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Posted by Fattony12000 (6964 posts) 5 months, 17 days ago

Poll: This video game is coming out in the West in early 2015, will you play it? (125 votes)

Yes 54%
No 46%

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate coming to Nintendo 3DS in early 2015

Hey there fellow hunters! Want some really good news? Well, how about we start with… Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is coming to the west in early 2015 on Nintendo 3DS!

I couldn’t be any more excited about a game reveal than this one… but before I say anything, here’s a special video message from the man himself, Monster Hunter series Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto:

You probably deduced this, but to put it clearly Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be the Western version of Japan’sMonster Hunter 4G. That means it will be built on the foundations of Monster Hunter 4 but have way more content. That’s a ton of stuff!

In typical Monster Hunter fashion, you can expect to see a number of returning older monsters, but also a great selection of new threats to challenge you in unique ways. And just wait until we have more info for you on the new mechanics, weapons and things you can do in this game! As Tsujimoto-san said in the video, they aimed to make the hunts a lot more fluid and dynamic… and they definitely nailed it!

We’ll have more to talk about later on throughout the year. But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a quick reminder to keep an eye on this blog/forum, our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as our weekly live streams on Twitch. And don't forget you can get awesome Monster Hunter merchandise at the Capcom Store.

Happy Hunting!

Source: http://www.capcom-unity.com/dubindoh/blog/2014/01/26/monster-hunter-4-ultimate-coming-to-nintendo-3ds-in-early-2015

My thoughts

Good news for all involved. ALL. INVOLVED. As the story always seems to go with the Western releases of these games, we'll have to wait just a little bit longer than those residing in The Land of the Monster Hunter. But we'll end up getting the sightlier fancier version in the end. I've always been a mere dabbler in the Monster Hunter arts in the past, having only ever played it on the PSP in the past. But now that this is on our radars I'll definitely be looking to dip more than my toes in at the deep end. (Yes I know I could play 3, but I only just recently got my 3DS XL and making this the version to springboard into hundreds of hours of gameplay seems fine.)

/prance

#1 Posted by Sammo21 (3204 posts) -

Not unless they fundamentally change the game from how its been in the past which they won't. They honestly don't need to and they shouldn't so they won't. I don't need to like everything :p

#2 Posted by RecSpec (3754 posts) -

Yep. Specifically skipped 3U just to wait for this. A few months between the Japanese launch and the Western launch is shorter than I thought it would be.

#3 Edited by Forcen (1799 posts) -

I only recently got into MH3U on 3DS and I will try to get my farthest before 2015 now.

#4 Posted by Flacracker (1582 posts) -

I got MH3U on the 3DS and I played it for a bit. I just cant play a game like this on a handheld. I really like the game too. I just wish it was on a better platform like any of the other real consoles like PS3,360,PS4,Xbone. Not Wii, not WiiU, not handheld. Even greater would be a PC release. Though with the online multiplayer I am a little more interested in this.

#5 Posted by Flappy (2114 posts) -

Nope. Waiting for Freedom Wars to come to the West.

#6 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Yes. I'd play it. If I own a platform it's coming for by then. I'm tempted to get a 3DS for this and Fire Emblem, but then again, why wouldn't this come to Vita in pretty? Come on!

#7 Edited by DeadpanCakes (778 posts) -

This is very exciting to me.

Would it be stupid of me to hope for a "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate HD" for the Wii U, like they did for Portable 3rd for the Ps3?

#8 Posted by Ares42 (2559 posts) -

Make it a Wii U version and I'd buy it.

#9 Posted by EchoEcho (813 posts) -

If it released for the PC, 360, or the new consoles I might finally give it a try. But it doesn't seem like the kind of game I want to play on my 3DS, especially given that multiplayer is so important, and none of the people I play games with own one. I'd have a hard enough time convincing them to try the game as it is, without also having to sell them on a handheld to do it.

#10 Posted by DeF (4778 posts) -

@recspec said:

Yep. Specifically skipped 3U just to wait for this. A few months between the Japanese launch and the Western launch is shorter than I thought it would be.

