Capcom's handheld action RPG goes double-platinum first week on the market in Japan; series sales stand at 15 million.
Any doubts about the enduring popularity of the Monster Hunter series in Japan were erased this past week. That's when Monster Hunter Freedom 3, known as Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in the island nation, sold 2 million units since going on sale December 1. The shipments appear to be even ahead of publisher Capcom's optimistic estimates, which predict the PSP game will eventually sell 3.6 million units. Since 2004, the Monster Hunter series has sold more than 15 million units, mostly in Japan.
A sequel to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (known as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G in Japan), Monster Hunter Portable 3rd offers new hunting areas and monstrous prey. It also sports a new Feylene system, which lets players customize their companions' equipment loadouts when embarking on hunts. The game also sports the same ad hoc co-op mode that has made the series so popular in Japan.
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd has no US release date as of yet. For a closer look at the game, check out its trailer from this year's Tokyo Game Show, viewable below.
My mind just got blown more than when I watched Inception. I'm totally buying this the minute it comes out.
@mariomaster16 I don't center the camera, I pan the camera around. I find it very useful in keeping tabs with the bosses and little monsters whereabouts. Constantly centering the camera gives me a headache. Moving up and down more for flying bosses rather thn for the cinemagraphic* effect =P lol.
I hope they announce MH title for PS3 otherwise I'll go to capcom in japan and shout THIS IS SPARTA! xD jks But I do really hope that this game comes to the new gen consoles. I'm playing MHP3rd all day already without online, then I wonder how I'll be like when this comes to the PS3 xD
@admund: That's a really inconvenient way to play. I prefer just doing the Resident Evil thing, move the camera only when needed, and usually only when the character isn't moving. Centering the camera every now and then eliminates the need for constant readjustment, only when the monster is really fast or you're running away do you really need to move it around. Otherwise, one, centered, angle is best. Though moving up and down does make it more cinemagraphic. (is that a word?) From my experience the camera works just fine, I've never had a problem with it; i found it easier than the PS2 and Wii controls.
@ billeycoleman I am aware of this game, wasn't it released in 2009? What I was asking for was for the game to support a new engine, with new areas and a legitimate storyline this time around, released outside of Japan.
@gzero71 Hm...maybe initially yes. For me, as I kept on doing it I grew used to it. And it felt natural to do so, crucial in fighting the higher tiered bosses especially teostra and lunastra as they're always jumping around. I'm playing on a PSP2000, didn't like the GO. Way too small, and it felt fragile, shoulder buttons kinda blocked by the slide design.
Weee!! I'm playing it and I love it!!~ going to gather my frens to do quest together~ I don noe how to read Japanese but I have played before Monster Hunter Freedom Unite so I sort of know how to play~
@juan99692k6: That's definitely true. Most Japanese games seem to require a lot more thought, and brain power than American/Australian games. Compare the two biggest multi-player titans- Black Ops vs. Monster Hunter Frontier. Black Ops is basically: point and shoot; aim for the head and try not to die. MH is: gather materials, plan carefully for each fight; watch and learn your opponent; fight and dodge with precision, on pain of death; overall it's way more complex and difficult and not only requires real teamwork, it also takes a lot more thought and work, and if there's one thing we Americans hate it's games that make you think work. Don't get me wrong, I love playing Black Ops online it's really fun. I'm just saying it seems the Japanese prefer games that take more thought, and effort. I know I'm generalizing, but it is (generally) true.
@admund It's innovative to do that, but over time my finger gets tired and starts to hurt. And it's next to impossible to do with the PSPGO. But, I heard you can use a PS3 controller to play the PSPGO through blutooth. I was wondering - does the right analog stick become the camera controls?
IdolConverge you do no that the 360 has monster hunter f right and its in HD but...........japan only not a prob for me but i want my buddys in the states to play as well
my psp just got rock hard. that aside i wish or rather we need this game to sell well state side so we can see more of it here.........i play monster hunter f on my 360 but not one of my buddys in the states can play with me..........
two quick fixes its spelled Felyne, and the game is supposed to be released August of next year. Can't wait, looks amazing; buying it the day it comes out.
@SDBusDriver1979 Camera scheme can't really help much but it's not a prob actually. U just need the right finger pose* lol. Left thumb on analog and ur index finger on the directional buttons to move the camera simultaneously. =] Anyways, can't wait for this game. Best game that has no lvl and pure strategy and skill
I really hope a Monster Hunter gets released soon within the 3DS launch window but that might be asking for too much. I love the game just hate the PSP camera control scheme.
This should be a sign to Capcom that the demand for an HD release on the 360 and PS3 with a new engine would be awesome. DO IT!
I cannot wait for this to hit the States. I agree with those who have said this would melt face on the PS3 or 360. I would LOVE to see a PS3 version and I have been begging for one since the PS3's launch. In fact, MH3 (now MH Tri) was originally announced for the PS3 and I almost wet my pants. Then, they announced that it would be exclusively for the Wii, citing high development costs... then Capcom kept releasing other cross-platform titles for 360/PS3, so I call shenanigans on that. At any rate, MH is my favorite IP of all time and it ROCKS as a portable game. Way to go, Capcom.
Japanese people are more into RPGS(role playing games) than FPS (first person shooters) and that's a fact!
This game can become quite addicting. I had it for the PSP & a friend of mines has it for the Wii. He bough his friend a copy just to covert him & spread the fun. I didn't get it for the Wii because...I like doing other things...and I know I'll just be getting stuck in front of the TV, zoning out to some MH. Now if they do it for the 360/PS3, I might just submit.
like the new monsters in MHP3, hope they make a ps3 version and also uses water like monster hunter tri, that be awesome
I am not at all surprised.1 reason why so many PSPs were sold as well.and to those who havent even tried the monster hunter experience you really dont know what you are missing on... and yes,i am one of the hopefuls expecting Capcom to finally release a monster hunter title on the PS3
Okay, now screw the PSP and make another Wii version of Monster Hunter. If it's on the Xbox or PS3 is better damn well have awesome graphics. What Call of Duty was to America is Monster Hunter to Japan. Except Monster Hunter (PS2) got a much needed upgrade and love in Monster Hunter 2 which was only released in Japan. This was one of the first games to fully utilize online, congrats if you had online for your PS2.
MH Tri was my first dip into the monster hunter realm... the gameplay is incredibly engrossing.... and I can see why these games sell big.
@KAbo0m You make Americans look bad. Which means you make a bunch of us on here look bad even though a good amount of us like playing monster hunter.
Hmm. I'd been considering picking up Unite, but if this is better, I might as well wait for it to come Stateside instead...
@KAbo0m Your whole entire post is full of complete ignorance. The Japanese audience has things they like just like we do. So because Japanese doesn't care about FPS that means the Americans have better taste or standards ? Seriously I hope you don't talk like that in public, you could seriously offend the Japense culture with nonsense like that.
My love for this franchise, coupled with the American (ignorant) view of "hold-your-hand" games like COD just reinforces the notion that quality games worth $60 is forever gone. It's sad to think gamers buy into re-skins like Modern Milkfare and Black Flops.
@KaBo0m I really hope that was sarcasm over there... You americans, you... You wouldn't tell a good game even if it slapped you right across the face :P Monster Hunter is fanstastic with friends but just like other great games, such as Demon's Souls it has it's specific audience which is a lot more "hardcore" than your average FPS player.
While the DS has many million sellers in Japan, Monster Hunter games are the only million sellers for the PSP. They seems to be the ones that are known to sell systems. We will have to see how Portable 3rd will sell in the long run.
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