Nintendo released the first batch of images for Monster Hunter 3G, a 3DS remake of Monster Hunter Tri. Announced during Nintendo’s TGS 2011 press conference, 3G will be the first Monster Hunter game in 3D, but Capcom confirmed that you may not get much hands-on time with the game because it's being planned as a Japan-only release for the time being. This is understandable as the Monster Hunter franchise - while huge in Japan - has never managed to catch on in western markets.
The more exciting news may be that Monster Hunter 4 is also coming to the 3DS. There's no word on if it will be a Nintendo exclusive, but there is a concept trailer featuring the titular hunter, clad in full armor, dodging fireballs, scaling collapsible cliffs, and eventually turning to face his pursuer just as the video cuts to the title.
Aside from a strong concept, double the dragons, and of double the Monster Hunter, both Nintendo and Capcom have remained relatively silent in regards to what MH4 actually is and what changes it will bring to the series. There's still no release date. It will, however, support Nintendo's new circlepad, so that's one more reason to strap a new device to your 3DS.
Sep 14, 2011