Watch And Learn From Some Of Japan’s Best Monster Hunter 4 Players

By Sato . February 10, 2014 . 6:02pm

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How big is Monster Hunter in Japan, you ask? Popular enough to hold annual festivities, where fans from across the country gather to enjoy Monster Hunter-themed events, called “Monster Hunter Festa”. Capcom recently shared a few videos from Monster Hunter Festa 2013’s top teams of the time attack tournament.

 

Team Super Dry, a duo of Long Sword users takes home gold in the event, but the above is a look at a fight against the new shark monster called Zaboazagill and Tigrex during the semi-finals.

 

Amazingly enough, they prove that Long Swords are still the go-to weapon for reliability and top-notch damage dealing, as they finished the fight in 6 minutes and 29 seconds.

 

During the finals of the “King of Hunters” main event, the champions took on a trio of Brachydios, Yian Garuga and a permanent “Super Saiyan” mode Rajang, impressively finishing the fight in just 10 minutes and 51 seconds.

 

In this video, we get a look at the all-female Hunter tournament finals, with Team Lupi-Mini finishing as the champions. This team is made of an Insect Staff and Bow users, who put the fierce Deviljho to shame, making it look as easy as farming Great Jaggis.

 

Finally, here’s a look at the finals of the parents and children tournament, where the father-son Dual Blade team of Bundori Meraruu were crowned as the champions. They fight the scorpion-like Genel Serutas and its Arserutas mate, finishing in 3 minutes and 54 seconds.

 

Capcom recently revealed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released in the west in early 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.


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  • 하세요

    Aw, I love the idea of parent and children tournaments, as well as other categories. That way these events are dominated by middle-aged men who don’t do anything else all day every day.

    • KuroNathan

      I actually just learned of a new term from a certain doujin today

  • Heisst

    Good lord, those textures.

    3G looked better than this.

    • 하세요

      It looks a lot better on the actual 3DS.

      Unless you’re comparing to the Wii-U version, which duh.

      • Heisst

        No, it’s going to look less JAGGY on the 3DS. Textures aren’t going to magically improve.

        • 하세요

          I’m just speaking from first hand experience. It looks lovely to me. At least on a standard 3DS. No idea about on an XL.

          • Enzo

            I think it’s pretty obvious that a bot is the reason why he is being upvoted so much and you are being downvoted to hell even though what he’s saying is more downvote worthy.

          • 하세요

            I know bots are all over the place. That’s something you learn from being on Disqus in general, haha.

    • Barrylocke89

      But at least this will have wifi play on the 3ds.

    • Namuro

      Wow, I was trying to type a reasonable explanation to this comment, but then I saw the likes going up in real time…

      You know what? Forget it! I’m outta here.

      • batman999

        i saw it too lol 142 guest votes =))

      • Enzo

        I’m certain he has bots upvoting his own comments and downvoting Haseyo (and a few others who tried countering).

        • Heisst

          You’d have a point if I also didn’t have 200 downvotes in another comment section while the guy I was arguing with had 200 upvotes instead.

          Incidentally I was defending MH in there, much like Haseyo.

          • Enzo

            Found the one you’re talking about. While it doesn’t completely negate your claim that it isn’t you, it does seem like this bot could be following MH stuff. Then again, it’s likely it’s because it’s Nintendo-related since a lot of Nintendo comments on here end up like this (bashing comments get lots of upvotes, praise gets down).

    • konsama

      Ooo i want my turn to make bot mad.

      You have no idea what you’re talking about, the game not only looks better, but runs at a more steady higher frame rate to the ones in PSP and 3U/G ones. Which coupled with the much more fluid movement from both hunters and monsters give an even better visual enrichment than 3U.

      • Heisst

        3G ran at 50+ fps on the 3DS (not the case for the Wii U version which ran at 37-45fps) and looked much better than this, these textures are PS1-tier.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Actually it doesnt really

  • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

    I really need to get back and hunt every monster in 3U before 2015. I never got to Alatreon in Tri, I need to reach him in 3U and that final elder dragon.

    • http://people.ign.com/rob1610 rob1610

      I’ve been going all out in 3U since 4U was announced because I’m in the same boat.

    • J_Joestar

      that reminds me, i still have Abyssal left over to do, but i’ve been busy since Pokemon => AA:DD => SKB => and now BD:FF to deal with.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    I want :|

  • Petey

    Actually the last video’s weapons of choice are dual blades, not sword and shield.
    And it’s Zaboazagiru, not Zaboazagill.

    • Sato

      Ah, brainfart moment, my partner even used those weapons in the past, too! Thanks for the heads up :)

      As far as names go, there aren’t any correct answers, since they’ll probably be completely different once the game is localized, so we try going with what sounds more fitting.

      • Petey

        Sorry if I seemed knit-pick-y! Your coverage was awesome~ I understand the translation, especially since the name was written in katakana. It’s only this stupid love for saying “zaboazagiru” at the moment lol. Zaboa is the one I’m most excited to fight in 4U!!