Exactly the same here. I owned MH Tri but barely touched it because it seemed to intimidating but I definitely wanna get into MH4U.

#11 Posted by MB (11902 posts) -

You know, I'm not totally clear on what this game even is. Unfortunately the Wiki pages for both this game and Monster Hunter 4 assumes the reader knows exactly what the franchise is about and only highlights the special features and differences of each version, and doesn't talk about what the games actually are. I'll find it on YouTube.

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#12 Posted by Forcen (1799 posts) -

@mb: You should watch the quicklook for 3 ultimate.

I hope they improve the 3DS fonts...

#13 Posted by StarvingGamer (7919 posts) -

Yeahhh booo 2015?

I guess I need to buy the circle pad pro?

#14 Edited by Hailinel (23692 posts) -

Yeahhh booo 2015?

I guess I need to buy the circle pad pro?

Seems that way. I'm glad I've already got one.

#15 Posted by StarvingGamer (7919 posts) -

@hailinel: It would be sweet if they put it in a bundle.

#16 Posted by Hailinel (23692 posts) -

@hailinel: It would be sweet if they put it in a bundle.

You know, it's possible. They did bundle 3G in Japan with the CPP.

#17 Posted by Brake (1087 posts) -

I would probably have waited for 4 if it came out a little earlier than this. Now I'll just get 3 sometime during the spring.

#18 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1504 posts) -

I've been toying with the idea of playing MH 3 Ultimate on the Wii U, and now that I know 4 Ultimate is over a year away, I might just do that. The time commitment and lack of real-life friends to play with has made me hesitant to jump in, but I really want to know what MH's all about.

@hailinel said:

@starvinggamer said:

Yeahhh booo 2015?

I guess I need to buy the circle pad pro?

Seems that way. I'm glad I've already got one.

Everything I know about Monster Hunter is second-hand knowledge from 8-4 Play, but my impression is that the Circle Pad Pro is way less necessary than you might think. Something about the target camera reducing the need for manual camera control? I'm not entirely caught up on the show, but they didn't seem to think it was worth it for MH 3 Ultimate, and haven't mentioned it at all wrt 4.

Also, bundling the CPP would be tough now that there are three different 3DS form factors.

#19 Edited by TooSweet (373 posts) -

I still play a few games of MH3U weekly with a co-worker/friend after we hit the comic shop. So more than likely yes.

#20 Edited by Ezakael (910 posts) -

I enjoyed playing MH3U for a while but this is the Monster Hunter I've been waiting to play for a while. I'm definitely going to be picking this one up on release.

#21 Posted by Dixavd (1293 posts) -

I don't think this sort of game suits being on the 3DS but maybe it will prove me wrong. I haven't got into the series before, but that's not for a lack of interest. In the last couple years I got really invested in Dark Souls and Final Fantasy XII. Monster Hunter seems like a bridge between the two, so I could definitely see myself getting into the series at some point. Not sure if a 3DS game would be where I'd start though. I guess I'll wait for its release.

#22 Posted by pyrodactyl (1856 posts) -

Is it on WiiU, xbox 360 or PS4? Then no...

#23 Edited by BabyChooChoo (4252 posts) -

I should really buy a 3DS....

#24 Edited by Hailinel (23692 posts) -

@dixavd said:

I don't think this sort of game suits being on the 3DS but maybe it will prove me wrong. I haven't got into the series before, but that's not for a lack of interest. In the last couple years I got really invested in Dark Souls and Final Fantasy XII. Monster Hunter seems like a bridge between the two, so I could definitely see myself getting into the series at some point. Not sure if a 3DS game would be where I'd start though. I guess I'll wait for its release.

Hunting games likes this have actually been very popular on handhelds. The Monster Hunter series almost single-handedly kept the PSP relevant in Japan for years. It was a major coup when Nintendo convinced Capcom to transition the series to Nintendo hardware and Sony has been courting developers to create hunting games for the PSP and Vita in an effort to attract that audience back.

#25 Posted by Zeik (2195 posts) -

I'd much much rather play it on a console with a controller, but since there is no sign of that happening yet I may pick it up anyway.

