The Monster Hunter franchise is absolutely massive in Japan, from the early PS2 days through to enormous success on the PSP and now on the 3DS. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate did great business for the handheld but the real success is in Monster Hunter 4 striking a chord with Japanese gamers. Just in the past week, it registered 140,000 units sold compared to the nearest other game, Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, which sold just under 25,000 copies. That’s a world of difference between 1st and 2nd for games sold.
Capcom are recording sales of just over 2.5 million with 1.71 million being in the first week alone. It’s so big that it’s nearly eclipsed all the games sold on its handheld competitor, the PS Vita. All the games sold on one handheld being nearly beaten by just one game is an unbelievable fact to consider. With all these stats to think about, you would imagine that it’s only a matter of time before Capcom decide to localise it for release outside of Japan.
Here’s a quick look at the games which set the charts on fire in Japan for the past month of February. The 3DS is absolutely killing it with 7 out of the top ten spots being available for Nintendo’s handheld.
No Wii U titles, which is a worry, but the odd Wii title managed to make dent with Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Super Deluxe Edition, addictive drum game at its best.
If you’re a Monster Hunter Fan, like I am, and can’t wait for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to show up on the Wii U and the 3DS, this little video might whet the appetite.
It’s the cinematic opening to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate which releases in Australia on March 22nd, so SPOILER ALERT if you want to watch it when you run the game. But for those that can’t wait, you’re welcome.
To coincide with the upcoming release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate this coming March on 3DS and Wii U, Capcom have put together an amazing looking case for your 3DS or 3DS XL.
The inside of the cases with be lined with felt to better protect your handheld and will also come with a laser etching of a Brachydios as well as two styli. The case has two halves for it, for the top and bottom half for easier application. The bottom half also comes off to facilitate the Circle Pad Pro if you’re so inclined to play with it.
Capcom have put together a commercial for Monster Hunter 3G HD Version showing off some fancy visuals before the game releases in the West next March. The game will be renamed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for release outside of Japan.
Wii U and 3DS gamers will be able to team up and take on some monster hunting over a local ad-hoc connection or you can take the hunting online with up to three friends. Either way, you have to love the commentator in the commercial getting all excited over the HD announcement!
Capcom have released some screenshots for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U and the 3DS. The screenshots are a side by side comparison of the same game running on both platforms and really, the difference is negligible. The Wii U screenshots do have more detail as is to be expected but the 3DS handheld more than holds its own against the more powerful Wii U.
Not bad, yeah? So we have the 3DS shot on the left followed by the Wii U version on the right. Just please release on the 3DS in the West already Capcom!
The Monster Hunter series does enormous business in Japan and is a true system seller, we’ve had the very successful Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on PSP which sold like hotcakes. We were however overlooked for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in the West but Capcom looks set on giving the rest of the world a second chance with the news that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released outside Japan on both the Wii U and the 3DS.
More exciting is the news that your save file will be able to be transferred between both consoles so you can take your game on the road and then continue it on the Wii U when you return home. This new ability to share a save file has worked really well for Sony with their Metal Gear Solid HD collection on both PS3 and PS Vita so we’ll see how it fares for Nintendo.
To get a better understanding of how it’ll work and what you can do with it exactly, have a look at the video below.
Nintendo have just announced three new 3DS XL models just in time for the upcoming holiday season in Japan.
The first model is the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate bundle which ships with a digital version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, 4GB SD card as well as a solid black 3DS XL model which will set you back ¥21,800. Importers out there, this will hit stores on November 1st.
Next up is the Animal Crossing edition which includes a digital copy of Animal Crossing, 4GB SD card and the Animal Crossing 3DS unit itself with fruit pieces on the outside and all white on the inside. Watch out for it on November 8 when it hits stores for ¥22,800.
And last but not least, Nintendo will be releasing a limited edition New Super Mario Bros. 2 3DS XL coloured black on the inside and red on the outside which releases on November 15 for ¥22,800. The red lid is adorned with mushrooms, bricks, power up icons and more. This model includes the limited edition 3DS XL, a digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 as well as a 4 GB SD card.