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Speak Up, Monster Hunters

Posted by James Newton

Game gets Wii Speak support, bundles of joy

How many accessories would you like with your copy of Monster Hunter 3, Europe? On its launch in April you'll be able to pick it up in one of three tasty varieties: the vanilla game solo, with the sweet-looking Classic Controller Pro (also confirmed for the US) or in the full-on sensory overload of the Classic Controller Pro and Wii Speak pack. Hunting online is about to get very noisy indeed.

With the series' renowned popularity on the PSP console, it makes sense to add some form of communication element: teamwork is a huge part of Monster Hunter's appeal, so being able to chat freely whilst carving the bones of dead animals is certainly a welcome addition. Split-screen offline play is also confirmed, bolstering the game's multiplayer capabilities to near unheard-of levels for Wii. Couple that with the strongly-rumoured free online play and it looks like Capcom could have a huge hardcore hit on its hands in April.

Read through every word of Nintendo's official press release and a brand new trailer might just appear at the bottom.

Wii owners will get to taste the game that has become a phenomenon in Japan, when Monster Hunter Tri roars into life across Europe in April 2010. And you’ll be able to hunt effectively as a pack, as the game will be fully Wii Speak compatible!

The franchise, which has inspired an entire sub-culture in Japan will take bold new steps with the launch of Monster Hunter Tri, offering some exciting new features! A deep story led single-player mode allows players to immerse themselves into the world of Monster Hunter Tri, during which players will learn the skills required to be a successful hunter. The game will feature more new monsters and new environments, including underwater levels and marine-based monsters, than ever before. There is also the introduction of new weapons such as the powerful Switch Axe to master throughout this unique and exhilarating world.

The list of things to entice gamers is monstrous. Monster Hunter Tri’s beautiful landscapes make this one of the most impressive-looking games on the system. An open-ended, quest-based storyline with multiple routes to progression offers the potential for 100’s of hours in repeat gameplay.

If you prefer to share the action with your friends, the multiplayer gameplay options will offer an additional level of excitement! Two player, split screen co-operative mode lets you enter the arena to take on a series of monsters with fellow hunters. Alternatively, team up with your friends using online multiplayer and take part in epic battles with enormous, intelligent monsters.

And thanks to the game’s use of Wii Speak, the microphone-based accessory that allows Wii users to speak to their friends over the internet, hunters will be able to share their knowledge of monsters’ weaknesses, discuss hunting strategy in real time, and even cry for help when needed or celebrate after a victorious battle. The game can be played with Wii Remote and Nunchuk and is also compatible with the Classic Controller Pro putting the action right into your hands.

Monster Hunter Tri is no ordinary action game. The developer, Capcom, has created an entire living and breathing ecosystem, where monsters interact authentically and naturally with each other, their environment – and you. Your battles with the fearsome creatures you face will be challenging, tactical and you will learn to pick them wisely, respecting the creatures and seeking to defeat them only in order to gain vital items for your quest.

Every monster in the game behaves uniquely, based on meticulous research of real world creatures. Like real creatures, their stamina will lessen if they fight. If their strength is depleted, their movements will become slower and they will need to begin to prowl to find food for energy. Packs of smaller monsters will attack larger monsters and are part of a food-chain system where the strong feed on the weak – and you have the privilege of witnessing it first hand or joining in.

You assume the role of an up-and-coming hunter in a land where humans and monsters co-exist. At the beginning of the game certain features of your hunter are customisable such as hair and clothing, and as you progress through the game you will be able to change armour and weapons, using items collected from slain monsters by carving off horns, scales fur, hide and bones. To achieve glory, you must accomplish various quests to collect items and supplies. These are vital to maintaining your village and to support your community which is in danger of destruction. Successfully completing each quest will also see you rewarded with items that can be used to improve your equipment and take on tougher challenges – many of which will see you interact with the majestic creatures that share your world.

Monster Hunter Tri will be available at launch to buy as game only and two separate special bundles: one containing a black Classic Controller Pro and one which contains Wii Speak accessory and a black Classic Controller Pro The Classic Controller Pro’s more traditional control configuration will afford gamers the ultimate Monster Hunting experience. The Classic Controller Pro comes complete with a second row of shoulder buttons and ergonomically friendly grips. The Classic Controller Pro plugs into the Wii Remote controller and players can enjoy wireless control/

Hunt it down in April 2010, when Monster Hunter Tri roars into life on Wii across Europe.

