Monster Hunter 3G for 3DS ships 1 million

Capcom's multiplayer action RPG debut for Nintendo's new handheld hits milestone in less than two weeks on shelves.

Capcom first announced Monster Hunter 3G for the 3DS in the same Nintendo press conference that it revealed Monster Hunter 4 was in development for the system. While announcing the fourth full game in the franchise overshadowed the series' 3DS debut at the time, it apparently did nothing to temper Japanese gamers' demand for the title.

Capcom knows how to hunt big game.

Capcom has announced that Monster Hunter 3G has shipped more than 1 million copies in Japan. Most of those copies have found their way into players' hands, as the game went on sale December 10, and Media Create's two Japanese sales charts since launch report a total of about 730,000 copies sold through to customers.

The game is a follow-up to the Wii title Monster Hunter 3, and it features different control schemes for underwater segments, reworked camera controls, 3DS StreetPass functionality, and local wireless play. New monsters in this version include Bracchidios (featured on the game's cover) and Guran-Miraosu, while returning monsters like the Gigginox and Uragaan have new attacks so that players are forced to revamp their hunting strategies.

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41 comments
nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@wiidsduelpack Nintendo only published it in Europe though. Capcom published it in North America.

Mohjong
Mohjong

Maybe, just maybe the 3D effect helps improve the sales.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Still no online play. I'm disappointed...

Flint247
Flint247

@servb0ts I agree so I can record it with my capture card. :D

Brokazaki
Brokazaki

How come Japan always get the best games.. I sure hope this gets localized

FPS1337
FPS1337

I want this game so bad, localize it please

unreal_master
unreal_master

cool now that its a hit and sold 1mil you can send it to the usa now.

KeleenRem
KeleenRem

Every news of Monster Hunter only fills me with great envy nowadays...

otanikun
otanikun

I'm still waiting for MHP 3rd, and the translators can't work fast enough on it at all. Really hoping this game makes it stateside along with MH4, as frustrating and rage inducing as this series is for me, I still love it nonetheless.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

gee monster hunter and handhelds popular in Japan...never saw that coming... :roll:

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@fabz_95 Which is why recent Capcom games don't have much quality in it since Capcom knows they will be able to sell.

fabz_95
fabz_95

The MH series really is a money maker for capcom.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

I have a feeling Nintendo will have to publish the game to see it in the West. They did it with MH3. I don't think Capcom would publish it

servb0ts
servb0ts

I wish 3DS had HD TV device like psp 3000, as a matter of Fact I think every handle should have a mandatory requirement to play hand helds on their tv screen. Sometimes being versatile is a good thing.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@dxdevilex0 : If Capcom and Nintendo have a close enough relationship for Capcom to help influence Nintendo to release an entire peripheral Nintendo has a good chance of convincing Capcom to release NA.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@moviequest14 Xenoblade was made by both Nintendo and Monolith.

Csonic6
Csonic6

I will get the 3DS only to play this... i imported MHP3rd and loved it

moviequest14
moviequest14

@WllDan7 : Nintendo didn't make Xenoblade either but that didn't stop it from being held back from U.S audience....

WllDan7
WllDan7

@moviequest14 You know capcom makes this not nintendo.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Any news on a UK release date?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@Thirdrail1 That sounds awesome.I remember playing DKCR with my dad and we spent over 100 hours trying to beat it and collect everything.I love a game that has so much content.These days,devs like to shove FPS games with 6-10 hour campaigns at us and charge us 60 bucks.No thanks amigo.When I blow 60 bucks on what is basically a toy,I wanna blow huge portions of my life along with it!:P

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

3DS is doing quit well now.Quite well indeed. But,this game isn't in the States,so.....step it up Capcom. You've all but killed MegaMan,and that infuriates me,to the point where I couldn't care less about you.But I've never played Monster Hunter,and would kike to give it a try on my 3DS.It may mellow my attitude towards you.But what really would make us friends again,is a MegaMan game brought all the way from start to finish. The path to redemption is open,Capcom.I'm waiting.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Looks pretty sweetness. If I had a 3DS I'd get it. :)

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Meh... Ill wait til the west gets MH again to give a crap...

svaubel
svaubel

As long as MH4 gets released here thats all I care about

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I think this will be released only in Japan,we already got MH3 for Wii,right? And it's possible that MH4 will be exclusive to 3DS and might be released worldwide too.

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

I've got it and it's fantastic.

American gamers like Stonecutters908 need to understand that Monster Hunter games operate on a completely different scale than we're used to. 100 hours of a single player game in the US is a pretty epic play through. But MH isn't an American game. We're the people who thought a 30 foot monkey was a "giant monster". The Japanese weren't satisfied with a MOTH until it was 100 stories tall and fighting the entire army. Scale.

100 hours of Monster Hunter is the tutorial. There are literally casual gamers in Japan with 5000 hours on their MH save files. I'm not talking about hardcore people. I'm talking about people who migrated to Monster Hunter from games like Angry Birds.

So, yeah, 4 hours is nothing. You might as well have not played it all. The difference, from the standpoint of a real monster hunter, is indistinguishable. I'm sure my 65 year old mother knows more about MH from sheer osmosis than you picked up in 4 hours. No offense. It's just true.

You have to commit to Monster Hunter, and then you see the magic. 700 hours into Unite I'm still only about 85% of the way through the game's content. Find another game you can play obsessively for 700 hours and still have completely new things left to do and see, and then think about your concepts of pacing.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

looks pretty cool actually. My biggest problem with Monster Hunter on Wii was the awful inventory menus which nearly killed the game from the start. The other big problem was the pacing. When you play a game called Monster Hunter for 4 hours and haven't fought a big boss style Monster yet, there is a serious pacing problem.

Megaman_Omega
Megaman_Omega

@moviequest14 Stores don't "buy" their games from the publisher. The store sells the stock, but they don't own it and neither did they pay for it. When the game is sold, the publisher gets the money and the store get a share of it, too.

sacatash
sacatash

Wow! This is like Dragon Quest when it goes on sale in Japan. Now the 3DS has Mario, Pokemon, Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter that sells their systems in Japan.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ekalbtwin : Already Capcom can consider it a major success...keep in mind that..though a million copies haven't left the stores yet..capcom has sold a million copies because the stores have already purchased them.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

I hope it sells millions over in Japan so it will get a release here in the US.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Still hoping to see a N.A release...learn from your mistakes with xenoblade NoA!!!

TheBlackKnight3
TheBlackKnight3

Why do they always do this? Oh, Japan is having so much fun with this game, but the United States isn't getting it! You guys are so mean.

bahamut85
bahamut85

i wanna see alatreon in 3D!!

rndllck
rndllck

I'm praying they release this in the states...

pokecharm
pokecharm

wow, this looks crazy! and we aren't getting it in the US just yet? hmm...for some reason it reminds me of the Monster levels in Peacewalker...for no reason :)

azumabob
azumabob

IMO this game has saved the 3DS's fortunes in one fell swoop.