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.”
Monster Hunter 4 is continuing to sell at beastly levels in Japan, but there’s still more to come before the latest Monster Hunter bundle hits Japan stores in November. Last month, Nintendo announced that Mario and Luigi Felyne costumes and a Link player costume would grace users screens in the months after the game’s release. For those hunting specifically for the Mario and Luigi costumes, they are available now through 7-Eleven’s 7spot service until November 11. And if you’re looking to nab Link’s garb, including the green tunic, Hylian Shield, Master Sword or Bow and Arrows, you can pick them up starting December 2 until January 10, 2014, from the 7spot service.
To capitalize even further on the startling success of Monster Hunter 4 for 3DS in Japan, Capcom have announced a new baby blue, Monster Hunter 4 edition of the handheld console, to be packaged as an exclusive bundle. The bundle will include a downloadable version of the game and will retail for 19,800 yen, or about $200. Gamers can expect the release of the bundle on November 7th in Japan only. No word yet on whether Monster Hunter 4 will be coming to the U.S. or Europe, but Capcom have certainly heard the pleas of 3DS owners in the West.
The phenomenon continues as Capcom has announced that shipments of Monster Hunter 4 have now exceeded 3 million copies. Capcom has long been predicting major sales figures for the game, but given that the company had forecast 2.8 million sold by March 2014, this new tally has surpassed even their own wildest expectations. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Monster Hunter series, and as of October 15th, the series has sold over 26 million copies. Monster Hunter 4 is currently only available in Japan. There are still no definitive plans to bring Monster Hunter 4 to Europe or North America, but Capcom has stated that it is weighing all of its options.
Nintendo Spain has announced that it will be attending this year’s Salón del Manga XIX event and will be bringing a number of quality titles to show off to the attendees. One of the games that Nintendo will be bringing to the event is none other than Monster Hunter 4 which hasn’t officially been confirmed for localisation. If the press release is correct, then it sounds like a western release for Monster Hunter 4 on Nintendo 3DS is on the cards. Here’s the games that will be playable at Salón del Manga XIX.
- Pokemon X
- Pokemon Y
- Inazuma Eleven 3
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
- Bravely Default
- Monster Hunter 4
Capcom has said on Facebook that the company is fully aware of the bring Monster Hunter 4 to the west campaign. Capcom says it hears the fans and that they are currently evaluating new Monster Hunter games for the west. The company promises to share any new information with the fans on its official Facebook account.
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..
Right on the heels of an announcement that the original Cosmo Black and Ice White 3DS colors would be discontinued in Japan, another announcement reveals that the original black and white colors are being replaced by two new black and white colors: Pure White and Clear Black. The two new 3DS colors will launch on October 10th, and are strikingly similar to the old ones, leaving one wondering about the reason for the replacement. The consoles will retail at a price of 15,000 yen, or about $152. Sales of the newly colored systems should be no problem at that price, as Monster Hunter 4 has been driving 3DS sales numbers through the roof since the game’s release.