Why Pokémon And Monster Hunter Being On The Same Platform Is A Big Deal

By Ishaan . October 15, 2013 . 10:05am

Monster Hunter 4 has moved over 3 million copies in Japan, Capcom said yesterday. Additionally,  Japanese sales tracker Media-Create add another tidbit of information on the game’s sales in their most recent report.

 

The majority of Monster Hunter 4 buyers, Media-Create say, is gradually shifting to a younger audience, according to retail stores.

 

This is important because it brings up the question of whether the game will be able to expand the Monster Hunter audience beyond that of 2010’s Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. It’s important to have younger players invested in your game because that’s where the majority of growth comes from for games such as these, which rely on word of mouth and large communities.

 

This leads to another interesting question.

 

Media-Create’s comments bring to mind a theory that we’ve been curious about, ever since Monster Hunter 4 was first announced—namely, will Monster Hunter 4 benefit from being on the same platform as games like Pokémon and Animal Crossing, which attract younger gamers? Nintendo’s portable platforms reach out to a much wider audience than the PSP ever did, so theoretically, Monster Hunter 4 has a much wider pool of gamers to draw from.

 

While Pokémon X and Y, both of which were released last week, will initially compete with Monster Hunter 4 for 3DS owners’ attention, it’s very possible that MH4 will be able to reach out to these players—many of which who will never have played a Monster Hunter game before—in the long run.

 

And who knows—maybe, in the long run, Pokémon X and Y could benefit from being on the same platform as Monster Hunter, which reaches older gamers, as well. After all, there are a lot of older Pokémon in the two games, which could attract older, lapsed Pokémon fans back to them.


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  • JonathanisPrimus

    Bringing up the importance of children for a video game in a country where the birth rate is hilariously low seems a bit off to me.

    • Xmas Lopez

      Well, couldn’t this also apply to NA and EU?

      • TheExile285

        Birthrates low in NA? *Remembers the teen moms with babied seen daily*

        Yeah…. I don’t know about that lol. The actual stats might prove me wrong though lol.

        • Lloyd Christmas

          Birthrates in developed countries are typically low compared to developing countries.

          • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

            Yes you can say that, but there have also been numerous articles of Japanese men opting out from wanting to start a family or being in relationships. Herbivore men is what they are called I believe.

          • Namuro

            The film “Idiocracy” comes to mind…

        • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

          the more developed the country the less children are born. while in NA and others countries have this stuff of teenagers moms the amount of couples having babes are decreasing by each year because of how expensive having a child is and the already born population will live more, this can do a critical hit in the country society

        • Xmas Lopez

          Not the birthrate thing, I meant the information in the article. If it means that your userbase gets hooked younger, then wouldn’t publishers be more willing to bring over more titles than they wouldn’t have brought over before?

    • gold163

      Setting the matter of birth rates aside, however, you can quickly see that aiming your products at children in Japan — or anywhere else, for that matter — has historically been extremely profitable.

    • niko

      Low birth rate means low compared to other countries, not that there are no children. Declining population doesn’t mean all of a sudden over a generation there are no kids. Sorry, that was kind of a silly point you made.

  • Xaltmas

    I wouldn’t say these games are for children, as much as they are an all-ages kind of thing.

    • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

      No doubt Pokemon is suitable for a variety of ages, but when it comes down to it each generation brings in a younger audience while retaining veteran fans of the series. In a sense the games just like the anime are generally aimed for children. MH generally has an older audience compared to Pokemon.

  • Minos

    There are some games that have “Good Synergy”, like they are “Complementary” to each other.

    I think these 2 have it.

    • JustThisOne

      I feel like both games really prey on that collection or customization instinct within gamers. That’s what makes be believe that it’d be easy to switch over to either game, despite them being different genres.

  • JustThisOne

    Ahaha, I knew you would write something like this, Ishaan! :P

    Anyway, I feel like Pokemon would probably benefit more from MH than the other way around. I personally find it hard to imagine a ten year old kid make the jump from Pokemon to MH on his own. I’d imagine that majority those who play MH are already well aware of Pokemon, whether they play it or not. But kids who have just started out playing games or have their parents pick out their games would probably wouldn’t get into MH until their a lot older.

