Undoubtedly, Monster Hunter has been one of the most successful franchises in Japan. Apart from the main series of games, an anime series was broadcasted, a manga was published and a card game was released. Although the series hasn’t been that popular in America and Europe, there are many fans waiting for the latest iteration. Fortunately for them, the game has a release date.
At the latest Japanese Summer Jam event, Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in spring 2013 in Japan. As usual, players will explore an open-world setting and they will craft weapons to hunt large creatures that roam the pristine environments. Surprisingly, this new iteration will apparently feature some new platforming mechanics, allowing players to climb walls, jump ledges, grab enemies and so on and so forth. Sadly, a North American release hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The latest title in the series, called Monster Hunter Tri G, came out in 2011 for the 3DS and it featured local wireless play, downloadable events and StreetPass functionality. Additionally, Tri G was the first game to support the Circle Pad Pro add-on. On a more personal note, I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of the series, though I’ve always been quite interested about it. The only title I’ve ever tried was Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP and I found the combat clunky, the camera intrusive and the quest design pretty dull. Nevertheless, I didn’t play that game extensively or anything like that, so I’ll try to come back to it at one point.