    • Namuro

      I write it as “zagill” myself, in my translation notes, because y’know…he’s a fish, after all.

      But we’ll know soon enough, how to write his name properly in English… If they don’t change it too drastically, like Lagombi… Ugh, I still loathe that name.

      • Petey

        I have a big affinity for the name in Japanese as it is! I caught the whole “gil” thing, I think the name with the giru has a nicer ring to it.
        Right? Lagombi is cute but how awesome would it be to say you have Urukususu armor? Very awesome. I don’t understand that drastic change, especially, because this is a fantasy game full of crazy strange monsters, why would keeping the Japanese names be weird? Even translated over it sounds really natural.
        I wouldn’t complain and buy the game usually if it bothered me enough, but it’s just not worth buying a whole Japanese 3ds system at the moment! One day.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Sure but if you buy a Japanese 3dS you can get, beyond the labrynth, ex troopers and gundams

        • Showmeyomoves

          Much like Pokémon names, the Japanese MH names carry connotations that a non-Japanese speaking person wouldn’t pick up on if they hadn’t been translated.

          “Urukususu” doesn’t sound especially threatening to Japanese people either, so it’s not like any bad-assery was lost in translation.

          And “Nibelsnarf” sounds absolutely ridiculous, yes, but have you ever taken a good look at the thing? The name fits perfectly! Not to mention “Happurubokka” is a silly-sounding name to Japanese people, too.

          • Petey

            Right, I DID mean awesome as in I have a likeness for the silly names. If you’re a great hunter masked in silly sounding armor, you are suprisingly awesome.
            I am well aware of all of what you just said LOL.

      • J_Joestar

        Lagombi isn’t that bad of a name, at the very least it is better than Nibelsnarf.

        • Namuro

          Aah! Why did you have to bring that one up!!

  • Namuro

    This is so cool! To see all the different types of players get together like this. I love how they have the parents and children tournament, too. I can imagine how happy the kid must be to be able to team up with his dad and show off their teamwork to everyone.

    If only my parents were into gaming as well… “sigh”

    Welp, I’m just gonna become a cool-gaming dad, then!

  • Shadowman

    Waiting till 2015 is pure torture Capcom why do you do this to us?

    • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

      It’s better they confirm it now than going the entire year without a word. MH4G doesn’t release in Japane until the Fall, so we’re only a few months after Japan.

      • J_Joestar

        yeah, there is something nice about knowing it is coming with official confirmation compared to just speculation that it should come eventually.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Jeez people why all the hate on the 3DS o.o Anyway yes I know we all want a Wii U version but sadly Capcom feels that it will not do very well so boo :(

    • konsama

      I’m pretty sure i don’t and many other people want a Wii U version. >_>

      Just rajang.

      • Kazekage Gaara

        Ok GREAT! It was honesly a joke to see if the guy was using bots or not so you can disregard that part about the Wii U.Hopefully Nintendo ditches it in favor of the “Nintendo Fusion” thing meanwhile waiting for this game to release here….will be HELL >:(

        • konsama

          Think guy is more like anti MH and 3DS and pro vita.

      • Guest

        With online on this one by default on 3DS, I really don’t see a purpose in making a Wii-U version. It wouldn’t sell as much and requires more money. 3G did just fine without a Wii-U version, but they made it once it came over to NA/EU since we rely on online far more than Japan does.

        I wouldn’t be against it, power to everyone else, but from a finance view it would be silly for Capcom to.

  • NTaiyokun

    Who the hell is hacking?

    Heisst, I swear to god if it’s you…

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Ok there is some BS going on in here lol Haters in the comments going nuts…………

  • konsama

    God this is seriously hyping me for MH4, and even to going back in the speed run business, which for some reason it never got to me in 3U while i was usually speed running in P3rd and to a lesser extent in FU. >_<

  • flameraver64

    Does 4 have the touchscreen panels still? Like the customizable touchscreen DPad?

    • Namuro

      Yep!

      • flameraver64

        Awesome! At first had trouble with the 3DS controls, bought a CPP thinking it’d fix the problems but it didn’t. Actually ended up liking the touchscreen DPad, good to hear it’s back

        • Namuro

          Oh, the CPP didn’t help you? That’s unfortunate. As for me, I absolutely cannot play without it. I also find the extra gripping space to be mighty comfortable. The thing is pretty much permanently stuck to my 3DS now!

          It’s great that you can play using just the touch screen, so you don’t need to lug around an extra heavy 3DS like me. LOL

          • flameraver64

            Yeah, was sure the CPP was gonna help, since I’m so used to the Claw on the PSP and Wii, but it just felt uncomfortable. Thank god I found something that works, would hate it if I just ended up missing out on MH3U and MH4U because I don’t like the controls

          • Namuro

            Glad you managed to get into the game, man!

