Monster Hunter 4 Sells Two Million Units in Four Days

Monster Hunter 4 Sells Two Million Units in Four Days

A feat made more impressive when you consider Monster Hunter 4 has only been released in Japan.

Monster Hunter 4, the latest in Capcom's Pokemon-a-like monster hunting RPG, has moved over two million units despite being out for just four days. This makes it the best-selling third-party game on the Nintendo 3DS. What's more impressive is that Monster Hunter 4 has, of now, only been released in Japan. Capcom was also pleased to announce that the smashing success of Monster Hunter 4 has brought the lifetime total sales of games in the Monster Hunter franchise to 25 million units.

The Japanese publisher claims that a local development that features a link with Shibu hot spring resort in Nagano Prefecture as well as positive and wide-ranging collaborations with other industries in areas such as food, drinks, and clothing helped contribute to Monster Hunter 4's success.

It aims to continue to expand its Monster Hunter promotion in Japan, with future events such as the "Monster Hunter Festa' 13", which is being staged in 5 cities across Japan, and "Monster Hunter the Real 2014" (a Monster Hunter-themed version of the "Resident Evil: The Real we saw a few months ago), at Universal Studios Japan.

Capcom neglected to offer any word of an English release of Monster Hunter 4, but given the series' popularity, it should only be a matter of time before it hits the West.

Source: Capcom

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From the point of view of Square Enix, this is an absolute failure.

Man i would love to play that on Wii U. Not sure if im gonna get the 3ds version, it was ok in tri ultimate but with the new movement options the game becomes to fast for controlling the camera using the touchscreen.

Anyone who thinks Monster Hunter has anything at all to do with Pokemon, has not played either.

First: You are disqualified for comparing this very brutal and bloody hunting game to pokemon.

Second: It would not be the first monster hunter game that would not see release in the west.... Monster hunter portable 3rd G anyone?

Karadalis:

Second: It would not be the first monster hunter game that would not see release in the west.... Monster hunter portable 3rd G anyone?

DON'T GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS YOU SICK BASTARD

What do you mean it's a look a like to Pokemon?

Just because something has a variety of monsters, doesn't automatically make it a Pokemon clone.

Because that's where the similarities end.

Last time I check, you couldn't capture and train the dragon bear you just slaughtered for it's pelt. Nor did Pokemon have armor and weapon customization.

You might as well say that they made a game entirely out of the "Go fetch me 5 bear belts" task lines of Elder Scrolls.

Thats mostly down to the relentless hype train that always preceeds a major Monster Hunter release. And this hype train is powered by a thousand suns and the brakes wore out 5 years ago.

OuendanCyrus:
Pokemon-a-like? =o

A popular theory among the fanbase is that Monster Hunter is what Pokemon would be if it ever matured with its audience.

Not that GameFreak are wrong for sticking to thier guns, its just that Pokemon isnt interesting to me anymore.

Am I the only one who sees a link between Monster Hunter and Pokemon?

Pokemon: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use them to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.
Monster Hunter: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use their skins to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.

Also from the press release;

Furthermore, with an eye to expanding the range of users even further into the future...

I choose to read into that alot more than i should. And should it actually happen i would happily adopt a 3DS for it.

Baron von Blitztank:
Am I the only one who sees a link between Monster Hunter and Pokemon?

Pokemon: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use them to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.
Monster Hunter: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use their skins to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.

Could you imagine a Pokemon game that plays like Monster Hunter does?

Actually, now that i think about it, why is this not a thing?

I'm not surprised.

Monster Hunter is like catnip to the Japanese :D

If only it could experience the same level of success overseas, I love the franchise, it's ridiculously good fun.

Karadalis:
First: You are disqualified for comparing this very brutal and bloody hunting game to pokemon.

Second: It would not be the first monster hunter game that would not see release in the west.... Monster hunter portable 3rd G anyone?

