Nintendo UK apologizes for low Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate stock

European president Satoru Shibata says "high demand" for latest role-playing game the reason for limited retail availability; new shipment "hopefully" arriving next week.

Nintendo UK has apologized for a shortage of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimater stock in the region. In a series of tweets (via Eurogamer), Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata explained that "high demand" for the Wii U and 3DS role-playing game has made the title tough to find.

"I'd like to apologize for the current stock shortage due to high demand of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at retail," Shibata said.

He added that more copies of the Wii U version will "hopefully" hit stores next week, with additional 3DS shipments expected in mid-April.

Shibata pointed out that both versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are available through the eShop.

"Both versions of #MH3U are also available on Nintendo eShop. Again, I sincerely apologize for causing any inconvenience," he said.

No such stock shortage has been reported in North America.

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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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grove12345
grove12345

hopefully now Capcom will see how MH is popular outside Japan plus add how big 360/PS3 is outside of Japan and things will click and the world can see a MH for PS3/360 now

TerminalError
TerminalError

In this day and age; these kind of excuses are unacceptable. They know how popular these games are, make enough damn copies. Nintendo really have been shakey over the past few months - Get a grip!

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

Nintendo is running out of nails for their Coffin.

Person4
Person4

lol why is this news? the UK doesn't even care for Wii U, and the rest of the world doesn't care for the UK.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

I hate how GameSpot decided to report this, but they didn't report on the amazing sales the Wii U has made in the UK and France. They'll report a shortage, but they won't report how Nintendo is benefitting greatly in terms of sales. This website is anti-Nintendo, and I hate how I can't find one gaming website that just reports news and doesn't blatantly favor one over the others. 

georgesdoe
georgesdoe

I bet that would happen a lot faster if there was a release for the PS3(EU/US)

tightwad34
tightwad34

It's just like Fire Emblem in the U.S. I had to order it off Amazon and wait for them to get a copy in. I haven't even tried to look for MH yet because I am in the middle of Fire Emblem and probably won't put it down for a while.

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

Every Great titles for Nintendo console (such as Mario and Zelda)  comes in limited numbers at a time to stores here in Australia and they always sell at full price even years after release unlike other console games. Probably that's their strategy.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

hope stock gets replenished soon...so our uk gamers can enjoy...look forward to the worldwide hunting coming soon!

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

i got the game.. and it is like every effin person with a 3DS in my university got it too... I get new streetpasses quiet often..... when my buddy and I co-op up in the halls, they'd be random ppl like "dudeeee is that monster hunter 3?! I wish had my 3DS with me so i could help you out"

so yeah, i guess the game is selling a lot.

redrabbit65
redrabbit65

I jumped on Fire Emblem right away as I suspected there might be an initial shortage and sure enough it was a little hard to find for a week or so after release day. When MHU came out I pre-ordered copies for me and my boys, don't know whether there's plenty out there or not, but I can certainly see the advantage if you know for sure you want it to go ahead and pre-order from someone. MHU is a very different kind of game, easy to see how US gamers might not dig it but you really gotta stick with it and it grows on you. Nay sayers can crawl back under their rocks.

Lhomity
Lhomity

What? Did they only ship 3 copies for the 4 Wii U owners in the UK?

wizo59mt
wizo59mt

well if they are selling out this fast on the wii-u capcom needs to pull there head out of there bung and release on other consoles for once. monster hunter would be nice on ps3.

blackace
blackace

What shortages? They must have sent a very small about if they sold out that quickly. I still haven't played my Monster Hunter game for my Wii.

flazzle
flazzle

i used to say preordering any software was pointless because you can always find the game if you look hard enough. 

Guess not!

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

How do you run short on a game for a console nobody owns? Come on you guys..get your shit together.


_yuriy_
_yuriy_

ah that game is so good it always makes me sad that I don't have a console for it

KnightSparda
KnightSparda

Lol, it's like they've lost hope for the console or something...

