You too can slay this nasty beast in MH3!

Those lucky Japanese will soon be able to get their hands on Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~), as the game's Japanese release date of August 1st is now less than four weeks away, and Capcom are really stepping up the game's media assault with a new trailer launched within the past few days.

Combining the game's ever-impressive CGI intro with in-game footage of brand new monsters, areas and the underwater elements, this latest trailer should get your hunter's blood pumping if you're a fan of monsters, hunting or simply the prospect of a fantastic online hardcore title. It also shows off some more of little acorn-headed Chacha's role in the game, as he burrows into the ground to produce... a barbecue spit?! There's also interesting titbits for MH veterans to pick over - Felynes working the fields, different-coloured Rathalos and the sight of a huge Wyvern swallowing up the player's boat. Could this mean the series' first battle inside a monster?

Although there's no cast-iron release date yet available for the game in the West, rumours have started surfacing that the title will hit North American machines next March. There's no official confirmation from Capcom or Nintendo, so for now treat this as unconfirmed rumour and nothing more. Still, at least watching this trailer will bring its release a few minutes closer.