Monster Hunter 4 launched months ago in Japan, September 2013 to be exact, and yet it continues to sell very well in Japan. One of the reasons why would have to be that despite the fact it came out last year, Capcom are still cranking out commercials for it.
Such as the two below which features what happens if you cross the three little Monster Hunter playing pigs with the big bad wolf. Never wondered what that would look like? Well, you can check that out below in the full length TV spot and a shorter version under that.
After selling over 4 million copies of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan, it was a bit of a no brainer that the game would come to West. It was just a question of when. We know that Capcom have confirmed Western release of the game, but recently they opened up on their decision on releasing the game outside of Japan.
“In the Digital Contents business, in addition to the feature title ”Monster Hunter 4″ (for Nintendo 3DS) being supported by overwhelming popularity, as mentioned above, and creating a huge buzz even comparable to a sort of social phenomenon, ”Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) also steadily increased sales.”
“Furthermore, projected sales were basically achieved for not only ”Dead Rising 3″ (for Xbox One) that has been geared toward the European and North American markets, ”Resident Evil Revelations” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC), but also ”Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies” (for Nintendo 3DS).”
“Furthermore, the downloadable versions, which respond to changes in forms of distribution, contributed to expansion of sales by growing significantly both overseas and domestically in line with the progress in diversification of business models, including the better-than-expected performance of ”DuckTales: Remastered” for overseas markets in addition to the aforementioned ”Monster Hunter 4″ showing strong sales.”
So the short version is that Capcom listened to the fans, realised that the game had an enormous following and made the call. Smart move, Capcom.
January 11th saw a meet up of Monster Hunter 4 fans in Japan all eager to take on some monsters and earn some new weapons, armour and other goodies.
The event was held in a restaurant that was all themed out in Hunter decorations. More than 200 gamers turned up, both male and female, all creating hunting groups and dealing out some serious business. Capcom contributed to the event by proving swag bags with some col freebies inside.
Hear the trumpets blowing? That’s because they’re signalling the weekly call for Gaming Life in Japan! The part where we out the gaming habits of the Japanese under the microscope and examine what they’re getting up to. Let’s jump straight in!
Turning our attention to the software chart, no big surprise with another massive series in Japan holding onto the top spot as they did last week. Pokemon X/Y is still sitting pretty with just over 2.3 million total sales and just under half a million units shifted this week, that’s a lot of wild Pokemon. Previous number one, Monster Hunter 4, is still hanging around happily occupying the second spot. Another massive title in the West is doing great business in Japan with Grand Theft Auto V taking the third spot. Hugely popular soccer game, FIFA 14, manages to take the sixth spot while the 10th spot sees the PS Vita having a presence with DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload from Spike Chunsoft. For a change, there are quite a few PS3 titles in the top 10, no less than 6 which is way more than what is usually seen. Maybe everyone is just stocking up on PS3 titles before the PS4 drops in Japan early next year?
Hardware sees no real change with the Nintendo 3DS still the king of console shifting over 94k units, that’s just the XL version, while the regular 3DS saw sales of over 59k handhelds. Absolutely staggering figures when you consider how long the 3DS has been out in Japan, you’d imagine that numbers would have dropped right off but every week there’s something new. And yet again, the massive worrying sign for Nintendo is the Wii U with sales at an all time low of just 2,999 units shifted. Even the ageing Sony PSP sold through 3, 651 units. And with no title for the Wii U in the top 10, one can only imagine what number we’ll see next week.
[3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 473,151 (2,339,721)
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As we earlier reported, Pokemon X/Y has been released everywhere worldwide so it comes as no real surprise to see that the only game that could knock the mighty Monster Hunter 4 from the top spot would be another huge series. Pokemon has claimed the number one spot with sales of well over 1.7 million units while another extremely successful franchise takes the 2nd spot, Grand Theft Auto V. Meanwhile, the previous number one, MH4, is enjoying some time out of the limelight sitting comfortably at 3rd spot still managing to sell over 110k units. Another handheld, the PS Vita, is enjoying 2 titles in the top 10. DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload from Spike Chunsoft and Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou from Sega are occupying 5th and 8th spots, respectively.
