On this inaugural episode of Obscuriosities, we talk about mon games – games inspired to ride the coattails of Pokémon’s creature-collecting craze. But of course, unlike a Digimon or a Monster Rancher… these games didn’t make it big.
Kotobattle: Tengai no Moribito; lit. Kotobattle: Protectors of Heaven’s Outskirts
March 9th 2001; developed and published by Alphadream for the Game Boy Color.
Kanzume Monsters; lit. Monsters in a Can
Kanzume Monsters developed by KID and published by I’MAX for the Game Boy on March 27th, 1998.
Kanzume Monsters: Parfait developed by KID and published by Starfish Inc. for the Game Boy Color on June 24th, 1999.
Lil’ Monster; JP: Gem Gem Monsters
Published by KID on July 30th, 1999 in Japan, and by Agetec in August or September(?) 2000 in North America; developed by KID for the Game Boy Color.
Kaseki Sōsei Reborn; lit. Fossil Genesis Reborn
Kaseki Sōsei Reborn
July 17th 1998; developed by Freeqsoft and published by Starfish Inc. for the Game Boy.
Kaseki Sōsei Reborn II: Monster Digger
February 12th, 1999; developed by Freeqsoft and published by Starfish Inc. for the Game Boy Color.
Music used in this episode
- Kotobattle: Tengai no Moribito – Dekakeyō (lit. “Let’s Go for a Walk”)
- Kanzume Monsters – Hoshi ni Nare! (lit. “Become a Star!”; idiomatically “pass away”)
- Kanzume Monsters – Sleep
- Lil’ Monster – Battle Kids
- Kaseki Sōsei Reborn – Opening theme
- Lil’ Monster – You got monster