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Capcom Dates Monster Hunter Tri for North America and Europe

by Lukasz Balicki - August 3, 2009, 7:10 pm PDT
Total comments: 27

The Japanese phenomenon will arrive in 2010.

This past weekend, Capcom released the highly-anticipated Monster Hunter Tri in Japan alongside a black Wii and Classic Controller Pro. Today, Capcom announced that they will bring the title to North America and Europe in "early 2010".


Monster Hunter Tri will feature four-player online co-operative play and two-player offline split-screen for multiplayer. In Japan, the game requires the purchase of subscription tickets (purchased with Wii Points) in order to play online. It is currently unknown if North American and European gamers will need to pay in some form to play online.

In single-player mode you are accompanied by Cha-Cha, your cat-like hunting partner who aids you with tracking and trapping skills. The game boasts some of the most impressive graphics ever to grace the Wii, along with new gameplay features, items, and weapons.

Capcom plans to have a playable demo of Monster Hunter Tri at the upcoming GamesCom gaming convention, held in Cologne, Germany from August 19 to 23.

CAPCOM ANNOUNCES WESTERN RELEASE OF MONSTER HUNTER Tri FOR Wii

Four-Player Online Co-Op, 2-Player Split-Screen and New Underwater Environments Introduced When Japanese Phenomenon Comes To North American and European Markets in 2010

SAN MATEO, Calif. — August 3, 2009 — Capcom Entertainment, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Monster Hunter Tri will be released in both North America and Europe for Nintendo’s Wii system in early 2010.

Monster Hunter Tri will set a new bar in the action/adventure genre with the introduction of new features and game play elements as the multi-million unit selling franchise makes its debut on the Wii system.

One of the most strikingly beautiful titles ever developed for Wii, Monster Hunter Tri depicts a living, breathing ecosystem where man co-exists with fantastic beasts that roam both the land and the sea. Featuring both online and offline cooperative modes, players can join online hunting parties with up to four players or play with two players on a single TV for select quests. Players also have the option to face Monster Hunter Tri’s challenging quests as a single player experience accompanied by Cha-Cha, an AI hunting partner whose tracking and trapping skills will prove invaluable in the hunt. New items, weapons and armor sets will also be available to assist the hunters as they embark on the most incredible Monster Hunter adventure to date.

“Fans of Nintendo and Monster Hunter are eagerly anticipating the launch of this title in the US, which will be the first time the series is available on a Nintendo home console,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s Vice President of Licensing. “Having Capcom bring Monster Hunter Tri to the Wii console provides tremendous action, fun and entertainment to both veteran players and series newcomers alike.”

Visitors to this month’s GamesCom European gaming convention in Cologne, Germany August 19-23, will be the first to sample a localized version of the title on Capcom’s stand as it makes its English debut for a western audience. GamesCom attendees will have the opportunity to play the same game that took last year’s Tokyo Game Show by storm, with lines that stretched around Capcom’s stand as eager Japanese gamers waited in excess of five hours to play.

This desire to be one of the first to experience Monster Hunter Tri is indicative of the impact the Monster Hunter franchise has made on videogame culture in Japan. With sales of the series totaling well over 10 million units and 3.5 million sales of Monster Hunter Portable 2ndG alone, it’s no surprise to find that Monster Hunter has given rise to dedicated “training camps”, country-wide festivals and numerous licensed products. The franchise doesn’t just top the charts in Japan; it’s become a social phenomenon.

Talkback

BwrJim!August 03, 2009

Early 2010.. 

Lets see, 6 months to localize.  So I say March game to go with the game in January to show great numbers for the end of the fiscal year.

EnnerAugust 03, 2009

It's about darn time they announce a confirmation and release date!

I like it that Capcom might be making a trend of releasing its big wares in the first 4-6 months of the year.

StratosAugust 03, 2009

The game broke the million mark in Japan already.

BlackNMild2k1August 03, 2009

Reading Comprehension 101


Monster Hunter 3 isn't even out yet, and it's already breaking records. Capcom announced today that the upcoming Wii blockbuster has shipped a full million units ahead of its release this Saturday. The company said that this makes it the first third party Wii game to ship a million units in Japan.

StratosAugust 03, 2009

LOL, my bad. I mad an assumption. And you know what happens when you assume: You make an ass out of u and me.

Thanks for the correction, BnM.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusAugust 03, 2009

That's a poor title on IGN's part. I have a feeling that there was a high sellout rate in Japan for MH3.

BlackNMild2k1August 03, 2009

I'm sure it sold atleast 750k plus, but we have no idea what it sold.... yet.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 04, 2009

This game will put to rest how insignificant the non-casual Wii audience really is.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusAugust 04, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

This game will put to rest how insignificant the non-casual Wii audience really is.

More like test the selling power of a console Monster Hunter games. Monster Hunter didn't really take off until it was released on the PSP.

KDR_11kAugust 04, 2009

yes that's why I'm wondering how well this will do.

BeautifulShyAugust 05, 2009

Maybe KDR can give some impressions of the game when it goes to Germany.

BwrJim!August 06, 2009

i have a friend who is getting an import copy for his review stuff.  Should i sit in on his session?  i can look for certain things if you want.

EnnerAugust 07, 2009

It's 1) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) - 520,138 for the Week of July 27-August 3, 2009 (as reported by Media Create). Not mind-boggling Dragon Quest numbers, but I think it's still pretty good.

Quote from: BwrJim!

i have a friend who is getting an import copy for his review stuff.  Should i sit in on his session?  i can look for certain things if you want.

See how bad the camera is and how the new axe weapon fares.

KDR_11kAugust 07, 2009

~50% sellthrough but the game had fewer days than usual to sell on.

BlackNMild2k1August 07, 2009

It came out on Saturday and MC tracked it through Sunday. So it only had 2 days to sell.
#'s this weeks should be interesting though since it will have the full week tracking.

I'm guessing about another 365k sold

StratosAugust 07, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

It came out on Saturday and MC tracked it through Sunday. So it only had 2 days to sell.
#'s this weeks should be interesting though since it will have the full week tracking.

I'm guessing about another 365k sold

I'll see your 365k and raise you 45k. It'll break 400k.

BwrJim!August 07, 2009

Lets raise that 5 more k

BlackNMild2k1August 07, 2009

Bets on the board:

BNM - 365k

Stratos - 410k

BwrJim - 415k

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterAugust 07, 2009

300,000 K here

StratosAugust 07, 2009

So what are we betting? Wii Points or Bells or Forum Game Points?

BlackNMild2k1August 07, 2009

Quote from: pap64

300,000 K here

300,000k?

300,000,000? That is alot of MH3 to be sold. Every Wii owner would need to buy it 6 times.

vuduAugust 10, 2009

Are we playing The Price is Right rules?  My guess is 1

Mop it upAugust 10, 2009

I don't know anything about the series so I'll just throw out 192k for my sales prediction.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 10, 2009

With big big sales, the series has gone casual, right?

KDR_11kAugust 10, 2009

Those are hardcore-big sales, not casual-big sales.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 10, 2009

OK, then I bet you 5 rupees that those non-casual sales will hit a wall this Friday.

BwrJim!August 10, 2009

2 hours or so and i get to see mh in action!

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