Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Appears To Be Doing Well In Europe

By Ishaan . April 4, 2013 . 2:30pm

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate appears to be doing well enough in Europe. The game is reportedly sold out in stores, both on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with more stock to arrive later this month. Earlier in the week, Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata tweeted:


“I’d like to apologise for the current stock shortage due to high demand of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at retail. New #MH3U stock will hopefully be available in shops next week for Wii U and mid April for Nintendo 3DS. Both versions of #MH3U are also available on Nintendo eShop. Again, I sincerely apologise for causing any inconvenience.”


Without actual European sales figures—which we may never see—it’s hard to form an accurate image of just how the game is doing, but shortages are rarely bad news, since they usually tend to mean that demand is outstripping supply.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is being distributed in Europe by Nintendo. Nintendo are responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the game throughout Europe and Australia, with Capcom remaining as publisher.


The game was released in both North America and Europe last month, with the 3DS and Wii U versions capable of playing together, and the Wii U version being able to go online as well. Capcom have an update patch planned for the near future, that will make Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate playable without a TV on Wii U.


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  • according to vgchartz (i know, no one likes them) wiiu+3ds sales combined are very similar to how mhtri sold in na+eu

    • creid8

      No one likes them because they’re wrong.

    • What creid said. VGChartz are factually inaccurate and even publishers have spoken out against them. :)

      • Lightthrower

        And also the owner is an acclaimed Xbox fanboy who manipulates the data in favor of Microsoft….. really lame

      • Really? But… how should I then find out how certain games have sold in Europe or America?
        But yeah, I don’t doubt it they are inaccurate at times. You just have to look at Tales of Symphonia 2 for the Wii. Apparently it sold below the 1000 in Europe :/

        • SirRichard

          You may never know, simply, unless the publisher themselves comes out and gives figures, unless a reliable sales tracker reveals them. That’s just how it is.

        • Like @SirRichard:disqus said, unfortunately, that information tends to be closely guarded by publishers. We have more visibility in Japan as far as sales figures go, since we get concrete estimates for the top-20 games over there every week.

  • creid8

    Funny that Nintendo’s apologizing, when it should really be on the retailers for not ordering enough.

    • Sardorim

      Well, Nintendo is the big name so they apologize even though it isn’t their fault.

      Though I still feel the sting with how bad the botched the launch of FE:A in North America. Hopefully they learned from that.

    • ShadowDivz

      Meanwhile at CAPCOM
      Sales guy: Gentlemen i have shocking news!
      Head Honcho: What is it?
      Sales Guy: It appears that monster hunter is… actually doing well…… OUTSIDE OF JAPAN!

      • artemisthemp

        Companies outside Japan need to release some of JP exclusive games like MH.

      • See Capcom, If you stop being so finicky about MH outside of Japan you;d open your eyes and see its doing great.

  • Istillduno

    Game goes “This is not Singstar X Fifa Modern Warfare Shovelware Edition” we’ll maybe get a couple of copies in.

    Shortages happen.


  • SirRichard

    That’s encouraging news, even if it doesn’t have figures. Probably explains the sudden spike in Wii U sales, on top of heavy price cuts in the UK. I know I’m going to be jumping on them soon, may as well.

    • I don’t think I noticed the price cuts, which products are affected?

      Yup, this does sound good! Hopefully Europe gets more attention for games, I don’t want to keep missing the good ones ’cause I can’t import every single one due to cost reasons. I’m just glad the MH series seems to always get brought over here too :)

      • SirRichard

        UK retailers have gotten fed up with Nintendo not pushing much out there to encourage Wii U sales, and so have started slashing prices by about £50-£60 quid. Amazon’s selling the Deluxe for £250 instead of £300, etc. Then you get HMV, who have slashed the Deluxe down to £200 just to get units moving. Apparently it’s working, because Wii U sales spiked last week.

        • Aha. Thanks for the information good Sir!

          Shame I already got the MH3U bundle that came 1 week late ’cause of incompetent postal services. That set me back by £330 even though it’s free delivery.

          • SirRichard

            Ach, you should’ve had a nosy at other prices first! But still, at least you have it now, enjoy Monster Hunter!

  • JMaster3000

    NOE, when are you gonna start to support 3rd party devs?
    Rune Factory 4,Shin Megami Tensei IV and Harvest Moon 3D, you know that we are waiting for them.