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

queuing_for_PS4 hasn't trolled this article...yet.

SnazzyTurtle
SnazzyTurtle

@grove12345 Hell no. They should keep it WiiU and 3DS. People need to start actually appreciating Nintendo for their hard work and the amazing consoles, not the shitty counterparts.

HADES2001
HADES2001

@Person4 Really thats odd since there is a backorder list of a lot of people who want that game.... are you sure you arent talking about yourself in stead of a entire nation ?

ewjiml
ewjiml

@SirApathetic005  

What amazing sales?  The supposed 125% increase with no hard numbers?  I own a Wii U but I am getting fed up with the lack of news and games from Nintendo.  And no, I don't play Legos or Monster Hunter and I don't consider them "killer" apps.  I should have been owning Pikmin and Rayman Legends but delay delay delay.  Nintendo needs to get it together.  

silvergol
silvergol

@Bl4KD37H This isn´t selling like a shit or hot! those numbers are weak,medium.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@Bl4KD37H Wow that is bad. Especially for the one game that actually looks interesting on the Wii U.

Now if they could throw in some western games once in a decade things might look up..hm.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I don't know about him but I'm surprise emptycow has not trolled this article as well.

Klyern
Klyern

@SnazzyTurtle @grove12345 i agree with the nintendo respect, but i dont know if MH's tilting towards nintendo will last long, MH is a game that is all about the effort and skill, not to mention the fun, not the uber graphics. If they converted to PS4 etc, i shudder to think what would happen, maybe the MH dev team would get new people and the gameplay value would suffer. >_> i dont want to think about it

HADES2001
HADES2001

@SirApathetic005 @silvergol Really ? I think Nintendo is the better in re-re-re-releases man.

Super mario bros released on
NES - original
SNES - super mario all stars
GBA - the NES classic collection
Wii - wii-store
3DS - same as wii-store YET you have to pay again
Wii-U - SOON and guess what YOU HAVE TO PAY AGAIN.
Maybe i missed something but at least 6 times released the EXACT same game

but there is one even WERSE ATARI
Pac man can be played on
Atari 2600 - NES - SNES - PS 1 - PS 2 - PS 3 (digital AND retail)- x-box - x-box 360 (digital AND retail) - GBC - GBA - DS - 3DS - PSP and maybe even more
So that is at least 15 different ways you can buy pac-man

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

@ewjiml @SirApathetic005 Hmm. Smells distinctly like a publicity stunt, to me - "gosh, we're so sorry that you can't buy this game as easily as you'd like - it's just selling **so many** copies, you see? Like, it's an amazing success, yeah? You wouldn't *believe* how successful...!!!".

I say bollocks. I'm the only person I know who's bought a Wii U, and there's a distinct lack of action in the Wii U section of my local Game store. It's not selling well at all. I wish it were, but it isn't.

It needs a true killer app - a 'must-have' title that's U-exclusive - and it needs it right now.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Bl4KD37H That's rich coming from you!

thomas4044
thomas4044

 @jmace1 Actually, the Wii U beat both the PS3 and 360 in terms of launch sales. Plus with the games coming out this year, the sales will increase a bunch.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

@jmace1 You're a bit late. Hundreds of other people already said that. At this point, it's just spam.

jmace1
jmace1

@SirApathetic005 @Tripwolf From everything I've read, and that's not exclusive to this website, Wii U sales are dismal when compared to not only the Wii, but all of the current generation consoles. Nintendo simply launched a console without any games that are system sellers.

cvfan
cvfan

@bksonic123 @Bl4KD37H The 3DS version is identical to the Wii U version, but MH3U is a port of MH Tri (I Believe), with extras from the Japanese versions of it and 3G the Wii game.

bksonic123
bksonic123

@Bl4KD37H Pretty sure that it is a port of the 3DS version (at least that's what I heard; haven't seen the 3DS version).

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @finalkain 

Obsesed.... no!

Bored.... yes!