One of the downsides of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the 3DS, compared to its Wii U compatriot, is that it doesn't feature online play. It does, however, have local multiplayer, which allows gamers to play with others who own either the handheld or Wii U version, so you're not entirely missing out on co-op in this expansive new edition to the series.

It can be hard to find someone local to play with, but Nintendo has come up with a solution to this problem. The company has announced the “Monster Hunter: Gift & Hunt Together Promotion” in Europe — if you register the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate through Club Nintendo before 22:59 (UK time) on 30th June, you'll be entitled to a Recommendation Code, which you can then pass along to a friend. Your friend is eligible to use this Recommendation Code if they register a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system between 23:01 (UK time) on 3rd June and 22:59 (UK time) on 31st July 2013. This code must be used before the 5th August 2013 at 22:59 (UK time) for your friend to nab a free download of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

If you've already registered your copy on Club Nintendo, your Recommendation Code will be available on its website from 15:00 (UK time) on the 4th June 2013; check out the promotion's official website if you want to learn more. Nintendo of America hasn't as yet announced an equivalent promotion, but we'll update you if it does.

This is the perfect opportunity for you and a pal to get your hunt on, will you be availing of this fantastic promotion? Let us know in the comment section below.