Capcom has announced a later than expected Monster Hunter 4 release date of September 14 in Japan, the game having previously been delayed from a March 2013 launch to this summer "based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the expectations and wishes of users".

Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto confirmed the new release date for the 3DS exclusive during a Nintendo Direct broadcast today, during which footage of the title was shown and two Monster Hunter 4 hardware bundles were revealed. Capcom has yet to confirm plans to release the game in the west, although perhaps we’ll get some news on that front at E3 next month.

Today’s Nintendo Direct also offered a fresh look at fellow Capcom 3DS game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, or Ace Attorney 5 as it’s known in Japan, where it's set for release on July 25. It will launch in the west this autumn in digital form only.


  • ZeeCaptain - June 3, 2013 12:20 a.m.

    Wow for the 3DS too, jeez did the Vita's lack of sales piss Capcom off or what. Not like it matters, won't be seeing this state wise tii Japan already has Monster Hunter 4 2nd Super Portable G squared.
  • pokepark7 - May 31, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    What not for the US? Awwww this was starting to look pretty good ...... "Kid Icarus"!
  • saso77 - May 31, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Probably good game for my kids PS Vita.
  • winner2 - May 31, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    I'd love for this to get localized, I've had a good break and I'm ready to get back into MH.
  • chavbuster1 - May 31, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    As a PS vita owner my blood is boiling.
  • Cyberninja - May 31, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    Why MonHun has been exclusive since before the Vita was out, and MonHun 4 was announced at that point? if you bought a Vita expecting to play it, you should have done your homework first. Lastly if you just buy a 3DS and a Vita you don't have to worry about exclusives .
  • chavbuster1 - May 31, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    How was I supposed to know Capcom would jump ship xD ? Anyway, I only really use my PSP for music and internet, and do ma gaming on a console. ....But I suppose your right, Monhan 4 is just too juicy a booty for me to let stroll by! Might be a good idea to look up on the 3DSs next time i'm in Shinjuku.
  • ZeeCaptain - June 3, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    MH hasn't been exclusive, there was no way of telling that it would switch to the 3DS, if it wasn't for the decline of Vita sales it would still be on team Sony, but if your referring to MH3 for the Wii, that wasn't the initial "jumping ships" that was just MH doing a console game, they also made the Original MH and the two that followed it were all for PS2, and even after the Wii title there was a MH that came out for the PSP and the PS3.
  • Cyberninja - June 3, 2013 5:38 a.m.

    Actually there was no declining sales of the Vita, Nintendo brought out the first 3ds MonHun game in Japan and then annouced MonHun 4 would be a 3DS exclusive and this was before the Vita was released, so that was a few years before sales were even a factor. Nintendo just moved in and got an exclusivity deal plain and simple.
  • ZeeCaptain - June 3, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    Nintendo doesn't have exclusive rights, Capcom is currently developing a MH game for IOS and another for PC, just because the last two games have been Nintendo exclusive isn't necessarily a pattern, Capcom has allays been jumpy, there was even a MH game for the 360 back in 2010. MH Tri was only developed for the Wii after Capcom decided it would be too expensive to develop it for the PS3 and they would have a smaller audience due to the lack of success for MH Portable 3rd, despite the "portable" it was released on the PS3 and had bad sales, thus development for the Wii. The game that followed MH 3 Ultimate was just a remake for the Wii U and a port for the 3DS, nothing more than a celebration of the commercial success of MH Tri. The fact that MH 3 Ultimate was made for the 3DS was not due to Nintendo buying the franchise but rather the system had just been released and it was decided that due to it's sales in Japan, it would be good to develop their next game for it. When the Vita was released there was obvious talks of getting a MH game on it but due to the fact that MH's fan base is mostly in Japan, and the 3DS was running circles around the Vita sales wise. Tsujimoto the creator of MH did a press conference for MH 4 and said that the 3DS was the biggest handheld in Japan and the title was too be released in Japan with no talk as to weather or not it will show up in Europe or States wide, it just made sense to develop it for the 3DS. Keep in mind that even though the 3DS is getting MH 4 it's only the second game to be developed for the 3DS, and if sales for the Vita improve due to the recent price drop, then it is likely that whatever hand-held system that becomes top dog in Japan is most likely what system we'll be playing MH on.
  • shawksta - May 31, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Wait Nintendo actually made a specific third party focused Nintendo direct? That's pretty awesome actually. As far as Monster Hunter 4 goes, there's apparently a new threat that outright revives the monsters you just killer. That's gonna be a pain for veterans. July 25 for Ace Attorney in Japan? Neat, let's just hope we get it soon before I get spoiled, like AAI 2.
  • Swedish_Chef - May 31, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Well money, we've had a good run but now it seems it is time for us to part ways.
  • Xtapolapopotamus - May 31, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    I really, REALLY hope this comes out in US. I bought my Wii U pretty much only for 3 Ultimate (for now, at least) and have 165+ hours in it. MH4 looks awesome from the trailers and dammit I want more!

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