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Play: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate With Nintendo Life

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Grab your weapons

Some games are more fun when played with others, and just recently we revived the Mario Kart 7 community event, which will return for more laps in the not-too-distant future. Naturally we like a bit of variety in our online multiplayer, however, so we're delighted to confirm the first Nintendo Life Hunting Expedition — it'll be called that until we think of something better — using the rather brilliant Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U.

As the servers for the game often have some quiet lobbies that can be invaded, both this humble writer and our most powerful Monster Hunter master of the moment, Martin Watts, will set up dedicated rooms to be joined on a first-come-first-served basis; if we can arrange more 'official' rooms, we will. These will be password protected, a useful part of Ultimate's online setup, and the idea will be for the Nintendo Life community to use the dedicated article posted on the day to liaise in the comments and set up additional password-protected rooms to go on the hunt together. Some other eager hunters in the Nintendo Life team, from the past and present, may also pop up for some monster slaying.

So when is this happening? Details of the first two rooms will be posted this coming Saturday 8th February, with the rooms opening at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK time / 9pm Central European time. As it's a weekend we've tried to find a time that will suit players from Europe and North America, and the games will go on as long as there are willing hunters. Also remember that the GamePad allows voice chat — so be nice to each other — and we'll target one of the original rooms for those HR6 and below, and another for those that have access to every quest in the game.

Don't forget, too, that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is currently available at a reduced price from the Wii U eShop in Europe, while it was previously available for $19.99 in North America — please note that the 3DS version only works online using a rather clunky workaround that, nevertheless, requires a Wii U. If you are based in Europe and want to take the plunge, the Wii U version is €35.99 / £29.99 until 6th February, while on 3DS it is €26.99 / £23.99 in the same period.

Full details will be posted this coming Saturday in good time before the rooms open. Will you be joining us on the hunt?

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erv

#3

erv said:

I'll try and make it. Look out for genet1c, with a voice so masculine it makes every monster tremble in fear!

XCWarrior

#4

XCWarrior said:

Awesome idea! I will be there for sure this Saturday unless something crazy comes up. Keep an eye out for XCWarrior. I'm HR7 but more than willing to help welcomers that picked up the game during the sale this week!

MegaWattsAdmin

#5

MegaWatts said:

@XCWarrior This is what I like to see! Players helping other players. I'm happy to do advanced quests, but of course if anyone is new to the game or struggling with an early quest then I'm more than happy to lend my hunting skills!

Sir_Anthony

#6

Sir_Anthony said:

Can't wait! Looking forward to let people see some real skills, Just kidding. But no voice chat for me though, It feels kinda awkward in my opinion...

I just recently got to HR34 So helping others won't be a problem

BenAV

#7

BenAV said:

Last time I checked my HR is 350-something... there's nothing I need anymore so I'm happy to just hunt whatever and help everyone out.

Pikpikp

#9

Pikpikp said:

Pikpik shall raise his gunlance and hunt to bring NintendoLife glory!

Fill-N

#10

Fill-N said:

Count me in, kinda. Lol.
If im at home then, ill be there with you guys. Fill-N is the ID and feel free to add me as a friend.

bezerker99

#11

bezerker99 said:

I wish this was happening next weekend and not this weekend. I won't be home any this weekend.......let's hunt another time, eh??? :(

Unit_DTH

#13

Unit_DTH said:

I'll try to jump in on this, I'm only HR2 right now, but maybe I will be a higher rank by saturday. ;)

BigH88

#16

BigH88 said:

Very cool. Hopefully I can make it. My NNID is BigH88 whoever wants to add me.

dudey300Staff

#17

dudey300 said:

This sounds like so much fun! Shame I'm not around for it, but perhaps this could be a regular thing?? Would love to get back hunting again! :)

sinalefa

#18

sinalefa said:

You should have announced this when the game was on sale in NA. It would have enticed me to pick up a HD Drive for my Wii U and download the game.

Just kidding, but still it would be nice to hunt with people I know. I never got enough online hunting in Tri because I did not know anyone.

TruenoGT

#19

TruenoGT said:

Cool, I own but haven't played yet. This sounds like a great opportunity to get rolling with some other new players and experienced veterans! :) Hopefully I can make it.

Jonas87

#20

Jonas87 said:

Cool, I've been looking for a good way to get into the online part of this game. I'm a little more than half way through the solo missions but haven't touched the online stuff yet.

SLiM

#21

SLiM said:

I'm on call for work when the event starts, but If I get off work and I'm not busy with something else, I will be jumping online to hunt some monsters!

PvtOttobot

#24

PvtOttobot said:

Count me in! I'm a bowmaster, currently wearing green nargacuga armour. I'm HR 6 I believe, I'll be 7 by Saturday though :) NNID: PvtOttobot

Freakazoid

#26

Freakazoid said:

hmmm dont know if i will have the time but i try to be there :) Nick is Isaac and NNID Freakazoid currently HR 58 so lets see if it will work out

Spoony_Tech

#27

Spoony_Tech said:

I just ranked up to HR4 like 10 mins ago with 2 other fellow lifers. Voice chatting with one of them. Fun times for sure!