  • Im still wondering if I should get this, I dont have anyone to play co op im not sure if its worth it to play solo

    • MrRobbyM

      I find MH worth playing alone. I actually rarely ever play online, mostly because I can’t most of the time, but I still find it highly enjoyable.

      • I know that if I do get it, I WILL NEVER be able to play online…so internet, decide my fate will it be worth it?

        • MrRobbyM

          One vote for YES.

        • Strid

          It’s definitely not one of those games in which the online is required for it to feel “whole.” The online is just an addition to an already wonderful, wonderful product. The game is good on its own, without others -period. You also will not require other people to beat everything, even all of the “online” quests (they can be done in a solo port which doesn’t even call for having your wireless signal on the 3DS turned on).

        • Rein

          As MrRobbyM said, MH worth playing alone.
          I play offline only on my 3ds.

        • Barrylocke89

          Kinda want to say no. I think MH is best played with other people, and there’s other more fun single player experiences out there.

    • Istillduno

      Well if you have a Wii you can grab Monster Hunter Tri which has online play (I gather that this is sort of an exapansion to it rather than a sequal) and if for some reason you have a WiiU, I believe that version has online play so grab that version instead.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        I don’t think he should waste his money anymore on Wii version as the online server there is going to be closed.
        If he wanted, he should just get a Wii U, and get the online there as the community is still growing strong.

        • yeah, but as I said…I will not be able to play online. EVER, also if I do get it, it will be for the 3DS

    • Rei

      3DS or Wii U? I have both, the 3DS is for on the go MHunting and the Wii U is for online coop. It’s really nice so far already at HR7 and enjoying the game so much. Co-op would be the best thing about MH. Playing alone is alright but it is just plain boring IMO. Coming from someone who play all the MH games except for the first one.

  • Peeka Chu

    Lord, the spin is making me dizzy. GFK:

    Number 39 in its second (or 3rd? have to check) week, and I doubt that’s due to insane demand. Likely they just allocated a ridiculously low retail shipment. It will be out of the top 40 next week and I doubt it will reappear again.

    • neo_firenze

      Precisely. I think it’s more a case of intentionally lowballing shipments than it is an example of insatiable consumer demand ;)

      • DiosFancifulRomp

        That could be, but the charts above are for the UK, and not representative of how the games are doing in Europe.

        • malek86

          UK sales are generally used to represent Europe since it’s the biggest market.

          Anyway, it’s also worth noting that, according to Nintendo data, sales in other european countries are not overly different from the UK. The 3DS/Wii U perform slightly better in France, and the 360 has a much bigger presence in the UK than everywhere else, but every other country is similar. The other difference is that the UK doesn’t buy as many Wii’s, DS’s and PSPs anymore. But those consoles are mostly abandoned now.

          Granted it’s all extrapolation. But the UK being also the biggest market, I think we can use the Chart-Track data for a somewhat accurate representation of Europe as a whole.

          • Showmeyomoves

            Actually, Nintendo systems (and games) are a lot more popular in France and Germany, so UK sales are hardly representative for the rest of Europe. If you look at the European MH3U Miiverse community, for instance, you’ll notice a large majority of French and German posts there.

          • malek86

            Not that different. If you look here:


            You’ll see that the Wii U has a similar share everywhere. The 3DS also is not that different from country to country, with France being the only exception. The difference in Nintendo hardware popularity in the UK is really only that they buy a lot less Wii’s and DS’s than the other countries. But those are not too important for this one game.

            Of course, not for all. For the Xbox 360 for example you can’t really use UK data because it’s too different from the rest of Europe. But for the 3DS and Wii U, it’s doable – at least for now. We’ll have to see how the situation evolves in the next months.

    • DiosFancifulRomp

      Those are UK sales, not Europe sales, FYI.

      • Peeka Chu

        This is the only EU data that people have access to. I never said this covered all of EU. GFK is the UK alone, which had massive discounts on Wii U hardware that week too (for the mythic 125% boost of 5K sales – same sort of sensational headlines drawn from nothing that we’re seeing here).

    • Izaal Daar

      It was the seventh one last week, then the shortage has made the game sell less and less…

      • Peeka Chu

        Sure. That’s what the problem is. Okay. So do you want to make a bet on whether or not it jumps back into the UK top 40 once these “shortages” are fixed? I’ll go with no.