    But the fact that they’re on the same console and around the same release date still helps, of course.

    • Godman

      lol yeah back then I tried MH and didn’t like it being too hard
      I decided to give it a shot again with MH3U and boom one of the best games I’ve ever played

    • J_Joestar

      maybe not the 10 year old playing his/her first Pokemon Game with X/Y, but what about the 10 year old from B/W or D/P who are now older as well?
      Both series have a strong charm of their variety of unique monsters so i’m sure there is an overlap that wouldn’t be hard to grow.

      • JustThisOne

        Y’know what? That’s a good point. I’m sure after a couple years, MH would have reached their circles.

        EIther way though, I still think Pokemon would benefit more from this new gen alone. Especially now that it made the jump to 3D.

  • Godman

    Ah two of my favorite games from two of my favorite companies
    Competition is always good especially between two games that share some similarities. or I would say when they decide to bring MH4 over here!!!

  • ragingmerifes

    Well, MH is much different from Pokémon. While MH is more focused on accomplishing stuff, completing missions and fighting, Pokémon is more about collecting monsters and exploring (that’s one of the reasons why it appeals to children).
    It’s like liking Metal Gear Solid and Shadow Hearts alike: each one has its thing for the moment, but having a platform for both is a great way to not bore oneself.

    • J_Joestar

      They also have a defining similarity that both games revolve around their collection of Monsters.
      Learning about monster, strengths, weaknesses, and adapting them to your play style.

      Although it is kinda funny that the game with the big scary monster promotes co-operation while the one with the cute pocket monsters is the one with a more competitive atmosphere.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I think a crossover between these two series would be pretty epic. I can imagine a scenario where you hunt with two Pokemon companions in the place of Felynes. Since Cha-Cha and Kayamba (and Felynes, presumably) can switch elemental abilities and gain levels anyway, I can see how it could work with Pokemon in their places. That would be the most plausible scenario for a crossover.

    Jigglypuff, Cricketune, etc. could do song effects….elemental Pokemon are self explanatory… Muk could produce slime or poison attacks….Stunfisk could act as an electric trap…yes there is plenty of possibility here.

    • Anonymous

      I like the idea, But then instead of you “Fainting” Pokemons you are actually killing them

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        You arent hunting pokemon though.

        You’re hunting mutations. GIANT DITTO CLONES.

    • Xerain

      More likely the Pokemon will just stand there and tell you the MH monster is eating all it’s food. Then you hunt and kill the MH monster and get special poke tickets in the rewards.

    • FinnK

      Isn’t that basically Spectrobes in a sense? With the companions and elemental stuff/abilities while having a action gameplay?

  • J_Joestar

    Wait for it…
    New Remake!
    Pokemon Crystal G!
    G-Rank Pokemon Trainer Red atop Mt. Silver

  • Kolibri

    So another whining about the game not being developped on Vita, nice… But this time, it’s a complete article. Seriously…

  • Go2hell66

    only reason younger gamers play monster hunter is because they’ve censored the crap out of it. i miss the old mh where there was blood and guts spewing everywhere. it was glorious

    • Erwin MadJelly

      You got a point there.. but then perhaps it’s because 3DS is more reliable in profits now?

      • Go2hell66

        Mh3u doesnt even have half the amount of blood mh1 had. the critical hit flashes arent even red anymore. they made them pink ffs

        • Erwin MadJelly

          well just discard my last comment about blood thing, more profit in 3DS perhaps?

          • Pdugna

            that is debatable also like how the article says the 3DS has a pool of potential players…but i still think so many big dogs on one console hurts the overall sales still…I mean 3rd grew most of base of players who bought 4th and actually some less…meaning the growth was not that big at all…

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            3rd was released right before Christmas, which kept its early numbers higher. Wait until MH4 has its first Christmas. I have little doubt it will outdo 3rd in the long run.

