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Monster Rancher 2's Switch port contains 50 differences from the original release

That's a lot of changes!

Monster Rancher 2 is available on the Switch in Japan, and Koei Tecmo actually went in a did a lot of work to spruce up this re-release. Check out a rundown of 50 changes from the original version below.

Swim Training affinity fix

The Swim training is supposed to give a major raise on Defense and a minor raise on Life. However, there was an infamous bug that reversed the stat affinity check between the two stats. As a result, monsters with high Life base stat like Plant could benefit from easy Defense raise, while monsters that are supposedly Defense-oriented like Monol suffered from this bug.

Reduced lifespan reduction for doing Errantries, making it more enticing to have a monster learn new techniques without worrying too much about its lifespan.

Fairy Hare's Guts speed fix

The Hare X Pixie breed had an unusually quick Guts recovery speed, making it overpoweredly broken in the original release.
Wracky's name change

Wracky used to be known as Chucky in the original Japanese PS1 release, but the new Japanese port changes its name to Wracky as well.

Gali becomes able to learn Heavy Blow

Wracky becomes able to learn Air Shot

Bajarl becomes able to learn multiple techniques it couldn't due to bugs

An evil-natured Phoenix becomes able to learn Flame Cannon

King Ape's encounter fix

A glitch in the original release caused the errantry boss King Ape to have a limited timeframe to encounter.

Bajarl's body fix

Addition of Proto Messiah

A Henger X Gali breed that was available in Monster Rancher 1; known in the English release as Proto. Although it was also slated to appear in MR2, its data was not actually included so it couldn't be produced in the original release.

Hall of Fame bug fix

If all 3 Hall of Fame slots were already filled, trying to get a new monster into the list would freeze the game.

Year 1625 bug fix

An event check glitch caused playing from the 30,001st week (2nd week of April 1625) to be very problematic. The worst case from this bug was reducing a monster's lifespan by a week whenever one loads a save data made in the Ranch.

Mysterious Seeds event fix

The original release had a bug that prevented you from obtaining Mysterious Seeds if you proceeded so late that all items were already lined up at the shop.

Desire Self-Denial fix

A monster may occasionally have a desire which, if rejected or unfulfilled, will result in its stress going up. There was an infamous bug in the original Japanese release where a monster occasionally gain stress on its own due to the desire event kicking in but automatically ended with a refusal without any dialogues.

Colt's advice changes

In the original release, Colt would only inform you of the first monster's peak period or end of lifespan. With this port, she will continue to offer the same advice on all subsequent monsters.

Jelly item effect fix

Eating a Jelly item will now actually change the monster's nature as well.

Gemini Pot item effect fix

Although the item description hinted at relieving stress, it didn't have any stress-reduction effects applied in the original version. With this fix, having the item(s) in the inventory will now properly reduce stress.

Strong Glue will become purchasable in the Shop

Magic Banana effect change

In the original release, the Magic Banana used to have lifespan addition as one of its possible effects. This is getting replaced with reduction of fatigue or stress.

Auto Battle AI adjustment

Your monster will now fight more proactively even when you opt to not control it in battles.

CPU status change fix

Opponent monsters used to be unable to activate status like Power and Anger; they will be able to do so now.

Ease status effect fix

This status has a drawback of doubling damage taken, which wasn't properly implemented in the original release.

Unity status effect fix

Color Pandora breeds will recover Guts faster when this status is activated.

Enables purchases of multiple items at once

Monster body size change

Some monsters will actually become fat or skinny depending on their weight. However, not all monsters will have this effect.

Becomes able to raise Boss Monsters fought at Errantries, such as the Blue Phoenix

Becomes able to raise White Suezo and White Mocchi, which used to only appear as opponents in the Legend Cup.

Monster stat fix

Alters statistics not visible to the player, such as the monster's full lifespan.

Parameter fix for FIMBA monsters appearing at the IMa-FIMBA Meet

Lucky's stat fix

The Elder's Cup, which is available on the 2nd week of June for monsters that are at least 6y & 3m old, had a monster named Lucky that had unusual stats; it has now been implemented as its official stats.

Improved quality for message fonts and images including tournament logos

Monster movements are also fixed so that they shouldn't do any weird movements

Graphical bug fixes

Stat values are now subdivided when calculating damage, so even a small gap in stats will mean a lot in battles now.

Display total stat amount, accumulated from all six stats

Added option to speed up monster-raising scenes

Sound data remastered

BGMs and sound effects are re-recorded, and the menu will also actually have a title BGM

Auto-save feature implemented

Save & Load speed improved

Guide Button added

You can now go back directly to title screen through the Menu button.

Online Versus feature addition

You can download a friend's monster data for your own monster to fight against.

Random Versus feature addition

Monsters you've uploaded can be matched against other breeders' monsters with roughly the same strength levels.

ID carryover feature (on the mobile version)

If you're getting a new mobile phone, this feature will be essential for you to not lose the game's save data.

SNS linkage feature (on the mobile version)

You can take a screenshot from the game and share it right away on the social media of your choice.

Part-Time Job implemented in-game

The mini-game used to be accessible in the Japanese PS1 release by using the PocketStation.

