The Monster Rancher series isn't particularly well known outside of Japan, with long gaps between releases and Europe being skipped entirely for a DS release 11 years ago. Recently, though, Koei Tecmo confirmed that Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX is bringing the revamped PlayStation originals to the Switch on 9th December, which should be interesting - you raise and train monsters, which seems familiar...
I'll be fascinating to see how that DX bundle is received, but it's getting a rather surprising bit of extra publicity through Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, a game that seems to be adding unexpected DLC characters on a daily basis. Just recently we had Hello Kitty confirmed, and like that optional extra the Suezo character from Monster Rancher will cost $4.99USD.
Again, it seems quite pricey for what amounts to a single character in a ball, especially in light of the bundles also available as DLC that give you multiple extras at the same price.
- Classic Soundtrack - $4.99
- Customisation Pack - $4.99
- SEGA Legends Pack - $4.99
- Classic Character Pack - $4.99
Still, perhaps Hello Kitty and Suezo will prove rather popular and justify that pricing.
Are you planning to buy Suezo for five bucks?
Next, Alex Olney will be confirmed as a playable character in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. I'm calling it.
Do these characters have special skills or something? If the gameplay is the same I don't see the point
Whoever thought 5 bucks for this was a good idea needs a kick in their monkey balls.
Out of all the monsters they could've chosen to Monster Rancher's mascot, Suezo is so ugly. XD
Should be renamed “Assorted Character Ball”
I remember monster rancher from ps days. I'd throw in a new cd and a new monster would appear from it. A novelty idea I enjoyed.
Jeez who’s next? Cap’n Crunch?
Okay stop now please.
@PhhhCough I love throwing in my Sailor Moon discs and having herpes and fairies come out as monsters
Super “whoever we can put in a” Ball Banana Mania
This is getting so dumb
I would have thought Mocchi would have been the obvious choice for a Monster Rancher rep, but I like that Suezo was their chosen rep... not that I was ever expecting a Monster Rancher rep lol.
I wonder if the DLC characters come with new maps or abilities?
That'd be worth the price. But .. just a model??
I am a purist. Just monkeys for me. 😉
Maybe the character packs will go on sale some day. Short of it being a terrible game, the base game at $40 seems quite reasonable.
I will be happy if they add Donkey Kong and/or Diddy Kong as a Nintendo rep, even if it is a Switch exclusive DLC. We need DK in this game collecting Golden Bananas!
The most likely characters to have next are agumon from digimon (guest) or Puyos, Seaman, ChuChu's and Amigo
Don't think I'd pay the $5 for Hello Kitty or Suezo.
Morgana on the other hand...
I’m happy to say… nope! You got me with the Hello Kitty and that’s it. I’ll say it again, Mii’s please.
Tecmo represent! Maybe some additional publicity for the Monster Rancher remasters coming in a few months
hasn't suezo uniformly been yhe monster rancher series mascot? i'm surprised to see, well, surprise!
Why must they keep teasing me and @JonComms like this and NOT put Hatsune Miku in a Ball already.
I’m seriously considering buying 39 copies of this game if it happens.
@WreckitRyan You know you're not supposed to talk about that.
$4.99 seems disproportionately high for a single character, it's not like these characters have new functionality or voicing. They're just a character in a ball that controls the same.
@WreckitRyan only if Jon’s included too! He’s the biggest Monkey of the bunch
@Chibi_Manny now that would actually make some sort of sense! Except that DK would barely fit in his ball haha imagine him all curled up in it
@AlexOlney the monkeys out of the ball !
Shovel Knight, and Dante from the Devil May Cry series. And Doshin.
I think the fact Suezo is collecting discs is a really thoughtful touch. Yeah, I'm ok with how they are doing dlc. A tad overpriced but I don't feel any pressure buying them. Nice for fans of their respective franchises.
More SEGA icons though please!
What is this pointlessness? Sticking some trash 3D model in a ball and charging a fiver. This onslaught of nonsense is seriously undermining a potentially very good game.
Why in the world does hello Kitty Cost 5 bucks? And I see a lot of people saying its pointless, Well, Its just bc they can I guess?
Okay, who else besides me this is marketed to and where the hell are they at?!
Monster Rancher 1+2 deserves a remaster on Nintendo Switch... i love the series...
At the risk of being snobby, I feel like the sheer amount of crossovers these days is beginning to kill the magic of them.
Like, they've almost always been marketing ploys, but they were still special for how rare and/or legit surprising they felt. Now, it's like anyone can show up anywhere for no real reason... and where's the fun in that?
@Krockman Hasn't it already been confirmed for Switch? (not sure if a remaster, mind.)
@Spookles It's easy to overlook for me. It doesn't affect the core experience (to use today's parlance.)
@AlexOlney Alex? If you made it as dlc, what would you be collecting?
Ulala from Space Channel 5 next please
Racing Dog from Space Station Silicon Valley is the next DLC character
@Dr_Lugae @SPM Different characters in Monkey Ball have different stats, so they do control a bit differently.
This is starting to feel like Smash Bros......"everyone's here!"
@Yosher This is one of the best comments i have seen all night! HILARIOUS!
This is the smash of monkey ball games
This is getting a little out of hand.
This game is quickly becoming a microtransaction simulator.
I can't believe I'm actually going to buy Super Monkey Ball now...
Well, none of the DLC is anything more than a character and sometimes a banana swap so I don't really care. I don't feel like I'm missing out on courses and such. I'll be GonGon every time anyway.
@GrailUK Doshin the Giant effigies.
@Krockman well now you can, it came out for the switch and Steam today! Enjoy!
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