Every single game in the main series has gotten a Western release, and just about everything that was in Portable 3rd (at least as far as monsters and armor/weapons go) was in Tri Ultimate. I think it is a safe bet that this will be released here eventually.

Mahorfeus:

Karadalis:
First: You are disqualified for comparing this very brutal and bloody hunting game to pokemon.

Second: It would not be the first monster hunter game that would not see release in the west.... Monster hunter portable 3rd G anyone?

Every single game in the main series has gotten a Western release, and just about everything that was in Portable 3rd (at least as far as monsters and armor/weapons go) was in Tri Ultimate. I think it is a safe bet that this will be released here eventually.

Monster Hunter 2 did not received a Western release and the end game monster Amatsu Magatsuchi from Portable 3rd was not in Tri Ultimate.

Damn peeps, yes MH is nothing like Pokemon but every monster game gets compared to Pokemon (granted it's still kind of a dumb standard), check yourself before you wreck yourself.

OT: I can't play MH on portable systems, I tried on the PSP but the screen was to much of a cluster buck, the WiiU on the other hand, that I will be playing.

Baron von Blitztank:
Am I the only one who sees a link between Monster Hunter and Pokemon?

Pokemon: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use them to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.
Monster Hunter: Tactically fight monsters so you can capture them and use their skins to fight bigger, tougher, monsters.

Nope.

Pokemon is a collecting game where you collect monsters to ... collect more monsters. It's based on bug fighting.

Monster Hunter is basically a hunting game where the game are very big dragons. It's based on big-game hunting - duh.

Listen... we don't really need a thousand comments on a single line from the article (pokemon-alike). So everyone should just stop. I'm sure this will see a release overseas as it's a major iteration in the series. Japan can keep all it's re-releases.

That said, Capcom is slowly becoming more Japan-centric as time goes on. It's a damn shame really because it actually hurts them a lot in the long run. They also make some very strange decisions. Like, they are pushing more and more of their generic titles onto the PC, but they are not bothering with their more unique titles. For instance: Why not release Dragons Dogma on PC. The consoles struggle hard with the frame rates and what is happening on the screen and it's right up the alley of PC gamers, but we don't get it. Simultaneously, they have released every iteration of the Lost Planet series, which has steadily gotten worse as time has gone on... the first in the series was interesting if not actually all that original.

Please review this article and remove the pokemon reference. I dont see how anyone can compare them.

Last time I've check, I'm not raising a bunch of Wyvern base monsters like Pokemon. Killing them to make weapons and armours from them is a competely different thing.

Anyway when will we heard a Western release as I am dying to get that game!

Scarim Coral:
Last time I've check, I'm not raising a bunch of Wyvern base monsters like Pokemon. Killing them to make weapons and armours from them is a competely different thing.

I've got to admit that the idea of killing pokemon with my bare hands and refining their bodies into pokemon themed weapons sounds very appealing.

You can't really love a Pikachu until you've wielded one as a Sword & Shield.

"Pokemon-a-like monster hunting RPG"

What?

This sentence is stupid beyond words.

In what Pokemon do you hunt, kill, skin and craft equipment out of your Pokemon?

Meh. Let me know when this gets a Vita or console release. I had enough of playing MonHun with only one analog stick on the PSP. I love the games, absolutely adore them. But it could be so much better.

I can't believe people still freak out over how Escapist newsies continue to report about games they don't know shit about. Remember when Atelier Totori was called and "objectification simulator"? I just can't get mad about it anymore.

VanQ:
Meh. Let me know when this gets a Vita or console release. I had enough of playing MonHun with only one analog stick on the PSP. I love the games, absolutely adore them. But it could be so much better.

Well, Tri Ultimate is on the Wii U. I'm led to believe that's a console.

I can't believe people still freak out over how Escapist newsies continue to report about games they don't know shit about. Remember when Atelier Totori was called and "objectification simulator"? I just can't get mad about it anymore.

