Franchises like Digimon

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Do you know of any other franchises like Digimon out there?

These are the closest ones I could think of:
1- Pokémon. No explanation needed.
2- Monster Rancher. It's a tamagotchi-like monster concept, just like Digimon. The PS1 games were great.
3- Telefang. Gameplay-wise, it's almost identical to Pokémon, but concept-wise, it's closer to Digimon, with monsters from the digital world.
4- Jade Cocoon. You catch different monsters, train them and use them to battle against other monsters. Didn't try the second game, but the first game was good.
5- Monsterverse. There are 3 films in the series so far. The fourth one will be Godzilla vs. King Kong. These movies feature a lot of epic battles between giant monsters with a powerlevel similar to Perfect level Digimon.
6- Yo-kai Watch. I got no relevant of knowledge of this one, but opon reading about it, it seems to be about collecting monsters and making them fight each other.
7- Dragon Quest Monsters. You collect monsters and use them for battles. I tried the old games in the series and I really liked them.
8- Summer Wars. This movie is very similar to the "Our War Game" Digimon movie. Besides being similar, it's also a fairly entertaining movie, IMO.
9- Mega Man Battle Network. All people have a Navi, a "Digital partner" which they they use to fight and communicate in the digital world. Here, it's "man" instead of "mon". Fireman, Gutsman, Swordman, Elecman, Woodman, etc.
10- Persona. I don't know a lot about this one, but people keep suggesting it and upon reading about it, I see that there are many types of demons which you can collect and use for battles. Some also compare it to Cyber Sleuth.
11- Yu-Gi-Oh. You get to see a lot of weird battles between weird creatures and we have that thing going with all of the players having their own decks with their own monsters within it.
12- Medabots. Everyone have their own robots and they use them to battle against each other and win parts to customise their robots. The anime is quite okay, as far as I remember. Worth checking out.
13- Spectrobes. This is basically Disney's attempt at a Pokémon/Digimon franchise.
14- Fossil Fighters. A Digimon/Pokémon variant in which you battle with dinosaurs.
15- Tamagotchi. Digimon is based on this. You raise and evolve weird creatures. Similar gameplay to the V-Pets.

EDIT: Keep it coming, folks, this thread could end up being a huge benefit for Digimon fans who wants to try something different with familar aspects.
 
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Cyber Sleuth and Hacker's Memory are basically Persona Jr, heck you can probably throw in the entire Megami Tensai franchise which is Persona, SMT, Devil Survivor and a few others though it's mainly been Persona in their recent video game entries.

for single games, World of Final Fantasy is what happens if ou combine Pokemon and Digimon
 

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I definitely feel like Yu-Gi-Oh is a part of that crowd. It's got a very similar feel in terms of collect your favorite monsters and build deck around them to fight your way to victory. Even then there there are a few of the games in the franchise that aren't based on the popular card game. Capsule monsters is a tactical RPG based around the idea of monster chess. It has releases on Gameboy, play station, and play station 2. Then there's Dungeon Dice monsters which is a dice based tactile board game, it had a limited physical release and a Gameboy advanced game.
 

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I definitely feel like Yu-Gi-Oh is a part of that crowd. It's got a very similar feel in terms of collect your favorite monsters and build deck around them to fight your way to victory. Even then there there are a few of the games in the franchise that aren't based on the popular card game. Capsule monsters is a tactical RPG based around the idea of monster chess. It has releases on Gameboy, play station, and play station 2. Then there's Dungeon Dice monsters which is a dice based tactile board game, it had a limited physical release and a Gameboy advanced game.
How could I forget Yu-Gi-Oh? One of my favourite mangas as a child. I actually liked it much more in the beginning, when they focused on lots of different games instead of only the cards.
 

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Spectrobes was Disney's attempt at a monster fighting game. It only had three games, two on the DS and one on the Wii, and it's not very well-known or fondly remembered by most people, but I love it almost as much as I love Digimon and Pokemon. Even though it obviously takes heavy inspiration from Pokemon, I feel like there's enough unique about it to set it apart from others in the genre, and definitely doesn't deserve to just be brushed aside as "yet another Pokemon copycat".

Then there's Disney's second attempt at a monster fighting game, kinda... Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance has the Dream Eaters that you can collect (via crafting rather than catching, breeding, or reviving from fossils) and raise to help you fight. It's not nearly as in-depth as most mon games, since it's kind of a side mechanic in a spinoff title originally made for the 3DS, but the Dream Eaters are very cute and fun to play and fight with, and it almost fills the Spectrobes-shaped hole in my heart.
 

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I would personally add Summer Wars, Legendz & Future Card Buddyfight to the list!
 

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Do Beyblade count? There are few Dinosaur raising tamer games. Dinosaur King anime and the other one is about getting the fossils and transform into the dino monsters in the game. Outside of Japan, we have Ark Survival.

And the strangest thing is, Sonic the Hedgehog have tiny function of raising Chaos in a certain game.

Zatch Bell? Demon children with unique power abilities.

I think Japan got ton of app games involved with raising monsters/cards/RPG genres also there were few mangas have similar traits but I forgot their titles mostly but it's pretty much chibi dragon partners in almost every manga... Yeah...

