March 12, 2012, 2:25 PM
Monster Hunter 3G
Edge lists Monster Hunter 3G for western launch
More hints that the perennially popular Monster Hunter may send its 3DS incarnation out to conquer the world.
The latest issue of EDGE lists Monster Hunter 3G for release in Europe in the third quarter, as spotted by a GoNintendo reader, with a US release to be confirmed.
Monster Hunter 3G is yet another version of the game best known in the west by its Wii title, Monster Hunter Tri. The 3DS version features new content and multiplayer modes, has more than 1.2 million under its belt, and drove up 3DS sales on release. It utilises the Slide Pad add-on, making it the only portable Monster Hunter which doesn’t require “the claw” to control comfortably.
In Japan, the third Monster Hunter game shifted 800,000 copies on Wii, 4 million on PSP prior to an HD-release, and over 300,000 as a PS3 HD remake of the portable version. The phenomenally successful series as a whole has generated close to 20 million sales.
Monster Hunter 3G is is the first entry in the action RPG franchise to appear on the 3DS, ahead of the highly-anticipated Monster Hunter 4, announced at a 3DS press event, but not expected to remain exclusive.
Capcom and Nintendo have not made any official statement on the game’s localisation, but the publishers has dropped hints in the past.
Monster Hunter 3G skipping online co-op for ad hoc
Capcom has stated in an FAQ on its support site that Monster Hunter 3G will not have an online co-op mode. It will instead use ad hoc wireless play with nearby Nintendo 3DS systems. Players will still be able to access the Internet to download event quests. Capcom has hinted it will localize the game in the west, but has yet to confirm any details on the matter.
Monster Hunter 3G spotted in Spanish retailers
Still no official word on a western release for Monster Hunter 3G, but European retailers are betting it’s on the way,
RevoGamers spotted the action RPG in a Media Mark in Asturias, with
pre-orders available for a July launch.
The site also heard from a second, unnamed retailer that Capcom’s phenomenally successful 3DS title would launch in northern summer, with another anonymous source citing a September launch.
A summer release would tie in with Capcom’s localisation pattern of the series so far, but doesn’t mesh with other rumours, which put it down for a third quarter launch. Capcom has not confirmed a localisation.
Monster Hunter 3G is a revised version of the third core entry in the series. Monster Hunter Tri began life on the Wii but has been released on PlayStation 3 and PSP more than once, and has sold multi-millions on every format in Japan.
Monster Hunter 4 is expected to be a timed exclusive for the 3DS thanks to a Nintendo reveal, but a Vita entry is expected at some point.
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