Roar.

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User Comments (50)

nr_09

#2

nr_09 said:

MUST HAVE IT!!!
CANT WAIT ANYMORE
i play the serie from the first game on ps2!!!

Egg_miester

#3

Egg_miester said:

i have yet to care to buy a wii speak but if the price is right i may get the mh3 bundel with it

ToadFan

#4

ToadFan said:

Really good graphics . Just like Endless Ocean 2 but better .
Can't wait for this title . Must have on first day it comes out .

M00se

#5

M00se said:

wow, looks like A TON of fun, especially with your buddies. definitely a first day buy for me!

nintenden

#6

nintenden said:

Endless Ocean 2 & Monster Hunter 3. Finally some great use of Wii speak. Let's hope they keep it up.

@Egg Miester

I don't know if endless ocean 2 is your type of game, but it comes bundled with wii speak for only $29.99!

Objection

#7

Objection said:

The question is not if I'm getting this, but if I'm springing for the controller pack ro the full-blown everything pack. :)

Shmavey

#8

Shmavey said:

I don't really care about Wii speak support, seeing as I don't have any Wii friends :(

vakama94

#10

vakama94 said:

wii speak support? now its definetly in my list, i really need some wii speak compatible games

ejamer

#11

ejamer said:

Great news! I've had a Wii Speak for a while, but never bothered to set it up. With Animal Crossing, Endless Ocean 2, and this game all coming out it might finally get used.
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Masticore

#13

Masticore said:

This seems to be a must buy. Will probably become a powergaming game, i will PG it together with my girlfriend, cant wait =)
Any swedish ppl who wanna team up to create a guild or something from the release day?

JebbyDeringer

#15

JebbyDeringer said:

This game looks pretty epic...I might have to give it a try though I can imagine it sucking my life away.

Strofan7

#18

Strofan7 said:

Finally someone goes all out on Wii. Wii owners better step up and make this game a success because if this fails, we will never see a good non-nintendo game again.

Also nintendo better find a way to advertise the hell out of this.

ejamer

#19

ejamer said:

@Strofan7: It really is nice to see Capcom go all out on Wii. Between Monster Hunter and the just released Tatsunoku vs Capcom, they are really making up for the Spyborgs debacle from last year. Although I rarely buy new games out of the gate, MH3 definitely looks worth the effort.

Anyone know about pay-to-play options yet? The only possible downside for this game would be if I have to pay a monthly fee to go online... especially given how little gaming time I usually get each week.

Kirk

#20

Kirk said:

With Wii Speak support, free online, Classic Controller support (including a Pro bundle), and split screen local multi-player, I would have to give the team major credit.

I just wish they had polished the menu/options screens and HUD a bit more, made the world a bit more seamless (cutting out the loads between sections), and utilized the controls just a little bit better (they look kinda rubbish and inaccurate in the movies I have seen), and it would have been a pretty kick ass game all round for me.

I think it deserves to do well but I probably still wouldn't buy it because of the few remaining, and imo important, issues above.

HipsterDashie

#21

HipsterDashie said:

@ejamer

Capcom have dropped online subscription fees in favour of more people playing. I also thing you'll be able to WiiSpeak with anyone.

@kirk

How do you know there are control issues? It's normally hard to tell from trailers. I'd best wait for a review if I were you.

Kirk

#22

Kirk said:

@SoulSilver IV

I have a good eye for this kind of stuff and I can just tell it's going to be fiddly/slow/hard to aim precisely fighting these monsters as opposed to being really flowing and intuitive.

This video makes that pretty clear I think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X9F2dwgE2U

For some people I'm sure it's not a problem at all but it will probably stop me from enjoying the game because I personally place controls, as part of the gameplay, above everything else when it comes to gaming.

rjejr

#24

rjejr said:

I get an excited/queasy feeling watching this video b/c it reminds me of FF:CC:CB which I looked forward to so much but turned out to be one of the worst non-broken games I've ever played because it lacked in so many ways. I'll hold off on this one until I read the reviews.

Note to the NL people - why is this game listed as 1 player when the article says both splitscreen offline and online multiplayer? Is it an oversight or like Spore: Hero (and SMG long before it) is it really a 1 player game with the multiplayer tagged on.

