Capcom's biggest Wii effort by far recently got a release date - April 6th - and now it has something else to celebrate: Wii Speak support. There will be a bundle that includes the black Classic Controller Pro and Wii Speak.
In the Japanese release you could only communicate via preset messages or a USB keyboard. Still no word on whether the monthly fees will be removed or reduced.
I'm definitely going to pick it up at this point. The only question is whether I'll play online. I'll play it single play for a while and see how it grabs me.
I was all excited about PSO on the Cube back in the day. I bought the game, the modem and that huge Waverbird with an ASCII keyboard in the middle. Got my Hunter license. Then when it came to venturing online I was too nervous to talk to anyone. Just wandered about the lobby for a bit and then went back to playing offline. Heh.
I loved PSO on the 'Cube. I bought it along with the keyboard (which I still own), the BBA (for when I was at school) and the modem (for when I was at home). I poured over 600 hours into my main, along with countless hours into three other characters.
Online was a haven for me. I picked up PSO days after my then fiancee and I broke up, and playing online was a great escape. Often, I got on Deneb 9 with other IGNers and just hung out. I was embraced there when I was feeling "meh" towards the rest of the world.
I know Monster Hunter 3 is not identical to PSO, but I'm willing to give it a try.
This game is getting closer and closer to my wallet.
A mildly-related tangent - I wonder if PSP-PS3 online tunneling will take off here AT ALL. People in Japan probably use it for MoHan, right?
I dunno. North American gamers don't really care much for the PSP, apparently. The "Ad-Hoc Party" feature has been out for a while now, but I don't know many people who have taken advantage of it, outside of the hardcore PSP fans on IGN's PSP General Board.
Either way, I think it's a dumb thing to have. Just make your PSP games online enabled, developers! The system has the capability to do that! Don't force people to buy a PS3 just so they can play Phantasy Star Portable (or whatever) online. It's just dumb.
That's it. This broke my will. There's no way I'm not getting that on launch. I didn't think it would make it that soon, but looks like it did. Thus, I will be reserving this and making this my purchase for April.
LOL, me only buying 3 games in such an epic year? The hell was I foolin'?!
Anyhow... EVERYTHING I've heard has made this one of my most anticipated, but without a release date and with the details of communication missing, I was playing wait-and-see. Now I'm all in, particularly with the CC Pro bundle.
If it's pay-to-play, then depending on the cost I might take the dive a short while later. Hopefully it's not pay to play, though.
MAN... there is just way too much coming out right now. Crystal Bearers looks like it's going to lose to Shiren the Wanderer and Monster Hunter Tri for my Wii purchases. But I digress. Excellent info, that trailer was fantastic, and I'm all over this.
Do we have a link that confirms this bundle is going to be available for North American gamers? I assume it will be, but all the stuff Google finds for me is that it's only confirmed for the U.K....
I couldn't find anything about a North American announcement on GoNintendo, and they are usually on top of it. The bundle doesn't strike me as a one-region only type of deal, so I wouldn't worry about it.
With that said, I'm very excited about this one. This will be my first Monster Hunter game, and it also looks like the definitive choice.
Aww, I already have WiiSpeak, but I so wanted that Black Classic Controller. Depending on the price of the bundle, I may just get it and send the extra Wii Speak to my Uncle. Hopefully it's $60, but I have a feeling it will hit $70 at the least.