TGS 2008: Monster Hunter 3 Impressions

Capcom gives an overview of its latest monster-hunting installment; this time for the Nintendo Wii.

TOKYO--For Japanese gamers, one of the most anticipated games at this year's Tokyo Game Show was Monster Hunter 3. Capcom's booth on day one was packed with a four-hour waiting line of visitors hoping to get their hands on the new Wii game. Day two was worse, with the line reaching the same length in just 10 minutes after opening, despite being another business day. Needless to say, its stage event was packed as well. Producer Ryozo Tujimoto and director Kaname Fujioka made an appearance to talk about Monster Hunter 3 and how it's different from the previous installments.

"It's been five years since we've made the Monster Hunter series. During the years, we've had many installments and gained a lot of fans. We've been receiving a lot of input from the players. We've been looking at them, and given the shift to a new platform, we've decided to create everything again from scratch. We've redone details, as well as the game system, and we hope that it'll have even more depth [than the previous installments]," said Fujioka.

One of the main themes in Monster Hunter 3 will be water. The game's trailer depicted a world where the sea plays an important role, and in one scene, an armor-plated warrior was seen swimming in the ocean together with schools of fishes. In another scene, he was using a pickaxe in the middle of the ocean, apparently to chip some ore off from rocks. The warrior was also seen battling against giant sea dragons using a large sword. One of the villages shown in the trailer was made of a wooden foundation, and it floated in the middle of water.

Another major difference from previous Monster Hunter games is the addition of natural behaviors. In Monster Hunter 3, the enemies act in a more realistic manner that can be taken advantage of by the player. For example, a hungry monster will loose stamina, which will make it more vulnerable to attacks and decrease its ability to do some special moves. To regain its stamina, the monster would need to eat other monsters. Also, some monsters are territorial and live together in flocks. If other species comes into its territory, they'd assault the infiltrator. That goes for both the player, as well as other monsters. We were also shown a new monster called Kurupekko, which had a cute, ducklike appearance. The Kurupekko wasn't too strong, but as a method of survival, it could imitate cries of other monsters and call out to them for help.

The developers also gave a quick rundown of the game's control. Monster Hunter 3 uses the Nunchuk for moving around and the Wii Remote's D pad for controlling the camera angle. The A button is used for searching, and the Nunchuk's C button is used for opening the menu screen. In terms of battle, players can pull out their weapons by swinging the Wii Remote; putting away the weapon can be done with the plus button. Attacking is done by simply pressing the A button. To attack sideways, the player needs to tilt the Wii Remote sideways when pressing the A button. Players who want more traditional gameplay can use the classic controller as well, which Monster Hunter 3 supports.

As a final surprise, Tujimoto revealed that Monster Hunter 3 can run with a split-screen so that two players can enjoy the game together. A real-time demo was played on the stage where one player played on the top screen and the second player played on the bottom screen. During the demo, one of the players used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, while the other player used the classic controller.

It was also revealed during the stage presentation that Monster Hunter Portable 2G has reached 2.5 million in sales as of day one of the Tokyo Game Show. What's more, it also won grand prize in the Japan Game Awards. A "PSP the Best" reprint edition is already on the way and will be hitting stores in Japan on October 30, priced 2,990 yen.

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39 comments
galapago10
galapago10

wow shinkada aren't you a fanboy every system has its strengths and weaknesses seeing as how wii is the #1 selling system it must be playing it's cards right for all we know the next gen (hope it wont come soon) will blow the competition away with it's graphics

Prototype_14
Prototype_14

Wow, split-screen, thats about all I need to hear about this game to completely want to buy it as soon as I can.

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

Wow, Shinkada. or should I say S***kada? Why don't you pull your head out of your rear and stop being such a Fanboy? Even I can appreciate Xbox 360 and PS3 even though I'm not a fan. Anyways, I hope that this game turns out as good as it sounds. . .

Shinkada
Shinkada

Also: I find it ****ing hilarious that 90% of the people in these comments are relieved that the game isn't focusing on the wiimote. Which, considering the Wii is completely inferior in every single way to its competition if you take away its dated, gimmicky controls, make this the single most illogical move in development history. At least, illogical from a design perspective. From a business one, well, it's obviously brilliant since Nintentards will gobble up anything remotely mature in an attempt to pretend they can be real gamers too.

Shinkada
Shinkada

I'm a huge fan of the series. Which is precisely why I will never buy this particular installment.

IvanDraco
IvanDraco

I really hope this game turns out to be one of the most epic things ever, y'know, like final fantasy vii. If it does succeed that would make me feel at least a bit better about losing ffvii for the N64 (call me whatever you want, It was painful for a long time nintendo fanboi having to play ffvii on ps)

Dualmask
Dualmask

Well, everyone's biggest fear seems to have been alleviated: they're allowing for the use of the Classic Controller, so no bad motion controls will ruin the gameplay (although Capcom has proven they know how to make proper use of the motion controls). The second concern will be online play...four players' indicators were shown in one video I watched even though only one player was visible so there's definitely going to be online play...I'm just wondering how it will work out. And the split screen idea sounds awesome too...in fact, that personally interests me more than online play.

