Monster Hunter 3 now Wii-exclusive

[UPDATE] Citing "high development costs," Capcom has moved development of its formerly PS3-exclusive game to Nintendo's platform.

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The Monster Hunter series is big in Japan--Monster Hunter Freedom for the PlayStation Portable was the first PSP game to sell over a million copies there, and the series has shipped over 4.5 million units worldwide.

The first game, Monster Hunter, was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. Since then the games have always been on Sony platforms, with the latest, Monster Hunter 3, previously scheduled for release solely on the PlayStation 3.

However, Capcom announced today that Monster Hunter 3 will be coming to the Nintendo Wii, and it promises it has been "working tirelessly" to make use of the unique aspects of the Wii in the game.

The company explained the latest decision by saying, "As always, we at Capcom will continue to strive to develop new and original games that appeal to a broad audience around the world while expanding our properties for multiple platforms. We believe that by bringing the Monster Hunter series to multiple platforms, it will help the franchise reach an even-greater number of users eager for its unique gameplay."

[UPDATE] After some initial confusion, Capcom clarified to the Thomson Financial news service that Monster Hunter 3 is not only coming to the Wii, but will be completely exclusive to the platform. "Due to high development cost of titles for PS3, we have decided to switch the platform to which we release our Monster Hunter 3 title," Capcom managing corporate officer Katsuhiko Ichii told Thomson.

Also speaking to the wire service, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata said the deal was part of a new phase in the global Wii strategy, "aimed at expanding the game-player population."

Discussion

439 comments
Silent_death7
Silent_death7

wow, massive downgrade.... it will just look s*** on the wii... my psp could do better than that pos so they are producing the game, and decide to switch to the wii ( for some f*****g unknown reason) and give us a load of bull**** about costs!!!!! they will make more money from the PS3 another exclusive lost to popularity...

Irelandish
Irelandish

Should have stuck with the PS3 Capcom! It would have been a godly game.

ccurity
ccurity

I'm seriously gone have to say it is the best Wii game ever. in my opinion.

YaBoiBart
YaBoiBart

MOTHER FREKIN BS....FREKIN SUX THAT PS3 WONT B GETTING 1 OF THE BEST GAMES OUT THERE I FREKIN H8T IT.....NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT A HOLD NOTHER YEAR 2C IF THEY R GOING 2 BRING IT 2 PS3.....CONGRATS WII CONSOL BUT NOW I ENVY U ALL WHO OWN A WII GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

M212
M212

Thank you Capcom

Dualmask
Dualmask

Smartest move Capcom ever made. Titles with big sales potential should be put on the console with the largest market penetration.

Lokolopes
Lokolopes

At first i thought MH3 on Wii would be a horrible idea because I didn't know about the joistick for Wii.Imagine yoursefl after fighting Teostra or something like that with the wiimote, doing that repetive movements would get your arm really tired.

LegatoSkyheart
LegatoSkyheart

You guys should just shut your mouths and buy the game for the Wii if you want to play it so much.

8TwilightAngel8
8TwilightAngel8

i have always wanted to play the monster hunter games. i have seen them around and watched trailers and it looked great. i was greatly disappointed that capcom would change the release to be only for wii. i can always try the ps2 ones on my ps3 but it still is sad that they would cancel this one (since almost all of the other ones were on ps2). why couldn't they at least release it for all consoles? wouldn't they make more money that way? man i'm angry!

