Monster Hunter Tri stalking US, EU in 2010

Wii-exclusive installment in Capcom's top-selling action RPG franchise migrates to North America and Europe early next year.

The Monster Hunter franchise may not enjoy much popularity in the West, but Capcom more than makes up for that fact with Japanese gamers' rabid enthusiasm. Already, the latest installment in the franchise, Monster Hunter Tri, has proven to be a success. As part of its laudable April-June financial report last week, Capcom said that the Wii-exclusive action role-playing game shipped more than 1 million units to retailers in the lead-up to its August 1 launch in Japan.

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Still, Capcom hasn't quite given up on the West when it comes to Monster Hunter. The publisher declared today that Monster Hunter Tri will be available for the Wii in North America and Europe in early 2010. Though the announcement did not say so explicitly, it is unlikely it will be bundled with the Wii console as it was in Japan--the first third-party game to have the privilege.

Monster Hunter Tri was initially announced as a PlayStation 3-exclusive. However, citing the "high development cost of titles for PS3," Capcom said in October 2007 that it would be releasing the title only for Nintendo's console.

As noted in GameSpot's preview of the game from the 2008 Tokyo Game Show, Monster Hunter Tri features gameplay that is highly reminiscent of other installments in the franchise. Gamers are tasked with hunting a variety of monsters across various environs, with Capcom introducing underwater levels with this latest installment. The game supports both Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls, as well as the traditional Classic Controller gamepad.

Multiplayer will factor heavily into the Monster Hunter Tri experience, with Capcom promising a four-player online co-op mode, as well as two-player split-screen action. Lone gamers can also compete in a single-player mode, questing through the remote wilderness with survival expert Cha-Cha.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Monster Hunter Tri.

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fennec_fox
fennec_fox

@Dualmask Well, PSO is the only GC game with STILL ALIVE ONLINE multiplayer (private server, of course) - I even play it every now and then :)

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

This looks killer. They should have brought this series to the US a LONG time ago. Impressive for a Wii game too. Definitely one to watch for.

TheImporter
TheImporter

@Neo987, Why would anyone want to mod a PSP to play an import game when it is region free? It seems to me someone who is into the Monster Hunter series would be up on the import scene and know the PSP does not need modding to play imports.

maxgil2
maxgil2

Booooo! that's crap, way too long of a wait..

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Dualmask Let PSO go? Nah will never happen.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I can't wait until this comes out. Maybe this will be the game that finally convinces my friends to let PSO go...we got together for some offline multiplayer just last weekend and it was a blast, but man that game feels dated now.

leeko_link
leeko_link

I love the Monster Hunter series, still playing MHFU on my PSP right now but when this came out for Wii, I'll be getting it on day one. It's too bad Monster Hunter G didn't make it, but anyways better to get a new entry than a port is it.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Ok first of all to everyone who is calling what the wii version will be as shoddy crap, we need you to shove it.Watch the full 3 minute trailer tell me its shoddy.It's very well done and its quite good graphically for a wii game.Also its set for classic controller dont bother with the remote controller. Next.The monster hunter games are for those who can settle into the profession of a monster hunter and feel natural doing it.If you dont feel for the game then you just cant get into it.These games arent about wowing you on a constant basis they are about the charm that comes with the game.The fact you are trying survive in a wilderness that you must dive into as you hunt for your targets is a great thing to get into.There is flesh and herb eaters, they all act based on those settings.They react quite well to actions too.Trust me feeling for this game is the only way you can get into it.Its like PSO, one hell of a grind fest but it had charm and was innovative at the time.Also there was so much to it and was fun to just socialize in.There was nothing like just having a great conversation with friends then heading into a room to work together and fight bosses or do quests.I still play monster hunter for the ps2 and psobb for the pc.I dont think ill ever stop.

TeabagChampion
TeabagChampion

I can't wait for this game to come out!!! I had a blast playing MH on the PS2.

NuKkU
NuKkU

man this is alot of monster hunter games :D

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

really cool looking man! i hope its better than the last versions cause they were a bit unorganized.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Go on Capcom, you milk that franchise! I just can't get into it myself. I have really tried, I even played the demo of MHFU for about 2 hours, but I just find it dull and repetitive. Maybe I am not doing it right. Chase and kill the monster right? Then do it again.

