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Why Monster Hunter Is So Popular In Japan (And Struggles Everywhere Else)

Kotaku: The Monster Hunter series wasn't always the "monster" (heh heh) hit it is currently. Originally released for the PS2, the first game, Monster Hunter, and its sequel, Monster Hunter G, sold less than a million copies each. It wasn't until the game went hand-held to the PSP with Monster Hunter Portable (Monster Hunter Freedom in the west) that Capcom scored their first million seller with the series.

There is, however, something to be said about the fact that the game series helped cement the PSP's popularity in Japan among the previous generation of handhelds (so much so that the PSP continues to outsell the PS Vita) as well as establish the popularity of the 3DS in the current generation of handhelds in Japan. Why does the series garner such popularity mainly in Japan?

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BlackTar1871332d ago

Man if they would only release and english version for us i think it would do better then the ps2 one did.

Xof1332d ago

I dunno.

I think it would sell well in the West, on any platform, if they advertised it on TV.

I mean, hell, I don't even like monster hunter, but I can see that it has broad appeal. It's just that most gamers aren't very aware of it. Kind of like Ys, or Dragon Quest in the west.

sloth33951332d ago

also add online not just adhoc on a handheld system would help too

Jason1431331d ago

Have you played monster hunter dos? You can patch it to english and play it in 1080p on pc and it looks absolutely incredible. It is still the best MH title. It is basically freedom unite ++++

BlackTar1871331d ago

I have not but im looking into it today. Thanks for the info.

WetN00dle691332d ago

MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE!!!!!!!
Me wants NAOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

izumo_lee1332d ago

I believe the MH series is best on handhelds, & since handhelds are so popular in Japan the series is very successful.

It hasn't caught on in other territories cause handhelds aren't as big as the consoles. Most MH games are quick missions that do not take a lot of time, so experiencing them on handhelds feel more full filling.

AWBrawler1331d ago

Nah, some missions can be long, especially when you just starting off. I literallly fought Lagiacrus for an hour the first time, and still lost

BanBrother1332d ago

Why is it so popular in Japan? Because it's awesome.
Why is is not so popular everywhere else? Don't know.

Monter hunter is crazy. I think they never had huge marketing over here, that would be one reason. It definitely has the quality though. Nothing like taking down a gigantic boss for 20 minutes with a few other people.

Jason1431331d ago

I know with my son and his friends they simply do not have the patience. Some of them found it fun until they saw what is required to build a weapon and set. It is all about the hunt and the chat amongst players imo. the article does a good job at pointing that out

3-4-51332d ago

Having All Boss battles just doesn't do it for me. Boss Battles are usually my least favorite parts of games.

I can see how some people would love this though.

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