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Monster Hunter 3 G on 3DS to Go Online Via Wii U Adapter

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

An optional extra for those with just the 3DS game

While today's 3DS Nintendo Direct from Japan showed a variety of interesting upcoming games, there was a surprise announcement of a new peripheral that will allow those with Monster Hunter 3 G on 3DS in Japan to take their local multiplayer games online for the first time. All you need is a Wii U and a special LAN adapter.

The wired accessory plugs into the Wii U, and a relay download tool is also required. You can then connect for online play on the 3DS version of the game, though there are a couple of limitations at this stage.

  • The Wii U version of the game can't be played at the same time that the relay tool is being used for the 3DS version.
  • You cannot create a four player lobby, but only join a lobby setup by someone with the Wii U version.

At the moment this is only confirmed for Japan, though with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS also lacking online multiplayer, it'll be interesting to see if the same solution will be available in the West. It may not be perfect, but it will allow owners of just the 3DS game, when at home, to enjoy some online play. Though you will need that adapter and a Wii U.

So, what do you think of this? Is it something you'd consider using if it made it outside of Japan?

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cammy

#1

cammy said:

That would mean I'd have to buy a Wii U and the adaptor. If I had a Wii U, it would depend on the price of the adaptor. Will it have more uses?

Sun

#2

Sun said:

Reading this it is clear to me that this is like faking a Wii U game version connection to the servers but with 3DS inputs. So why not allow 3DS to connect directly to those Wii U game version servers?

I could see the point when 3DS version was meant to be played on the streets with friends but now with this patch solution I don't see the point anymore.

Burn

#3

Burn said:

Hm, what? That sounds unnecessary. If you are a Monster Hunter fan and you already own a 3DS and a Wii U, wouldn't it be logical to buy the Wii U version so you can play online? I wonder what the LAN adapter accomplishes that the 3DS hardware cannot.

Spoony_Tech

#5

Spoony_Tech said:

Some people just rather play in 3d. I don't have a Wii U but this would be a nice option if I did.

Haxonberik

#6

Haxonberik said:

Sounds weird, but I really like to see Capcom taking the trouble for those who will only buy the 3DS version and have a Wii U. I still don't think I'll buy the game until I improve my internet connection, as I hardly played the Wii version because of that.

JayceJa

#7

JayceJa said:

this is amazing news for the anyone who planned on playing local 2 player co-op since now the 3ds can piggyback the wii u to play 4 player online instead of just 2 player local

also great news for people who have a wii u, but want the portable game and dont want buy to the identical game twice SOLELY for online

all in all, amazing news for the game, doesnt affect me so much, but the option to play online in bed on the 3ds is nice

Beta

#9

Beta said:

So that adapter is different from the regular LAN adapter for the Wii? As far as I know, the Wii one works with the Wii U.

Einherjar

#11

Einherjar said:

As far as im informed, you can switch your save files back and forth between the WiiU and 3DS Version, so i dont really get the point of that adaptor. Dont buy the adaptor, spend a little more money and get the WiiU version. But its a nice move nonetheless, and i couldnt say nice things about capcom for a long long time.

erv

#12

erv said:

Hm, just buy it for wiiU, given the fact you'd already have one...

siavm

#13

siavm said:

If I got the game it would just be the wii u version. This sounds like the same kind of thing the ps3 did to make games playable online on the psp. I hope no other games in the future have this. I rather the game just have online built in.

Spanjard

#15

Spanjard said:

I would have bought the 3ds version if this meant that you can play online with the wii u and 3ds simultaneously... ahh well, March 22 here I come!

AgentAPE

#16

AgentAPE said:

this seems like an alternative for people that wanted gamepad screen play.cant knock capcom for trying.

XCWarrior

#17

XCWarrior said:

I'm getting both versions, but nice of them to do this. Maybe in America, a wireless connection would still work. Very strange.

