Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter Generations gets free quests, Okami and Link skins

Monster Hunter Generations received the first of several free monthly download drops today. Of particular note are the two included Felyne skins, one based on Amaterasu from Okami and the other on Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Both can be equipped on support companions controlled by the AI or directly by the player in Prowler mode. Additionally, the freebie includes 10 quests as well as armor and weapon sets for Felynes and hunters.

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Monster Hunter Generations now available for 3DS

Monster Hunter Generations has launched digitally and physically for 3DS. The latest entry in the long-running series tasks players with taking down the Fated Four as they craft new gear with resources harvested from lesser monsters. Players can tackle the quest solo or with up to three friends. The game is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS systems, and a themed, game-less XL is also available, the Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition. To see players off on their adventure properly, a free downloadable drop, the Starter Pack, has gone live to give them a leg up with extra potions, traps, and other goodies. More downloads are in the works, with free quests set to go live the first Friday of every month through the rest of the year. These will also include costumes based on other series, such as Fire Emblem, Okami, and The Legend of Zelda.

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Monster Hunter Generations demo announced, new footage released

Nintendo’s E3 Treehouse broadcast revealed more about Monster Hunter Generations. The stream covered new info on the mechanics and a live gameplay demo of the upcoming crafting-heavy action role-playing game. Also announced was a general playable demo that will feature three monsters, with difficulty levels for everyone from newcomers to veterans, online and local multiplayer for up to four players, and new beasts. The demo will be available on eShop on June 30, though select players will receive a code allowing for early access today, while others can purchase early access via Humble Bundle’s E3 2016 Digital Ticket. The 15-minute-long Treehouse stream has been posted alongside a new trailer that introduces some of the new Deviant mo

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Monster Hunter Generations, themed New Nintendo 3DS XL dated

Monster Hunter Generations will be available online and in stores on July 15. In addition to the game, a new themed system will also be landing on store shelves, the New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition. The system features a design based on the Fated Four, a group of powerful new monsters. Note that the game is not included with the system. Gamers can, however, try the game out prior to launch with an upcoming playable demo. Details about it should be along shortly.

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Monster Hunter Generations’ Styles detailed, displayed in trailer

Monster Hunter Generations’ new Styles mechanics have been demonstrated in a new trailer and screenshots. Styles allow access to different Hunter Arts—chargeable skills and power-ups—and come in four forms: Adept, Aerial, Guild, and Striker. Adept offers additional blocking and dodging options based on the equipped weapon; Aerial adds a new jumping ability so that players can attack from above, and have more chances to mount and knock down monsters; Guild reverts to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate-style gameplay for all weapons; and Striker is all about building up powerful attacks. PAX attendees will get a chance to check the game out for themselves in four-player co-op sessions at Capcom’s Booth (#3117).

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Monster Hunter Generations launching this summer for 3DS

Monster Hunter X will be coming stateside this summer as Monster Hunter Generations. The game features callbacks to previous entries with popular areas and monsters returning in an updated form to fit with the new content. As a hunter, players seek out and take down giant beasts, earning Zenny and gathering the resources necessary to craft better armor and weapons. Amidst the hunting trips, four villages also need to be protected from new threats known as the Fated Four. There is a greater emphasis on customization this time around, with Styles and Hunter Arts. Unique playstyles can be molded by choosing moves from four different combat Styles, while Hunter Arts add new skills and power-ups. In Prowler Mode, players get to play as a Felyne for the first time, complete with unique quests.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sells over a million in Western markets

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS has proved to be the fastest-selling entry in the series for Western markets, having shipped one million units across retail and digital channels since February 13. To celebrate, Capcom will be releasing a free 3DS theme next month. The theme joins the company’s ongoing free post-release efforts, which includes monthly downloadable quests that go live on the first Friday of every month.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL bundle, story trailer revealed

Capcom announced that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch alongside the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS XL on February 13. There will also be a special 3DS XL bundle that includes a customized handheld, with a theme based around the game’s artwork, and a copy of the game. The bundle will also be available on launch day. A demo is also slated to go live “soon” for 3DS that will include portions of both the single-player and multiplayer modes. To hold players over until then, Capcom also released a story trailer, which is available below.

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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite now on App Store for iOS

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, the iOS re-release of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, has hit the App Store. The $14.99 action role-playing game is based around the series’ traditional hunting-and-crafting system, with players taking down beasts of all sizes in order to harvest their hide and bone. The iOS version features higher resolution graphics, supporting up to 2048×1536 on iPad, optimized touch-screen controls, a more responsive camera, four-player co-op support over WiFi, and support for MFi controllers.

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Apple Handheld

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate announced for 3DS, Freedom Unite for iOS

Capcom has announced two new entries in the Monster Hunter franchise: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. Ultimate continues the series’ traditional formula of hunting, gathering, and crafting as a hunter traveling the world in a caravan. A first for the series, handheld gamers will be able to link up both locally and through the Internet by using the Nintendo Network. Other additions include an expanded moveset for greater vertical and lateral range, two new weapon classes, new monsters and locations, refined climbing motions, and the ability to ride monsters.

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