#26 Posted by Dixavd (1293 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@dixavd said:

I don't think this sort of game suits being on the 3DS but maybe it will prove me wrong. I haven't got into the series before, but that's not for a lack of interest. In the last couple years I got really invested in Dark Souls and Final Fantasy XII. Monster Hunter seems like a bridge between the two, so I could definitely see myself getting into the series at some point. Not sure if a 3DS game would be where I'd start though. I guess I'll wait for its release.

Hunting games likes this have actually been very popular on handhelds. The Monster Hunter series almost single-handedly kept the PSP relevant in Japan for years. It was a major coup when Nintendo convinced Capcom to transition the series to Nintendo hardware and Sony has been courting developers to create hunting games for the PSP and Vita in an effort to attract that audience back.

Yeah, I totally understand why it's on 3DS. I just don't think that's where I would prefer to play a game like it. I know it's probably foolish to want to play a version on a console/PC with the game being made under a Japan-first design philosopher - a region where game sales are decreasing on everything except handhelds. I just wish it were. Especially after MH3 came out on WiiU and didn't drive that many sales, I can see why they wouldn't even bother making a non-3DS version. Maybe when the PS4 comes out in Japan, it will show a significant start and provoke them to release it on there as well, but I also doubt that since Japanese developers continued to make games for the PS2 long into the PS3's life-cycle even when sales of games on PS3 were decent.

#27 Posted by xyzygy (9870 posts) -

That is really gameplay of the game on 3DS? Quite impressive looking.

#28 Edited by StarvingGamer (7919 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@starvinggamer said:

Yeahhh booo 2015?

I guess I need to buy the circle pad pro?

Seems that way. I'm glad I've already got one.

Everything I know about Monster Hunter is second-hand knowledge from 8-4 Play, but my impression is that the Circle Pad Pro is way less necessary than you might think. Something about the target camera reducing the need for manual camera control? I'm not entirely caught up on the show, but they didn't seem to think it was worth it for MH 3 Ultimate, and haven't mentioned it at all wrt 4.

Also, bundling the CPP would be tough now that there are three different 3DS form factors.

Nah, as someone with like 2000 hours invested into Monster Hunter games I can tell you that I never want my camera directly facing the monster. A target camera would be useless to me. It's too bad the 3DS is built the way it is because I would actually prefer the claw to having camera control on my right hand.

#29 Posted by GnomeonFire (694 posts) -

My friend tried to get me to like Monster Hunter, I just can't, so no.

#30 Posted by Hosstile17 (763 posts) -

Naw son.

#31 Posted by SomeguyJohnson (40 posts) -

Only if I can play it without needing a CPP or on the Wii U.

#32 Edited by TowerSixteen (542 posts) -

I think this will be the one where I finally try it. I've always been interested because the systems and philosophy to combat are really appealing to me, but I've always shied away because of its reputation for being grindy, which is a dealbreaker for me. The series deserves a chance, though.

#33 Edited by RazielCuts (2911 posts) -

@sammo21 said:

Not unless they fundamentally change the game from how its been in the past which they won't. They honestly don't need to and they shouldn't so they won't. I don't need to like everything :p

On the internet so many people forget this last part. But yeah this guy speaks for me. Also The X game on Wii U is kinda looking Monster Hunter ish and is on a big boy system (well as big boy as Wii U can be...).

#34 Posted by Zeik (2195 posts) -

@sammo21 said:

Not unless they fundamentally change the game from how its been in the past which they won't. They honestly don't need to and they shouldn't so they won't. I don't need to like everything :p

On the internet so many people forget this last part. But yeah this guy speaks for me. Also The X game on Wii U is kinda looking Monster Hunter ish and is on a big boy system (well as big boy as Wii U can be...).

You mean the new "Xeno" game? I really don't think that's going to be very Monster Hunter-y.

#35 Posted by RazielCuts (2911 posts) -

@zeik said:

@razielcuts said:

@sammo21 said:

Not unless they fundamentally change the game from how its been in the past which they won't. They honestly don't need to and they shouldn't so they won't. I don't need to like everything :p

On the internet so many people forget this last part. But yeah this guy speaks for me. Also The X game on Wii U is kinda looking Monster Hunter ish and is on a big boy system (well as big boy as Wii U can be...).

