Monster Hunter is kind of a big deal, especially in Japan where Capcom moves more copies of the games than they can count. Even outside of J-land, the action-RPG has captured the hearts of all different kinds of gamers — and rightfully so. What’s most impressive about the franchise is how consistent it is. In truth, there haven’t been that many, if any, bad installments in the series. It’s no wonder, then, that fans would be anxiously awaiting the game’s first appearance on Nintendo’s Wii U.
Since the announcement of its foray into HD glory here in North America, loyalists have been excited. Consequently, today will make those folks all the more energized. Capcom have finally become loose-lipped about the game’s release, revealing that it will launch on March 19 for Wii U and 3DS. By the calendar, that’s just a smidge over two months away. Fortunately, you need not wait that long to experience the game, as a demo for both versions will be made available February 21.
For those not in the know, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an upgraded iteration of the Wii’s Monster Hunter Tri. There will be a number of added features to 3U including revised graphics, new creatures and quests, harder monsters, improved weaponry and armor, a robust online and local multiplayer component, USB keyboard support, the ability to import data from the Wii U to 3DS and cross-platform play among the two systems.
Up and to the game’s release, we will be covering it extensively. Upon launch, we will even be liveblogging our time with it. In the meantime, though, go ahead and marvel at the new trailer and official box art below; they’re rather fantastic.