Report: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s Online Multiplayer Is Region Locked

By Ishaan . February 7, 2013 . 2:18pm

In an odd move, the online servers for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U are region-locked, Capcom have revealed.


Monster Hunter series producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, shared the information with Gamereactor in a recent interview. This means that American players will not be able to play online with European players, and neither one will be able to play with Japanese players either. Capcom have since confirmed the news on their forums.


It should be noted that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U runs on Nintendo servers, but just what the cause of the region-locked servers is remains unknown. It’s especially odd because Nintendo 3DS games that support online play (note: MH3U on 3DS deoesn’t) allow for cross-region online multiplayer on that system.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released on March 19th in North America and March 22nd in Europe.


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  • Corey Owens

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • DualCell

      Aww man, this sucks my friends live in US and EU…..

  • That makes thing hard, considering Japan is the biggest audience for the series. Better hope the game does well elsewhere.

    • Kefkiroth

      Pretty much this. I think a large Japanese fanbase could liven things up in the other regions.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      nailed it^

  • Settsuo

    And This drops from my Wii U/adds to my 3DS.

  • Mavalex

    ….ok in all seriousness, this does make me pretty sad. We still are getting another MH game, so that does cheer me up a little

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Capcom why must you pee in your fans coffee? :/ I don’t see the point in doing that.

  • FlameEmperor


    • Eilanzer

      the problem isn´t capcom…All games from nintendo have this **** =/

      • Spider-Man

        Mario Kart 7, Miiverse, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Mario Tennis?

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          no you can play witth others around the world on them

          • Spider-Man

            That’s what I meant.

      • FlameEmperor

        Pokemon doesn’t……

  • Showmeyomoves

    I’m still busy raging over the Rayman delay, so this doesn’t faze me too much. Game’s still going to be awesome – even if more than half of the people on the EU server can’t (or refuse to) speak English!

    • ToshiChan

      was planning to bitch at you if we played in Japanese anyways

  • Minos

    …I always specked for it be like that.

    Did I miss something?

  • Shadowman

    Oh Capcom………

  • Don’t think I’ll consider buying this now that my 3DS friend consist of people from the US.

    [edit – don’t know why I said 3DS, i actually considered buying the WiiU version.]

    • Just something to note: 3DS version doesn’t have online. This is for the Wii U version.

      • wait the 3DS version doesn’t? Oh wow that’s a surprise. Anyway if I remember correctly I did say I was thinking about buying the WIiU version on twitter right? Well either way I decided not to buy it now :/

        • You may have the online thing confused with MH4. That has online on 3DS. 3U is online only on Wii U.

    • If I go for a US WiiU, I would be able to play it, but it’d just be a personal solution. I don’t know why they felt the need to region-lock online as well. I thought Monster Hunter online experience is all about team-play – I don’t think having more people to link up with would work against the game’s favor.

      • I guess they thought latency would be an issue if they were to do WW server?

  • gquain

    >considering that Nintendo 3DS games allow for cross-region online multiplayer.

    wait, is this true? I thought the 3ds version of MH3U is only capable of ad-hoc multiplayer?

    • Weird Ishaan just said that the 3DS doesn’t have online MP. I’m quiet confused now.

    • I should word that more clearly. I meant that 3DS games with online allow for cross-region multiplayer and those run on Nintendo servers, so I’m not sure why MH3U on Wii U (which also runs on Nintendo servers) doesn’t.

      • gquain

        oh, i understand now.
        Please forgive my incompetence of understanding english and creating this misunderstanding!

    • Somazu

      He means 3ds games in general, not MH3U.
      like Mario Kart 7

  • SolidusSnake

    Wow, what a truly horrible decision. ‘Nuff said!

  • Spirit Macardi

    What’s really odd is that they’d segregate the US and EU. Typically games will at least keep those two together.

    Yeah there’s language restrictions, but that’s a case-by-case occurrence that can sometimes be gotten past. Plus, wouldn’t a single, unified server be less costly to manage than multiple ones?

  • VeroC11

    Ishaan, would you happen to know if the japanese version is IP blocked like DQX is?
    I want to import a JP WiiU but I don’t want to find myself locked out of Multiplayer.

    • No idea, I’m afraid. But you could try asking on Capcom’s forums. They’re very responsive over there.

  • sd28

    capcom did the same for tri so its not really surprising still sucks though

    • J_Joestar

      Yeah, it would have been a surprise if it was global, but this is the same as Tri was.

  • That’s really bad news. And here I was hoping I could play with my friends who are so far away…

  • konsama

    This is the worst move they could make, most of my online friends, who are also diehard MH fans are european, i was looking forward to play with them this.

    But thanks Capcom, now i know i’ll just go with the 3DS one.

    • raymk

      But the 3ds game doesn’t have online at all.

      • konsama

        That’s my point, i was struggling between which to get first, now i know i won’t be able to play with my friends from Asia and Europe which are the majority, i’m not even gonna bother to get the Wii U one now.

        Hell, if i can only play in my region i can very well go to my downtown and find other players.

  • Namuro

    I literally spat at the screen when I saw the headline, and I wasn’t even drinking anything… What the heck man, what the heck…

  • ZEROthefirst

    I could understand locking the servers out of Asian areas because of the language barrier for most people. I don’t get why they had to lock NA, EU, etc. from each other though because let’s face it, while this game is good and all, being left alone with all WiiU owners in NA WITH a copy of 3U for the WiiU isn’t going to amount to a large audience.
    I know it won’t be small either, but at least if we NA, EU, etc. were paired together that would increase the online population. I’m going to hope that maybe sometime in the future they remove the region lock, but I don’t see it happening (especially since we’re dealing with Capcom here).

  • JazzWithAttitude

    South American players can play with North American players?


    Wait, i’ll just play with US people.

    This is a big issue why? If you have friends in other regions, yes i feel for you. For everyone else, it’s no big deal. The last one was like that and there was plenty of people to play with.

  • Go2hell66


  • Probably it has something to do with resource limitation either from Capcom or Nintendo. But i think Europe region player will suffer the most for this case

  • dahuuuundge

    I understand regioinlocking the system itself to crush the hopes and dreams of importers and make profit, but why regionlock online play? You can experience so much by interacting with people from other countries.

    • Like getting tripped up by overzealous GS/LS/SA/whatever users, and then being yelled at in a different language for being “in their way,” while you had a clear shot at striking the target’s weak point for massive damage?

      I don’t think that’s something anyone should experience.

      • Istillduno

        Wow, I didn’t realise all of Europe spoke english now.

  • Guest

    But the 3DS version doesn’t have any online to begin with I thought.

  • JMaster3000

    Hey, it’s Capcom so i am not surprised.

  • Learii

    first wii u have region locked now this game have region locked too wow nice job nintendo -_-

    • Kevin Tan

      Nah, it’s Capcom’s fault (repeating what they did with Monster Hunter Tri). You can actually play globally with Nintendo games despite the region lock.

  • Saku

    This sucks. I have some friends in Europe. How will I play with them?!

  • Josh Strange

    Monster Hunter would be perfect if all regions could interact with each other. why don’t they see this. sure this game is making money but make the MH universe can be expanded further and i don’t even play these kind of games.

  • lol man, what a next gen kind of game haha

  • Urien (仙人をリンク)

    Capcom laying down the freaking hammer before we even get the chance to play around the world. What the actual fuck?

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