            By the way, what weapons do you use mainly? Just curious.

          • flameraver64

            Great Sword, I basically use only GS and haven’t branched out yet haha

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

    Wonder if there are any good lancers showing up in the tournament

  • rika09

    What a ugly graphics. i see better in 2000 year pc games and we have 2014 … Mh3rd on psp is crashing this thing!

  • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

    These games get easier with every iteration and the monsters just don’t feel imaginative anymore

    • Namuro

      So… a giant tank-like, armoured beetle, scorpion insect monstrosity that can also combine with its mate into a scythes-wielding mobile fortress is not imaginative enough for you?

      Man, you’re hard to please.

      Also, why don’t you give the last village quest a try first, before saying that the game gets easier…

      • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

        My apologies for not making myself clear. I was strictly speaking about the monsters’ move sets.
        I have already finished village quests.

  • Showmeyomoves

    Wait. Am I seeing this correctly? Do Long Sword combos no longer trip up other players?

    If so, that’s awesome!

    • 하세요

      No, they still do. Depending on what motion the other players are doing, they can essentially super-armor it.

      LS’s are still annoying against small enemies as they trip everyone up, haha. Insect Staff can be a problem depending on which combo the user is doing, but LS is still the most annoying.

      Besides being flung in the sky by a hammer, but either the hammer user sucks or you shouldn’t be in front of the monster’s face. Hammer territory, yo.

  • Miggs

    While I can agree that the textures aren’t as good as they could be, we have to consider how this game was made. New weapons, moves, animations, level structures (there’s a lit more verticality now) have all been added which more than makes up for the lacking textures. I’d rather have more content and variety than prettier graphics. There’s a reason why people can easily log 100+ hours on MH, and it isn’t the graphics.

  • Linhua

    … nevermind the textures and the bots, people… what about the performances here… O_O;; …

    … the Long Sword was the first weapon I decided to try out and I absolutely HATED it .-. So instead I went to the Switch Axe and Dual Blades… but the performance here had me pretty amazed and I feel like I should go back and try them out again but i’m not sure how much has changed for the weapons in this one.

    … I am pretty much a beginner still in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and for any veterans out there right now… I have a question for ya.

    … actually two.

    … Is there a place or a video where I can observe and learn more advanced ways of using the Long Sword…? … or any weapon for that matter…? … i’ve taken a look around and haven’t found very much but videos on Youtube that goes over the bare basics… which were things I already knew how to do.

    … also, is that back mounting thing something new for Monster Hunter 4…?

    … because I sure as hell know you can GET mounted in MH3U… @_@ … Raped so many times by that damned Dragon..

  • Linhua

    … nevermind the textures and the bots, people… what about the performances here… O_O;; …

    … the Long Sword was the first weapon I decided to try out and I absolutely HATED it .-. So instead I went to the Switch Axe and Dual Blades… but the performance here had me pretty amazed and I feel like I should go back and try them out again but i’m not sure how much has changed for the weapons in this one.

    … I am pretty much a beginner still in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and for any veterans out there right now… I have a question for ya.

    … actually two.

    … Is there a place or a video where I can observe and learn more advanced ways of using the Long Sword…? … or any weapon for that matter…? … i’ve taken a look around and haven’t found very much but videos on Youtube that goes over the bare basics… which were things I already knew how to do.

    … also, is that back mounting thing something new for Monster Hunter 4…?

    … because I sure as hell know you can GET mounted in MH3U… @_@ … Raped so many times by that damned Dragon..

  • Kazekage Gaara

    There is a person who uses bots for his/her own comfort lol again amazing review my friend I cant wait till this game gets localized next year :D

  • batman999

    cuz the vita has better controls than the 3DS, although with the Circle Pad Pro add-on but I still love my 3ds! =)

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Dual analog does nothing for most games honestly

    Especially not MH4

  • Namuro

    I couldn’t play MH4 without the Circle Pad Pro, though. LOL

    It’s attached permanently to my JP 3DS now!

  • KoRLumen

    Haha I was spoiled by my CCP as well, though honestly, the lock on feature pretty much negates any real need for a second analog.

  • Namuro

    The lock-on is a real life-saver indeed, but it’s still not enough for me, though. I still need to manually control the camera around when circling the monsters, look out for surprise attacks from hidden angles, keeping watch on multiple monsters on the same screen, etc.

    After playing for so long, I tried playing the game without the CPP for once… and I couldn’t even beat a low rank Goa LOL. I was that terrible without the CPP.

    Also, even if it makes my 3DS a little bulkier, the grip base of the CPP is really comfortable! I can hunt for hours on end without getting cramps.

  • KoRLumen

    True, I certainly use it for minute adjustments that the lock-on can’t accomplish. I remember attempting to solo some of the last G rank Tanzia quests in MH3U without my CPP and… well, it did not go well :

    That’s very true! I even use the CPP on games that don’t support it just because it’s so ergonomic.

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