Nkosistryder
Nkosistryder

Being a proud ps3 owner i was disappointed wen i heard they cancelled MH3 on ps3. MH3 in HD graphics with the ps3's online capabilities wud hav been awesome but.... ...*Sign*.... I'm a sucker 4 the monster hunter series...so.. *sigh* i guess i'll be buying a Wii wen this comes out, which won't be a waste becos the monster hunter has on average 250-300+ hr gameplay value n that was on psp where without the internet online play. On the Wii at least gathering halls will be fuller and we'll get to play with people from all over. It wud be nice to see how the Wii controls will be incorporated into the gameplay.

lonewanderer06
lonewanderer06

I honestly think its a bad idea Ive been hunting for over 4 years now and I love the game to death but i refuse to by the Wii for it send it back to PS3 or atleast the 360 anything but Wii.

fatboy33
fatboy33

Capcom is so missing the boat here. I love my PS3 and my Wii gathers dust mostly due to work related injury and the repetitiveness of Wii hurts my arm. I love the Wii when I first got it though, but had to stop using it. Now I play on my Ps3 and was looking forward to this game, not anymore though. Shows that Capcom doesn't have faith in it's ability to put out a game that will make money though.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

Every body shut up about wii is kiddy. nintendo is not making it kiddy, other componies are making it kiddy. also lets make sure that this game doesent blow the wii up, due to overly powered grapfics

unplaystation
unplaystation

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HeIIgun
HeIIgun

yeah, wii may have sold more consoles, but capcom won't make more money on wii then would on ps3, cus wii have been hacked, at least 20% of owner can play back-ups, and won't buy the game.... most of monster hunters fans are 16 years + old, those are the ppl that download and record back ups. but wii is still a good deal for kids games.

Prototype_14
Prototype_14

I think it is awesome that monster hunter is coming out for the Wii. And for people who think the Wii has terrible graphics, I thought Metroid Prime 3 had great graphics. MHF2/MHFU for the PsP has great graphics, so this one will look good on the Wii.

Yamate
Yamate

It's funny how when a big franchise like Monster Hunter finally hits the Wii that many desired, it gets bashed by so many who hate the console. What about MGS4?!! Did the Wii owners get it? NO! We all know why that is and understand the situation. But they didn't bash on it, at least. I tell ya, the whiners only look for hi-res graphics and fluid online. Nintendo needs this kind for game to make up for the others that didn't sell well. C'mon, guys, grow up! I'm pretty sure other Monster Hunter titles will come to others like the PS3 and 360 in due time. Give Capcom a break!

Lugia_120
Lugia_120

Fanboys,you just suck! If no good game come out for the wii,you say the wii don't have good games. If a good game comes out you say that the game should be made to other platform. What the!?

Ultiwarlord
Ultiwarlord

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NoSoup4Me
NoSoup4Me

This really let me down. I was really hoping to play this game on the ps3 or even the 360. I loved the 1st one on ps2 such a different rpg type game than Id played before,where if you didnt move when the big ass dragon was thrashing and flailing about on the ground you died.It made you work with the guys on your team. Such a disappointment you'd figured a big company like capcom would want to release it on as many systems as they can. Booourns Capcom

wrist_watch
wrist_watch

Overall a poor movement by Capcom, moving to a console with lesser hardware and lesser online services. Ofcourse it looks like its all about money and cutting corners; going to a console that has 2 times the sales figures. In the end take it for what it is, Capcom didn't honor its commitment and it will be hard for me to take this Monster Hunter installment seriously.

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

My eyes must be playing tricks on me. Two years later and there can't still be butthurt fanboys crying in the comments.

kkdgreyt
kkdgreyt

Stick to the Playstation Series people,, I'm not saying that it's better but it's consistent,, X_X

kkdgreyt
kkdgreyt

What the hell were they thinking? Wii over the PS3? I mean c'mon,, They already started with the PS2, then moved to the PSP and now the Wii?! That ain't right,, [-(

gorgutz
gorgutz

WTFH!? The Wii. Exclusive? I hope this is some ploy to turn a profit and build a better game later for the PS3. Other wise. I wont b buy'n it. Controls for PS2 version will work perfect with PS3 controls. Just play'd PS2 version on my PS3 and found out the servers were down lol. Bummer. Was git'n hyped for the new game. PSP versions look great but the dam thing is too small for me. GL wit the Wii. thpppt.

