Capcom has released a brand new Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate trailer to coincide with the North American and European release date announcement which took place earlier today. Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 will be released in North America on March 19th, and in Europe on March 22nd. There will also be a playable demo for the game on the Wii U eShop and the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Nintendo of America has reconfirmed that Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U are all due to be released in North America during the first half of the year. The company also issued a batch of release dates for notable Nintendo 3DS games including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Monster Hunter Ultimate.
On March 19th, the fan-favorite Monster Hunter series descends on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. The action RPG’s expansive, gorgeous world features more to do than ever before. Players can hunt monsters, upgrade equipment and improve skills while they take part in more than 200 challenging quests. Monster Hunter Ultimate will be launching in Europe on March 22nd and will have a playable demo available to download on the 21st of February.
Nintendo and Capcom today announce that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will launch exclusively on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS across Europe on 22nd March 2013. Both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version will be available in stores and as a digital download via Nintendo eShop. Anyone eager to experience a slice of the unique gameplay the series is famous for will be able to get their hands on a free demo for each version through Nintendo eShop from 21st of February.
Players who own both versions will be able to transfer their own personal save data from the Wii U version to their copy on Nintendo 3DS, and vice versa, ensuring a seamless continuation from the HD experience at home to hunting on the go in immersive 3D.
The world of Monster Hunter can be experienced alone or in local multiplayer for up to four players on Nintendo 3DS, while Wii U players will be able to form hunting parties of up to four players online – or enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. Wii U owners will also be able to make use of the built-in GamePad microphone to chat with their online hunting party.
Those Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners who are perhaps not familiar with the Monster Hunter series will be able to try Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate via a free demo that will be available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions on 21st February via Nintendo eShop. Featuring one Beginner and one Advanced single-player quest, the demos let players choose from 12 weapons as they gear up to tackle Lagombi and Plesioth.
Monster Hunter producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has explained how Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will work together. To save data from both versions you’ll need to download a free app from the 3DS eShop, which you’ll use to transfer data from the Wii U to the 3DS, and from 3DS to Wii U. You can use your Wii U console and three Nintendo 3DS consoles to play four-player local co-op play over Wi-Fi. This feature is to make up for the lack of online play on the 3DS version.
“We wanted people to play together. We know there are some people who want to play online. Unfortunately with the 3DS version you can’t do that. But we have made this feature so you can play together. You can have your friends bring their save data to your house and have a Monster Hunter party. One person will play on the big screen and three other people will play with their 3DS versions. People can continue their save data from what they had before and go back home and update their data on their Wii U.”
Although Nintendo’s forthcoming console can run games at 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution and features unique controller with a 6.2 inch touchscreen, according to Forbes, what makes Wii U so very important is its games – as it should be with any video game console.
Forbes notes that Nintendo has been locking down exclusive publication rights to popular Japanese series, such as Fatal Frame and, more recently, Bayonetta. There are several multiplatform titles coming to Wii U, and games from major third-party publishers, including Square Enix’s Dragon Quest X, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Ultimate, Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2, Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends and ZombiU, are scheduled to launch exclusively for one HD platform – Nintendo’s Wii U.
Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President of Capcom has confirmed that the forthcoming Monster Hunter Ultimate for Wii U will use Nintendo servers for online play. Svensson then went on to say that he was very happy that Nintendo were supporting the online side of the game. The Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter Ultimate will not feature online play.