    • malek86

      It was seventh in its launch week though. The shortages likely influenced this week’s sales. That said, I also don’t think this will sell a lot overall, especially with the Wii U doing as badly as it’s doing, and the 3DS version getting some flak because of no online and controls issues. I doubt Nintendo/Capcom shipped a lot of copies.

      I’m more interested in whether they can actually make the series popular with MH4 instead. After all, MH3U is really just a re-release.

  • neo_firenze

    I know I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this is another example of Nintendo strategically under-shipping relative to anticipated demand to push people to buy from the eShop (where Nintendo makes more money per sale).

    The PR/marketing spin might be to focus on retailers being unable to keep up with demand as if a title is selling unexpectedly well, but in reality I think it may be a bit more of a calculated move.You’ll note they even took some valuable space in a tweet to specifically mention you can still buy the game on the eShop. And really, this is NINTENDO, proven masters of manipulating the market by using shortages (whether intentional or not) as a reason to convince people they’re missing out on something that people are clamoring to get their hands on. See also: the first two years of the Wii’s life.

    I can’t really blame them from a business standpoint though: every digital sale reduces the potential availability of used games (where Nintendo gets no money on the sale), cuts out the distribution/retail channel taking their piece of the pie, reduces costs on physical production and shipping, and reduces risk of excess inventory sitting unsold.

    • Making it MORE difficult for people to buy product doesn’t seem like a viable financial strategy. A customer unable to buy a product due to low stock is not necessarily a customer that will go to the eShop but may in fact be a potential lost sale. Why risk losing that customer or losing an impulse buyer in a shop that is lacking stock? It’s undershipped due to fears about the weakened UK market.

    • DiosFancifulRomp

      I think they took time to advertise it on the eshop so as to not dissuade frustrated consumers, many of whom might not realize it’s available elsewhere.

      And you’re not the only one to bring this up, but where is this “Nintendo under-shipping” rumor coming from? Is there any actual truth behind this, or is it speculation? Sure, it might make sense, but all that glitters is not gold.

    • Izaal Daar

      What if I tell you that the same happened in Europe with Xenoblade or Last Story, games that weren´t available on any kind of eshop??
      This is justa a shortage.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man there are some interesting things being discussed here. I came in being unxpectedly happy for Capcom, and now I’m wondering if this isn’t just a gigantic ruse swathed in deceit covered in misdirection.

    I mean on the one hand, I’m sure that Capcom are happy since I can’t see them releasing a shipment so small they wouldn’t make SOME profit from it, but how much said profit is, we may never know…

    Also now I am curious- how much money DOES Nintendo get from digital sales compared to retail sales, and how much money does Capcom see from these two different sales?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Digital sales if i am not mistaken, Nintento take 30% from each third party title sold.

      • Göran Isacson

        Yowza. I wonder then if it’s a better sale for the developer to sell it in retail, or if Nintendo simply takes the money that the retailer would have originally gotten and adds it to their own coffers, so that the end-result isn’t that different for the actual developer either way, just for Nintendo.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Happy for Capcom there even though the sales amount is low, it does shows that there are demand for the game here.

    I think that currently many Japanese publishers have been having fear of printing to much for retail here as ifthey overshipped, as if they sell too little, it is going to bite them hard just like how Fire Emblem Awakening, the DS title was overshipped and end up in bargain bin A LOT.
    I think this also happen Mon Hun Tri on Wii before which should explain their conservative move. Hope that Nintendo will be able to quickly resolve this problem and allow more gamer to become HUNTER!!!^_^

  • Go2hell66

    Hell yea so i guess we can expect MH4 soon then?

    • Haseyo

      I hope not -too- soon. I’d hate to finally get all my stuff just to turn around and drop it for MH4 the following week.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Love the game on WIi U. Will love it even more when the off screen play patch is released. Between this and that other time sucker, Etrian Odyssey 4, I’m good as far as gaming is concerned. Soul Hackers might have to go into the queue when I pick it up.

  • MHU is totally in stock in France

  • isotrex

    Waiting for Monster Hunter 4 announcement… :)

  • Joshua Myers

    Now then Capcom give us Monster Hunter Frontier Online and you’ll make millions

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I’m glad I picked up the Wii U bundle when I did! Good to know the series is selling well in Europe though, it really is a great game.

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