Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Patch Lets 3DS Version Play Online Using Wii U

By Sato . February 21, 2013 . 4:15am


Capcom have released a new update patch in Japan that allows Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate players to play online with the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, by connecting it to their Wii U.


The update patch called the ‘Packet Relay Tool’ was made available to download at the conclusion of today’s Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, thanks to the many Hunters and their feedback on wanting an option for the 3DS version to go online.


In order to connect the 3DS to the Wii U, you’ll need to have a Wii U LAN adapter (sold separately) connected directly to your modem or router with a LAN cable.



Once you have your 3DS connected to the Wii U, select your character data.



You will then have the option to play online or offline through the ‘Search Friend’ menu.



Find the player that is connected on the Wii U and join their game to play online.


Do note that only one 3DS/3DS XL can be connected to the Wii U to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at a time when using this feature.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is slated to be released on March 19th in North America and March 22nd in Europe, with a demo to be available to download later today. Capcom have not yet announced the Packet Relay Tool update for the U.S. and European versions of the game.


Something else to note is that Monster Hunter 4—also in development for the Nintendo 3DS—will have online play built into it from the get-go, and will be able to go online normally, like other online multiplayer 3DS games, without the need for a Wii U. That game is slated for release in Japan this Summer.

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  • manowaffles

    In what universe is this going to be useful? I guess if I only owned the 3DS version of the game, but still owned both a Wii U and 3DS, and happen to already own a LAN adaptor.

    Even without the LAN adaptor (which requiring it is ridiculous), why would I hook up my 3DS to play online when I could just play the Wii U version online with better controls?

    • riceisnice

      Considering I don’t have an HDTV, this might actually be useful for me.

      • manowaffles

        Check your local craigslist starting in April. Some college person is bound to be giving away a TV they can’t move with. The closer to a major college the better.

        • riceisnice

          And get shot in broad daylight as they steal my wallet? Or what if I get a defective product? I’m sorry, Craigslist just scares the snot out of me.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, this is surely useful for Japanese here who already owned 3DS version for the game and wanted to play online but don’t wanted to spend money to get another Mon Hun game for Wii U.
      This is also relevant for people who like rice said below, don’t have any HDTV.^_^

    • Blesmi

      It’s useful for my friend whose roommate has a Wii U. Now he can play online with m-ohwait I don’t have a Wii U.

    • Will Jay

      Because fuck playing games on consoles, also saving twenty bucks. To me, handhelds are infinitely superior, even if the controls are gimped. Which, with the Circle Pad Pro, they aren’t at all.

      Needing a wired connection to the Wii U makes sense though, since otherwise you’d be pumping data wirelessly both from 3DS to Wii U then Wii U to router. Which can cause some big latency problems. Why the Wii U just didn’t have an Ethernet port is beyond me, though.

      • manowaffles

        Nintendo has been putting just wifi into their systems since the Wii. It’s way more convenient than a wired connection in most households since your gaming area may not be were the one internet connection comes into your home.

        I’m loving MH on my Wii U, especially now that we have offscreen play so I can use the TV for watching a movie or something while playing. I love this game so much, I may just have to get a 3DS and a copy for that to play on the go as well!

    • teknik1200

      so people who have both versions can play online with a friend?

      • manowaffles

        It still requires you have a Wii U, 3DS, LAN adaptor, and a copy of the game for the 3DS. Or you could just play on the Wii U version.

        Anyway, I heard on Miiverse a reasonable use for this and that is for off-screen play since the Wii U version doesn’t support that function…until the update in April.

  • malek86

    I really don’t see the point of requiring a LAN adapter, unless the 3DS/WiiU communication actually takes up the wifi channel, which would be quite annoying (essentially it means that any game where you are playing against 3DS units, such as MH3U and perhaps SSB, cannot access online features unless you have a LAN adapter too).

  • gamerdude

    My plan is to gather spider webs during commutes and Hunt by night online on the Wii U.

    I guess this is sort of nice but I can’t imagine why I’d need it ever.
    Hmmm. Unless I get my BF to run around as a decoy in online match while I do the stabbing.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      You would best prepare to have Nicaragua set then.^_^ Your BF is surely going to have one hell of time as decoy there.^_^

  • $39420547

    nice move they should have included online from the start but ok

  • neo_firenze

    Not a very elegant solution. I think I’ll just go online with the Wii U version and do some offline grinding on 3DS, it’s not feasible for me to get a Wii U LAN adapter (even if this functionality is rolled out in the US).

  • LexKitteh

    Actually really excited for this! Me and my BF will both have the 3DS Version and one copy of the Wii U version, and would be nice to play online matches together in the same room! :D

    Edit: Just realized only the 3DS can play the game in this mode, the Wii U version can’t also be running. Agree with the other posters now, not so useful.

    • Matthew Alexander Ecock

      perhaps I’m reading this wrong, but I think this is perfect for you and myself (my GF and I are both getting it for our 3DS, and splitting on the Wii U version).

      Reading the article it says you connect your 3DS to the Wii U, load your hunter data and then join the player who’s playing on your Wii U.

      What it doesn’t say, but I assume happens next, is the playing actually using the Wii U joins and online game and the 3DS player automatically joins with them (like a 2-person group, that can now join other Wii U players online)

      I hope this is how it works, can’t wait to have a lan party with 2 Wii U’s at my house, and a 3DS connected to each :)

      • LexKitteh

        That was my assumption, and it got me excited, but other sites have said the Wii U running the “relay tool” cant also be running the game. So its basically just a Wifi point for the 3DS to use. I assume the relay tool sends signals to make the 3DS think its communicating with another 3DS. I hope that’s not all it is, but not quite sure which story is more accurate. Here’s a source.

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