Capcom says Monster Hunter Stories 1 isn’t coming to Switch, just the sequel

Keep your 3DS handy

Back in 2017, Capcom took a gamble on the Monster Hunter series with Monster Hunter Stories: a more casual oriented spinoff for the 3DS. I thought that sub-franchise would die there along with Nintendo’s forgotten son of a portable, but Capcom proved me wrong this year.

Just recently, the publisher unveiled Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, a new Switch game that would bring the series into a new era. It truly is a new era too, as Capcom isn’t very keen on revisiting the past. In other words, there are no plans to bring the original Stories to the Switch.

Speaking to Gamereactor, producer Ryozo Tsujimoto stated emphatically that “There are no plans at the moment to bring the original Monster Hunter Stories to the Nintendo Switch.” Seems cut and dried! Capcom is giving this subfranchise a new lease on life, as well as a new beginning.

That motif is backed by another statement from Tsujimoto, who noted: “if anyone is worried that they need to catch up on the story because it’s directly related or that they won’t understand to enjoy the new game, I can put that fear to rest because there’s a brand new protagonist and a new storyline.” He follows that up by saying “While its set in the same world, the game has absolutely been designed so that players can jump straight into Monster Hunter Stories 2.”

In that case, the whole “2” nomenclature might get confusing for some people, who will assume that they need to play the original for context. The good news is that even if you do go that route, 3DSes are dirt cheap and plentiful at this point, and the game goes for around $30 used. Gathering up all the amiibo won’t be so easy though! You can also find it on mobile devices for $19.99.

There are no current plans to bring Monster Hunter Stories to the Switch [Gamereactor]

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!