Neo987
Neo987

I'm not sure where GS gets off saying the MH series isn't very popular in the US. Monster Hunter on PS2 had moderately populated online servers up to the day they shut down, a company in England that runs a Monster Hunter "tavern" is considering a venture in the US, the japanese PSN service Ad-hoc Party is populated by a large amount of US players playing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and, when I worked for GameStop, a common question we weren't allowed to comment on (per corporate stigma) was "how do you mod a PSP?" While we weren't supposed to answer, I always asked why, and the most common motivation was to play Portable 2nd G before Unite was announced. MH may not be a series for everyone, but it's certainly better and more popular than GS has a history of claiming.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

Never played this game and I have no idea what to expect.. But I've seen a lot of fans of it and am glad it's coming!

cspark809
cspark809

I hope they add motion plus technology with it when it release on states.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Let's face it, Capcom just wasn't ready to make a Next-gen HD Monster Hunter.

kboar1776
kboar1776

im glad its coming to the states

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

It definately isn't going to be shoddy. They just changed platforms. It's because it would be mega expensive and America doesn't usually like it and the entire of Japan has Wii's so why not? Seems like a good idea, even though I would have prefered the PS3 one.

Raykuza
Raykuza

"Used to be PS3 but the production costs were too high." So am I to assume that this is going to be a shoddy, low-budget game? It's a shame because I kind of want to get into this series.

TalesofRaGnArOk
TalesofRaGnArOk

I always love how in every article mentioning MH3, they always talk about how it used to be for the ps3, but due to developing costs... I'll definitely beat MHFU by the time this comes out

Dogmeat_007
Dogmeat_007

The greatest game that not many people play, and that's a shame.

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

I'm with the Japanese on this one. Monster Hunter FU is one of the best games I've ever played. If we're not getting a black Wii to go with it, then I'm going to ahead and order the Japanese bundle. Good news for me, since I didn't really want to wait around for 2010 anyway, but was holding off in case I needed to support MH stateside.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Yay! I'm a half monster hunter fan ready to give this one my full attention. I'm glad it has the classic controller, i'm not so down with the Wiimote pointing at stuff all of the time. Hunting monsters is cool.

Phazon-Hunter
Phazon-Hunter

Looking forward to this being released in the US. :D

AiKago
AiKago

*YAWN* Another sorely unpolished, poorly designed Monster Hunter iteration. I've put a lot of hours into the PSP revs, and I've got a little secret to reveal: The games simply aren't very good.

sergio_afonso
sergio_afonso

Amazing! This asians are quite strange...a game of...grind!! lol!

Trogeton
Trogeton

Nintendo consoles are popular for having exclusive RPG games.. this is cool.. love rpgs

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

i wish this game would come to other consoles....im not saying capcom has to...but id enjoy it

danger_ranger95
danger_ranger95

Man, This game looks like a lot of fun can't wait til it comes to the states. I wonder if Nintendo will ever have a huge game bundled with the system in NA or EU ever. If so, I wonder what game they would chose?

Geostrike
Geostrike

Wow, this game looks amazing! I'm a little bumed it's not on the PS3, but more Monster Hunter is always a good thing. As long as it's coming state side, I'm happy.

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

Even though I am a wii owner this game would be perfect for PS3.It's like this game instead of making 3 steps forward it just does 1... Anyway anything announced about monthly fees in US,EU yet?

tom95b
tom95b

I've never played a Monster Hunter before, but this game looks so awesome. I can't wait for it to come out.

NinjaRPG
NinjaRPG

Can't Wait To play this with some People Online :)

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Shame about the ps3 cancel but i shall now get a Wii just for this.More people need to play the monster hunter series.Its kinda a sleeper/cult hit like PSO was.Hoping this latest one really brings in the players.Though im expecting many little children im looking forward to it.

chappy_man
chappy_man

finally, i have been waiting for this one

Melty123
Melty123

Looks amazing, why this isn't on X360? I'd buy this.