Bring down digital beasts with a Wii U, a 3DS, or both at once.
Listen up, monster hunters. I’ve seen how excited you get over new entries in Capcom’s Monster Hunter series, so if you’ve been waiting with bated breath for news about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, this is your lucky day. In one fell swoop Capcom released a new trailer, confirmed Wii U/3DS connectivity, and dated the demo and full game for February and March 2013, respectively.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an updated version of Monster Hunter Tri which reared its head on the Wii in 2010. In addition to new quests, new monsters, updated graphics, and all the standard tweaks you’d expect, the game offers a fairly innovative multiplayer system. Up to four players on either the Wii U or 3DS platforms can band together online to cleanse the world of all animal life, but 3DS owners can play locally as well. Additionally, one player can host a local session on the Wii U while three others join in with the 3DS version. Which player gets the TV probably depends on whose house it is – or perhaps who’s bested the baddest beastie.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, the setup goes something like this: You play as an adventurer tasked with bringing down the most fearsome creatures the natural world can throw at you. Completing quests and picking up loot allows you to tackle stronger monsters, and the cycle repeats.
A demo of the title will appear on February 21, while the full game will be available in both physical and digital forms on March 19 in North America and March 22 in Europe. Until then, now would be a good time to start rounding up your hunting posse. If you’re going to get eaten by dinosaurs, at least give them a full meal.