Generate Monsters using the Music Database

This is the alternative used to generate monsters from CDs, as neither the Switch or mobile phones have disc drives.

Digital Manual is available

The My Page webpage is available to check the latest news about the game, as well as results of random battles and tournaments.

Tournament Mode implemented

Players can enter their frozen monsters to be placed on online tournament brackets.

Koei Tecmo shares expanded details on their TGS 2020 Online plans

Koei Tecmo has already shared a rundown of what to expect from their TGS 2020 Online lineup, but now they've provided a complete rundown with details. Check out the updated schedule below.

■ Koei Tecmo Channel Lineup

More than 10 Koei Tecmo titles will be introduced through Koei Tecmo’s original programming as part of Tokyo Game Show 2020 online, including:

??? (Unannounced Title) – Midas Brand
Angelique Luminarise (Switch)
Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (PC)
Gust Shop: Koei Tecmo Live! in TGS 2020
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7 (Switch)
Nioh 2 (PS4)
Monster Rancher (Switch, iOS, Android)
Monster Rancher 2 (Switch, iOS, Android)
One Million Man Winning Post (iOS, Android)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle (PS4, Switch, PC
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Hadou (iOS, Android)
Uncharted Waters Series 30th Anniversary – An introduction to each Uncharted Waters game from its respective producer, as well as a look back on 30 years of the franchise.

■ Koei Tecmo Channel Live Stream Schedule

September 26 (YouTube)

12:00 to 12:15 – Opening – Featuring Hisashi Koinuma (Koei Tecmo executive vice president).

12:35 to 13:05 – Recruiting Queen Candidates! Angelique Luminarise TGS Special Broadcast – The first new entry in the Angeqlique series in 18 years. An introduction to the charm of the new Guardians, information on the soon to be released drama CD, and more. Presenters to be announced.

13:25 to 13:55 – Sengoku? Modern? Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7 TGS Special Broadcast
– An introduction to the charm of the currently available romance visual novel Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7, as well as its two worlds of sengoku and modern. Featuring Paddy Ryan (Captain Morrow voice actor).

14:15 to 14:45 – Uncharted Waters Series 30th Anniversary Reflection and Latest Information – A look back at 30 years of Uncharted Waters with the producer of each title, as well as the series’ latest information. Featuring Hisao Uchida (Uncharted Waters Online producer), Yuuhei Souji (Uncharted Waters V producer), and Daisuke Ogiwara (Uncharted Waters 6 producer).

15:00 to 16:15 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms Special Broadcast – The latest information on the December 10-due Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle and the currently available smartphone MMO strategy simulation game Romance of the Three Kindoms: Hadou. Featuring Kazuhiro Echigoya (Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle producer) and Yukinori Itou (Romance of the Three Kindoms: Hadou producer).

16:35 to 17:05 – Hokuto Musou Series 10th Anniversary Smartphone Game Shin Hokuto Musou Mobile Approaches – A new game titled Shin Hokuto Musou Mobile appears on smartphones for the Hokuto Musou series’ 10th anniversary. What evolutions have been made, and does the exhilaration of one-thousand hits remain… Please look forward to it! Featuring Hisashi Koinuma (producer), Naohito Kano (producer), and unannounced guests.

17:05 to 17:20 – One-Million Man Winning Post Latest Information – The latest information concerning the game’s ninth anniversary. Featuring Yuuhei Souji (producer).

17:20 to 18:00 – Monster Rancher Koei Tecmo LIVE! in TGS 2020 Special Broadcast – The quarterfinals to finals of the Monster Rancher online tournament “2nd Fimba Masters Cup,” plus the latest game information on Monster Rancher 2. Featuring Kazumi Fujita (Monster Rancher brand lead).

18:20 to 18:50 – Nioh 2 Special Broadcast at TGS – The latest information on Nioh 2‘s second downloadable content. Featuring Kou Shibusawa (general producer) and Fumihiko Yasuda (producer).

19:10 to 20:20 – Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation Official Broadcast at TGS – The latest information on Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, such as the Destiny Child collaboration starting September 29. Featuring MC Sawa Orinaga, Mai Aizawa (Marie Rose voice actor), and Eri Yukimura (Monica voice actor).

20:40 to 21:00 – Atelier Ryza 2 Video Premiere! TGS 2020 Gust New Merchandise Introduction Special Broadcast: Even Online, the Gust Shop Office Will Never Die! – An introduction to the latest merchandise with Ai Kakuma and Akira Tsuchia, as well as valuable information you will only get during this broadcast. There is even a video premiere for Atelier Ryza 2. Featuring Ai Kakuma (Surge Concerto series’ Ion voice actor) and Akira Tsuchiya (producer).

■ TGS 2020 Online Channel Live Stream Schedule

September 26 (YouTube)

21:00 to 21:50 – Koei Tecmo Two Key Titles Special Live Stream Part One: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy – New trailer and first live gameplay for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, as well as other “firsts.”
22:00 to 22:50 – Koei Tecmo Two Key Titles Special Live Stream Part Two: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – First live gameplay of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as well as all sorts of the latest information such as character introductions by the development team. Featuring MC Ruriko Aoki, Yosuke Hayashi (producer), Masaki Furusawa (producer), and Ryouta Matsushita (director).

