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Monster Rancher DS
Monster Rancher DS Cover Art.jpg
Official North American Cover Art
Developer(s) Cing
Publisher(s) Tecmo Koei
Tecmo (Japan only)
Series Monster Rancher
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP August 7, 2008
NA March 30, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Life Simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A
Media DS Game Card
Input methods Touchscreen, Microphone

Monster Rancher DS, known as Monster Farm DS 2: Yomigaeru! Master Breeder Densetsu in Japan, is a Life Simulation video game developed by Cing and published by Koei Tecmo for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan on August 7, 2008 and is due to be released in North America in March 30, 2010.



Two monsters fighting against each other in a tournament

The game involves raising, fighting, and breeding monsters. The main character is never seen on screen, but always talks to his apprentice directly. The player chooses his actions and choices through menu options.


Creating Monsters

Monsters are created primarily through two ways drawing pictures in the Magic Field using the touchscreen or reciting an Incantation using the microphone. Other methods include combining two existing monsters to create a new monster as well as an additional unrevealed method.[2]

Fighting Monsters

The way you make money, and gain ranks, is by having your monster fight in tournaments. In a fight, your monster starts with a fixed amount of guts, which is basically energy to spend on the moves they know. You can control the monster yourself, or let them fight on their own as they do when they get into a battle in the wild.

Moves can be done in one of three ranges. You can move forward or backward on the battlefield to toggle between the ranges. If you get in very close, you can also push the opponent away from you.[1]


Various monsters which have been left out of previous games since Monster Rancher 2 will be making a return including Monolith and Gali.[2]


The game was announced on May 23, 2008 and would be released in Japan as Monster Farm DS 2: Yomigaeru! Master Leader Densetsu in Japan. However at that time no localization for the first game, Monster Farm DS had been announced for North America.[3] This gave rise to speculation that both games would not be localized in North America at all which would be a first for the series since every past game in the series had been localized with all of the past portable titles: Monster Rancher Advance and Monster Rancher Advance 2 being released in North America. However on November 10, 2009 this speculation was proven untrue when it was announced that Monster Farm DS 2 would be released in North America as Monster Rancher DS with the first DS game, Monster Farm DS not being localized in favor of its sequel. This announcement came a year after its original Japanese release and came as a surprise to many fans who had lost hope.[1]


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