Monster Hunter is a franchise that’s stupid popular in Japan, but it remains a niche series for Western audiences. Why is that? We hope to find out when we play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U this afternoon. We’re no experts on the colorful world of Monster Hunter, but once we throw ourselves into the fray against titanic creatures, it’s learn or die. Watch us take on colossal beasts and grind through pathetic whelplings, in the hopes of snagging some sweet crafting materials. Feel free to take this opportunity to guide us to victory (by offering tips in the chat) like some sort of disembodied guardian.