Insect raising tamer? Hmm I will do some research...
 
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I think SMT is the progenitor of pokemon and DIgimon and Co. Also, cyber sleuth came out before persona 5.
 

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I think SMT is the progenitor of pokemon and DIgimon and Co. Also, cyber sleuth came out before persona 5.
Cyber Sleuth was more Persona 4. Both Aiba and Yu play detective with their friends to stop criminals, whilst Hacker's Memory was more Persona 5. Shut in NEET girl (Erika and Futaba) with the main character being falsely accused of a crime (Keisuke/Ren), and due to this turn to a life of crime to solve their problems. both were kicked out of school due to this, though Ren did end up in a new school. both games even have a traitor character.

They're surface level I guess, but CS = P4 and HM = P5.
 

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Dragon Quest Monsters.
 

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Curio: I added Dragon Quest Monsters to the list. I have some good memories with that one and yeah, it's certainly similar to Digimon in many ways.

I have seen Shin Megami Tensei mentioned a few times now and I think I should give it a try.
 

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Curio: I added Dragon Quest Monsters to the list. I have some good memories with that one and yeah, it's certainly similar to Digimon in many ways.

I have seen Shin Megami Tensei mentioned a few times now and I think I should give it a try.
SMT and Persona are different but similar franchises that use the same monsters and persona is the one similar to Digimon. That's the one you'd wanna try though SMT is monster collection as well it's less like Digimon than persona is. The overall franchise is known as megami tensai, SMT is just part of it (the Nintendo part whilst persona is the PS part). Loads of companies use the same monsters in different seires. Eg, idea factory. I just wanted to clarify since you put only SMT in the opening list which is only part of the series since if you were to get SMT over persona you wouldn't end up with the games stated to be the same as cyber slueth.
 
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games that have a monster-raising and battle mechanic to them:

azure dreams - for playstation and gbc, you raise familiars to ascend a tower with wild monsters to battle in it. i had the gbc version, which was very mediocre and frustrating.

enchanted arms - for ps3/xbox360, you have a team of human protagonists, but theres also wild monsters you can recruit and train for your party. its a very traditional and average turn based rpg, but its pretty solid as such.

ni no kuni - also monsters you can add/switch out with your human party in combat, they even have evolutions.

monster racers - for nds, instead of battling with monsters you need to beat them in a 2d platformer style race. to catch wild ones you also need to race them, and theres breeding. theres some really creative monster designs, and the racing mechanic is something new. the game could have used a bit more polish to be actually good, but as is its pretty okay.

dino fossils were already mentioned, that would be fossil fighters and fossil fighters:champions for the nds.

legendz was also already mentioned, which was actually set up to tap into the pokemon/digimon popularity as a similar multi-platform franchise. it had an anime, a manga, a videogame, a tcg, and a battling v-pet lcd game which you had to buy accessories ("soul dollz") for that contain your monster (like yokai medallions or appmon chips). imo it couldve gone alot farther than it did if they had put minimal effort into it. starting with picking a different name for the whole thing...
 
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Ah Fossil Fighters. And I didn't find insect raising tamers in 3DS how strange I was so sure I saw it along with Fossil Fighters at display last few years ago...

What about SCP? Although it's not monster raising but it's more of containing and researching/studying those unexplained ones beyond "Cryptids" levels and the fan authors gathering at huge collection of Horror fiction-made section website.

"How to train your dragon" I know it's dragon only but unlike Pokemon and Digimon, the dragon list is small but it might grow larger slowly.

And "Monster Hunter" counts? I know it's opposite way of raising to hunt them and wear the dead corpses as the favorite armors... But the monster list is pretty huge to hunt besides cute pets to raise.
 

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And "Monster Hunter" counts? I know it's opposite way of raising to hunt them and wear the dead corpses as the favorite armors... But the monster list is pretty huge to hunt besides cute pets to raise.
There is the spin-off Stories where you play as a Rider who befriends monsters who in turn act as mounts for the Rider. World also lets you catch endemic life to keep as pets in your room.
 

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As Monster Hunter player, honestly I kinda view this Monster Hunter rider game is just for children while it's sorta "insult" to Monster Hunter series for riding instead of hunting. But whatever...

Oh yes. Kemono Friends. Mostly girls (only) are based on all real animals even Cryptid and mythical creatures included, taken their appearances to match those girls' appearances as cloth fashion and hairstyles to befriend and help while learning more about their animal habits. There is one interesting fact in Kemono friend, instead of Type or Classes, Species, etc whose often let you know what they are in Pokemon, Digimon, Yugioh, etc, the eyes of "Friends" imply: If extinct, then it's "Yandere-like" eyes or dead eyes, if it's mythical or cryptid, its glow in their eyes. Just one glance and you will instantly tell besides clothes in fashion and hairstyles.
 

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Does Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers count? They have Marvel characters trapped in disks and the child protagonist summon them to battle villains.
 

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I think SMT is the progenitor of pokemon and DIgimon and Co.
Dragon Quest is a year older, though i now very little about that franchise and it´s capture mechanics.
but yeah (Shin) Megami Tensei surely inspired the other catch games, especially Pokemon and Digimon; storing your monsters on a computer and a compendium with info to each monster comes to mind
 
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