Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto talks Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

10:00 AM on 02.15.2013 // Alessandro Fillari

Slaying monsters in all sizes

Saying that Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has a passionate and loyal following would be a massive understatement. For nearly 10 years, Monster Hunter has captivated gamers and inspired many imitators. After months of keeping western fans in suspense, Capcom announced the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for North America. 

Now just a month away from its release, Destructoid got the chance to sit down and talk with Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, while getting our hands on the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS, Wii U [previewed])
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: March 19, 2013 

Before we press on, it should be worthwhile to explain the history of this particular title. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an expanded version of its predecessor, Monster Hunter Tri, that was released on the Wii in 2009 (2010 in the west). After the positive reception from fans, Capcom eventually released an expanded version titled Monster Hunter Tri G for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan towards the end of 2011. As you can tell by now, western fans are usually the last to get their Monster Hunter fix. 

As far as content goes, Capcom hasn’t passed up the opportunity to keep things interesting. Ultimate brings a whopping 70% increase in content (yes, seventy) compared to the original Monster Hunter Tri release. New armor types, weapons, quests, monsters, and an expanded A.I. partner system have been added -- and Capcom also has plans to add in more content via regular updates. Moreover, both versions of the game features a greater detail of control optimization than the series has ever seen. Not only will this give returning players great incentive to take another dive, but also will allow newcomers to dive into the definitive and most complete version of the game.

After spending some time checking out the Wii U build, I sat down with Ryozo Tsujimoto, where we talked about where the franchise is at now. Serving as a producer for the series since the release of Monster Hunter Freedom (known as Monster Hunter Portable, in Japan), he’s seen first hand the evolution of the series and how much the fan base has grown over the years.

“At its core, Monster Hunter’s enjoyment comes from playing with other players,” Ryozo-san mentioned while bringing up the fan base of the east. “In Japan, because it’s a small country, people live in very compact cities and there are a lot of opportunities for players to meet and partner together for local play. It created this snowball effect that led to where it is today.”

During his reflection on the series, Ryozo-san expressed desires to see Ultimate as a way to elevate the fan base for Monster Hunter in the western market. A way for them to retain the local co-op element that fans have responded to so well is allowing for the Wii U to work online for matchmaking, including a voice-chat system, but also allowing them to connect via local Wi-Fi with the 3DS versions.

Consistency is an important element of the Monster Hunter experience, which explains the reason why both the 3DS and Wii U versions are identical content wise. With Nintendo’s readiness for connectivity between the devices, this will allow players to transfer character data from the Wii U to 3DS and vice-versa, so you can pick up where you left off from the comfort of your couch or while on the go.

“The gameplay could be transferred over very easily, since both versions share the same attributes and special features,” said Ryozo-san proudly. “This inspired us to develop the data transfer feature, and we worked very hard to offer a seamless experience.”

Ryozo-san spoke further about what the Wii U release offers the series. “The Wii U had a lot of interesting possibilities to become compatible with the 3DS because they both utilize two screens and touch capacity. Ultimate utilizes both the dual screen and touch gameplay in interesting ways." 

For both the Wii U pad and lower 3DS screen, players can utilize these special features to have greater control and flexibility. On the touch screens for both 3DS and Wii U, you can place hot keys and icons; ranging from items, maps, A.I. partner options, and many other features to help keep you on your toes while in the field. One feature they’re proud of is the addition of the camera lock-on feature, which has been long requested by western fans in particular.

While the Japanese market have had their hands on both versions of the game for quite some time now, Capcom’s simultaneous release of Ultimate for the west will finally allow fans to experience the most content rich and engrossing game of the series.

“We have a lot of core fans out there who have been really good to us, and we believe this title will also bring in new players who are interested in the series,” Ryozo-san told me. Capcom has a lot faith in this title, and in the fans. And after playing it for myself, it’s no wonder why this series is so endearing.

