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Which will sell more in the West: Monster Hunter 3U on 3DS or Wii U? [roundtable]
Just curious as to what you guys think. It seems like a truly bizarre decision to release both simultaneously. If both systems had a similar install base, the Wii U version would annihilate the 3DS version in Western territories. But the 3DS has been around for much longer, so I'm not so sure how it'll pan out. What I AM sure of is that releasing the 3DS version last Christmas would've been a much better move. Fans would have been more likely to spring for the 'upgrade'.

What do you guys think? And which, if any version(s) are you picking up?

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Posted: 01/30/13, 22:21:38  - Edited by 
 on: 01/30/13, 23:41:52
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3DS. I'm pretty sure it has a larger install base.

As for versions I would like to get it on 3DS & WiiU therefore I can play couch co-op with my wife and its not just some dumb arena.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:22:59  - Edited by 
 on: 01/30/13, 22:24:07
Haha, that's true. It IS a really good way of playing co-op. I forgot about that.

Damn, if they just spent a bit more time polishing it up, they could've offered two-player co-op on the Wii U alone! And off-screen play. I think they didn't want to differentiate it from the 3DS version, though, for some reason.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:26:38
I think the Wii U version will sell more due to the online component. It may even push some hardware.

I think it's a great idea to release both simultaneously, maybe not from a sales perspective, but I'm really excited to be able to move my character back and forth to both platforms.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:27:57
Probably Wii U since you can take it online.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:36:16
I am really hoping the Wii U sells more. I would like a large insta base for an online game. I am curious how many people get both versions since you can transfer the characters between the two. I, for one, am sticking with the Wii U version.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:44:29
It's funny this thread came up today. I was just at my local Gamestop, and the guy there (who knows me as a big 3DS fan) asked if I wanted to pre-order Monster Hunter. I didn't, because I'm not a big fan of the franchise (I'm not hardcore enough, I guess!). But he said if I change my mind, I should do it quickly because all the pre-orders they've been getting are for the 3DS version.

Anecdotal evidence points to the 3DS version selling more, but who knows.
Posted: 01/30/13, 22:47:06

Do people want to play ALONE though constantly? I can tell you that my hugest MH memories are ALL of multi-player moments. Do you think it is possible that 3DS people don't know that there isn't an online component? From what it sounded like before, it was that 3DS and Wii U people would be able to play TOGETHER, but the small print said in the same room, locally. Hmmm.

I'm definitely getting the Wii U one. I'll see my pals again soon.

--BTW, MH3U should be mandatory for NW Users, haha!
Posted: 01/31/13, 01:17:14
It's tough to say. All things being equal, I think the Wii U version might sell more. But in this circumstance, the 3DS version may sell more due to a much larger install base. In the end, the numbers will probably be pretty close to each other.

As for myself, if I buy one then it'll be the Wii U version because it has online play. The single player is absolutely mind-numbing, the only reason this game is fun is because of the interactions with other players. Which basically means the game isn't fun, just the people who play it. But I don't think I'll be doing that until it gets cheap, because I already played a lot of the Wii version and don't want to have to go through the grind again for little new content.
Posted: 01/31/13, 01:31:33
Zero zero ZERO interest in 3DS version, unless something big changes. IF I get this game it'll be the Wii U version, for certain.

As for which will sell better, anyone's guess. Wii U version had more features and will look, sound, and play 10x better, but the other one is portable with a larger install base.
Posted: 01/31/13, 01:50:25  - Edited by 
 on: 01/31/13, 01:55:08
Will buy both for cross play. I may not technically need another game until 2014.

But to address the q, there were a million sold Monster Hunter Tris sold on the Wii, so I think it will narrowly carry the day.
Posted: 01/31/13, 02:08:46  - Edited by 
 on: 01/31/13, 02:11:42
3DS probably.
Posted: 01/31/13, 03:43:26
Mr_Mustache said:
Do people want to play ALONE though constantly?

That's how the Monster Hunter fanbase played those games for years. It's what they are used to.

At least, until recently, when Sony added the "Ad-HOC Party" feature to the PS3, which allowed any local multiplayer game on PSP to play online through the PS3. But even then it wasn't a big community, because so few people did Ad-HOC party, and because WHO THE HECK PLAYS PS3. Seriously.

And then of course, the Wii game was online, so the community was able to experience multiplayer much easier.

I dunno, the whole game is mind-numbing IMO, whether with people or alone. I don't get the interest with this franchise, just not my cup of tea.
Posted: 01/31/13, 05:25:42

I get it, but I liken it to a single player MMORPG, with the occasional friend chipping in. If you're going to sustain a lasting interest in it, you've got to pretty much do little else but MH when you fire up a game. I haven't been able to keep the interest in it for more than a few weeks before moving on, but cross play and constant play between the Wii U and the 3DS could change all that.
Posted: 01/31/13, 05:37:56


I like Phantasy Star Online, though. (that's not really an MMO though, is it?) SEGA should make more of those for the Wii U and 3DS.
Posted: 01/31/13, 05:44:15
I'll be picking it up on Wii U, and just might double-dip with the 3DS version.

I can't see both versions even really being close, sales-wise. The 3DS must have... idk, 6-10x the install base of the Wii U in western territories? I think it will do alright on Wii U because of a few factors: 1) it'll be one of the few games on the system with online MP 2) it'll be one of, if not THE, only RPG on the system (not ever obviously, just by the time it comes out) and 3) there's probably a decent-sized group of people who will pick up a console just to play it.

We all should pick up at least one version of the game. Not only because it's awesome, but also because it might increase our chances of getting MH4 in the west. If you don't, you'll find a flaming bag of poo with a certain (poorly drawn) Spider-Man villain on it >:)

Mr_Mustache said:

--BTW, MH3U should be mandatory for NW Users, haha!
Posted: 01/31/13, 05:51:47
Mr_Mustache said:

--BTW, MH3U should be mandatory for NW Users, haha!

what he said.
Posted: 01/31/13, 14:25:23
@GameDadGrant I've played only Phantasy Star Zero, but if the other Phantasy Star Online games function the same way, then they are not MMORPGs. Neither is Monster Hunter.
Posted: 01/31/13, 23:33:18
@Mop it up
None of the Phantasy Star Online games are MMOs.
Posted: 01/31/13, 23:39:30
Note I put the emphasis on single player, which is intentionally a contradiction when lumping it with the MMORPG comparison. I just don't know how else to describe it. Most of the game is about building up your armor and weapons based on the critters you kill, then you try to take down a bigger, scarier beast. Its a great concept. But the feeling that I got when playing it was definitely Phantasy Star Online flavored. Had the DC version WAAAAAAAAAAY back.
Posted: 02/01/13, 00:33:49
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