So what’s a Wii game do in a site called PSPHyper? When that game is Monster Hunter 3 (officially Monster Hunter 3 tri~, another example of confusing and unnecessary symbol in game titles, I will call it MH3 from now on) and the owner happens to like the series very much, he will find an excuse to buy a console just for it and find a page to fit it in :(
MH3 is the next main entry in the action role-playing series. However, during an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto says the development approach is as if they have never make a Monster Hunter game before, rethinking many of the existing elements and creating mechanics that can only be done on home consoles. However, supervisor Kaname Fujioka says existing Monster Hunter players won’t feel alienated because not everything has undergone massive change but there will be many elements that makes hunting feels fresh.
One of the new elements is “hunting environment will change based on the actions of the monsters”. Something I’m not entirely sure what it means but Tsujimoto says this will makes players think about their strategies before taking actions. There are still a lot of new elements to be revealed according to Fujioka (as at April 2009).
Notice the three monsters in the crest? According to Famitsu, Sea Dragon is in the middle and the other two are yet to be revealed.
From PS3 to Wii
Info on the game is still scarce, so here’s a brief story of what I know about MH3.
MH3 was supposedly a PS3 title, I remember Capcom hastily announced it to coincide with Sony’s first unveil of PS3 at E3 2006. Nothing was shown except a temporary title design (shown left). However, despite the complete lack of news after that, the game continues to generate hypes, with magazines like Weekly Famitsu constantly asking Capcom about the status of the game and it sits comfortably among the top 5 of Famitsu’s most looking forward to games.
However, during a Nintendo press conference in October 2007, Capcom famously made an unexpected switch of platform to Nintendo Wii for the game. Delighting and disappointed many fans at the same time. The reasons for the switch are complicated PS3 games development and the company’s multi-platform strategy (despite the game being announced as a Wii exclusive).
Not wanting to divert attention from Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, announced a month earlier and coming out in six months at the time, MH3 went into hibernation mode again until September 2008 when Weekly Famitsu revealed first real information on the game.
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