Capcom's 3DS Smash Hit Monster Hunter 4 Is Venturing Outside Of Japan
Posted by Christopher Costabile
Between this and Gangnam Style, South Korea has it all
In sometimes quiet and subtle ways, Nintendo has been expanding its presence in the Korean market ever since opening a new division of the company in Seoul back in 2006 and enthralling Korean gamers with many of its major software releases. In the case of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the game saw the light of day in Korea even before Westerners had a chance to get their hands on it.
Now, Capcom is following suit with its most wildly successful title in years, Monster Hunter 4. The company has announced that the game was recently translated into Korean and is scheduled to launch in that region on December 14th. In addition, Monster Hunter 4 will feature prominently at G-Star, Korea's largest gaming expo, which takes place over the next few days — from 14th to 16th November, to be exact.
The release of Monster Hunter 4 is sure to increase Nintendo's stronghold in Korea, as the title sold 3 million copies only a month after its initial Japanese launch. Nintendo's long-standing establishment in South Korea seems to have allowed them to facilitate recent Korean releases by their third-party companies, as they also assisted Atlus in importing Shin Megami Tensei IV and Etrian Odyssey IV to Korean shores.
The enormous phenomenon of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan propelled the Monster Hunter series toward becoming one of the best-selling brands in Capcom's history. Though the title would also be a sure-fire hit in Europe and North America, the gaming world still awaits an official announcement from Capcom on the release of Monster Hunter 4 in those regions.