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10:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Check these 3DS Circle Pad Pro mods from Japan

Anybody test out the 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro yet? Is it the cat's knees and the bee's pajamas? How does it stack up to the original Circle Pad Pro? For a certain set of Japanese gamers, the stock devices are hella weaksauce. Mo...

Tony Ponce





1:00 PM on 04.18.2013

CryENGINE 3-powered Monster Hunter MMO coming to China

Dying for some true "next-gen" monster hunting and are not satisfied with a mere remastered up-port? Put your worries to bed, because here comes Monster Hunter Online, an exciting new PC installment powered by CryENGINE 3 an...

Tony Ponce

10:45 AM on 04.16.2013

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate remote play patch is live

When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launched, gamers were perplexed as to why remote play and cross-regional play were not included in the Wii U version. Sadly, those major game-changers were not a part of the retail product -- un...

Chris Carter

11:15 AM on 04.12.2013

Hatsune Miku in Monster Hunter Frontier G is super weird

I found the weirdest video in you YouTube subscriptions this morning. It showed what looked like Sega's virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, walking through the Monster Hunter world. Then there was singing. And then dancing.  Th...

Dale North

9:30 AM on 04.11.2013

Take a break from hunting for Monster Hunter 4 screens

Monster Hunter 4, coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS later this year in Japan, is looking pretty great if these screenshots are any indication. New monsters include the snake-like Garara Ajara and the beetle-like Kunchuu,...

Chris Carter



Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate update arrives April 16 photo
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate update arrives April 16
by Tony Ponce

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is great and all, but it could be better. Like, why can't we play against folks outside our region? Or why can't we play using the Wii U's off-TV function? Last month, Capcom promised to address those issues, and on April 16, it will hold true to its word.

The free update will introduce cross-region compatibility with American and European players -- tough luck, Japan -- as well as the much anticipated "toilet play," which is what all the cool kids are calling it. Just don't get too excited and lose track of time while fooling around with the new features. You wouldn't want to be late to your first day of school, would you?

The software update for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U will be available on April 16th [Facebook via NeoGAF]

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Capcom is holding live Monster Hunter classes on April 20 photo
Capcom is holding live Monster Hunter classes on April 20
by Tony Ponce

Digging into the finer features of the Monster Hunter series can often feel like academic research. I just want to kill giant dragon creatures, consarnit! It's not like I want to write a graduate thesis on the blasted thing!

Which is why Capcom USA wants to take you to school. Literally. From 11 AM to 5 PM PST on Saturday, April 20, at the Capcom USA office in San Mateo, California, you'll be able to attend the first-ever Monster Hunter Community College. With a curriculum based entirely around the newly released Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, MHCC will offer beginner and intermediary classes and even provide early access to DLC Event Quests. You are invited to bring your 3DS and, hell, even your Wii U along for local co-op, and you can even attempt some "Extra Credit" challenges broadcast live on Capcom's TwitchTV channel for a chance at secret unannounced prizes.

Enrollment is free, so if you happen to be in the area and want some good ol' fashioned book learnin', you should go. It's just a shame that MHCC is limited to such a specific region. I would love for Capcom to take this on the road or at least set up cameras in the classrooms to allow people to tune in from home. Don't just stream the challenge attempts!

Monster Hunter Community College: enroll NOW for the April 20 session [Capcom Unity via GoNintendo]

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From animal lover to virtual hunter photo
From animal lover to virtual hunter
by Taylor Stein

From a crouched position you move toward a jungle clearing. Left foot, then right foot; each step demonstrates restraint in the highest degree. A breeze travels through the overgrown leaves, causing the foliage to dance all around you. Tensions rise, anticipation builds. In a moment the wind stops, but the rustling continues. You are not alone. Your heartbeat elevates, its rhythmic drum becomes almost deafening against the natural tones of the jungle. Peeking through a gap between the branches, you spot a deer grazing in a lush glade.

The scene is picturesque, but fragile. You lower your torso to the dry earth with the grace of a swan. Noise is an unavoidable nemesis, but with a great deal of caution you successfully retrieve the bow from its position secured on your back. The deer's ears perk in response the quiet commotion.

In a last-ditch effort to collect your prize, you draw back the bow string and hold your breath. Three, two, one; in the blink of an eye, the suspense ends. The arrow slices through the air, entering the target. The buck lie motionless and a mix of triumph and sorrow paint the scene. Shattering the atmosphere, a familiar sound emanates from the screen. Up pops a 20-point achievement rewarding you for successfully hunting your prey.

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4:30 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: UDON releasing updated Mega Man art book

Hyrule Historia is pretty awesome. The History of Sonic The Hedgehog is not bad either. But for me, the best game series bible is Mega Man Official Complete Works. Released to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, it co...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 03.23.2013

FEZ creator thinks DS and 3DS are bullsh*t

Indie game developers are certainly an outspoken lot, aren't they? Phil Fish, creator of the dimension-flipping XBLA platformer FEZ, finally decided to hop on the Monster Hunter train starting with Ultimate for 3DS. He thinks...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 03.22.2013

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate transfer tool is out now

Thanks to a delay, those of you who own a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for both 3DS and Wii U have missed out on the ability to transfer save data between the two versions. That's no longer the case, as Capcom has confir...

Jordan Devore



Review: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate photo
Review: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
by Patrick Hancock

Monster Hunter Tri came out for the Wii in 2009, and now Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an expanded version, made available for the Wii U and 3DS. It has updated visuals, more weapons, more quests, and of course, more monsters. With such a hefty amount of content added, it definitely feels more like an expansion than just a few add-ons.

This is a very particular type of game, one that forces the player to learn its intricacies in order to progress. It's a game that will definitely take some time to fully comprehend, but in turn offers one of the most rewarding experiences possible. So long as you have the time to dedicate to it, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will reward you greatly.

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10:00 PM on 03.18.2013

This Monster Hunter sword can be yours for 60,000 Zeni!

These are the type of promotional ads I love. Not serious, just having fun, a little dumb, and a great spoof. You can only handle so many promotional trailers for a game. I mean, you already know what to expect by release, s...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



New releases: LEGO City: Undercover gets built photo
New releases: LEGO City: Undercover gets built
by Fraser Brown

Underneath my gruff exterior beats the heart of a kid obsessed with LEGO. Even now, if I see some of those little bricks, I drop what I'm doing, and start building, ignoring whoever else is in the room. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I'm pretty excited for LEGO City: Undercover, which drops this week along with a whole bunch of other games.

Set in an open world and story-based, it sounds like my cup of tea, especially since my favorite LEGO game has to be LEGO Batman 2. And come on, the hero is called Chaise McCain, the name I wish I was now blessed with.

Along with the tiny brick goodness, a slew of other games launch this week. Gears of War: Judgement is a thing, and will undoubtedly feature shooting and steroids; fighting giant monsters refuses to go out of style in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate; The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct appears, and still looks terrible; and the Wii U gets a Need for Speed game. All this a more falls from the skies this week.

What are you grabbing? 

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2:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Prepare for pain with the Monster Hunter Beginner's Guide

Culty has been ever so kind as to put together a neat little Beginner's Guide for the Monster Hunter series. It was written and designed by the hosts of the "My Fair Hunter Podcast," a fan podcast dedicated to the games. Sinc...

Patrick Hancock

10:00 AM on 03.12.2013

Get hyped for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate with new trailers

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is nearly here for the Wii U and 3DS, and Capcom has a pair of trailers to celebrate the occasion. The video above contains the intro to the game, which shows off Monster Hunter's unique ability to ...

Chris Carter