Now that Monster Hunter Generations is set for a Summer release in the West, we turn our localisation attention on Monster Hunter Stories. This spin-off title sees you work with and train monsters rather than hunt them, and adopts a mixture of adventure and turn-based battles in its gameplay - add to that a lovely visual style and it looks like a promising 3DS release.
Capcom has now upload a video (in Japanese) to show the game off in some detail - we can see what's displayed on each screen during battles, and get a sense for how its shaping up ahead of its release this year in Japan.
As for whether this will come to the West, we're going to be relatively optimistic at this stage, though naturally we'd likely be looking at a 2017 arrival. The MH franchise is showing signs of growth in the West, and Capcom will surely want to take advantage of the positive momentum.
Do you like the look of this one?
Looks great. Has anyone else noticed that Capcom seem to have produced some of the best looking games on the 3DS? They've actually put the time in to learn the hardware it seems.
@Dezzy This, oh so much. I almost feel like Capcom's got it down more than Nintendo has.
@Dezzy No denying that is one pretty looking game.
pokemonster hunter? if it does show up in the west, i hope it shows up on the nx in upgraded form.
@Dezzy yeah they look amazing. whenever i play monster hunter, i keep wishing the game was on the tv where the graphics can be done justice.
I'm not even a Monster Hunter fan, but this game has a Pokemon feel to it which is very appealing to me. So I'll totally pick this game up if it comes over to the west.
No idea about the gameplay, but visually it's very appealing. From a graphics perspective, is it fair to say the 3DS is closest to the Gamecube?
This is giving me a strong Pokemon vibe. I like it.
Love the aesthetic, hope it comes to the west
It does look a bit like both Pokemon and Monster Hunter combined, while also looking very different to them. It looks good so far.
OMG this looks great!!! So glad to see MH getting a following here in the West.
How many full 3D (fully rotating camera) RPGs are there on the 3DS?
I can only think of Xenoblade Chronicles. Then this and DQ8 on the horizon.
@Dezzy Oh definitely! The only other company who seems to be getting it down is Square Enix. Just look at Bravely Default and Bravely Second. The towns and cities look beautiful!
Honestly this looks really good I can't wait to give it a go.
@Yai That's artist skill more than technical achievement though.
Really impressed with the amount of detail and secondary animation happening. This game looks great!
So on board, they're making my one fave non-traditional JRPG series into my fave genre: traditional JRPGs!
Capcom really have squeezed a lot out of the 3DS' ancient hardware. Here's hoping we see an NX MH sometime in the near future!
Now THIS is a technical marvel (in terms of 3DS). Whether it's realistic style or cartoony, Capcom showing off once again that they are far superior to Nintendo (and just about everyone else) when it comes to graphics on their own systems.
If only the Wii U wasn't such a huge failure....we probably could've seen the Wii U's true limits.
I agree with everyone else here, Capcom's graphics on the 3DS are amazing Resident Evil Revelations as well as Monster Hunter 3U and 4U (particularly on New 3DS) are amazing for the handheld and this cartoony style seems to be used perfectly to bring out the best in the system. I haven't had any desire to see MonHun on the big screen since seeing how well the environments and monsters especially look in 4U on my N3DS, the 3D effect is also lovely and adds extra shine to already impressive visuals. I only wish other games on the 3DS could look as good as Capcom's games.
Been rather put off the series after playing 4U (despite being a fan of the previous entries) but all this with the new look, similar pokemon mechanics & being able to hatch & venture around with your own monster sounds great & refreshing to me
Now I can actually have a pet Nargacuga instead of constantly dreaming about it.
This looks really pretty. I don't know about the combat, turn-based battle in general is boring for me but here it has that pokemon vibe... not sure but totally up to learn more about this game
Wow that looks beautiful, I want to get it just to run around and explore. I played a bit of monster hunter 3 on my friends system, but I wasn't super into the gameplay, but this looks a little different. I'd pick it up if it came to the west, those graphics..
This spin-off is much better than the standard games!
never really liked MH series until now.
never played MH other than the demo, but id be interested in this...
This reminds me of Dragon Quest Monsters... speaking of, when are we getting the 3ds remakes? (If we ever do)
This video builds my hopes and hype for when it comes out, it would be cool as a new 3DS cover plate, I need a new 3DS anyways
Capcom should localize this before the 3DS's successor is released.
I want it~~~
A Monster Hunter game I want to play!
Hmm a monster hunter that I might actually like. Only problem is I'd have to buy two since my daughter would want it also.
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