Wii Rygar, new Tecmo Bowl, Monster Rancher DS revealed

Tecmo takes the wraps off upcoming installments in popular franchises at its Japanese press conference.

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Traditionally taking place during the second week of May, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was moved to July. But judging by the wealth of game announcements from the likes of Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Sega, THQ, and Activision in recent days, not everybody received the memo.

The latest evidence of that comes from Tecmo, which held a press event in Tokyo last night. The publisher used the event to announce three new installments in some of its most familiar franchises: Rygar, Tecmo Bowl, and Monster Rancher.

After hitting it big in the mid-'80s in the arcades and on the NES, Rygar went dark until 2002's PlayStation 2 revival, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. After five years, Rygar is once again returning from the sidelines, this time with a new adventure on the Wii. Tentatively titled Project Rygar, the next game will see the series' shield-tossing gameplay adapted to take advantage of the Wii Remote.

Tecmo showed Project Rygar with nothing but a few slides of concept art, but it gave even less information about its resurrection of Tecmo Bowl. The publisher confirmed that it was working on a brand new Tecmo Bowl game for 2008, but it wouldn't even name a platform for which the game would appear. A company representative would tell the assembled media only that the game was "not going to be on the platform that you're thinking of right now."

It wasn't all far-off promises and vague hints, however. Tecmo actually showed an introductory video for Monster Rancher DS. While the series has been known for letting players generate their own monsters based on CDs, DVDs, and whatever other discs they have lying around, the DS game will use different creation mechanics.

First of all, players will be able to create new monsters by drawing patterns on the DS touch screen. While the video didn't make it absolutely clear, speaking into the system's microphone will also allow players to expand their monster farms somehow. Additionally, the game will let players generate monsters from Game Boy Advance cartridges, as well as combine monsters to create new offspring.

Monster Rancher DS is set for a July launch in Japan, with no word yet on a North American release. For more on all of these games, check out GameSpot's on-location coverage of Project Rygar, Tecmo Bowl, and Monster Rancher DS.

Discussion

88 comments
svetzenlether
svetzenlether

A new Tecmo Bowl's all fine and good, but with no NFL licence, is it worth it?

Dualmask
Dualmask

I just hope the new Rygar game doesn't just involve wagging the remote and for the love of mercy more variety in regular enemies please. And given that the Wii is stronger than the Xbox graphically, let's hope the developers at least try to make the game look that way. Here's hoping.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

[QUOTE="komdosina"] Because Rygar will look atleast as good in not better then Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox. Also the Wiimote and Rygars weapon are made for each other. Seriously Wii bashers you're 360 and PS3 can't be that much fun if you come here to bash an unreleased Wii game and call it crap, losers.[/QUOTE] But you can make BS claims that it will look as good as or better than Ninja Gaiden? Can you prove this?

dybbuk
dybbuk

I remember the first Tecmo Bowl. That game rocked. Hope they can recapture the great gameplay

theokguy
theokguy

Hey yuko iam fanboy for all classic consoles at heart. So u call me fanboy it dont bother me one bit.

konradak
konradak

Can't wait for the Monster Rancher DS :) I remember #2 on the PS1, that was a great game.. I hope there is multiplayer!! BTW bring it to the States!!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

okguy - Obsessed fanboy much?

theokguy
theokguy

Finaly were the real games realy belong on the nintendo system. And fanboys of the 90 these games are from the nintendo era back in the 80. So quit yyour crying because the rebirth of nintendo will be back again.

komdosina
komdosina

Because Rygar will look atleast as good in not better then Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox. Also the Wiimote and Rygars weapon are made for each other. Seriously Wii bashers you're 360 and PS3 can't be that much fun if you come here to bash an unreleased Wii game and call it crap, losers.

natebayne
natebayne

To the guy who said tecmo bowl will do better on the other systems... why dont you back that up instead of spouting out words like that. Quite frankly the Wii is selling like hotcakes... it will do best on the system that is selling.

