Capcom has released the launch trailer for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which is available now for Nintendo 3DS. Those who purchase the digital version of the role-playing game via the Nintendo eShop through March 15 will receive a bonus download code for a free “MH4U Gore & Seregios” theme that can be used to customize the 3DS system’s HOME Menu background.
Many of you were upset when you heard that Capcom were bringing out a sequel to the Nintendo 3DS title Resident Evil Revelations, but it was skipping both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U this time around. Well, Capcom has clarified why this has happened and says that it’s mainly due to the MT Framework that the game is developed on. This isn’t the same as MT Framework Mobile for Nintendo 3DS. When asked about the Wii U version Capcom’s product manager Matt Walker sounded less assuring and said it was simply a hardware issue.
“[For the sequel], we ended up using MT Framework [not the same as MT Framework Mobile for 3DS]. This locked what platforms we could use: we can’t output MT Framework on the 3DS. And because we’re working on MT Framework, we ended up saying ‘ok, we’re moving to new-gen too’, so that kind of locked the platforms we’re putting our game on.”
When queried on the situation with the Wii U, Walker responded by saying it was still a hardware issue.
“Because we ended up expanding on the new-gen hardware, that then limited us to what we can do as far as hardware we can work on.”
Capcom has announced Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has now shipped over three million copies worldwide. Last October, the company revealed the action-adventure RPG had shipped more than two million copies in Japan, but – with the western release just last week – shipments have now scaled another milestone marker. The Japanese publisher states the numbers achieved include all retail sales, download cards and download sales on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
While the shipped numbers for North America and Europe were not proactively announced, estimations based on previous sales approximate a loose 250k copies sold within the western regions. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate also had great sales within the UK chart this week and placed fourth, not far behind Nintendo’s beloved remake The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. If you picked up the game this weekend, let us know if you’re enjoying the hunt in the comment section below.
A Bayonetta and Devil May Cry crossover would probably be an action fans dream and Capcom producer Rey Jimenez totally agrees with this. Jimenez says that if it ever happens then it would be a truly mind blowing event. However, Jimenez says that this is his official stance and not that of the company. Would you like to see a Devil May Cry and Bayonetta crossover title?
As a developer and a gamer I would love to do that and how that would happen, well let me just say to you that would be the most insane gonzo action game you would ever see with tag-team, back-and-forth, switching and combos with stylish Dante or whoever coming in and doing stuff. It would actually be a dream come true.
I’m sure with Capcom it’s possible to do really cool things, but I don’t know if this would ever happen, but I can’t deny that the thought of it would be totally mind blowing and epic.
Capcom have plenty of fantastic IP, but some of them haven’t been put to good use lately. However, GameTrailers have listed what they declare to be the top ten Capcom franchises of all-time. It’s not a bad list, but I suppose the top three were to be expected. Anyway, be sure to let us know if you agree with the list, which can be found below.
10. Ghosts N Goblins
9. Phoenix Wright
8. Breath of Fire
7. Monster Hunter
6. Dragon’s Dogma
5. Marvel vs Capcom
4. Devil May Cry
3. Mega Man
2. Resident Evil
1. Street Fighter
We found out about Luigi’s Mansion Arcade last year, but we’ve yet to hear much about the title. As you might expect, the game is based on Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon, but with a nice twist. The arcade game comes with what they’re calling ‘Obacurm‘ vacuum controllers. These unique accessories produce what could be described as a vacuum cleaner feel when you suck up those pesky ghosts and shiny coins. Luigi’s Mansion Arcade will be showcased by Sega Japan and Capcom at this year’s JAEPO Expo. Let’s just hope it comes to the west.
Resident Evil 4 was a gigantic release back in 2005 and was met by critical acclaim across the board. Eurogamer recently had the chance to speak with former Capcom scenario writer Yasuhisa Kawamura to find out what could have been with the game. Kawamura told the site that he wanted Resident Evil 4 to be a “pure horror” game that was free from the constraints of previous games in the series. You can read plenty of more details, here, and I’d advise that you do so.
However, as perfectly-realised an experience as it unquestionably was, Resident Evil 4 could almost have been even more revolutionary. Speaking to Eurogamer, former Capcom scenario writer Yasuhisa Kawamura reveals that it had been his intention to craft a horror title which raised the bar when it came to scares; his vision was one of “pure horror” freed from the constraints of the increasingly convoluted Resident Evil storyline, which has traditionally relied so heavily on shadowy corporations indulging in illegal scientific experiments.
Despite this varied career, does Kawamura believe that his path could somehow cross with Capcom once again? “I could never turn down such an offer,” he replies. “I am very fond of Biohazard. To be honest, I would love to remake Biohazard 3 with today’s technology and skills. However Capcom would never try that, and I am not that much of a valuable member to Capcom. The Biohazard series is created by Capcom’s most elite members. It’s hard to imagine myself fitting in with such a prestigious team. Even if I were to successfully work on a Biohazard 3 remake, there’s already Operation Racoon City and The Umbrella Chronicles. I doubt I have any chance.”