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Monster Hunter Tri Eats Your Spare Time in April

Posted by James Newton

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We recently reported that Monster Hunter Tri's stomping beasts had been repelled until later in the year, but a recent press release from Capcom has shone a little light on the matter, putting the game down for an April release.

In a similar deal to one made with Sony to promote PSP's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Nintendo will handle the game's sales, marketing and distribution across Europe and Australia, with Capcom retaining the publishing rights. Here's the press release:

Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today confirmed that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Nintendo for its forthcoming Wii title Monster Hunter Tri, the next instalment in the multi-million selling series. Under the terms of the agreement Nintendo will be responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of Monster Hunter Tri throughout European and Australian territories with Capcom remaining as publisher. Monster Hunter Tri is scheduled for release this coming April and will set the bar in the action/adventure genre with the introduction of new features and gameplay elements as the Monster Hunter franchise makes its debut on the Nintendo system.

Monster Hunter Tri is one of the most strikingly beautiful games ever created for the Wii and brings to life a living breathing ecosystem where man and monster co-exist. The title’s single player story mode sees gamers taking on the role of a hunter whose village is beset by a series of violent tremors that threaten to destroy it. Charged by the village chief to discover the source of the earthquakes players will embark on a series of quests where they must face gigantic beasts that inhabit both land and sea.

Living the life of a hunter need never be a solitary experience with the option to form a team of up to four hunters via the game’s custom online Wi-Fi mode; alternatively the game also offers a two player split-screen Arena mode. Even solo players do not have to face Monster Hunter Tri’s challenging quests alone as they will be ably accompanied by Cha-Cha, an AI hunting partner whose skills will prove invaluable.

“Nintendo has identified Monster Hunter Tri as a key title for the Wii platform in 2010,” stated Michael Pattison, Senior Director Marketing, Capcom Europe, “We are really excited about partnering with Nintendo to further develop this franchise.”

Laurent Fischer, Managing Director, Marketing & PR, Nintendo of Europe, commented “Monster Hunter has a huge and passionate following in Japan and we are looking forward to introducing the Monster Hunter Tri to a whole new audience in Europe as the series makes its first appearance on the Wii.”

Whether or not Nintendo have a better idea than Capcom of how to market a distinctly core gamer-focused title remains to be seen, but with the Big N's marketing muscle behind it hopefully we'll see Monster Hunter Tri and its free online play get the sales it deserves.

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User Comments (31)

Sean_Aaron

#1

Sean_Aaron said:

I remain conflicted about this title. I like the graphics and rpg aspects, but hunting these animals doing their own thing just seems wrong! Isn't there an option to take photos of them instead?

James

#2

James said:

@Sean - It's called Monster Hunter. Some of the big monsters actually attack villages, forts and castles, and you have to repel them. They're dangerous and you're doing the world a favour by taking them down! You don't even have to kill them - you can capture them if you like, though that's no fun.

Capnking

#3

Capnking said:

I remember when I told my Mum about Pokemon before its release waay back in 1997 (I think) - I was like, "yeah, you capture these animals, and then you make them fight each other. If yours wins, you get money and your animals get a bit stronger..."

Yeah, games are brutal!

James

#5

James said:

Wow, I never expected that "WHOOOOSH"! I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me, this makes everything worthwhile! I love you!

YenHau

#6

YenHau said:

This is fantastic news, I was worried they were going to put it back to next Christmas. April is completely doable and only a month later than I expected.

@Prosody - We'll have to get a nice team together for this one mate, well looking forward to it:)

James

#8

James said:

@YenHau - Absolutely, I need a good hammer-user in my team! I'm still hooked on MHFU too, put in about 30 hours over Christmas which, as you can imagine, pleased my wife no end. Looking forward to hunting some Rathians with you soon!

Sean_Aaron

#9

Sean_Aaron said:

Okay, if you're defending the village, I can get behind that. All the footage I've seen shows you running out after these poor beasties on their home turf which just doesn't seem right.

CANCEROUS

#10

CANCEROUS said:

@sean aaron, are you being serious Sean? Its a Game they aint real.. only messing. But this is the wii and i for one am tired of these family orinated games and i am pining for some serious hardcore stuff and this is just the ticket consider some new i read earlier today that capcom will no longer be bringing any of they Core games to Wii and will now be concentrating on PS3 and 360.

Sean_Aaron

#11

Sean_Aaron said:

I am being serious. I'm not interested in virtual bear-hunting in Cabela's titles either. In order for me to spend money for this title it has to offer more than nice graphics and fighting giant monsters.

Now, if your character was a giant monster that would be a different story...

James

#12

James said:

Sounds like you're waiting for Capcom to announce Human Hunter. Could be a long wait!

nr_09

#13

nr_09 said:

LIKE THE GAMES and i say it again LIKE THE GAMES
i will buy this on day one
have all the freedom series on psp and 1,2 on the ps2

motang

#14

motang said:

No word on when the US will get it, but I am sure it won't too far off along.

Sean_Aaron

#17

Sean_Aaron said:

@Prosody: That sounds like a brilliant game concept (not like Manhunt 2 -- bleah)! Capcom could still use the same name, just with a different meaning...

James

#18

James said:

@Stargazer - It's confirmed but I can't seem to find a source online to corroborate it. I'm certain it's free though.

Shmavey

#19

Shmavey said:

I'm actually kinda glad this got delayed just a little bit, there were already to many games I wanted to get coming out all at once and this breaks it up a little bit.

Objection

#20

Objection said:

I'm definately picking this up. The April release date is for NA as well as the European release, correct? I hope that the online remains free and works out well. This seems like a great title to take online and waste a few nights leveling up with other people on NL. :)

Adam

#21

Adam said:

Free online? I'd love to see this confirmed somewhere if anyone can find it. I trust you, Pros, but it would just be all the more special to see it in official writing. :)

Chunky_Droid

#22

Chunky_Droid said:

Did you end up getting any serious votes for favourite staff James? :P

I can't wait for this, I've never had the pleasure of playing a Monster Hunter game before

AVahne

#24

AVahne said:

i hope its early april and it releases in America at about the same time, i wanna get this for a B-Day

James

#25

James said:

@Adam - I've had it confirmed to me by a source but they weren't willing to go on-record with it.

@Brad - All votes were for me, so I disregarded them (after printing them off and papering my walls with them.)

brandonbwii

#28

brandonbwii said:

I almost wasn't going to buy this, but my friends sort of made a brotherhood pact to purchase this, exchange friend codes or whatever they'll use and all purchase Wii Speak if compatible. That means I can't back down.

I never played a Monster Hunter game before, but I played PSO. I hope this game is just as fun.

Unfortunately I don't see this game being a huge success in the west as it doesn't do anything to exploit Wii controls (no pointer, no waggle, no balance board etc). and those are the type of titles that Wii owners eat up. I wish them the best of luck though.

EDIT: What about North America and Wii Speak support?

Incognito_D

#29

Incognito_D said:

this game seems to have come out of nowhere but I'm kind of interested in how it sounds. I'll keep tabs on it

coolman2010

#30

coolman2010 said:

it deos seem really good but the first comment suck it up it a video games on another world with monsters that will EAT YOU!

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