BenAV

#18

BenAV said:

Sounds like a good option for those who don't want to buy the game twice.
I'd rather be able to play on my Wii U at home and my 3DS while I'm out anyway though so not for me.

shinesprite

#19

shinesprite said:

I still don't get it. Why does it have to run through the LAN adapter instead of WIFI, better yet, why does it have to run through the Wii U at all, can't they just patch the 3DS version?

Rococoman

#20

Rococoman said:

wait... why not just have the 3DS version go online? Can it? Is this a Japan-only limitation?

ohhaime

#21

ohhaime said:

Siliconera explained this much better. It works more like the PS3's Ad hoc party. The LAN adapter is just the standard Ethernet-to-USB adapter that allows you to use a wired connection for all online stuff.

You need it to play because the WIFI is connecting to the 3DS instead of the Internet so the Wii U needs a separate Internet connection. If you already had an adapter you could be playing right away without any extra purchase.

AVahne

#22

AVahne said:

Just so people can understand:
When the 3DS version was first made, they couldn't figure out how to get online working well on the 3DS, so it was omitted. Now two years later, they have a workaround that was described in the above article. If you need to compare it to anything, it's sorta like MHP3rd needing to connect to a PS3 to initiate an ad-hoc party. Except this time, an adapter is used and instead of using ad-hoc to directly connect to other players, it disguises the 3DS as a Wii U and connects directly to the Wii U servers.

EDIT: Looks like I was beaten to it, curse my slow Android typing.

AVahne

#23

AVahne said:

@siavm
Don't worry, MH4 has built-in online. Speaking of which, does anyone know if MH4 is the first MH to have standalone online?

SMW

#26

SMW said:

So what all this means is that the 3DS game can join Wii U lobbies online? Sweet! Reminds me of Quake 3 and 4x4 Evo on Dreamcast being able to play against PC.

1ron_man

#27

1ron_man said:

i hope this comes to the West, this will solve the problem about the remote play

Nirosmir

#28

Nirosmir said:

I played the Demo for 3DS, and the camera seemed to me the hardest thing to control, this is where the Nintendo Circle Pad Pro comes in handy, i hope CAPCOM made this compatible with the Nintendo 3DS because it would be great.

Tate24

#30

Tate24 said:

Demo awesome however two things went horribly wrong! Camera is awful and lock on feature doesn't lock on. All does spin camera around we're monster is! however if monster moving quickly you gonna constantly be pressing L trigger and swinging camera around it needs circle pad pro badly!!! Number two swimming has been completely ruined! In Tri it was easy and you could freely explore under water area. However screw it by making u press up on circle pad and B go up and reverse go down its made really clunky :/ this surely could been all tied to circle pad surely:/

Windy

#32

Windy said:

Love the Demo but im not buying a Wii-U TO get MH 3ds online thanks but no thanks. Seems like an aweful lot of trouble to get the 3ds version online when just including wifi in the first place would have seemed the thing to do

SageWaterDragon

#33

SageWaterDragon said:

I don't have $100 dollars to get both versions of the game, and I want my game to be portable, so this is the perfect solution.

StarDust4Ever

#34

StarDust4Ever said:

Why does this thingy require a LAN adapter? The Wii/Wii-U/3DS all use Wifi! And if it's just a LAN adapter, one already exists for Wii.

Also, they patched MK7 to prevent exploits; they could just patch the 3DS game to add online play.

WaxxyOne

#35

WaxxyOne said:

What the...? Since when is the 3DS's wireless capability not enough to get online by itself? This is just bizarre.

Moshugan

#36

Moshugan said:

A special LAN adapter? Well, that's awkward.
I guess it's because this will use the Wii U versions Online service, and the Wifi antennas are already occupied by having the connection between 3DS and Wii U, so the Wii U will have too be connected via wires. I might be incorrect.

eviLaTtenDant

#38

eviLaTtenDant said:

It might be cheaper and personally i'd say better to wait until the Wii U game goes down in price. This adapter probably only exists because the Japanese didn't know there'd be a Wii U version coming when the 3DS game launched iirc.