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

A BIG !@#% ^&* TO YOU! "working tirelessly" Lies. if you really love your fans you could but it on wii + ps3 or maybe you want more money because wii sells more? for god sake.........you can build a world in ps3. NOT A GAME BUT WORLD! & you just sold MH series & disrespect your fans >.> if it was for the graphix you can do it & make it better but...IT'S FOR !@#$%^& MONEY! senseless ppl >.>

valczir2
valczir2

Wait, what? Hold on a sec, here, and let me explain the way I'm seeing things. If my time with MHF is any indication, the Monster Hunter series is essentially the epitome of a hardcore video game. It's for hardcore gamers. I mean, you have to do research, build a character, create items, and even after all of the preparation that you do, the combat is difficult. And Capcom decides to release one of these games exclusively for the Casual Gamer's system? The Wii? What. The. Crap. I don't give a crap about graphics; Capcom would have done better to release a poorly rendered version on the PS3 than to switch to the Wii. If you can't create good graphics, just don't, and deal with the consequences. Moving to another platform to have an excuse for your poor graphics? It might work, if the Wii was a hardcore gamer's system, but it's not. Monster Hunter seems about as hardcore as gaming gets, these days, and it should be on a hardcore system. The Wii. Blech. Much as I hate Microsoft, I think I would be less put off if Monster Hunter had moved to the 360.

plasticbox1990
plasticbox1990

why dump the PS3 for the wii I would dump my wii for a PS3 it doesn't make sense :(

jadelotuz
jadelotuz

Sad ... and weird. I've been waiting for this one. Monster hunting in Next-Gen Graphics, with even greater / proper On-line capabilities and connectivity! And so this. Really sad. The controller thing they talk about, that Wii has exclusive right now, ain't both Xbox360 and PS3 planing om something similar? Some type of "Swing-motion-remote-nunchuck-pad-thingie"?I think I can remember a small rumour about it somewhere. ... so this is both weird and sad. *sigh*

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

No loss for me, I didn't expect it.... I have both PS3 and Wii, I'm happy for it to come out on Wii. Just have Monster Hunter G+ w/ Classic Controller for Wii!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

welcome to a lackluster online game. Too much lag and latency to accurately have 4 people swining and rolling around monsters. It just isnt gonna work ...

Cerberuz_27
Cerberuz_27

can't wait for this game to come out

branman200
branman200

i think that swiching to the wii is or was a good idea the wii is the best system ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

abel623
abel623

Man! that just a stupid choice on there part come on compare the two system ps3 and the Wii that you can put a hell lot more on the blue ray that mean it can be endless game play offline and online man that just a bad choice and the ps3 need some good rpg to capcom you disappoint me i was a big fan to had all the series of monster hunter even that japanese one.

Inuyashe
Inuyashe

Okay... this has put me into a state of RAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! I mean, come on! The Wii?! the I-suck-at-graphics Wii? And how would the controls work?! This is a sad day...

nat130
nat130

This sucks... I mean the wii? What the hell was capcom thinking? The game has always been unique to playstayions, so why change that now, and even worse, they havnt made it multiplatform? Just on the wii? God... But, I suppose this will at least give the Wii one decent game... But, still, I wouldn't buy one. I'm shocked at this... And with Final Fantasy, I own a 360, but even I think it should stay on PS, after all, thats what's been its home all along. I believe that companies should keep classics and series to themselves! It's these games that define a console! lol, I still don't get why capcom would do this...........