          • Pdugna

            Guess we will wait and see.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            Not to burst your balloon, but I’d appreciate it if you would stop bringing your personal biases into sales-related posts. You did the same thing in the Persona post and I’d like you to know that it isn’t appreciated. Knock it off, unless you have some hard evidence to back up the things you say.

    • J_Joestar

      maybe they should implement an age input like in DoA which manipulated the degree of the bouncing the ladies had, cept with this it would be blood and guts instead?

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      there is an option for that …

    • InfectedAI

      Really? If that’s true that sucks. Seeing more blood and guts might make the fights better. Considering it can seem like you’re whacking an enemy over and over again with little effect.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        They have a mild option and the other option for more gore. I use mild because I cant see the monster over the shitty gore textures

        • InfectedAI

          Which game has the option? Monster Hunter 3 on the 3DS?

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            MH3U on the WiiU.

    • ronin4life

      Eh?
      2/Freedom Unite had no guts, and less blood effect than 4 does.

      Plus, I think 3u was edited outside of Japan. Playing my two copies always felt a bit different.

  • katamari damacy

    Animal Crossing attracts everybody, it’s so chill.
    Monster Hunter is pretty hardcore though, so i have no idea why kids are attracted to it. It was a teen-young adult thing on the PSP i think.

    • AkuLord3

      Kids these days are pretty hardcore…GRAMPS!…i’m sorry

  • Rune_Fencer

    I love portable games not mobile phones let me make my self clear on that. I love my PSP and Vita and I am satisfied to an extent bu If SONY doesn’t hurry up and create a Pokemon counter-part game then im heading towards Nintendo for portable all the way.

    • Link

      They tried that with Invizimals but it didn’t pan out too well for them. And by the looks of it they dont want to enter that territory again, especially considering the last time they tried to make a competing game(PSABR) it got huge backlash for being a Smash Bros. rip off(yes yes I know it has alot of differences). Were they to try and make a Pokemon counter-part game of their own I feel it’d only trigger the same backlash PSABR did.

      • J_Joestar

        well they are trying a nintendogs clone aren’t they?

  • http://yaminoseigi.blogspot.com/ Yami no Seigi

    It is natural for MH4 to get younger audience considering they are the main users of 3DS but probably the average skill for the hunters in the game will be lower as well. And i think pokemon and MH better be mutually exclusive entities

    btw i named my tyrantrum Deviljho

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    my handhelds are getting more playtime then my home console

  • LaserVision

    Both of these games were created to be played with friends.That’s really important as nothing really sells better than peer pressure.

  • $77496739

    What a stupid article. Monster Hunter has always had the Cero C rating.

  • hazelnut1112

    I gotta say I’m guilty with this, I ended buying a 3DS because I wanted a handheld that will keep me busy until Smash Bros. It was between that and the Vita. Obviously I went for the 3DS since it was gonna have Smash Bros. on the system.
    Even before X and Y was announced I never really put much attention to it since I had no interest. Then I saw the new features it had, the returning Pokemon, etc. and because of that I ended up getting the game day one and have been enjoying it since.
    Plus, I was one of those people that didn’t play Pokemon after Gen 2, something really pulled me to get this game.

  • Guest

    Let’s see if Gaist Crusher also benefits from this considerably big user-base from the MH and Pokemon audience.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I… wouldn’t get my hopes up. There’s going to be a lot of competition this holiday on 3DS, and Gaist Crusher might just find itself between a rock and a hard place.

  • xkumo

    Ishaan stating his opinion as news worthy, and stickying it.,
    Nice fanboyism.

  • manowaffles

    If I can get MH4 in the States, that will get me to buy a 3DSXL. I’m waiting for the announcement.

  • Ferofax

    Most of the Pokemon vets, who started in the GBA era, would probably fall under “older gamers” now, not to mention those who started earlier, even if they played on and off (like me).

  • Ric Vazquez

    I want both MH and Pokemon

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