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Monster Hunter 3DS will not feature online co-op
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October 18, 2011, 18:36
News comes from ONM UK
Capcom has confirmed that Monster Hunter 3DS won't feature an online co-op mode.

In Monster Hunter Tri for Wii, you could get stuck into online quests with up to four players but you won't be able to play online in the 3DS version which is due for release in Japan in December.

While you'll be able to connect to the internet and download quests, if you want to play these quests with friends, you'll only be able to do this locally.

According to Andriasang, this local co-op system is similar to the PSP Monster Hunter games.

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Posted: 10/18/11, 18:36  - Edit:  10/18/11, 18:37
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Idiots. Sometimes I wonder what in the hell Capcom is thinking.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 18:49
Fail. The Wii could do it, why can't the 3DS?

Though if this launches in NA, that could change. Remember it was pay-to-play online in Japan with no WiiSpeak.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 18:58

Oh, this has nothing to do with the 3DS technically being able to do it; Resident Evil: Revelations (made by the same company) will have it, and Heroes of Ruin will have four player drop-in/drop-out co-op with voice chat. No, this is just Capcom being stupid, probably not wanting to put the effort into an online system for a portable since the previous portable systems never had it, and it has always been a local co-op focused game. They probably figure it's better for them to invest in a good online system for Monster Hunter 4 if they are going to be using their servers, and the service would be free in the west.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 19:10  - Edit:  10/18/11, 19:11
Yeah, this is kind of balls.

I wonder if tunneling will be big on the 3DS. Regardless, if Capcom adds enough single-player content, I'll get it. This would be a great game to kill a train ride with. A great game to kill the 3DS battery with.

They really should prime the online pumps before Monster Hunter 4, though. Assuming it has online.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 19:14
Not surprised at this news for Japan, the (hypothetical) western release could still have online added (as per Capcom's TvC, We Love Golf). I think they need to add it if they want this series to grow outside of Japan. Tri did it pretty well, hope they do it again.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 19:54
That's just stupid.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:18
Wow. That's sort of like having a Mario game without being able to jump (okay, okay, not quite).
Pretty stupid decision.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:19
Makes sense for Japan.

Is this game getting released in the West? I thought it was Japan-only.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:20

Is online gaming not a big deal in Japan?

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:22
Guess this won't be my first foray into the world of Monster Hunter after all.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:27

Online gaming is not AT ALL a big deal in Japan. Especially for stuff like Monster Hunter. For them, Ad-Hoc multiplayer is where it's at. All the kids get together after school and play games with each other. Or... so I've been told.

It's a totally different culture over there.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:28
Hmm, maybe it will be. That would suck, though. And Capcom's gotta want to keep pushing the series in the West.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:30

I don't know if pushing this franchise in the West would be a good idea. If they could get that series as popular here as it is in Japan, then yeah - I see the incentive. But I don't know if that would work. Westerners (outside of a fairly vocal minority) don't care much for hunting monsters. (unless they're pocket monsters)

It'd be like trying to make a huge push to make something like Bioshock or Madden NFL or Call of Duty popular in Japan. Not sure if that would ever happen.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:36
As far as I know CoD still sells decently in Japan... Monster Hunter never will be a blockbuster franchise in the West, and it doesn't need to be. No non-Nintendo Japanese games will be. But Monster Hunter can still become "popular" among the hardcore crowd. Tri was a great game and has a nice following, the online community is still quite active. Capcom knows that West = online, so if MH3G is coming at all I won't rule out the possibility of online based on Japan's local multiplayer-centric gaming habits.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 20:58
I never expected this game to be released outside of Japan, anyway.

As long as MH4 has it...

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 21:05

Why can't a non-Nintendo Japanese game be popular over here in the West?

.... isn't Final Fantasy still popular over here?

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 21:49
I'd say Resident Evil qualifies as a blockbuster in the West.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 22:14
Metal Gear Solid is pretty popular too.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 22:16
Well I'm talking about "new" franchises. Those ones were established over a decade ago.

These days, even Nintendo has trouble making new franchises reach god-tier status in the West (bar the Wii ___ line).

Now, I know Monster Hunter is not a brand new franchise for the west, but...it might as well be, the PS2 games sold horribly and Tri a bit better. The franchise needs online in the west to be relevant at all.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:00
Lame. Wasn't going to buy it anyway, due to already owning it on the Wii.

Posted by 
 on: 10/18/11, 23:23
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