Nintendo Switch Imagineer Medabots Classics Plus Kabuto Ver. and Kuwagata Ver. Japan release date November

I deeply contemplated buying Medabots on Game Boy Advance back in the day. The franchise involves battling with a variety of awesome robots for supremacy and follows at least somewhat in the Pokémon mold. I ultimately didn’t buy any of those games though, probably due to middle school kid budget problems. So my strongest memory of the franchise is mostly just wishing that I’d engaged with it a little more. I may not get such a chance, but Japan will, because Medabots Classics Plus is headed to Nintendo Switch in Japan on Nov. 12, as announced by Imagineer. And in classic, financially unfriendly fashion, it will come in two versions: Kabuto Ver. and Kuwagata Ver.

Medabots Classics Plus on Nintendo Switch expands the Nintendo 3DS title

Medabots Classics Plus is an enhanced version of a collection that released for Nintendo 3DS, and it includes eight games in total, as described by Gematsu:

  • Medabots (Game Boy, 1997)
  • Medabots 2 (Game Boy Color, 1999)
  • Medabots 3 (Game Boy Color, 2000)
  • Medabots 4 (Game Boy Color, 2001)
  • Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei (Game Boy Color, 2001)
  • NEW: Medabots Navi (Game Boy Advance, 2001)
  • NEW: Medabots G (Game Boy Advance, 2002)
  • NEW: Medabots Two: CORE (Game Boy Advance, 2003)

Additionally, there is randomly a new mechanic where you can just hold a button down in order to easily complete mini-games that would otherwise require a lot of button mashing. It’s kind of strange, but it’s also a great idea.

Medabots Classics Plus will also receive a limited edition that includes both versions of the game, a “box art memorial plate set,” and a three-disc soundtrack.

The likelihood of Medabots Classics Plus releasing internationally is pretty low, as it would require a lot of localization for probably a disproportionate level of profit. However, if you don’t mind playing the games in Japanese, don’t forget that you can just make a Japanese account on your normal Nintendo Switch and download the game from the Japanese eShop. Unfortunately, this method also seems to be the only way to play Monster Rancher on Switch.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!


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