This Week In Imports: Monster Hunter 4, Enough Said

By Spencer . September 9, 2013 . 4:42pm

imageWhile most Japanese releases come out on Thursdays, Monster Hunter 4 is big enough to get a day all to itself. Monster Hunter 4 will be released on September 14. Most publishers chose to stay out of Monster Hunter 4’s way leaving expanded versions of Phantom Breaker and a port of AKB 1/149: Love Election as this week’s other key titles.


Nintendo 3DS
Monster Hunter 4


PlayStation 3
Air Conflicts Vietnam
AKB 1/149: Love Election
Phantom Breaker: Extra


Xbox 360
Air Conflicts Vietnam
Phantom Breaker: Extra


Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue


Key European Releases
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3)
Puppeteer (PS3)


Key Domestic Releases
Dragon Fantasy Book II (PS3, Vita with Cross Buy)
DuckTales Remastered (Xbox 360)
Killzone: Mercenary (Vita)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
Puppeteer (PS3)

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  • biskmater

    You don’t mess with Monster Hunter.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Kingdom Hearts is obviously the game I am looking forward to this week, though I am very curious to see what numbers Monster Hunter will do.

  • konsama

    I hope they mention something about localizing MH4 on TGS at least, now there’s not even Sven to keep us with “Stay tuned!” for close to a year before they even say something.

    • 하세요

      I just don’t see a reason to talk about localizing a game outside of Japan at a Japanese gaming expo. It’s painfully obvious we’re going to get it, just not any time soon. It’s way too early.

      • konsama

        Well IIRC they announced MH3 west confirmation on a japanese convention. Just being in Japan doesn’t mean they can’t do at least a small announce on that.

        • 하세요

          I can’t vouch for that, but after a quick search on it, it seems the American branch of Capcom came out and announced it on their own. I don’t doubt them saying something soon after it but for them to tell the Japanese viewers and expo crowd “This is coming to America!” seems a little silly.

          It’s like EA telling us at E3 “Battlefield 4 is coming out in Japan!”


    • Honestly, i don’t think there’s reason to worry at this point. Worst case scenario: if Capcom don’t bring it over, Nintendo will. There’s no way this game is staying in Japan. None.

      • School Idol Addict

        That would be extremely stupid of Capcom to not give this game a try at least.
        For the first time ever, a portable MH will have online and i think just that will help boost sales a lot in the west, i don’t know how many times i saw peoples say they didn’t like or didn’t want to try Monsters hunters because it didn’t have online play.
        And i think that’s a reasonable reason, after all monsters hunters is a game that’s most enjoyable when you play with others peoples, but unlike japan it’s really hard to find peoples to play with in the west.
        Even if MH was as much popular in the west as it’s in japan it still would be quite hard for most peoples to find peoples to play with.

        And also with Monsters Hunter Ultimate, MH series definitely won a lot of fans in the west.
        So i would bet that, while not at the level of Japan sales, sales in the west for MH4 would probably be the highest ever for a MH games released in the west.

        • I agree, it would be silly of them not to try and bring MH4 over to the west, especially with how hard they and Nintendo pushed MH3U. But hey, publishers can be funny like that sometimes, depending on what their priorities are.

          • InfectedAI

            It’s not like Capcom has ever ditched a sure thing. So how’s Mighty No. 9 doing? =P

          • I don’t see what Mighty No. 9 has to do with this. It has nothing to do with Capcom and it is in no way representative of a business model a larger publisher like them could pursue.

  • ronin4life

    I knew I should have pre ordered off nippon yasan when I could…

    May have to go digital like I did with AC and Fantasy Life… damn…

    • British_Otaku

      It’ll be better to always have it on your system I think.
      I just wish digital copies were significantly cheaper than retail ones, I could afford to download a copy barely, but importing one will be the end of me. >_>

      • ronin4life

        Well, it was actually me trying to decide between physical and digital that caused me to hold out… The digital version is significantly cheaper than most of the importers due to mark ups… But I already have 2 expensive games Dlnd and I am unsure what will happen to them if my system goes kaput. Plus, I really want that physical purchase…

        But it looks like it may be back on NipponYasan… and my decision paralyzation returns…>.>;;;

  • xAtKx

    I like that line “Most publishers chose to stay out of Monster Hunter 4′s way”. Some record breakers incoming I believe.

  • mojack411

    September 14th: The day of the apocalypse for all Japanese video game retailers.

    • xAtKx

      Pokemon doesn’t comes out till October though.

      • Nintendo has a major release for 3DS each month for the next 3 months. It starts this month with Monster Hunter 4 dominating the market for 4 weeks until Pokemon X & Y come out and dominate with MH4 for 5 weeks and then Zelda: Link Between Worlds comes out. I don’t know how the sales figures will look in the end, but they will impress.

        • School Idol Addict

          Zelda isn’t that huge in japan though.
          I mean it’s a really successful series in japan, but nowhere near the level of Pokemon and Monsters hunter.

          • I figured as much. I didn’t say Zelda would sell as well or better than Pokemon and MH, just that it comes out. I don’t know how Zelda will fare in sales in Japan, but it is a major release for Nintendo.

