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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's 3DS Online Multiplayer Workaround Is Coming to Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

We imagine North America will also be included

Not too long ago we told you about an option for online multiplayer in Monster Hunter 3 G on 3DS in Japan, which will require a separately sold Wii or Wii U LAN adapter, a Wii U and an app — due to the core software only supporting local multiplayer. No doubt useful for those that only own the 3DS version and have a Wii U handy, the circumstances for it to be worthwhile and the convoluted process just make sense in Japan — where the game has been in stores for over a year — but perhaps has less relevance in the West.

Nevertheless, Nintendo has advised us that this feature will be coming to Europe — by extension we expect it to arrive in North America too — in time for the game's launch. The required app will be snappily titled MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE Packet Relay Tools for Nintendo 3DS and will be available for free on the Wii U eShop. Details are below.

We can confirm that on March 22nd, the launch day of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, an application named MONSTER HUNTER 3 ULTIMATE Packet Relay Tools for Nintendo 3DS will be made available as a free download on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

This application allows players of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS to play the game online by using a Wii U console connected to the Internet via the Wii LAN Adapter or Wii U LAN Adapter (to be sold separately). Using this set-up, one Nintendo 3DS system can connect to the Wii U console, and play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate online with other players.

Please note that while the Wii U console is providing this function for the Nintendo 3DS system, it is not possible to simultaneously use the Wii U console for playing Wii U software or to connect locally to another Nintendo 3DS system. A copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U is not required.

In addition, the Japanese announcement also confirmed that players online with the 3DS version cannot create an online lobby for four player hunts, but can only join a lobby set up by someone playing the Wii U version elsewhere.

With both versions arriving in the West together, we suspect that not many will use this functionality, but it is an option for those that want the handheld edition and would like the occasional online game using their Wii U. Are any of you prospective hunters interested in giving this a try?

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User Comments (27)




While I believe this function should have been in the game from Day One, it's nice to see it being added for launch. But I agree, perhaps not that many people will use it.



element187 said:

MTV is reporting MH3 Ultimate will have a patch out in April that will add Off-TV Play support



Gustoff said:

Its a nice idea. At least for those that have both systems. I particularly don't have the Wii U, so this would count me out of this option. It'd be nice if they could patch the game somehow a'la Mario Kart 7 to add this functionality.



domdom87 said:

Can someone elaborate on this? The 3DS version of the game can't go online by itself??



ThomasBW84 said:

@domdom87 The 3DS game only offers local multiplayer — this workaround would allow you to join online multiplayer quests.



SkywardLink98 said:

... I still don't quite get the point of this. Yes, it's better than not having online multiplayer, but no it's not simpler than just letting 3DS players go online. I hope some fan get software up for LAN tunneling.



ultraraichu said:

I am so curious to see and know how this work like what will be display on the TV while you are connected and would joining a lobby use a different interface then the Wii U ver.

Wouldn't hurt to try it since I already use a LAN adaptor for my Wii U, granted I'm most likely getting both versions.



ivanmata said:

I played the demo and didn't like the game, I didn't play that much though, so I may give it another chance



1ron_man said:

it wouldve made more sense to make 3DS version of MHU online. whats the point connecting my 3DS to WiiU when i can just play off the WiiU. i want to be able to play the 3ds online just by connecting it to the any wifi router.



Spoony_Tech said:

The point is kinda mute if you have a wii U why not just get that version. I only have a 3ds but if I got a wii U I would get that version. Plus its not like you can both play at the same time so its one or the other.



Beta said:

So, in other words, get the Wii U version which is superior and more convenient? O.o



ado said:

I'm getting both versions.wii u to play online and just going to use 3ds version to play locally with my brother



XCWarrior said:

Who is this new Capcom and what did they do with Crapcom? This is great. If I do still want to play with two screens online but the TV is being used, now I can!

Man, March 19 get here asap!



hattrick said:

So, the 3DS version cannot go online but it can connect to a Wii U via WiFi? Well, that's just odd.



DreaddJester said:

Yeah, I agree. Come on Capcom, just make the 3DS version able to connect to online all on it's own. Maybe bring out an update for the 3DS also.... Or how about making this free app available for the Wii console too. I mean, if I'm not buying the Wii U version it's possibly because I don't own a Wii U which makes this whole thing kinda worthless.



bezerker99 said:

amazingly I have this Wii LAN adapter. Now to find in real life friends who want to play. RAAAAAWRRR!!!!!



nintendofan123 said:

so im kind of confused. the 3ds version supports local online, but you can get around that by having a wii U to connect the 3ds to the internet so u can potently play online without the need to buy the wii U version of the monster hunter game?



OzzyMoto said:

@nintendofan123: Correct.

You launch the Relay Tool app on the Wii U, select a Lobby you want to join and then hit 'Search for Hunters' on your 3DS (the Lobby name will show up) and voila! you are in.

Works great (plus you can voice chat via the Wii U gamepad).



jedidarkslaya said:

ok what is this 2013? why can't we play MH3U with 3ds online Mario Cart works! Why not do this! don't want to spent more money!



harkejuice said:

This is ridiculous, I have to buy a $300 system so I can use functionality that should have already and very easily could have been, in the original 3ds game? Its frustrating about how many people go through this, but heres hoping MH4 will have online play. You jerks are lucky I'm buying a WiiU anyhow!



Rigormortis said:

Capcom will complete me, if they just made the 3ds version able to connect to multiplayer. I hope MH4 will. Although i want a wii u too i only have 3ds as of now. so connecting online through a wii u i dont have is a drag. Though i will get one eventually just for MH. Go MH or go home.

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