Shifting our gaze to hardware, the Nintendo 3DS still takes out the top spot with over 140k units sold and that’s just the 3DS XL without counting sales of the regular 3DS. If it isn’t MH4 pushing sales of the handheld, it’s Pokemon. But who are we kidding, the 3DS doesn’t really need a hand in sales for Japan. The really big worrying issue continues to be the Wii U with a measly 3,276 consoles sold. In fact, the Sony PSP managed to beat the Wii U for sales, this is despite the fact that the PSP should be on its last legs being superseded by the PS Vita. We’ll see how long that goes on for but with developers still making games for the PSP, it could be the PS2 of the handheld generation.
Japan, those lucky people are going to be receiving another Monster Hunter 4 bundle. The latest bundle comes packaged with a regular 3DS in a gorgeous soft blue colour, a digital copy of Monster Hunter 4 and a 4GB card.
The pack will go for sale on November 7 and will retail for ¥19, 800. For more information, have a look at the official site.
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.
That most awesome part of the week has rolled around again…Gaming Life in Japan! This is out little segment where we take a peek into software and hardware sales from all the way over in Japan, so let’s jump straight in.
On the software front, Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS is still holding onto the top spot despite some tough competition. It’s been up there for nearly one month and it shows just how much the series is loved in Japan. Even the release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD hasn’t dissuaded gamers from letting go of their monster hunting hobby. Meanwhile the PS Vita has not one but two games in the top 10. Those games are The Legend Of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki and Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate. Could a change for the Vita be on the cards or is this just a temporary phase? Only time will tell when we check back in next week.
Shifting to hardware, we can see that the Nintendo 3DS is still the king for gaming with over 122k units sold. Between sales of MH4 and the 3DS, it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon for Nintendo. The same can’t be said for the Wii U which only sold just over 4k units, that has to hurt. I honestly believed that when Wind Waker HD was released, we would have seen a surge in sales for the Wii U but it looks like it might be a case of too little too late? I’d love to see the Wii U succeed in Japan but it isn’t looking too good at the moment.
Our favourite time of the week rolls around again and this week, we deliver on time! It’s Gaming Life in Japan, the segment where we take a closer look at how software and hardware sales are going over in Japan. Let’s not waste any time and take a look.
No real surprise here with software sales, Monster Hunter 4 is still topping the charts after being released 3 weeks ago and it doesn’t really look like it’s slowing down with sales in excess of 2.4 million units. That’s a staggering figure for a handheld game considering it launched on September 15, we can’t wait to see we’re it’s sitting next week. A PS Vita title takes the 2nd spot with The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki with the next 4 spots being occupied by PS3 titles this week. And somewhat surprisingly, there’s a 2nd Vita title at number 8, that game is Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate.
Switching gears to hardware for now, we see that the 3DS is just making it look too easy now with the 3DS XL and the regular model shifting over 158k units, that’s a lot of 3DS units. The Wii U meanwhile managed to sell marginally better than last week with just over 5,900 units shifted. Good to see the Japanese public showing loyalty and patience with the Wii U, it still really needs that killer game to boost sales. Oh, we forgot to add that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD released as well but you couldn’t tell by the Wii U sales.
There’s currently an online campaign run by fans aimed at Capcom asking them to bring their hugely popular Monster Hunter 4 to the West following its release in Japan. Well, Capcom has been watching this and they recently responded, and while they haven’t confirmed the possibility, they haven’t denied it either. Here’s what they had to say about the campaign on their official Facebook page.
Hey hunters! We’ve seen many of you ask for us to #BRINGMH4TOTHEWEST. We’re excited to see the fan base growing and you all showing your passion, keep it coming! We are continuing to evaluate new Monster Hunter titles for the west, and will share any new information with you here on Facebook as soon as we have it..
So look into that what you will but it looks like they aren’t against the idea, fingers crossed they see the light and recognise the enormous fan base out of Japan.