Yeah, I'd like to say I'm actually surprised by the amount of bitching at the admittedly silly Pokemon reference, but I'm not. People have been spoiling for fights over anything these past few months.

OT: Monster Hunter is, as far as I'm aware, a pretty big franchise in Japan. It would stand to reason that it would sell well. Still, for a 3DS title currently released in one region, that's pretty darn good.

Guys.

Stop freaking out about the Pokemon reference.

It's literally the least important thing said in the article.

OT: It looks like a really cool series, but I lack the console for it. D:

Dragonbums:
What do you mean it's a look a like to Pokemon?

Just because something has a variety of monsters, doesn't automatically make it a Pokemon clone.

Because that's where the similarities end.

Last time I check, you couldn't capture and train the dragon bear you just slaughtered for it's pelt. Nor did Pokemon have armor and weapon customization.

You might as well say that they made a game entirely out of the "Go fetch me 5 bear belts" task lines of Elder Scrolls.

It's getting gimmicky. The whole boss hunt genre as it is will soon turn into the Assassins Creed syndrome, since it sells. Don't get me wrong, its fun. But its also the reason a game like Soul Sacrifice is on the Vita only. What was the company going to pay for? That to go on a bigger platform, a new IP with no way to prove it will sell? Or the next Monster Hunter?

Daystar Clarion:
I'm not surprised.

Monster Hunter is like catnip to the Japanese :D

If only it could experience the same level of success overseas, I love the franchise, it's ridiculously good fun.

to be fair they tend to release the games on consoles no one over here plays(save for the PS2 one) the Wii U being their latest one that hasn't sold well.

[insert severely OTT Pokemon comment rage here]

Anyway, good for them. I really should try out the franchise at some point.

ecoho:

Daystar Clarion:
I'm not surprised.

Monster Hunter is like catnip to the Japanese :D

If only it could experience the same level of success overseas, I love the franchise, it's ridiculously good fun.

to be fair they tend to release the games on consoles no one over here plays(save for the PS2 one) the Wii U being their latest one that hasn't sold well.

Monster hunter tri was released on the wii. The wii u version was monster hunter tri Ultimate, that as far I could tell it just an update. otherwise great to hear its been so successful but I am probably only interested in console versions.

shrekfan246:

VanQ:
Meh. Let me know when this gets a Vita or console release. I had enough of playing MonHun with only one analog stick on the PSP. I love the games, absolutely adore them. But it could be so much better.

Well, Tri Ultimate is on the Wii U. I'm led to believe that's a console.

I've looked at Tri Ultimate and it does look damn good but it's the only game the WiiU has that I'm interested in at this point in time and I just can't justify buying a console for a single game. I'll look into that option a bit more seriously down the line, however.

I'll try to ignore the Pokemon reference...

That's some really awesome sales there. It's great to see it might overtake 3 Ultimate which sold somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2.5-2.7 millions on 2 platforms.

Now, give us that European release I want... that sounded kinda wrong... didn't it?

I suppose it's too much to ask for that a journalist actually know something about the thing they report about.

"It has monsters in it so it's like Pokemon" is on a level of journalistic research that I feel does not meet the standards of this site, or any site for that matter.

Maybe we will see a Western Release around 4th quarter next year. Thanks to the Wii and Wii U/3ds titles the game is becoming popular here instead of being a niche game. (Ive been playing since the ps2 version in US which was stupid hard at times)

Im hoping they improve hunter card functionality though, like a few similar games (God Eater) where you can actualy bring your friends in as npcs. Id be happy if I could even bring my friends Felyns/Shakas which needs more customisation itself.

lacktheknack:
Guys.

Stop freaking out about the Pokemon reference.

It's literally the least important thing said in the article.

OT: It looks like a really cool series, but I lack the console for it. D:

If you have a 3DS, today and tomorrow MH3U is half off on the eshop.
Really good way to get you into the series.

Heck, I'm hooked. and I just bought it yesterday.

 

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