Capcom is currently running a contest for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on the Nintendo 3DS. The contest asks Monster Hunter fans to submit a weapon design based on one of the fourteen weapon classes available in-game. If you design is chosen then it will appear in the game, which is a nice reward. You can enter, right here.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter series turns 10 today and has outshined many of its other franchises in terms of behemoth sales, particularly in Japan. So in celebration of the series’ anniversary, Eurogamer has interviewed the creator and producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto. He speaks of the franchise’s success with its core emphasis on local multiplayer and on producing Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS, scheduled for 2015 in the west, which features online multiplayer mode.
“[Monster Hunter is a game] where, even if you’re a newbie, you can play along with expert players and they can support you in playing along with them, and you don’t feel like you’re just useless or left behind. They can help you get involved in the game and then help you brush up your skills. It’s that kind of communal play aspect that I think has been key to its popularity in Japan.
“Monster Hunter 4 has got online play for the first time in a portable entry in the series. That’s going to mean we’ve got a whole new stage we can bring the community to. We have our community members now who love to meet up and play the game on local wireless. We hope they can be ambassadors for the title, so when we get more people into the next one and they want to play online, they’ve got a whole gang of people waiting there who know the game inside out. So, the online functionality will be a big step in the west in growing our community size even larger than it is today.”
Tsujimoto also touched upon why Monster Hunter has continued on Nintendo platforms, saying that resources are a big part of that and, with a small team, would not want to spread themselves too thinly, in order to “do the best” they can on the specified platform. But regards to a Wii U version for Monster Hunter 4, the producer was rather coy, saying the following:
“At the moment we’re focused on 3DS, purely because with the previous title, the 3DS version couldn’t go online on their own. There was a system to bring them online in conjunction with the Wii U console, but they were only local wireless play by themselves.”
A new Monster Hunter 4-themed Nintendo 3DS XL bundle has been announced for Japan. The limited edition bundle includes hardware that is primarily gold-colored on the exterior and black on the interior. It also comes with an AC Adapter, six AR Cards as well as a 4GB SD Card, and it will launch in Japan on March 27 for 18,952 yen. Capcom’s action RPG is coming to North America in early 2015.
Capcom has released its annual report and says that Monster Hunter 4 sales even took the development team by surprise. The company says that the game was met by overwhelming popularity and created a huge buzz even comparable to a sort of social phenomenon. Thankfully, Capcom announced that the west will be getting Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS sometime in early 2015.
“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.”
Capcom has today confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS will be heading to the west sometime in early 2015. A lot of fans have been clamouring for the game to come to the United States and Europe, so it’s great news that it’s finally coming.
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Amazon Japan has published its best-selling list for video games in 2013 – unsurprisingly Monster Hunter 4 has topped the board and takes the crown. Sales for Monster Hunter 4 on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan reached an unprecedented 4 million sales in just two and a half months since its release. In second place is the coveted Animal Crossing: New Leaf, while Pokemon X steals third place from Grand Theft Auto V.
In fact, almost half of the list is dominated by Nintendo 3DS games, which just proves how successful the handheld console has become in the last year. There’s a distinct lack of sales for Wii U games, but one title does crop in and places at number 17, New Super Mario Bros. U – a great feat. Here’s hoping the Wii U grabs a few more slots in the list by the end of next year. Check out the top 20 best-selling video games below.
1. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
3. Pokémon X (3DS)
4. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
5. Pokémon Y (3DS)
6. Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3)
8. Tomodachi Collection: New Life (3DS)
9. Yakuza 5 (PS3)
10. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
11. Metal Gear Rising: Revengance (PS3)
12. Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)
13. The Last of Us (PS3)
14. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)
15. AKB 1/149: Love Election (PSP)
16. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (PS3)
17. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
18. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
19. God Eater 2 (Vita)
20. Gundam Breaker (PS3)
Capcom has announced that the highly regarded Monster Hunter 4 has topped over four million copies – including downloads from the eShop – since the game’s release in Japan. The popular monster hunting game has created a wave of excitement with 3DS users, which has surpassed over 28 million units to date over the course of the series.
From February next year, Capcom will hold an exclusive event with Universal Studios Japan called “Monster Hunter the Real 2014″. And has also planned an advertising campaign with the Shibu hot spring resort in Nagano prefecture to elevate the game’s sales even further. Future events will follow on from the previous “Monster Hunter Fest ’13″ gathering, which saw five cities across Japan join in on the hunting fun.
Capcom has announced that it’s putting its profits for Monster Hunter 4 into a brand new 4 billion yen internal Japanese mobile developing studio. The new studio will open in Osaka, where Capcom’s HQ is located. The development studio has says that it will be ramping up development staff accordingly.
Struggling Capcom reported its financial results today for the period ending September 30, and has experienced a sizable increase in sales as a result of Monster Hunter 4′s enormous launch figures. The company’s net sales shot up to to 53,234 million yen, increasing 16.9%, while operating income rose 15.2%. In addition to the huge numbers from Monster Hunter 4, which is helping the Monster Hunter series close in on Mega Man in overall units sold, Capcom revealed that Resident Evil Revelations and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies met their projected goals.
The Monster Hunter 4 launch found Japanese gamers lined up in droves to purchase the title, and the game reached 3 million units shipped by the middle of October. The news of Capcom’s rising sales figures comes soon after Capcom Europe experienced large cuts to its staff, so it remains to be seen whether the current boost will help the struggling company to find its footing again. A European Monster Hunter 4 launch would certainly help.
Kaname Fujioka, director of the Monster Hunter games since their inception, has stated in a new interview with Polygon that he feels energy is lacking from Japanese gaming at the moment, and he “wants to get that energy back.” He talks about the experience of meeting overseas gamers enthralled by Monster Hunter, and seems to imply that the same enthusiasm is missing from his Japanese brethren. In the interview, Fujioka also discusses his early days as an animator, revealing that he got his start around the time Street Fighter 2 was gaining in popularity, which caused him to gravitate towards Capcom.
Upon its release in Japan, Monster Hunter 4 became nothing short of a sensation, shipping over 3 million units in its first month of sales alone. The game revitalized the already booming 3DS, helping the console move 298,000 units during the first two days of Monster Hunter 4′s release. If that isn’t kicking energy back into the Japanese gaming market, we don’t know what is. Here are Fujioka’s words about the Japanese market’s lack of energy:
“To be honest, I don’t feel the current Japanese game market has a lot of energy to it, and I want to get that energy back. I think the only way to do that is to keep making fun games and keep energizing and exciting the gamers.
“Lately I’ve been running into overseas gamers at MH4 events and stuff, people with these MH t-shirts who go all the way to Japan for these things. I love seeing that, and I wonder if we can expand on that. It’s hard enough to launch a game in Japan alone, but for games like Pokemon that become worldwide hits, that energizes Japanese games across the board. I think there are qualities to Japanese games that only Japanese people can come up with, and I think it’d be great if we could expand on how we bring those strengths to the international arena.”