Ryukin116
Ryukin116

split screen= co-op? or PVP?

Dante399
Dante399

They should make it exclusive on PSone instead, that'll save them alot of money. LOL

irongutvi
irongutvi

so we dont get street fighter 4 or resident evil 5 but instead we get MH3 on wii!!! that's almost a fair thing to do capcom.

morayzilla
morayzilla

when is it coming out for the US? im getting awfully anxious here just waiting for updates and stop dissapointing us, its getting old.

Rasengan_X
Rasengan_X

I'm all in for the increased al of the monsters and underwater hunting, the new monsters also look promising. I would love fighting that sea serpent. And @kuy4: So what you're saying is that the underwater hunting addition isn't innovative? Weird, it's something totally new and unique to the series and it's not innovative... very cleaver of you. >_>

death5114
death5114

So heatblade... canceled means comming out? weird never heard of that... thought canceled meant... well... canceled... well anyways... Im a huge fan of the series and HOPE THIS COMES OUT SOON!!! good thing 2g portable is coming out here in NA so theres something to look foward to while waiting...

heatblade12
heatblade12

they are bringing it out on ps3 search monster hunter 3 on gamespot

Tabriz2015
Tabriz2015

I think its a good refresh to the series but sincerely I would it prefer on my PS3 but to take the challenge in my Wii would be a good test for me and my friends jejeje

LtShade
LtShade

i like monster hunter but im upset thats its coming to the wii when it was on playstation the whole time but what can u do

Dante399
Dante399

@Mr_Ploppy_z It's never meant to be clear anyway Just like the situation here.

dennis8
dennis8

wow for The Wii!!?? im getting this :D 2 player split screen is a plus

Mr_Ploppy_z
Mr_Ploppy_z

Wow im defo getting this also dante 399 WTF man? random or what, i tried to read your comment but my brain almost ended up imploding on itself... not so clear

aznstyle11
aznstyle11

-__- Whats wrong with another PSP title? Couldn't they at least keep it on a PlayStation product?

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I am disappointed that MH3 went the way of the wii due to production costs, I can only dream of when it comes to the PS3.

Kuy4
Kuy4

The new additions to Monster Hunter Tri don't seem innovative, but are looking to be very effective. Let's hope it's a real winner! ... And finally, something to keep those nagging 12yo Wii-gamers who want "hardcore" games pre-occupied.

Dante399
Dante399

When is it going to be released? Will it be exclusive on the Wii or it'll be multiplat? If Capcom wants money make MH3Tri a multiplatform title. Include PC and DS and PSP so even more gamers can enjoy MonsterHunter series from now on. It will be good for the company and for gamers all around the world. Although I greatly wish that this game should be built with the most advanced technology in the world for decent visuals to fully present real nature. However, I believe this cannot be done, at least not until two to four years from now when all videogaming consoles reach somewhat equal specifications. I don't mind playing PSone or Sega Saturn games now... because graphics don't make the game but gameplay does. Just like what my friend said, if you want to buy a drink and u have only a glass of ice tea and a glass of water what would u choose to drink, he said that u go for water because it is cheaper, and if u want so badly to drink ice tea u should wait three to four years when the price of ice tea is no more than of water. The point is I have to play MH3 whether I like the graphics and controller or not, and I have to wait years for a better MonsterHunter title in a decent machine whether it's Nintendo next gen or Xbox1024 or PS5. Capcom if u want to make more money out of this game then make a movie of it, make it all in graphics, it will sure guarantee even more audience.

Zathic
Zathic

PS3 would be awesome

EPaul
EPaul

2.5 million units Wow

galduke
galduke

I love the behavior addition. In MHF2 I was psyched when a Rathian disturbed a group of Velociprey before I reached them and they all started attacking her for the duration of the battle. It seems like Capcom was riding on the classic control scheme the whole time, the Wii Remote scheme sounds like a real pain!

megatomm_
megatomm_

safe, my family are getting a wii for christmas so my dad can play golf, so i can steal it for this :)

elozl
elozl

looking good

centuryslayer
centuryslayer

nice, a good reason for me to keep my Wii :]

Endor15
Endor15

YESSSS! This is GREAT! Not only does this look like a great game for wii but it also supports the classic controller! That is great news! (wii+ isnt currently out so preferably since I have a classic controller I wouldn't want a zelda same movement type deal) but this game will be one of the best games for wii hands down.

P-op
P-op

It's cool but i hope it will better on PS3, i will look forward to play new series of MH on Playstation ^ ^"

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

well.. heres hoping that we'll get a monster hunter for the PS3