Junkface

#27

Junkface said:

Yep looks superb. I like many others want this desperately. As to some of the reservations people have about the game and wanting to wait for the reviews; does anyone know what kind of reviews this game recieved in Japan? Thanks Capcom for going all out for us Wii players :)

Sneaker13

#28

Sneaker13 said:

Still don't know what kind of game this is. But it looks interesting, great graphics, has online gameplay and WiiSpeak support. Hopefully the last is done well. I've been waiting for ages for a game that support WiiSpeak without using FC's.

BecomingTHE_MAN

#29

BecomingTHE_MAN said:

@Junkface: Famitsu gave the game a 40 out of 40, so that should tell you how good it must be.
Anyway, keep the online play free, Capcom, and I'll buy this on day one.

AVahne

#30

AVahne said:

holy crap, i'm going to get the Pro and Speak pack if that pack comes to the US, unless i get Endless Ocean 2 before this game releases, then i'll just get the Pro pack

can't freaking wait anymore

astarisborn94

#32

astarisborn94 said:

Capcom was on a mission to bring the best out of the series and they have succeeded. Wii Speak = buy. This will be an beast (BEAST) of a game.

@SoulSliver IV: Where did Capcom confirm the online was free here? That I'd like to know.

XCWarrior

#35

XCWarrior said:

Holy crap Capcom is going all out. Bravo to them. If that combined bundle is $60, I'll bite. That's just sweet.

KiroX777

#36

KiroX777 said:

if i were any of you, i wouldnt get too excited. it always turns out to have some sort of flaw with it. just because there is wiispeak doesnt mean it will be cool. it might wind up being useless like the conduit did. and i have japanese monster hunter but im not playing it because im waiting on my classic controller pro to arrive. so i dont know how good it really is. but dont get your hopes up because it could let you down.

i was so hype when i saw the conduit, but i told myself before it came out that it sucks even if the videos looks cool. when it came out, i hated it, and i just felt the same as before and i didnt get a let down because i already said it sucked.

XCWarrior

#37

XCWarrior said:

@Kiro.... Um, you do realize the game sold a million copies in Japan? The only third party game to do that. Which means word of mouth spread that the game is good. Stop being a Debbie Downer and go buy an American copy as well when it comes out for the remarks you just made.

ToastyYogurt

#38

ToastyYogurt said:

Wow, this bundle will make me WANT the game badly. If I can get an MMORPG for Wii with a Classic Controller Pro AND Wii Speak, I will definately consider this game.

ASDFGHJKL

#39

ASDFGHJKL said:

Capcom seems to be putting effort into the US. Especially with the Wii support of this and TvsC. They made the Ace Attorney series sooo, I now love Capcom

ToastyYogurt

#40

ToastyYogurt said:

@Kiro: If you convince yourself that something sucks, you are going to believe it, even if the inner you is blown by all the awesomeness, because you convinced yourself it sucks, you think it sucks. If you think the other way around and believe the game is awesome, you will at least like it a bit. So let that be a lesson the next time you expect a game to suck.

CanisWolfred

#43

CanisWolfred said:

Well well, that trailer certainly made it look interesting, to say the least. I'll certainly have to give it a try someday. At the very least it would be nice to have an extra classic controller.

Rerun

#45

Rerun said:

I hope the online is free or at least resonably affordable. That's what I'm most concerned with.

NSBlueLighing

#46

NSBlueLighing said:

I JUST had to make a account to comment on this. I havent ever played these games but when i started readin on this games 2 weeks ago i thought "I like rpg's and mmorpg also it comes with classic controller pro wtf must buy now"... then later i read this now and i thought well i havent used my wii speak since the November( when COD MWR came out) when i stopped playin conduit ( and idiot Kiro Conduit was SWEET! ) and now i rly dont have any patience for April why didnt they make it March

NSBlueLighing

#47

NSBlueLighing said:

Also i hope it doesnt have FC like the japanese version i hate FC's if Nintendo didnt want predetors or whatever they maybe only should have made a Parental Control option or something like that so us older gamers(im 14) could add whoever we want

Gameday

#48

Gameday said:

Cant wait finally another game im jumping on soon as it's dropped and wii speak too thumbs up

Nightsky071

#50

Nightsky071 said:

I'm sooooooo FREAKIN HAPPY!!!!!!! I love capcom, I love Monster Hunter! This game is gonna be amazing

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