Alessandro Fillari, Staff Writer
 Follow Blog + disclosure afillari Tips
A San Francisco native, he's an admirer of the city's diverse culture and lifestyle. Prior to joining the staff, he was a contributor and an editor for his college newspaper where he wrote articl... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

  Apr 26

Shred with this ridiculous Monster Hunter guitar

It'd play a mean rendition of "3's & 7's"

  May 23

Monster Hunter would be way better if it was like this

Granted, everything would be better with Street Fighter II effects

  Apr 22

Check these 3DS Circle Pad Pro mods from Japan

Because monster hunting is serious gosh darn business

  Apr 16

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate remote play patch is live

Finally, play the game remotely on your Wii U, and across the world!

  Apr 10

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate update arrives April 16

Sweet, sweet cross-region and off-TV play

  Apr 10

Capcom is holding live Monster Hunter classes on April 20

Earn your degree at Monster Hunter Community College today!

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

Thankful it's Over: Bioshock Infinite

Is Toei using Kamen Rider Ghost to address suicide in Japan?

Let's talk about Xenoblade Chronicles

Cblogs of 11/27/15 - Life is Strange, and Sad

Top 5 Reasons Star Wars Battlefront KICKS ASS!

Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Little Slice of Childhood

Top 5 Reasons Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 IS AWESOME!

Cblogs of 11/26/15 + Combat Heropon-isms

Video games go mainstream

I’m Not a SJW, I’m an Anthropologist: Making the Case for Diversity in Games

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Still in work clothes.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Welp, wrote up a blog for that there bloggers wanted. Its me bitching about Bioshock Infinite! Again! Yay!!!!!!
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
Just finished watching The Phantom Menace. Yeah, Jar Jar is as bad as people say. Baby Vader is so cute and also kicks some serious ass. One of the best lightsaber battles of the series, if not the best one. It was pretty neat!
Roxas1359 avatarRoxas1359
Can't decide where I should upload my latest project. Either on my YouTube Channel or on Game Anyone. On the one hand YouTube gets more exposure, but Game Anyone is where some of my more popular walkthroughs are. The game is 3D Land if anyone is wondering
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Thanksgiving dinner for days!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Anyone know if the Bethesda games on sale on Amazon for a certain amount of time, or through Monday?
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
In light of the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles X is fast approaching, I suggest we start planning out a Destructoid Squad! NNID is TysonOfTime. From what I've heard, it doesn't appear Squads are region locked (except for Japan), so everyone's welcome!
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Typing of the Dead > all other typing games.
Lawman avatarLawman
Listening to this on a Tall Oaks level of RE: Revelations 2's Raid Mode is entrancing, for some reason.
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Need a reason to support Indivisible? Shantae is in it!. Back it or spread the word, every bit of help counts.
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Sometimes I miss how hilariously janky Brawl was, and I still have a lot of fun playing it. Not sure if I could ever take it seriously as a competitive game, but I want to enter at least one Brawl tournament in the future. You know, if I can find one.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I love how on a slow news day I can always turn to Qposts for something else to read and think about. Keep up the mojo fellas!
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I finally caved in to those sweet deals, got Shantae and The Pirate's Curse, Downwell and Super House of Dead Ninjas :)
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I hope that Prototype runs better on my dad's old laptop than it does on my AMD gaming rig. Some badly coded games run like ass on AMD cards.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Please spare me from issues in the process of publishing my blog! Especially since I modified CSS to unnecessarily pseudo-crop an image, and make it so some images float next to text, and make it look decent on mobile. I'm a frickin' nerd, love it.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
The night brims with defiled scum, and is permeated by their rotten stench. Just think, now you're all set to hunt and kill to your heart's content! #FashionBorne [img][/img]
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
Two more days to get in on the unofficial Christmas Card! [Url][/URL]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django has got a mystery sale on T Shirts and Tank Tops atm, $5 for each. Only catch is they're random. But I've had some good luck, got a Captain Falcon one before, Zombies ate my Neighbors and a Persona 4 X Earthbound crossover.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
I would really, really love if "publish now" could work without me having to post a blog multiple because the site is such a mess right now.
fitzen avatarfitzen
I got it all the way back in spring, but I still haven't finished Majoras Mask. Think I've done the first temple.. It's hard not knowing where to go. All those linear corridors and objective markers in games has made me dumb and impatient.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -