman character.

Raising Monsters

The first Monster Rancher game came out in 1997 and since then has grown into 14 titles. The game is often compared to Pokémon.

There are indeed similarities considering that the goal is also to have monsters fight in tournaments. The main difference is that it isn't about collecting monsters, but more of a simulated animal breeding game. That means players have to raise a monster, train it, and make sure that it’s ready when the fight starts.

Monster Rancher is available on various platforms, such as PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS.

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