The tournament, “Monster Koushien World Battle,” marks the first time the “Monster Koushien” tournament series is run outside of Japan. The first tournament was held at Tokyo Game Show in 1997, and has become the representative tournament for the franchise. The global event will allow any player that purchases Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX to participate by raising their monsters in-game and uploading their data to a special server to see who are the world’s top players.
“I am planning to hold a world tournament like the ones we have been running in Japan,” said executive producer Kazumi Fujita in a press release. “We have never run a tournament like this outside of Japan. This is an endeavor to allow everyone around the world to take part and decide who is number one in the world. Since the original release of Monster Farm in Japan, and Monster Rancher globally, I have always dreamed of running a worldwide tournament. I am very excited to see this dream become a reality!”
Watch a video announcing the tournament below.