Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS goes online with Wii U App

by Daniel VuckovicFebruary 21, 2013

Nintendo has announced during last night’s Nintendo Direct that it plans to take Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS online in one of the most unique ways ever.

A new app will be made available from the Wii U eShop which will allow a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS to go online through the Wii U. The 3DS version of the game does not have online play through traditional means.

The Wii U app called ‘Packet Relay Tool’ has a few provisos, and a couple of quid pro quos. You will need a Wii U obviously, but the Wii U will need a wired internet connection and only one 3DS can be used on the tool at any one time. That does mean you will need to buy a separate USB Ethernet connector for the Wii U to use it.

So far this feature has only been announced in Japan, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t come to the west. We will keep you updated.

Oh and there was a new Monster Hunter 4 trailer as well.


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  • Aspirety
    February 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Wired internet connection? I didn’t even know the Wii U supported that.

  • Donks
    February 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    You’ll need a LAN adapter like the Wii has. Kind of going a bit backwards.

  • Tommo
    February 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Really strange, but I guess it makes sense. The 3DS and the Wii U have different online systems (which DOESN’T make sense). It’s a dumb compromise, but it’s better than nothing I guess.

    Don’t see why they couldn’t just give you an in-game friends list in the Wii U for your 3DS friends and vice versa, but whatever. I mean, if you have a Wii U, you may as well just get the game on Wii U instead, or in addition to the 3DS version.

    I get that for the Japanese audience MonHun on PSP/3DS is a social experience, but they should still just have an online mode in both versions anyway, even if they’re locked to that system.

  • February 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I should make that more obvious in the text, thanks!

  • February 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    One of the most unique ways ever? It’s just like AdHocParty on the PS3, and that came out years ago.

    Some people seem to be under the impression that you need to buy a new adapter for this to work. That doesn’t seem to be the case, you just need any old Wii or Wii U compatible ethernet adapter. The reason for this is that by connection via ethernet, you free up the Wi-Fi chip to connect to your 3DS instead. It can’t connect to your router and your 3DS at the same time…

    Although if they put the connection through the router, I bet that would be possible.

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