With only days until it comes out Capcom confirmed Monster Hunter 3’s online mode will be pay to play. To access the online mode you need a hunting ticket, which are sold in tiers just like Monster Hunter G.
Before you fork over Wii Points you get a twenty day trial subscription. Afterwards, it’s 800 Wii Points ($8) for a 30 day subscription, 1,500 Wii Points ($15) for a 60 days, or 2,000 Wii Points ($20) for 90 days.
Please note the online fees are only for Japan. Monster Hunter, the original one for the PlayStation 2, also had a pay to play online mode in Japan, but the game was free to play here. Monster Hunter Tri is slated for a domestic release this fiscal year which means sometime between now and March 31, 2010.