While a number of gamers can be found lurking on the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate online Wii U servers at all hours of the day, we feel it's worth paying a humble tribute to its predecessor, Monster Hunter Tri. Why do this? Because today is the last day when the Wii title's servers will be open for online multiplayer — they're due to be switched off, which will make the original a single player or multiplayer arena-only affair.
As we stated when confirming this news at the start of the year, Monster Hunter Tri's online component will probably go down as a rare example of an online Wii game that worked well, with its functionality exceeding the vast majority of rivals on the system. It had a solid lobby system, regular special quests, its own invaluable friends list, and a separate online ranking system that — although bested by the more streamlined Wii U equivalent — made for some compulsive leveling up. It supported USB keyboards for easy text chat and even used Wii Speak, though any attempt at conversations with the latter were often pointless due to the peripheral bombing at the market. In many respects it more than stood up to substantial online offerings in PS3 and 360 games, which was a rare luxury for Wii owners.
Monster Hunter is arguably best enjoyed with others, and for dedicated warriors Tri's online multiplayer will be fondly remembered for years to come.
We'd love to read about your online memories for Monster Hunter Tri, below.