Japan gets new Xbox 360 Monster Hunter bundle

Trial pack to feature free online play until a level cap; bundle to cost $390.

The Monster Hunter franchise is regarded as a big deal in Japan and Asia, as there are a multitude of Monster Hunter-themed festivals held to get fans together for some beast-killing role-playing game action. To commemorate the September 28 online update of the Xbox 360 iteration of the game, titled Monster Hunter Frontier Online, Microsoft and Capcom are collaborating to release a special console bundle that was recently announced on the game's official website.

The giant killing machine here looks pretty excitable about this deal.

Called the Xbox 360 250GB Monster Hunter Frontier Online Trial Pack, the bundle consists of a 250GB Xbox 360 console and a download code for the game. The bundle will also include special bonus events and items for use in the game in the form of product codes. As a bonus, this version of the game allows players to play online for free up until their hunter reaches level two. Players will need to then buy an Xbox Live Gold Membership subscription afterward.

Gamers in Japan can purchase the package for 29,800 yen ($390). For more information on the franchise, check out GameSpot's recent coverage on the latest Monster Hunter title.

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39 comments
GiantsFan2290
GiantsFan2290

@Frame_Dragger, it seems where ever i go your there writing essays, you should write a book man BTW not hating, just saying...

xcollector
xcollector

This is Microsoft's way of trying to get rid of their left over Japanese systems.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

vallan2 ok then heres a word i bet you get a lot troll eh seeing as how you come to a topic that says Japan gets new Xbox 360 Monster Hunter bundle just to say. ////Those Japanese really know bad/cheap tech when they see it, huh?/// i mean how much of a troll can you be

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Megavideogamer thay have not gave up at all Microsoft has all ways had to struggle in japan the thing i say is why? fact most japanese rather get a ps3 then 360 for the main fact sony is from japan so thay stick to there own same reason xbox is the top seller state side most ppl in the usa use or know of the windows set up or just the big name microsoft. but i dont understand the fan boys who fight over whats better there both very good in there own way

Rovelius
Rovelius

@varunvikram1 Monster Hunter in Japan is much, MUCH bigger than you think.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I thought Microsoft gave up in Japan. One last monster Hunter bundle?

vallan2
vallan2

@BillyColeman Ninja Gaiden was originally a Nintendo exclusive. Then it jumped to Sega's console, the Game Gear. Then Xbox had it, now Sony also has it. You see how some games that are/were current "exclusives" weren't always that way, and sometimes change. Funny about the word "was". @flyingdutchdog Yeah I know, what with the ps3 getting RRoD all the time on about 50% of their consoles, even their newer slimmer one... ...wait a minute...

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

SinStarship lol well ty i was just going base on the fact i own mhf for the xbox360 and hell the disc it self is useless you have to install the act game on your harddive and that takes up like 4.6 gigs of space and after that it takes u to the website and then all the sign up crap long story short the ps3 is not a mach lol but its nice to see all the monster hunter fans and yes tri was a blast and sorry for my bad eng

SinStarship
SinStarship

@Chiyo18 Your right in saying that the 360 isn't doing as well as the PS3 in Japan. But that's because Sony is an eatsern based company and so makes sense that the PS3 would do better. Similar to how the Microsoft and the 360 are doing better in Europe and the US. The rest of your argument is biased and all opinion. It was ripped to shreds by BillyColeman. @BillyColeman I couldn't agree with you more.

SinStarship
SinStarship

@bastian97 Sorry man, didn't mean you in particular. In fact the fact that it isn't in Europe and the US is justifiable to make a little fuss about, because they're good games and brilliantly addictive (I can always remember playing the first one for PS2 and I couldn't put MH Tri down, I practically abducted my brothers Wii for it lol). I'm just annoyed at the amount of people who are complaining about the fact it's on the 360. This article clearly has nothing to do with Sony. Just a hunch of haters who have nothing better to do with their lives. I mean come on guys, really?

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Femto513 seems your gamespot pic did not get the memo that ryu from ninja gaiden was an xbox exclusive at one point eh?

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Koushin your for geting mh2 never hit state side so most dont know lol. why not just say its like all the psp games smash into one big ass game lol with an HD look the only good part is achievements and all the players

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Chiyo18 thats not ture u just dont do your home work it was just more easy for Capcom to port a monster hunter game from the pc that use the same set up as xbox live windows. makeing Monster Hunter f for the ps3 would mean makeing the disc a bluray disc reformatting stuff as well and umm thats not a port as im sure any capcom fan can see in this day n age there a very lazy. but monster hunter port is comeing to ps3 in japan soon to bad usa players cant play online but its something for ps3 fans.

flyingdutchdog
flyingdutchdog

@vallan2 Your right ... the PS3 is about as bad and low tech as you can get ... huh?

