Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate release is sure to be giving a nice boost to the Wii U and 3DS sales in the West: the series is incredibly popular thanks to its gameplay formula, co op multiplayer features and most of all its portable format. Monster Hunter 3 is currently the only game of the series available on home consoles and for a good reason, as stated in a recent interview by Ryozo Tsujimoto, the game’s producer.
The Monster Hunter series has been incredibly successful in Japan thanks to its portable format: in Japan portable consoles sell as much, if not even better, than home consoles, with Japanese players spending a lot of time playing games on the go. The multiplayer features of the series allowed the game to be incredibly popular without resorting to any gimmick: the gameplay formula may be simple but it’s incredibly engaging. Tsujimoto also notes how Monster Hunter wasn’t an instant success and how it required some time before becoming one the best selling franchises in Japan.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released on Wii U as well as 3DS and there’s a reason behind this choice: Tsujimoto states how both versions will be identical content wise and with the Wii U the team was able to replicate the dual screen action and feel of the 3DS version.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will offer a lot of new content over the vanilla version: twice as many monsters, a lot of new weapons, items and features. One nice gameplay addition will be the inclusion of a lock on feature which has been absent in all games of the series.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will launch on March 19 in North America and on March 22 in Europe on 3DS and Wii U.