Prior to Capcom's Captivate 2011 event in April, gamers were hoping for some kind of Monster Hunter-related announcement for the 3DS after the popularity of Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~) for the Wii. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort took place.
However, a recent interview with Capcom's European chief operations officer David Reeves, conducted by Middle East Gamers, has once again injected gamers with hope that we will one day see the monster-hunting series make it to the 3DS:
So there are going to be [Capcom] games coming out for [Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita]. And they are both Japanese companies, Nintendo and Sony, and so is Capcom. So the ties are very, very strong. So I think down the road, you could probably see a Monster Hunter iteration somewhere. Probably on both of them. I haven’t heard any concrete plans…they don’t always share those plans…because they switch teams many times.
Capcom has already published two games for the 3DS: Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Perhaps the publisher is waiting until the 3DS installed base is higher than it currently is before bringing over the Monster Hunter series? Earlier in the interview, Reeves speculated that the 3DS hadn't sold as well as Nintendo had hoped (something that Nintendo itself has admitted) and that the recent release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D probably helped hardware sales.
The DS didn’t take off quickly, too, it took a while to generate [interest]. I think you are going to find…come end of the year, I think there is going to be a lot of…in the early years of DS, a lot of them were purchases for other people and that started off [the sales]. I think [the 3DS] will grow but at the moment it is a slow start.