Rayze78
Rayze78

Cool, I will be tracking all 3 of these.

krimla
krimla

Well, since the new Tecmo Super Bowl will be on a powerful next-gen system, they need to call it Tecmo Super Duper Bowl.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Rygar on NES wad good. Rygar on ps2 was also one of the game i enjoyed more for that ps2 thingy. Flinging his what I have called the "YOYO of doom" with the wii motion stuff is one of the things I was thinking about using wii for before this was even annouced... Tecmo Bowl, and Monster Rancher DS couldnt care less... with out making monster from CD thing I dont care.. Tecmo Bowl football games bore me.

lew_0911
lew_0911

I missed Monster Rancher on my Playstation. Here's to hoping it's a good 'un.

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

What would be interesting is to see monster rancher on the wii and see how that would play out.

Poedon
Poedon

Hell Yeah! I'm all for a new Tecmo Bowl!!!!!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Monster Rancher doesn't sound like it will do too well.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Oya! more Monster Rancher on handhelds! MRA2 got better in the few years from the release of MRA1, so this should be great if it gets over to NA :D

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

I love Rygar... and is about freaking time. Well Tecmo is picking the WII, to make Rygar. I don't understand why Tecmo is picking the WII over the 360 and PS3, is just not clear... Because the game will do 1 million times better in those 2 others, or at least one of them

Ices100
Ices100

Tecmo bowl the best football game out there :)

crills
crills

finally rygar gets to shine again cause to me it was way better then god of war sony even copyed off of rygar just play it and you will see what im talking about

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Hm, two unliscenced football games in as many years? I could get used to this.

crithon
crithon

new rygar? new techmo bowl? I really love the idea of those two franchises being revived, but honestly it's been a while since the VC version of Tecmo bowl came out and it was pretty decent. And Rygar on the PS2 was also decent.... I don't think those two made as much of a smach as we wanted them to be, I'd tecmo has to try harder then what they have done in the past few re-invention of series.

Vash67
Vash67

I'm thinking Tecmo Bowl will be on the PSP. I doubt it will be so extravagant, it'll be one a home console.

Chainblast
Chainblast

Potentially nice but like Nights I'll have to see how it actually turns out. Something to look forward to I guess.

gleniscool
gleniscool

Rygar. That is awesome. Tecmo Bowl, also awesome. Monster Rancher.... meh. But seriously, Rygar with Wiimote control... good lord.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I'm dispointed that tecmo broke its promise for making tecmo bowl exclusive for xbox 360

Demetri_OS
Demetri_OS

Rygar for the PS2 was a great game. Awesome feel and mood to it, but it needed a bit more content and gameplay.

dragg0n
dragg0n

More good news for Nintendo!

umd1998
umd1998

Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES is the greatest football video game ever. But with no NFL license, I'm leery about a 3D Wii version :(

doobs87
doobs87

Rygar for PS2 was awesome, I'm so glad it's coming to the Wii.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

I just hope Super Tecmo Bowl and the original Rygar make it to the Virtual Console soon. And Ninja Gaiden 1-3.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

A new Tecmo Bowl? Gee, who's going to be the king of football this generation? 2K is making their All-Pro Football game, Madden's still going strong for EA, and now this! It's stupid that EA has exclusive rights to the NFL license though.

filodelallata
filodelallata

yey, I hope they release Monster rancher ds in America!!

interpolred
interpolred

A batch of interesting titles here. Looks promising.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Monster Rancher on the DS is a joke. They killed the spirit of it. I'm astounded by the announcement of a Tecmo bowl.

Atmaboy
Atmaboy

I never though of it before, but Rygar is a perfect fit for Wii.

atrimus
atrimus

Tecmo Bowl's not on the platform we're thinking of right now? considering Tecmo's history with Microsoft, that should rule out the 360. whats up with NG2 though?

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

ninja gaiden 2 ps3 and 360

vf21x
vf21x

BORING!!!!!!!!!! RYGAR IS SO OVER RATED........