        • Zelda: Link Between Worlds could go either way, I think. Zelda has shown that it has a handheld audience in Japan for sure, but I would say it’s a medium-sized series in Japan (let’s say C-tier), rather than one of the A-tier juggernauts.

          Instead of Zelda, I would point to Puzzle & Dragons Z and One Piece: Unlimited World RED as the big November games for 3DS in Japan. One Piece is almost certainly going to be a very big holiday title for Namco.

          • I forgot about One Piece…but I know Zelda could go either way. I did say I don’t know how the sales figures will look in the end.

          • Yeah, it should be interesting. Phantom Hourglass on DS did really well. Then, taking that as a sign of unprecedented popularity, Nintendo ended up shipping too many copies of Spirit Tracks, which caused it to drop in price and fall into the bargain bins very quickly. I think by then, DS software was slowing down in general.

            Then, with 3DS, they put Ocarina 3D out with somewhat conservative shipments, and that game went on to do fairly well, too. Here are the last recorded lifetime sales of all three to date:

            Phantom Hourglass: 907,821
            Spirit Tracks: 696,878
            Ocarina 3D: 558,496

            So yeah, Zelda’s definitely a seller, but it takes a while for it to reach those higher figures. It sells and sells over time.

  • GameWinner

    Everything is about to be destroyed…

  • 하세요

    I will be camping the eShop until MH4 appears. I’ll save getting a physical copy whenever we get it in English eons from now.

  • Someone hold me. I can’t wait to write next week’s sales post.

    • Christopher Nunes

      *Holds you in a bear hug* ^_^

      That help?

      • Can’t… breathe…

    • im sure fang will be willing to

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        wat, no… why would I do that >_>

      • Yeah, Fang always is all too willing to get touchy-feely.

    • Zero_Destiny

      (。-_-。 )人( 。-_-。)

    • Aristides

      *pets small cat*

    • Ethan_Twain

      Do you see eShop distribution maybe making the MH 4 Media Create seem less impressive? I mean it’s gonna be the top game of the week no question, but we’ve gotta remember that most 3DS software sells what was it, 15% on the eShop?

      • I think that will definitely happen to an extent. I think you might have said this yourself somewhere, but like Animal Crossing, this is exactly the kind of game you want on your 3DS at all times. Digital sales are definitely going to make up a notable chunk of the total sales.

        That said, it may not be as much of a high-digital-seller as Animal Crossing was. In the case of that game, Nintendo specifically advertised the download version. I don’t think Capcom are doing that with MH4.

        • Ethan_Twain

          Nah, couldn’t have been me. I don’t know my monsters from my hunters, or which end of the gunblade to stick in the dinosaur.

          Thanks for answering the question.

          • When MH4 comes out stateside, maybe we could get together for a game if you’re interested. Laura and I are planning on playing together. She’s been wanting to get into the series for a while but things have never really lined up for us to play together. (Lack of online, lack of times when we’re both free/have the hardware etc. etc.) You’re more than welcome to join!

        • 하세요

          That’s where I had my battle between physical vs digital. I really want the cartridge but at the same time I want EX Troopers AND MH4 on me at all times without having to bring my case of games (er, Luigi Hat) with me. I chose having it on me at all times.

          • I know a lot of people are put off by the lack of a 3DS account system at the moment, but I’m not among them. It’s coming, and when it gets here, I’ll sign up for an account. But in the meantime, I want all my portable stuff on all my handhelds to be downloaded so I can take it all with me wherever I go. It always used to kill me that Nintendo DS had no way to accommodate storage without having to resort to shady flash carts.

      • malek86

        It might, but I don’t think it will happen on launch week, unless there’s a cartridges shortage like for Animal Crossing.

        Whether people really want to have it on the 3DS all time, it doesn’t make too much of a difference in this case imho, because japanese players will also have the cartridge inserted at all times regardless. MHP3 didn’t get a download version at launch, but even if it did, I’m pretty sure digital sales would have only made an impact on the long run, not the first week.

    • And the next week. And the next week. And the next week…

      • And then, Pokémon will come out in October. And then we’ll be in sales heaven for the rest of the year. <3

        Man, this holiday is going to be super interesting.

    • AuraGuyChris

      *Holds you*

    • Herok♞

      Be careful now you will have the usual crazies accusing you of being pro-Nintendo anti-Sony again.

      • Eh, who cares. Morons will be morons. If they can’t deal with facts, that’s their problem. :P

        The point of the sales column is to talk about hard sales figures and trends, not to please people and tell them how awesome their favourite game is.

        Games like MH are huge events for the sales column. Of course I’m excited!

  • Read the title and i agree

  • teknik1200

    I’m OK with the fact that I’m still enjoying 3u but if we don’t here about some kind of western release soon I’m gonna be tempted to finally break down.

  • joemari5

    Brace yourselves, Monster Hunter 4 posts are coming…

  • s07195

    No other 3DS titles than the monster that is the Monster Hunter franchise.

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