Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate announced for Wii U and 3DS

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Amongst the deluge of exciting announcements made during today’s Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview conference was the reveal that Capcom is bringing ‘Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate’ to both the Wii U and 3DS next year.

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Due for release in March 2013 in Europe and North America across Wii U and 3DS, Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate is billed by Capcom as “the most expansive instalment” to the Monster Hunter series yet

Capcom isn’t content with selling ‘only’ 21 million copies of the Monster Hunter franchise since its debut in 2004, and now wishes to take players on a new journey as you once again inhabit the role of a hunter of monsters while exploring a settlement in the vast Monster Hunter universe.

While completing over 200 quests and seeking out monsters (to slay them, naturally), players will be able to improve their skills and earn upgrades for their equipment, too. Here’s a special announcement video by Capcom developer Ryozo:

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Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate will make extensive use of both the Wii U and 3DS’s unique functionality, “to provide players with a truly intuitive hunting experience.”

The touch screen capabilities of the Wii U and 3DS will be used to help players quickly access in-game books, weapons, field maps and mini-games, all brought to you by the latest version of Capcom’s proprietary MT Framework engine.

The 3DS Version of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate in particular will take advantage of the handheld’s portability, with StreetPass features enabling players to exchange a guild card (which contains all of a player’s hunting information). Four-player local play and solo play is also available for the 3DS.

The Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate won’t miss out on multiplayer features, though, as you’ll be able to play with 3DS owners via a local wireless connection, while those who own both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game will be able to transfer save files between consoles, “taking the hunt from the living room to wherever they go.”

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