In Japan, players need to purchase hunting tickets before logging online. Fees are tiered with longer subscriptions offered at a discount. A 30 day subscription costs 800 Wii Points ($8) while a 90 day hunting ticket is 2,000 Wii Points ($20) or $6.66 a month.
Nintendo also announced Monster Hunter Tri will be sold with a Classic Controller Pro for $59.99. A standalone game goes for $49.99.
Wii Speak support and free online play? The Western version is the superior version of Monster Hunter Tri.