Just last week, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate launched in the West to critical acclaim. The new entry was lauded for its refinement of previous gameplay mechanics and addition of new features, namely the added verticality to environments. Though it isn't necessarily one that's geared towards newcomers, MH4U can be argued as the best entry in the series thus far; this is apparently backed up by the early sales data.

Capcom revealed today in a press release that global shipment sales have passed the mark of three million; this includes download cards sold and eShop sales, as well. This bodes well for the popularity of the series, as Capcom seems particularly mindful of its growth in territories outside of Japan. The report also revealed that the series has sold over 32 million copies since its beginning on the PS2 back in 2004. Here's the relevant quote from the release:

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that global shipments of "Monster Hunter 4G" (including "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate") for the Nintendo 3DS™ have surpassed 3 million units since its launch in Japan in October 2014. These shipments include download cards and sales of the download version at the Nintendo eShop.

The "Monster Hunter" series is a hunting action game that puts players against giant monsters in a beautiful natural environment. The series has sparked a social craze known as the "Monster Hunter Craze" by introducing a new kind of communication style for players through cooperative play focused on hunting monsters with their friends. The number of fans has increased steadily since the first "Monster Hunter" title made its debut in 2004. The series has grown into a mega-hit with cumulative sales of more than 32 million units as of February 16, 2015.

In addition today's UK charts brought impressive launch weekend sales that were comfortably better than the equivalent Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launch figures in the country.

Indeed, it does seem like the series grows more popular with each release. What did you think of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate? Are you glad to see the series is doing so well? Sound off in the comments below.