Watch the Monster Hunter 3 Intro

By Ishaan . July 27, 2009 . 11:54am

It’s July 27, which means we’re less than a week away from the launch of Monster Hunter 3 in Japan. Following in the wake of recent releases like Wii Sports Resort and Dragon Quest IX, it’s nice to see MH3 and Co. give the Japanese games market a well-needed kick in the pants.


At the very least, MH3 will sell thousands of Wii bundles. If you’re willing to be a bit more optimistic, it signals the start of a trend that games like Final Fantasy XIII, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Sengoku Basara 3 and Dragon Quest X will help maintain, even if it’s for a short duration — more consumer activity in the home console space. Tales of Graces and Vesperia PS3 can’t hurt either.


It’s kind of exciting to see the enthusiasm surrounding these bigger releases, even if the effects probably won’t last more than a few months. Still, considering most of these releases are pretty evenly spaced out over the next year and beyond, there’s bound to be increased growth compared to last year. (Relatively) Good times!

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  • …Fudge. This is ….freaking pretty. And beautiful. And… I think the game just sent me into a fit.

    …This game pwns my soul right now ><

    • Chow

      That was just a pre-rendered intro, though. ;)

  • only one game you said isn’t going to wii lol and it is the final fantasy xiii cries out loud ;.;

    PS: the tunes on the beginning of the trailer remember me from zelda =.= someone too?

    • jarrodand

      Basara 3 isn’t confirmed yet, but Wii’s the most likely home I think.

      • ohh sorry i mistook it for sengoku musou 3 wich was listed in famitsu poll as one of most wanted lol

  • Isn’t this a pessimistic view on a franchise that kept the entire PSP platform afloat last year?

    • You’re right, Monster Hunter did breathe new life into the PSP. The problem is, Japan is a handheld-oriented games market, and will be for the foreseeable future. Between Monster Hunter and Phantasy Star, Japanese gamers had all the reasons they needed to pick up a PSP, since they would eventually be buying other software for it.

      Giving home consoles a boost the same way is going to be much harder. For one thing, games on home consoles don’t sell the way they do on handhelds. Portable game sales tend to be much stronger and have longer legs. Sure, people will bust out their Wii or PS3 to play big name releases, but after that, they don’t buy software in between while they wait for the next big franchise to hit.

      We’ve seen instances where people even pick up an Xbox 360 just to play one game…but after that, it goes right back “in the closet” as some people like to say.

      The key to reviving — although, that’s a lofty goal — the home console market is consistent, spaced out “big game” releases that make people want to keep playing. I think, starting this year, we’re going to see that to some extent.

  • Aoshi00

    Quite a beautiful video, reminds me of those BBC CG dinosaur documentaries.

    Not going to get MH3, but the Black Wii and Pro Classic controller would set me back another $300 plus.. I’m still debating if I should get a 2nd Wii since I don’t even play the first one that much :(… So basically right now I only have 3 import games (Disaster/Ippo/Another Code R) that can’t be played, I found out the Mad World update does not upgrade the 3.2 firmware.

    • I think Metroid Prime Trilogy or Wii Sports Resort would have firmware upgrades for sure if that’s what you’re looking for.

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