How Much Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Do Capcom Expect To Sell?

By Ishaan . November 3, 2010 . 1:03pm


Monster Hunter is Capcom’s go-to franchise for Japanese sales. It may not sell by the bucketload overseas, but in Japan, it’s a social phenomenon with sales of recent titles in the range of millions of units.


Here’s a quick look at how past Monster Hunter titles have sold worldwide:


Year System Title Sales
2005 PSP Monster Hunter Freedom (Portable) 1.2 million
2007 PSP Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (Portable 2nd) 2.3 million
2008 PSP Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Portable 2nd G) 4.0 million +
2009 Wii Monster Hunter Tri 1.8 million
Monster Hunter series total sales: 13.0 million units


Two things to note when reading the above figures:


1. Monster Hunter Tri is an anomaly as the result of being on a platform the series hasn’t historically been associated with, and also being on a non-portable platform. Tri sold better overseas than past Monster Hunter games, but not enough to surpass the second generation of titles, which is currently the peak of the main series.


2. The sales figure for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite includes both the regular as well as the budget re-release in Japan, which has sold in the range of 456,266 units as of October 27th, 2010.


With Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which returns the franchise to its natural habitat, the PSP, Capcom hope to sell a whopping 3.6 million units in Japan alone.


These high expectations, according to Capcom, can be attributed to successful inroads made with Monster Hunter Diary and Monster Hunter Diary Mobile, which they believe are attracting new fans to the franchise.

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  • Happy Gamer

    i hope they release it a bit closer to the japanese date. i really hated waiting for unite…it was way too long. so was tri. i was so hyped about it but it died down alot by the time it came out. altho i still enjoyed it. :)

  • karasuKumo

    I can’t see them having a problem selling it, I estimate 5-6 milllion :D

  • Hraesvelgr

    Hey, at least that’s more of a reasonable sales expectation, given the popularity of the series in Japan alone, as opposed to another upcoming game, which will remain nameless (but hopefully obvious), that they want to sell five million units of.

  • tubers

    New title Monster Planet (Monster Hunter + Lost Planet) :) For all platforms xD I guess MHP3 isn’t gonna sell less than 3m :)

    • MrRobbyM

      That would be pretty awesome. Or just a sci-fi MH.

    • Wow, you’re brilliant! Will you have my babies?

  • I wonder if they will keep it on the Wii and PSP/PSP2 in the future or jump to moving Monster Hunter onto the 3DS.

    Nice sales numbers.

  • I’m usually a portable gamer but I’m gonna have to side with the mainstream console loving gamers with this one.. I would love a PS3 version.. Why can’t they pull a Project Diva Dreamy Theater and let people buy a download to play the game in HD on the PS3?

  • shion16

    HOLY SH**!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not even nintendo could have so much expectations for a game!!
    i know monhun is almost a religion in japan, its just that………WOW!!!!

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