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Why Monster Hunter was Never Popular Outside Japan - Can MH3 Ultimate Change That?

This month, Capcom is trying its hand once more with the Monster Hunter series in the US and Europe with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. This rerelease brings the series on the 3DS as well as an HD console here for the first time. The series has become extremely successful in Japan with each installment selling millions of copies, but it has never grabbed a strong following outside its homeland. Why does Monster Hunter have such a tough time here and can Nintendo’s current systems put the series on Capcom's million-seller list in the West for the first time?

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Myx231303d ago

withouth having to read the article: the answer is "no marketing and no support from a publisher". it is a simple as that. if you have to import a game and if no promotion for a title was happening one does not have to write a lengthy article about "why santa claus is so liked by children" ;) ... unless the article writer's name is captain obvious i do not see the point in the article.

SDF Repellent1303d ago

No, it is a cultural thing. Japan is more RPG/Strategy and simulator gaming concentric while the Western World is all about Blood and Gut and Sports. Just like the Xbox will never be accepted in Japan no matter how hard Microsoft try.

lilbroRx1303d ago

Never popular outside japan? I was pretty popular on the Wii in America.

RFornillos41303d ago (Edited 1303d ago )

the article mentions "People who were not fans of Monster Hunter 3 on Wii are not going to pick up the same game on Wii U a mere three years later, and those who did and invested a lot of time in the game will be split between those who will play it again in an heartbeat and those who don’t feel like paying and playing the same game twice."

except that he may have failed to consider that unlike other "remakes" MH3U has lots of added content to it (somewhere in 40+ hours or so). also, if you have invested in the game previously for Wii, you may also have to consider getting it, since the Wii servers will be turned off some time after the release, and you get a big discount for getting the new version (i believe around 50% discount to get MH3U for Wii U). a lot of fans have reported that they've played over hundreds of hours with MH, so maybe MH3U can ultimately (pun intended) change its fate as being unpopular outside of japan.

EDIT: although i do agree with his statement, that going multiplat will surely boost its sales, for very, very obvious reasons of course which is more install base (from different consoles).

HalfNerdHalfAmazing1303d ago (Edited 1303d ago )

I play the demo for MH3 and I just don't see what so special about the game the graphics look like a early Xbox 360 game the gameplay is boring and the camera is so bad sometimes you can't see your enemies.

khowat1303d ago

it grabs you and doesnt let you go, like game of thrones, it seems boring and no so special at first but then it picks up

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