Hands On Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Ten Minutes At A Time

By Spencer . September 28, 2012 . 4:22am

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Capcom brought a localized Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo to Tokyo Game Show. I sat down with two Capcom reps and another writer (who also happened to be a pretty good Monster Hunter player) in a four player game. We settled on the easiest mission first and picked Urcusis as our target. Urcusis isn’t one of Monster Hunter’s ferocious monsters. This giant rabbit-bear creature throws snowballs at players and slides on its belly. If a snowball hits your character you’re encased in ice, unable to attack until (preferably) an ally or enemy attacks you. We tried placing explosive barrels close to Urcusis and dashing away for a player with a bow to shoot them. It seemed like a good strategy, but Urcusis slid right into them before we could activate are trap.

 

I played with the Switch Axe, a new weapon Capcom made for Monster Hunter Tri. This weapon’s strength is in its versatility. Sword mode is for fast strikes and Axe mode deals big damage plus increases your range. Another player with dual swords tried rushing Urcusis while I followed up with axe strikes. We kept hacking away at Urcusis until it slid away into another zone. As a group, we pursued the slippery monster, but were not able to do defeat it since the demo was timed for ten minutes.

 

While that sounds strange, most demos in Tokyo Game Show are timed for 10 minutes. Booth attendants walk around with egg timers and gently tap you on the shoulder when your turn is over. Even though Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate builds were in a press suite, they too were unfortunately set for ten minutes and abruptly end when time is up.

 

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Even though I knew it would be impossible, I tried to fight Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s poster monster Brachydios (that’s his official name as seen in the English build). Brachydios lives in a volcano and drops puddles of explosive slime. Ouch!. Brachydios also has explosive punches that shave off a ton of life. I stayed on my toes, but couldn’t dodge all of Brachydios’ attacks and ended up losing a ton of life. At least I was close, so I slashed away using with my sword (and shield). I barely scratched Brachydios in the ten minute time limit.

 

So, yeah if you want to enjoy Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate plan to spend at least an hour with it and team up with friends. Seeing the game running on a Nintendo 3DS XL was a treat. The larger screen enhances the background depth and while that won’t make you a better hunter the game sure looks pretty.

 

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate comes out for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in March 2013. The Wii U version supports online play while the 3DS release is ad-hoc only.

 

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  • Shiki

    I can’t express the excitement i felt while reading this
    It’s been a while since i played MH game , and i felt my ” MH emotions ” react inside of me while reading .. x)

    I REALLY CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS GAME , EXCITEMENT IS KILLING ME!!

  • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

    Can anyone clarify what this is an ultimate version of? MHP 3rd or Tri? I love MH to death but each game is such an investment that I rarely start a new character, or bother with just a few new elements. If this is essentially MHP 3rd I will most likely get the wii U version, since I played Tri more than enough – but that depends on how much new content ( i’ll probably still get it regardless, because MH… in HD!)

    • Showmeyomoves

      “Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate” is simply the EU/US title for Monster Hunter Tri G.

      Basically, this game has even more content than Portable 3rd.

    • https://twitter.com/maxiburger maxiburger

      More precisely, Tri G/3U is the combination of P3rd and Tri. It’s got all the weapons, areas and most importantly all the monsters from both games: those that were in Tri but not in P3rd (Lagiacrus, Gobul & Ceadeus) AND those that were in P3rd but not in Tri (Great Froggi, Nargacuga, Zinogre, Aoashira, Urcusis, Langrotora & Dobo). There’s also some new subspecies for old monsters, the Brachydios and our old buddy Plesioth. The only ones that are missing are Akantor, Ukanlos and the final boss from 3rd Amatsu Magatsuchi, who gets replaced by the Gran Milaos.
      My only regret is that they didn’t keep the Japanese-style town from 3rd, felyne companions nor the Amatsu. But besides those minor inconveniences, it truly is the Ultimate version of the 3rd Monster Hunter generation.

  • Shadowman

    When I heard this game coming to the U.S for the WiiU and 3DS I went nuts, and on the month of my birthday this gonna be crazy. B)

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    MON HUN MON HUN MON HUN!!!^_^

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    MON HUN MON HUN MON HUN!!!^_^

  • kylehyde

    On topic: I can’t wait for this version. March looks too far away
    A little off topic: many previews of games played on the XL model really sound like the experience is visually more stunning than in the regular model, I’m beginning to feel tempted to buy this model.

    • Showmeyomoves

      I’m holding out for a MH3U-themed 3DS XL.

      Like… purple with fluorescent green buttons or something… Like a Brachydios.

    • Showmeyomoves

      I’m holding out for a MH3U-themed 3DS XL.

      Like… purple with fluorescent green buttons or something… Like a Brachydios.

    • ddh819

      unless you *really* want a small device, i’d say get the XL. i think its a much better experience, especially if you are not a young kid.

  • konsama

    So much waiting time, made my mind, i’ll still get a JP 3DS for MH4, but get MH3U for Wii U so i can play with my friends and since MH4 will have online too i can enjoy it as much solo or multi with friends that also imported.

  • konsama

    So much waiting time, made my mind, i’ll still get a JP 3DS for MH4, but get MH3U for Wii U so i can play with my friends and since MH4 will have online too i can enjoy it as much solo or multi with friends that also imported.

  • http://www.angelmassb.co.nr/ Angel Mass

    I currently own a Vita but I will be definitely grabbing the 3DS XL just for this game and in advance for MH4…

  • Marcelo Henrique Chaves

    And here’s the reason to own a Wii U. And to start following Nintendo, who do the job in attracting companies to make good games for their consoles.

  • Sheimi12

    what moves did you have trouble with? Brachydios Isn’t that bad once you know some of his moves

    although 10 minutes is a little short… I usually get the G rank one in about 18 minutes

  • gquain

    My buddy gets MH3U for 3ds and i will get it for Wii U, oh yeah, this will be the BLAST of our lifetime, no more bringing over the entire Wii with a lcd monitor for a MHTri session!

    • Ferofax

      My friends are doing the same, so I suppose we’re in for a treat.

      I know it’s not announced, but man, I do hope Nintendo Connection has an Adhoc Party feature for 3DS gamers. That would loads and loads of cool awesome sauce.

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