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 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.