Koushin
Koushin

I played it on the PC about two years ago. I stopped after MH3 came out on the Wii. It was a very fun game I enjoyed it very much. For those that can't play it, it's pretty much like MH2 on the PS2 but for your PC (and 360) if it had constant monster and item updates like a traditional MMO. The only problem is the monthly fees to keep up with. Might as well get MH3rd Portable HD on the PS3 to play online for free.

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

@SinStarship the 360 may not be dead in japan, but it's certainly not doing well. if anything, ms gave capcom money to make it for 360 and pc, and that's the only reason why it's not multiplatform. of course, capcom is another company that favors ms and 360, for the money no doubt, so i'm technically not surprised that they would pull something this ridiculous.

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

so... capcom pulls monster hunter from the ps3 and makes it for the wii (MH tri), and now they've released a monster hunter game for the system that does the worst in japan... i like monster hunter, and i own a 360, but are they seriously TRYING to alienate their playstation fan base?

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@graphidz When has a japanese company ever done something that ever made sense?

graphidz
graphidz

why won't they make one for the ps3 too???

Speer504
Speer504

As soon as I heard they were pulling 360s from Japan shelves, I thought to myself "Well, there goes the possibility of Monster Hunter (Bad a** game btw) for the 360 in the U.S.". Now they rub it in my face as they make this bundle to available people who would rather play it on the PSP than 360... grr...

vallan2
vallan2

Those Japanese really know bad/cheap tech when they see it, huh?

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

When will they get that japan doesnt really care about the 360.

Femto513
Femto513

It seems Microsoft and Capcom didn't get the memo about the 360 being pulled from retail shelves in Japan. What good is this deal if retailers aren't stocking your product?

franzito
franzito

What Japan doesn't get first? But I'm not interested...

bastian97
bastian97

@SinStarship i'm not whining about that i love my xbox but i'm whining about the fact its not in the USA

SinStarship
SinStarship

For all those whining about the fact that it's on the 360 please grow up. The console clearly isn't dead in Japan and is obviously doing well if one of the countries most loved gaming franchises is made for the system. Just stop hating.

Halloll
Halloll

or they can get it on pc for much less

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

Please localize?... Please? I hardly use my xbox live gold, but this would use it a lot. I just wish there was a free dlc pass that came with the game for $80.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@zzamaro: Japanese devs are supporting 360 in Japan because they're trying to squeeze every nickel and dime out of it they can even if it's chump change. Besides, Sony doesn't have THAT many PS3's in Japan. Last I checked it within the 6 million mark. You gotta figure compared to sales numbers devs were used to regarding the PS2. They enjoyed a plentiful install base, but now, in this economy they see 360/PS3 as 7 million units total for them to sell through. Despite retailers refusing the 360 it seems devs haven't given up on them. About Megaman, I was under the impression a Capcom spokesperson said they're trying to phase him out of their plans. They think he doesn't fit the new demographic. Clearly they have lost their mind. If you look at the Megaman games that were scrapped. MML3, MMU, and MMX9 (yes, according to Wiki there was an X sequel in the works but was cancelled because it was supposedly over budget) it shows that they're serious about this claim. To add insult to injury they exclude him from not just MvC3 & but UMvC3 as well. It's sad Capcom has it out for old Megs. I have fond memories of growing up playing the Megaman games. I valued it's difficulty and variable weapon usage. I'm afraid though this is the final goodbye for Megaman. Aw well at least we have the old games.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

takeomi yes its about 20$ but good luck trying to play in the usa CA is the only place i know were u can play the game with out the ip crap blocking you

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

eh i was playing this game last nov very fun monster hunter game but theres no other players outside japan playing so wooohoo for japan i guess

ejpaine
ejpaine

Theyre only doing this because some stores in Japan have apparently pulled the 360 off their shelves and everyone knows that the psp mh and mh2 games destroyed in that country as top sellers.

odino
odino

As if bundling a game that's already out and had it's run, with a console that isn't selling in the first place, is going to get more than 1 week of a boost. Desperate times if even Monster Hunting is not selling on the 360.

takeomi
takeomi

I picked up another Xbox (needed a Japan-region console for some of the new games I bought here) and my version already came with the download code for the game. Did not get the bonus events though and it is limited to level two so that does not last long...I think it's 1400 yen per month to play, about $20?

Csonic6
Csonic6

why do they get all the MH games? I had to buy MHP3rd jap version just to play it... its very good =P

zzamaro
zzamaro

So Capcom decides to rerelease this game on a system that is dead in Japan when the game originally didn't even the 360 in Japan to begin with. Yet, they cancelled MMLegends3 when the game has a much larger fanbase(plus a 3DS) than the 1 million of japanese people who has an x360. Can't say I'm impressed.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Wish this would come to North America.