Monster Hunter 4 ships 3 million copies in Japan

New milestone for role-playing game includes physical copies shipped and digital units sold; series sells 26 million copies to date.

3DS role-playing game Monster Hunter 4 has now shipped 3 million copies in Japan since release in September, a new record for any third-party 3DS game in Japan, Capcom announced today

This figure, up from 2 million during launch week, includes physical copies shipped and digital units sold through the Nintendo eShop.

Capcom announced in May this year that it expected Monster Hunter 4 to sell-through 2.8 million copies by the end of its fiscal year in March 2014.

No North American release information for Monster Hunter 4 has been announced and Capcom has no plans to release the game on PlayStation Vita.

The Monster Hunter series debuted in 2004 and is approaching its tenth anniversary. Capcom said today that growth in sales is continuing, with the entire franchise now surpassing 26 million copies sold to date, as of October 15.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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xxvincentvxx
xxvincentvxx

Iv only play 3Tri and 3U and it makes me want to get a ps2 and get the old games. I think, after watching videos and reading up on the wiki, that this exact game may not come to us, but, and this is a big but, after reading this article they may just make a annaversery addition since its comeing up soon and there doing a good job of conseling it. I think id like a jam packed game with most if not all the monster thus for (in the american games) with the new weapons, maybe even some newer weapons and elements... but im not against getting this game at all :3 id Love this game even watching some gameplay.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I never played Monster Hunter, looks awesome.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

I've played the hell out of MHFU, MH3, and MH3U, this franchise is one of my favorites ever.  I really really want this game, and I really really hope they'll port it over to NA.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

And could have shipped more if Capcom gave fucks about their customers or any country but Japan.

polostation
polostation

i want this just for the zelda and mario stuff

jd7904
jd7904

This has to be one of the few things Capcom hasn't ruined with DLC and Call of Duty "ME TOO" BS. Capcom needs to do more stuff like this I think. Good for them. Now release it on the Wii U by next Christmas in the U.S. and I'm there.

19James89
19James89

It's good to see Capcom having some success given their financial woes at present, I just wish this wasn't just confined to the 3DS and wasn't region locked to the Japanese market. They should make this available in all regions and on the Wii U.

galactic88
galactic88

Just wish they'd make the action a little more combative, love the series though

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

There needs to be a 3DS player like there used to be a GBA player. And make it for the Wii U. I want to play 3DS RPGs but the controls are just too tiny to really play for me. And it drives me nuts that the 3DS is packed full of RPGs that I won't get to play without tiny controls. 

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@bunchanumbers There needs to be a EU version first ;), saying that just found out twilight princess only renders textures at 480i even in 480p mode and makes it look considerably worse compared to the US version, EU version looks best at 576i weirdly, someone screwed that up, hope all nintendo games aren't like this, super mario galaxy looks fine though.

Returning to a save from 2007 lol, thank god for wikis, not restarting a 20 hour save lol, glad i have though.

Tried monster hunter on 3ds didn't think much too it, but guess it would be more fun online with randoms chopping things at the same time which the portable version didn't offer.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@19James89 @bunchanumbers They're adult sized. Well a little bigger than average. Big enough to make using handheld controls uncomfortable for long games like the RPGs I love so much.