XCWarrior

#28

XCWarrior said:

@Sir_Anthony Gunlance is great. Hammer is my #1, but when I'm facing monsters for the first time, Gunlance with shield and both melee and projectile attacks is great to have!

BakaKnight

#29

BakaKnight said:

Sounds interesting!
I rarely play online honestly; I love voice chatting as concept, but you can never know who is on the other side >o> But if it's users of this site then I'm all in!!!

I'm a G rank, but considering my playstyle and weapons (my local hunting friends always complain about my weapons' of choice XP) I can be either useful to other G rank comrades or be helpful levelling up lower ranks without ruining too much their fun ^^

Spanjard

#30

Spanjard said:

Hehe, There is no monster hunter without the HUNTER!!!! ... which is me.. !!!!
DON'T IGNORE ME!!!!

:) Anyway, I'm looking forward to show my fellow people what it's like to be GS and Lance pro!!! ... hahaha

eichs22

#31

eichs22 said:

Hit me up if you wanna play. I love this game and haven't booted it up in a while...would love to play with you guys!

Xiao_Pai

#33

Xiao_Pai said:

Ugh, I keep saying that I need to try out those "Super" Monsters sometime...I never get around to doing so, lol

Sir_Anthony

#34

Sir_Anthony said:

@XCWarrior
Haha, my second favourite weapon is the hammer! Mainly just because of the crazy attack. But it can't shoot and for that reason I like gunlance more :p

Spoony_Tech

#36

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG It only took say 4 to 5 hours with online help. I did do some of it on my own say 25% if I did all of them on my own I would say add another 2 hours or so. To be fair my team of 4 today destroyed the monsters we fought. Doesn't hurt 2 were g rank players.

Now that I'm getting up in rank I want to start looking to making some good sets of armor. Not to bothered to get to many high rank sets as they will be garbage in aa little while!

MERG

#37

MERG said:

@Spoony_Tech I've been trying to get a good armor set now...maybe I'm wasting time? Yeah...doing it alone takes some time.

Spoony_Tech

#38

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG Yeah don't waist to much time trying to get low level armor. Get one good set to be able to do well in the high rank till you can get a good set there. Then rinse and repeat till you get to G rank. That's when you want the good armor!

Spoony_Tech

#40

Spoony_Tech said:

@MERG I'm a great sword expert but I've branched out to long sword as well. Might get back into the hammers as well. I've seen the hunting horns used online and they seem cool as well. Its a good team weapon as it can boost the whole parties stats!

bezerker99

#41

bezerker99 said:

I'm HR 6 and doing G-Rank Quests online. My weapon is (ice) hammer [Barroth Viseberg] and I have High Rank Rathian armor. I also have Amor and Power charms and talons. The talons are very helpful. :3

JaxonH

#42

JaxonH said:

HR73 Long Sword and Hunting Horn user, and I'll be there!

Been a few months so I might be a little rusty with evade timing and what not, but it should come back to me within a hunt or two. I'm the guy that likes to spam unlimited stamina melodies for the dual blades hunters, all while wrecking the monsters with my horn haha...

Armor set of choice: Selene X/Nargacuga X mixture, gemmed in to provide....

Sharpness +1
High Grade Earplugs
Evasion +2
Evade Distance

I also have a more stylish Selene X armor set with Vangis Coil waiste piece, though I must sacrifice my Evade Distance and downgrade to Evasion +1 as a trade off for the trendy outfit. I also have a full Gigginox X set, used for the Status +2 skill in combination with my poison and paralysis Long Swords forged from the cloudy moonshards of Lucent Nargacuga. Armor set makes me look like a warrior nun.

shigulicious

#44

shigulicious said:

@MegaWatts I help the lower quest hunters sometimes. But then I feel like I'm really not helping at all. Just destroying the monster mostly solo it seems.

MAB

#45

MAB said:

If yer can't get into a room then join MadOzWorld... Any HR is welcome in my domain of awesomeness ;)

MegaWattsAdmin

#47

MegaWatts said:

@shigulicious That's true, but that in itself can be a real confidence booster. Some players come up against the Barroth for the first time and find it nearly impossible. But if you can help take it down, make it seem feasible and help them get better armour (so that they aren't punished as much when making mistakes) then I think it has a positive impact overall!

PrincessEevee9

#48

PrincessEevee9 said:

@JaxonH Myself I prefer the Peco X with the horn.

Hunting Horn all day baby with a Switch Axe and Dual Blades for lawlz. I'm down for all weekend helping anybody who needs it. For Asgar-er Tanzia!! n-n

galachef55Staff

#50

galachef55 said:

Hunter name Surah, hunter rank 85ish, heavy bowgunner, happy to fill in where needed. If I'm home I'll be online.

BenAV

#51

BenAV said:

So this is in like... six hours or so, is it?
Gonna be 7am here, goodie.
All nighter, here I come.

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