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Monster Hunter 3 G Traps an eShop Discount in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Re-packaged "Best Price" offer also on the way

Fans of the Monster Hunter series that live outside of Japan have been a little hard done by, casting envious glances to gamers in Japan who are looking forward to Monster Hunter 4, while the rest of us wait for the expanded version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. While Ultimate is also coming to Wii U and promises the first taste of cross-play between the new console and 3DS, it seems the Japanese market is so blasé about this release that the handheld version will be available at a discounted "Best Price" rate.

As reported by Siliconera, Ultimate on 3DS is really a re-release of Monster Hunter 3 G in Capcom's homeland, so it's being repackaged on 15th November and sold at a reduced cost of 3,800 yen ($48). Perhaps more interesting is that it'll be made available on eShop on 6th December, and the download version will actually be cheaper, at 3,400 yen ($43).

Aside from complaints about Western gamers lagging behind in the series, and the fact that we're unlikely to see anything but the highest possible retail prices when these titles arrive in March 2013, the eShop pricing is interesting. Not only is Nintendo bringing another third-party onto the eShop retail scene — Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion will be available for download — but it's allowing a reduced price for the download. It's a small step, but could be a testing ground to see whether a cheaper price encourages greater eShop sales.

In any case, we can only look enviously towards Japanese Monster Hunter gamers, again.


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User Comments (19)



BenAV said:

Even with a reduced price in the eShop, I'll definitely be buying the physical version (of both the 3DS and Wii U game) on day one.



Falk_Sturmfels said:

Yup, I also want to have the retail version. And if there will be a special edition I willbuy it.



ejamer said:

I'd buy digital on 3DS. Based on my Wii experience, it will be easy to justify the price. Having Monster Hunter always available without taking up my cartridge slot is also a nice bonus.

Very rare that I say this, but hopefully this game gets a digital release here too; I'd buy that format over a full retail release.



bezerker99 said:

RAAAAWRRR!!! I'm gettin' the cartridge. If it was ten bucks cheaper on the eShop then I would download but the discount, if any, is probably just a couple of dollars (I'm guessing).



Tsuchinoko said:

That's funny, because a lot of stores are already selling 3G at prices under this re-release.



ultraraichu said:

Nice for both having it digital as well and the discount price for it. I want to get the digital copy but I know I have to get the physical copy to share with my gf to get into/better at monster hunter and to co-op with the Wii U.



WiiLovePeace said:

"BEST PRICE!" Really? That's the 3DS equivalent of the "Nintendo Selects" discounted re-released games?! That doesn't look right to me at all, looks very cheap & discourages me from buying the game even if it was cheaper than the original release of the game. They could at least try to make it look nice like the Nintendo Selects range & not a quick MS paint knock up. (imo)



LittleKing said: that really the re-release box art? It looks like a mock up used by Siliconera to me. Either that, or Nintendo has chosen to get really sloppy. Just placing a smaller version of the original box art with a thick white background peaking out, and a 'Best price!" label that looks like it came straight out of the supermarket.



Hokori said:

Hey! Wait a minute? I just noticed the Nintendo network symbol? What's up with that?



Windy said:

OMG if they lower prices on retail games in the Eshop what will I have to complain about lol. I seriously hope this will be thing that shuts me up. but I still think at least 10.00 dollars off on retail titles.

Now to the serious. This next 6 months are going to be awesome as I see some very Quality software coming our way in retail! Animal Crossing, Bravely Default Fairy, Epic Mickey,Project X and Monster Hunter. Then for Eshop HarmoKnight. things are starting to look pretty good. Im a little dissapointed Monster Hunter on 3ds wont have online play but the game looks great. I also just picked up Code of Princess last week and Wow! just Wow! It's going to be a very exciting next 6 months for Nintendo gamers



RR529 said:

@Windy, Why do you think Project X Zone & BD:FF will be arriving in six months? There's been no word of a western release for either one.

For the rest of this year, we have:

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
  • Crashmo (3DSware)
  • NightSky (3DSware)
  • Liberation Maiden (3DSware)
  • Crimson Shroud (3DSware)
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DSware)
  • Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DSware)

Next year:

  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Fire Emblem Awakening
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Animal Crossing
  • HarmoKnight (3DSware. While there hasn't been an official announcement, the devs have shown interest in a worldwide release, and Denpa Men managed to make it over, so I see no reason as to why this wouldn't make it over)


Vann said:

@RR529, pure faith perhaps??

Back to the main topic. Although it doesn't seem like a lot, it can be the first step towards correct pricing of retail games in the eShop, so its a good thing for me



Sun said:

I REALLY hope digital downloads from Nintendo-published games such as the recently released Mario Open Tennis are very low. The prices are ridiculous expensive in Europe (45€!) and we need a change of mind from Nintendo.

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