Debane
Debane

This is a load of crock. First they say MH3 has been canceled "Due to high development cost of titles for PS3, we have decided to switch the platform to which we release our Monster Hunter 3 title." Then they say that the Wii can't even handle the splash screens for a game like RE5. The controls will be an absolute disaster on the Wii, and the graphics will not look good on any TV that can handle 1080i/p/. Capcom failed big time here. The PS3 has gotten absolutely no support from game development companies and has a thin list of exclusives. FFXIII is going to be on the XBOX360 FFS! When a game like fl0wer, which is fl0ws spiritual predecessor can be made for the PS3 but not MH3? Eff you Capcom, you just killed a series, and helped to further the death of the PS3.

the_Great_Fall
the_Great_Fall

AWESOME! i really liked this game on the ps2 and the psp (the psp just need online other than ad hoc). but sadly the ps2 online was shutdown, which sucked! but i can look forward to playing this online, and i hope it has voice chat or something b/c i didnt have a keyboard to use on the ps2 and it was hard typing using the arrows on the controller and fighting a monster at the same time. does this have offline co-op to, i thought i read somewhere that it did.

camelishes
camelishes

awsome i cannot wait i love all the MH games and hopfully it will be online

vincent22334
vincent22334

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joshaphile
joshaphile

lets be honest, yea monster hunters been a sony endorsed product since the start, HOWEVER, i like the idea of it arriving on the wii. the new control systems will probly add a new dimension to a classic series, and they will almost definitely release a psp version. also, as i understand it, there will be a ps3 version released at a later date. and Rebel4lyfe06 what the hell ya talkin bout?!?!?! who the hell says ya have to play it, if your gonna say sommat insulting, keep it short & sweet. dante399. i love the game too, but gettin a wii to play the thing will be worth it, and the console aint a fossil. its true that it outsells the ps3 by far.

higheclipse
higheclipse

What they should say is: "We are so cheap, we can't make good use of next-gen graphics, and so we go to the Wii where they won't really tear us apart because of the graphics"...Ahhh, whatever, I hope that they at least can make it good...

Rebel4lyfe06
Rebel4lyfe06

"Due to high development cost of titles for PS3, we have decided to switch the platform to which we release our Monster Hunter 3 title," HaHa why doesn't capcom just come out and say they are cheap. I've seen the vids and it looks just like monster hunter ortable. I was really looking forward to Hunting with next gen graphics and capcom developing a strong online community for this game. Once again a strong sony franchise has slipped away just to save/make a couple bucks(Final Fantasy). Here goes another game i was looking forward to and now will probably never play!! :{

Pieter101
Pieter101

Get a Xbox360 version Wii Sucks xD Or Make An Better PSP version xD

Locutus_Picard
Locutus_Picard

Seriously, Capcom is screwing his fans over. I am sure MH3 will own on a Wii, and for all I care the just port the Wii game to a PS3 with same graphics...just to get the game! It looks great already and MH3 is not about the graphics, although the Wii sure look great...but not going multi-plat or al least developing it for the PS3...is a HUGE screw-over. I guess even porting a Wii game is too much work for those lazy bums. Too bad I ever had faith in Capcom.

Dante399
Dante399

The new pictures of Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii look like the graphics of PS2 :S And on my fullHD TV it won't be a curse-free season after all.

Dante399
Dante399

@nintendonerd101 well...the Wii is a fossil because it is technologically staying behind the next gen consoles, be fair what is the big difference between the Gamecube and the Wii? not much!! What about its compatibility with the new video out technologies? It has only 480p output where Ps3&360 have 1080p which is compatible with the latest TVs...that's a big difference, don't u think? and don't u realize that most of Wii games are designed for kids and losing weight(believe me i've looked!! i'm no Mario fan and classic games are fossils too) What about Wii optical disc which has only a max 8.54GB which u can compare to only PS2, XBox and of course 2x GC discs! (IMO if they can put it on Wii they can do it on PS2). Wii's internet community isn't so great when comparing it to 360 or PS3. As I said before Wii is not for hardcore players it is for casual players. And don't get me wrong i'm not so hung up on money or anything I'm buying the "precious Wii" but not because it is worth it but because of two games the coming Zelda (if it isn't on GC) and MH3tri (if it is exclusive) Btw, RE5 example was realistic, if they can make it one the Wii they can fit it on PS2,GC and Xbox. And if that petition succeeded which i doubt it, then PS2 RE5 won't be hard to make.