The Monster Rancher series never quite reached the same heights as Pokemon, but it did receive five main-line titles between 1997 and 2006. It even had a number of spin-off games, and its own cartoon series. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Koei Tecmo had announced re-releases of the first two games for the Nintendo Switch, iOS devices, and Steam!
While not quite the pop culture juggernaut that Pokemon turned out to be, Monster Rancher set itself apart with its focus on raising and training. Rather than RPG-like battles and environmental exploration, you would spend more one-on-one time with your creatures to help them improve. Tournament fights were more about earning money to expand your ranch than becoming famous, and your monster's trust was essential to its performance.