Last week during Nintendo’s Wii U press conference Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Capcom is developing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for both the Wii U and 3DS, and will launch the title in March of next year.
This new version of Monster Hunter 3 will make use of the touchscreens on both platforms to allow players to access in-game books, maps, weapons, and to play mini games. Additionally, both games have over 200 quests and players will be able to transfer their save data between the two systems.
The Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will include online multiplayer, but it appears that the 3DS will be limited to 4-player local co-op. While the 3DS version’s lack of online is extremely disappointing, there is one interesting aspect to the handheld’s local co-op.
Apparently, not only does it work with other 3DS systems but it will also allow for co-op between the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game through a local wireless connection.
We will have more information on both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate as it is announced.
Full press release:
CAPCOM® CONFIRMS MONSTER HUNTERTM 3 ULTIMATE FOR RELEASE IN MARCH 2013
The Most Expansive Installment in the Monster HunterTM Series Comes to Europe and North America
SAN MATEO, Calif. — September 13, 2012 —Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate will be launching on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS across Europe and North America in March 2013.
The popular fantasy action franchise Monster Hunter™ is now one of the most iconic gaming series in the world selling over 21 million copies worldwide since the series began in 2004. Players take on the role of a hunter and are sent to explore a settlement within the Monster Hunter universe, completing quests on their journey to seek and slay monsters while improving their skills and earning equipment upgrades. With many challenging monsters and over 200 quests, the latest edition to the series is set to be the most expansive offering to date.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate utilizes the functionalities of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS to provide players with a truly intuitive hunting experience. The touch screen feature of both platforms allows players to quickly access in-game books, weapons, field maps and mini games while the high quality graphics of the Wii U and 3D visuals of the Nintendo 3DS powered by the latest iteration of Capcom’s MT Framework® delivers a unique and stunning world for players to explore. Taking advantage of the portability of the 3DS, players can exchange their guild card that contains all of their hunter’s information with other players via StreetPass.
Players can experience the world of Monster Hunter alone or in four player local play using the Nintendo 3DS. Finding nearby hunters to adventure on quests with is now even easier via the local Nintendo 3DS search feature. Wii U players will be able to enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. Gamers that own both a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS can take advantage of the inter compatibility of save data between the two consoles, taking the hunt from the living room to wherever they go.