International release of Monster Hunter 3D seems unlikely

Those of you holding out for a local release of Monster Hunter 3G for Nintendo 3DS may be out of luck.

David Gibson (Head of Software & Services for Macquarie Capital Securities Japan) has tweeted the following, that “capcom keep saying its unlikely as [an] audience [is] not there based on the wii game”. If this is true, an international release of the game is very unlikely.

The game itself has been selling very well in Japan, exceeding sales of 1.5 million units. It’s possible that Capcom are ‘playing it safe’ and are just trying to generate more hype for Monster Hunter 4. That being said, Gibson may be completely wrong, and perhaps his quote is only relevant to certain employees of Capcom, and not the company as a whole.

Do you think losing out on this particular title is a big loss? Are you concerned about the future of the franchise outside of Japan?

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  • May 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Never played the Wii version, I just didn’t think I could sink the time into it- but I’d love to give the 3DS version a go. I wouldn’t have to book in “TV time” as it were, or drag my Wii upstairs with all its wires and bars and such. Monster Hunter is the kind of quintessential portable game anyway, isn’t it? And I thought the Wii version sold pretty well. I reckon we’ll have to wait a while, Capcom are probably just saying “No international release” to drum up publicity.

  • The Adza
    May 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I bought the Wii version. Was not really impressed with it. I didn’t go online with it, and as a solo experience it was kind of boring. And a very steep learning curve. Not my cup of tea at all. So I’m not bothered if the next game comes out or not. Or 4.

    • Mystic Legacy
      May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      This is what my impressions were too…just not my thing. I preferred The Last Story over Monster Hunter Tri.

      My dilemma of returning the game/trading it in…I’ll have to trade back my Classic Controller Pro as well…

    May 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

    “I’d like him to name a source.” – Capcom Senior Vice President Christian Svensson

    • OzHUski
      May 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Nice to know! As far as I was aware MH3 did pretty well on Wii (maybe not as well as expected) and honestly, I think it is a game that would do much better on the 3DS than on the Wii.

      Hurry up with number 4!

  • Someone
    June 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    If this is true, then Capcom really suck. First Mega Man Legends 3 and now this? Because there’s ‘no audience’ for them?

    Oh, but we’ll make two new Lost Planet games, even though the second one was a huge commercial flop!

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