Famitsu promised a big look at Monster Hunter Portable 3rd this week, and it delivered in a big way, with over 14 pages of content.
Taking up a good amount of space is a look at what's new with the game's weapons. I'm not much of a Monster Hunter player, but here's a rough translation of Game Jouhou's summary:
Sword and Shield
Has a "back knuckle" move, where you attack with your shield. Can also steal stamina.
Has some sort of move called Kijin Kyouka.
The breadth of attack when charging has been improved.
You can now attack while stepping.
Has poison effects.
Can steal stamina.
As you attack, you store musical notes. Once you've stored enough, you can perform a musical piece for special attack effects.
You can dash forward while guarding.