Monster Hunter 4 Is Still Facing Shortages In Japan

By Ishaan . September 27, 2013 . 8:30am

Monster Hunter 4 is still facing shortages at retail, Japanese sales tracker Media Create reported this week. As a result, Media Create expect demand for the download version of the game to remain steady.


Monster Hunter 4 sold 1.715 million copies in its first week on store shelves. At the time, Media Create estimated that an additional 255,000 copies of the game were sold as downloads, bringing total first-week sales to around 1.97 million copies.


In its second week, Monster Hunter 4 sold another 473,739 copies at retail, bringing total retail sales—not counting any download copies sold since launch—to 2.189 million. However, as stores are facing shortages of the game, there are a large number of download sales that aren’t accounted for, leaving us with incomplete information regarding the game’s total sales to date.


How long these shortages last remains to be seen, but Monster Hunter 4 has plenty of opportunities to sell itself to consumers in the weeks ahead. While it may face competition from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in October, the holiday season in December will provide a large boost to the sales of both games, as well as other popular software on the market.


Additionally, Capcom have a number of Monster Hunter-related events coming up, such as the “Monster Hunter Festa ‘13” event, which is being staged in five cities across Japan and the “Monster Hunter the Real 2014” event, which is being held in collaboration with Universal Studios Japan.

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  • Guest

    I wonder if those shortages have led people to buy the digital version, there should be a tracker for that information already.

    Do we know how many Animal Crossing did on download copies?

  • Ethan_Twain

    That cliche phrase “perfect storm” runs through my head when reading this article and just how incredible this holiday season is shaping up to look for the 3DS… but it isn’t quite.

    Now if we had Dragon Quest XI landing in November, THAT would probably qualify.

    • I think if that were to happen, it might actually hurt more than help. Pokemon and Monster Hunter, I think, can co-exist at the same time, but three games of that caliber hitting within a month of each other—and all three with their own social features and communities—might actually cause more harm than good, since fewer people will be playing each of the three titles at any given point.

      • Pockystix

        then those rumors of folks skipping work for DQ would come to fruition lol

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Meanwhile Youkai Watch is still charting

      • Ethan_Twain

        Well, it’ll also be interesting to see how long these communities remain active in the multiplayer/streetpass scene. Since 3DS multiplayer remains mostly “local” (in a sense) I imagine once the majority of users move on to the next big thing then there isn’t really any coming back. Like Kid Icarus weapon trading streetpass? Betcha I couldn’t do that to save my life any more.

        • The thing is, both Pokémon and Monster Hunter have very long-lasting communities, just because the userbase for those games is so vast. There are people who haven’t upgraded to a 3DS that still play Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Pokémon Black/White to this day, and those communities are still active. :)

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Ishaan did you forget that Puzzles and Dragons Z is coming out in November?

            Thats the punch in the 1-2 PAWNCH.

            Falcon Style.

            F-Zero GGX confirmed for January 2015

          • I’m not sure what to expect from P&D Z, since you can just download it for free on your smartphone. I can’t tell if the stuff being added to the 3DS version is enough of an incentive for hundreds of thousands of people to pick it up.

            The closest point of reference we have is the retail version of Angry Birds by Activision, but U.S. and Japan are very different markets, so that doesn’t really tell us anything.

  • Pockystix


    even CAPCOM can’t keep up with the Hype behind this one, eh?

  • JustThisOne

    And they’ll look back in their older days. “Ah yes,” he mused, “The Great Monster Hunter Shortage of 2013.”

  • GOLD

    There are so many games coming in for the 3ds that im kind of relived that i dont have to worry about monhun 4 for a while. i Cant wait to play it, but pokemon x,bravely default, smt, and gta Online will make the wait bearable.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Can’t wait for the inevitable (because with these sales, it is inevitable) localization announcement from CAPCOM. Since this already has online implemented, it’s only a matter of time.

    I have to reiterate that I will double dip for a G version on 3DS and Wii U a la MH3U. I can also see the G version being DLC as well as retail similar to Super Luigi U.

    • No way it’s going to be sold as DLC. G games are always full blown retail releases. They add tons of new content and are sometimes set in completely different locations. MH4G will most definitely be a retail release.

      • mewcus

        capcom did say they are looking into DLC. and what better to implement dlc than G on it’s most popular game today?

    • Xerain

      My understanding is that MH4 already has as much content as a G game, which is one of the factors contributing to it’s phenomenal sales. I could be wrong though, I haven’t really been following it in that much detail as I have have a 3DS.

      • 하세요

        I can indeed vouch for that. It only has one less large monster than 3G did. 2G still has the most but that game was full of clones so I consider this to be the most diverse.

  • The game sold nearly 2 million copies in 2 days. No one should be surprised.

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