Windy

#39

Windy said:

I would have to say it's a ploy to sell new hardware when the Hardware on 3DS runs mariokart it should be able to run Monster. again I'm not buying a wii-u to get the 3DS version online so im passing on the game. Way to just be totally stupid Capcom. Cause its plain and simple stupid. It's also Greedy. Does anyone know if the Japanese gamers had to this to get online? I don't think they had an online option just local wifi

URAlsr

#40

URAlsr said:

yeah ill wait till the price drops on the wii u version. im not so desperate for a wii u game that ill run out and buy a $60 enhanced port of a game i already have. i think it'll hit $30 within months of release.

Windy

#41

Windy said:

@URAlsr on Wii-u there will be a price drop but on 3DS I doubt it. 3DS games that have an Eshop digital version have already seen sellers trying to take advantage of limited quantities. They released Fire Emblem in limited quantities and there is a shortage of Carts forcing digital download. Even the price of Pilot Wings which was 11.99 on amazon has gone up to 23.99 since digital download started. Digital is changing everything and for those who cant afford very many games are really going to see the pinch. Having to get this adapter and a Wii-U to play Monster Hunter online is rediculous and Shame on Capcom and Nintendo for letting it happen. Monster Hunter is best played with a group. Well this is my 2nd boycott and I will not buy Monster Hunter Even if I get a Wii-U at a later date. If they do with this with Animal Crossing on 3DS I dont know what I'm going to do. Probably just give it up on Nintendo

Sgt_Ludby

#43

Sgt_Ludby said:

So this adapter is for Monster Hunter 3 G for the 3DS in Japan, which is a different game than Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which is coming stateside?

However, MH3U for the 3DS also doesn't have built in online multiplayer? And so there's no confirmation that MH3U will even use this technique at all, right? It may very well just have no online multiplayer whatsoever?

I've never played any of these games and my friends wants me to pick it up so we can play. He's getting both the Wii U and 3DS version, so would we be able to play together at all if I get the 3DS version? Another friend is considering the 3DS version. Could all three of us play coop together?

Windy

#45

Windy said:

@Sgt_Ludby It will have local wifi. so if your sitting in the same room with your friend you can play. If you own a Wii-U and the adapter and your friend owns a Wii-U and the adapter you can play with your friend online on 3ds. it's up to 4 players.

CyberAly

#46

CyberAly said:

I've got my Wii U connected via ethernet already, so if they release the app in the UK, that's all i'll need.

If one has a Wii U already, it seems weird that one would buy the 3DS version... But I suppose portability is important for some people and buying both versions is expensive, so it would be a good app to have if possible.

I still can't decide which version to get. I'm thinking possibly the Wii U version unless I can get some real life friends who are definitely going to be playing it. I would prefer to play with real life friends than online randoms because online randoms aren't kind.

CyberAly

#47

CyberAly said:

As far as I can tell, it's not a specific adapter made for monster hunter, but is instead just the standard ethernet adapter. You need to be connected via ethernet so that the Wi-Fi is freed up to connect to your 3DS.

Windy

#48

Windy said:

Shame on Capcom and Nintendo for making it happen this way to force buying Hardware. If they can explain it was the only way to do the online for the 3DS then fine. But I doubt it. Shame on you! My Boycott Starts on not buying Any Capcom games ever again and that means no more Megaman's included. This is just shameful. The 3DS is more than Capable of Running Monster Hunter Online without having to connect to the Wii-U to do so. Horrible and Shameful

AyeHaley

#49

AyeHaley said:

For the price of an adaptor, why not spend a little extra and just get the game for Wii U as well. This is so weird. Buying the Wii U version will eventually be cheaper with sales and such. It's only for people who insist on playing MH3U only on 3DS. Strange.

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