You mean the new "Xeno" game? I really don't think that's going to be very Monster Hunter-y.

Well I mean in the same way as 'hunt big monsters and defeat them in an action-y real time context,' not the way it feels or anything like that. Parts of Xenoblade Chronicles seemed almost like an offline MMO, like some of the trappings of Monster Hunter Tri, I can see X going more that way with it.

#36 Edited by Demoskinos (14523 posts) -

NEVER.

#37 Edited by Zeik (2195 posts) -

@razielcuts said:

@zeik said:

@razielcuts said:

@sammo21 said:

Not unless they fundamentally change the game from how its been in the past which they won't. They honestly don't need to and they shouldn't so they won't. I don't need to like everything :p

On the internet so many people forget this last part. But yeah this guy speaks for me. Also The X game on Wii U is kinda looking Monster Hunter ish and is on a big boy system (well as big boy as Wii U can be...).

You mean the new "Xeno" game? I really don't think that's going to be very Monster Hunter-y.

Well I mean in the same way as 'hunt big monsters and defeat them in an action-y real time context,' not the way it feels or anything like that. Parts of Xenoblade Chronicles seemed almost like an offline MMO, like some of the trappings of Monster Hunter Tri, I can see X going more that way with it.

There are plenty of games where you fight big enemies with real time combat. There are few specific mechanics that I associate with Monster Hunter that I think are necessary for a game to be considered "Monster Hunter-like", rather than just a game with some big enemies and real time combat. (If that was all that was necessary then Shadow of the Colossus would be more "Monster Hunter" than Monster Hunter.)

#38 Posted by Hailinel (23692 posts) -

@razielcuts: As if the 3DS isn't a "big boy" platform?

#39 Edited by FriendlyPhoenix (353 posts) -

Hell yeah I will! Monster Hunter's dope and I never got around to buying a copy of MH3U, so by the time this comes out I'll be all sorts of ready.

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#40 Edited by audioBusting (1465 posts) -

Yes! I hope 8-4 is still doing the localization.

#41 Edited by crithon (3059 posts) -

You betcha!

#42 Edited by Fredchuckdave (5183 posts) -

No clue what I'm doing gamewise in 2015, probably just PS+ and sit tight. 200 hours out of EU4 in the past 2 weeks, I'm sure it can go another 3-4 thousand.

#43 Edited by Fattony12000 (6964 posts) -
#44 Posted by JJOR64 (18893 posts) -

If it came to the Wii U, I would have more interest in it.

#45 Edited by TobbRobb (4554 posts) -

When will they release a new MH game for non-nintendo systems. :C

#46 Edited by insane_shadowblade85 (1381 posts) -

Nope, because I don't own a 3DS.

#47 Edited by believer258 (11565 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@razielcuts: As if the 3DS isn't a "big boy" platform?

You get offended at the least little thing, dude.

I don't know. I've got this whole year to try out Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, so I'll find out eventually.

EDIT: Wait, do you need the circle pad pro for this?

#48 Posted by silentghost227 (77 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@razielcuts: As if the 3DS isn't a "big boy" platform?

You get offended at the least little thing, dude.

I don't know. I've got this whole year to try out Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, so I'll find out eventually.

EDIT: Wait, do you need the circle pad pro for this?

You don't need the circle pad, but playing without it is pretty miserable.

#49 Edited by believer258 (11565 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@hailinel said:

@razielcuts: As if the 3DS isn't a "big boy" platform?

You get offended at the least little thing, dude.

I don't know. I've got this whole year to try out Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, so I'll find out eventually.

EDIT: Wait, do you need the circle pad pro for this?

You don't need the circle pad, but playing without it is pretty miserable.

Well, in that case, I'm probably not getting this game at all.

#50 Posted by MEATBALL (3020 posts) -

Nope, after trying with Monster Hunter Tri, Freedom Unite and 3 Ultimate (the latter I spent the most time with) I've come to find that the series just isn't for me. There's some fun to be had, but I'm just not interested in getting deep into it.