Congratulations western Monster Hunter fans! You have not been excluded this time around as Capcom today announced that the previously Japan-only game ‘Monster Hunter 3′ shall be making its way to you. The bad news is that it has been given a vague “early 2010″ release date and comes under the puzzling new moniker of “Monster Hunter Tri”, quite why they felt they had to change ’3′ to ‘tri’, mere mortals are not meant to know the intricacies behind these decisions.
For those of you unaware of just what the Monster Hunter series is all about here is a brief summary: Monster Hunter is an action/adventure game in which the player takes over the role of an up-and-coming Monster Hunter. Your character improves in a very formulaic role playing game manner, through completing various quests and challenges as well as obtaining better armour and weapons for your character.
The Monster Hunter games can be extremely rewarding for fans of the genre or of similar titles such as Phantasy Star Online. However, this mastering of its niche fan base has yet to translate to any mass success in terms of European and North American sales, or at least in comparison to it’s Japanese figures.
Capcom hope to change this by bringing one of their flagship franchises to the Nintendo Wii, a platform that is a clear market leader (whether we like it or not) and will no doubt bolster sales of the game. Whether this is enough to ‘break’ the Western market only time will tell, but I advise anyone who enjoys games of this type to give this one a shot.
So there you have it people, turn on your Wii and become the ultimate Monster Hunter next year!
Source : Capcom PR