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Monster Rancher
Box artwork for Monster Rancher.
Developer(s)Tecmo
Publisher(s)Tecmo
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Simulation, Strategy
System(s)PlayStation
Players1-2
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB KA.png Kids to Adults
Followed byMonster Rancher 2
SeriesMonster Rancher
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This is the first game in the Monster Rancher series. For other games in the series see the Monster Rancher category.

Monster Rancher (モンスターファーム Monsutā Fāmu?, Monster Farm in Japan) is a console game released in North America on November 30, 1997 for the Sony PlayStation system. It is the first game in Tecmo's Monster Rancher series, featuring the raising, fighting, and breeding of monsters.

Although it is possible to acquire a monster in-game, the series is known for the ability to acquire new monsters using Compact Discs (CDs). Players can use any readable CD, and the game creates a monster using the data stored on it. Certain CDs would result in unique monsters: for example, some Christmas music albums will give the player a monster of type "Santa". Once the player has two or more monsters in reserve, they can be combined, creating a new monster with traits of both "parents". Once the player has a monster, it can then be raised to be a fighting machine. The primary way to advance through the game is through monster fighting tournaments.

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