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.
Capcom’s Consumer Software Senior VP, Christian Svensson has hinted on the Capcom Unity message boards that there could be more Wii U games to come from the company. Svensson said that the company’s current focus is understandably on Monster Hunter Ultimate for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
“For now, that’s what we’ve announced (for Wii U). Yes. And there are many thousands of people who are thrilled with the announcement of what is our currently largest brand (Monster Hunter) coming to Nintendo’s existing portable and new console platform. The significance of that should not be underestimated.”
Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be launching on Nintendo’s Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS system across Europe and North America in March 2013.
The popular fantasy action franchise Monster Hunter is now one of the most iconic gaming series in the world selling over 21 million copies worldwide since the series began in 2004. Players take on the role of a hunter and are sent to explore a settlement within the Monster Hunter universe, completing quests on their journey to seek and slay monsters whilst improving their skills and earning equipment upgrades. With many challenging monsters and over 200 quests the latest edition to the series is set to be the most expansive offering to date.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate utilises the functionalities of the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS system to provide players with a truly intuitive hunting experience. The touch screen feature of both platforms allows players to quickly access in-game books, weapons, field maps and mini games whilst the high quality graphics of Wii U and 3D visuals of Nintendo 3DS powered by the latest iteration of Capcom’s MT Framework deliver a unique and stunning world for players to explore. Taking advantage of the portability of Nintendo 3DS, players can exchange their guild card that contains all their hunter’s information with other players via StreetPass.
Players can experience the world of Monster Hunter alone or in four player local play using Nintendo 3DS. Finding nearby hunters to adventure on quests with is now even easier via the local Nintendo 3DS search feature. Wii U players will be able to enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. Gamers that own both a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS can take advantage of the inter compatibility of save data between the two consoles, taking the hunt from the living room wherever they go.
Capcom has revealed that it has teamed up with Nintendo Japan to release a Monster Hunter Ultimate Wii U bundle. Nintendo will release a hardware bundle for Wii U with a Wii U premium set, Wii U Pro Controller and Monster Hunter 3G HD Version for 38,850 yen. Ubisoft has done something similar with Nintendo Europe as they are releasing a Premium 32GB Wii U bundle with ZombiU.