September 27 (YouTube)

15:00 to 15:50 – Dynasty Warriors 20th Anniversary Live Stream – A live stream to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warrriors series. A look back on the series so far, special plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the announcement of two new Dynasty Warriors series titles, and more!

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy takes the cover of this week's Famitsu, feature and manga teaser included

Cover art, feature, and more!

This week's issue of Famitsu puts the focus on Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. Not only is the cover of this week's magazine dedicated to Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, but there will also be an in-depth article, along with the first chapter of the manga adaptation. You can check out a preview of that manga in the gallery above.

Fairy Tail "Rift in Time and Space" DLC launches Sept. 17th, 2020

An extra challenging dungeon

Koei Tecmo has announced that the next bit of DLC for Fairy Tail is set to launch on Sept. 16th, 2020. This DLC, titled 'Rift in Time and Space,' is said to be the toughest dungeon on the game yet. Hopefully you're party is ready for a serious challenge!

Koei Tecmo brings roughly 700 Dynasty Warriors tracks to multiple streaming services

A warrior's soundtrack

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, Koei Tecmo has added roughly 700 tracks from various games in the series to multiple streaming services. If you're a fan of one of the game's soundtracks, there's a very good chance you'll be able to enjoy some of the tracks from it in this release. You can check out the links for streaming here.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity debut trailer analysis

Did you miss these details?

The sequel to Hyrule Warriors is also a prequel to Breath of the Wild! But there's more to it than that. We take a closer look at the story, the combat, the hidden elements, and how different it may be from the original Hyrule Warriors. All this and more in our latest Zelda analysis!

Koei Tecmo shares more details on their TGS 2020 Online schedule

A lot to look forward to

Koei Tecmo shared a few details about their TGS 2020 Online plans a few days back, but now they've published a much more fleshed out schedule. Check out the full rundown below.

■ Koei Tecmo Channel Lineup

More than 10 Koei Tecmo titles will be introduced through Koei Tecmo’s original programming as part of Tokyo Game Show 2020 online, including:

??? (Unannounced Title)
Angelique Luminarise (Switch)
Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (PC)
Gust Shop: Koei Tecmo Live! in TGS 2020
Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 7 (Switch)
Nioh 2 (PS4)
Monster Rancher (Switch, iOS, Android)
Monster Rancher 2 (Switch, iOS, Android)
One Million Man Winning Post (iOS, Android)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle (PS4, Switch, PC
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Hadou (iOS, Android)
Uncharted Waters Series 30th Anniversary – An introduction to each Uncharted Waters game from its respective producer, as well as a look back on 30 years of the franchise.

■ Koei Tecmo Channel Live Stream Schedule

To be announced.

■ TGS 2020 Online Channel Live Stream Schedule

(All times are Japan Standard Time.)

September 26 (YouTube)

21:00 to 21:50 – Koei Tecmo Two Key Titles Special Live Stream Part One: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy – New trailer and first live gameplay for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, as well as other “firsts.”
22:00 to 22:50 – Koei Tecmo Two Key Titles Special Live Stream Part Two: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – First live gameplay of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as well as all sorts of the latest information such as character introductions by the development team. Featuring MC Ruriko Aoki, Yosuke Hayashi (producer), Masaki Furusawa (producer), and Ryouta Matsushita (director).

September 27 (YouTube)

15:00 to 15:50 – Dynasty Warriors 20th Anniversary Live Stream – A live stream to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warrriors series. A look back on the series so far, special plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the announcement of two new Dynasty Warriors series titles, and more!

Get a first look at the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Treasure Box

Treasures await

The other day we detailed the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Treasure Box, but we didn't have any pictures. Today we get our first look at the goodies inside.

As we previously stated, this is a special version of the game that is priced at roughly $150, and inside you'll find a copy of the game, an acrylic art display, paraglider blanket, and a metal charm.

Koei Tecmo confirms Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity segment for their TGS 2020 Online schedule

Look forward to nearly an hour of gameplay

Nintendo had said that we'd see more about Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on Sept. 26th, 2020. Now we know exactly where that segment will be coming from.

Koei Tecmo has updated their schedule of events for TGS 2020 Online, and they'll host a Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity segment on Sept. 26th, 2020. Check out full details below.

21:00 to 21:50 – Koei Tecmo Games: TGS 2020 Special Program: Two Key Titles (YouTube) – First half: New trailer and first live gameplay for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, as well as other “firsts.” Second half: First live gameplay of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as well as all sorts of the latest information such as character introductions by the development team. Featuring MC Ruriko Aoki, Yosuke Hayashi (producer), Masaki Furusawa (producer), and Ryouta Matsushita (director).

Monster Rancher 2 - more gameplay

Monster Rancher 2 is officially set for Switch launch in Japan on Sept. 17th, 2020. The title is priced at 2,820 yen and takes up 438 MB of space. You can pre-order the title today, but it unfortunately does not have an English text option. There's also no word on a localization at this time.

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