A PSA that there’s only one day remaining to pick up the launch-special combo of Culty’s ‘Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide‘, a 50+ page self-published and gorgeously-illustrated guide to the admittedly pretty initially daunting world of Monster Hunter.
Written & illustrated by Roy ‘kotowari‘ Blakely and Sarah ‘everydayfoxlife‘ O’Donnell, the duo behind Monster Hunter podcast My Fair Hunter, the guide is available in both print and digital form (find a four-page preview here), alongside O’Donnell’s unbelievably adorable prints, which you can wrap together in the aforementioned combo for the best deal.
It seems everyone (apart from its developers) is of the mind that an MMO is the logical next step for Nintendo’s most inflexible franchise, but I am totally completely eye-to-eye with this concept fan-art by ‘zenmai‘ (just one of actually a few similarly alluring drawings), that posits an ideal future where Pokemon is meshed with Monster Hunter’s humanistic, drawn-out battle mechanics. [via exp.]
Though footage of its portable counterpart has made many appearances over past several months, above is the first glimpse of the Wii U version of Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, a revamped version of the Wii’s Monster Hunter Tri expected for both systems in March of next year.
Somewhat upstaging its previously featured & cartoonier breakdown of the game’s cross-play compatibility, the new video comes as the game makes its stateside debut at this weekend’s Comic Con, and is part of an apparently revamped push to make this entry in the franchise the one that might finally “stick” in the West, previous attempts never having received even a fraction of the traction they’ve managed in Japan.
Suddenly officially the Wii U game I’m looking forward to most, Capcom’s just released this ultra-adorable video explaining the cross-play features of its upcoming Monster Hunter Tri overhaul, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which will allow players of both the 3DS and Wii U versions to use their same characters to play at home or away.
While 3DS play will be limited to local multiplayer only, the new hunting companions explain, 3DS users can use the platformer as controllers for the Wii U version, or play online with other Wii U owners.
If you’re still one of the way too many uninitiated Monster Hunter fanatics, March 2013 should probably be the date to wait for as it’s released for both platforms: longtime fans will otherwise be fully aware of just how incredible the series is at capturing both the essence of adventure and the minutiae of a drawn-out, exhausting hunt against an intelligent, brutal and ridiculously oversized foe.
One last look this morning at a wonderful-thing-we-can’t-really-have: Capcom’s venerable Monster Hunter series may have never hit the West as it did in the East, but there it’s managed to spawn its own subculture of inspired design.
Case in point, design group Doarat‘s retro-clash promotional T-shirt for the third iteration of Capcom’s PSP version, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (coming to the U.S. as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in June), as spotted on Yahoo Japan’s auction site.
My favorite, though, remains the ‘Melaleu’ Felyne & crosspaws shirt at right, only spotted up for bid once, and now long out of print at places like CDJapan.
Monster Hunter home [Capcom]
Capcom’s biggest ongoing error in judgment? Not realizing that Monster Hunter‘s Felynes make up about 75 percent of the game’s total charm (It’s a cat! Who carries in its paws a stick with an even bigger paw hand-sewn on the end!), and basically ache for a spin-off game of their own. You’ve given them their own brand of ramen, Capcom, peek over at Majesco’s success and give us a Wii/DS cooking game of their own — even Disgaea‘s bit-part self-destructive Prinny d00ds got their own game.
In a show of self-solidarity, then, I note that import house NCSX is taking pre-orders for two new Merarou and Airou Felyne toys, which, even at five times the cost of the crossover toys created by razor-toothed designer Touma, should probably be purchased en masse if only to prove to the developer just what it’s been sitting on all this time.
If you’re still kicking yourself over missing the chance to pick up a Mega Man E-Tank sports drink, be forewarned that late November will bring more Capcom culinary delight with the release of Umai’s Monster Hunter Tonkotsu Ramen. Be brave enough to purchase a case of the stuff and import house NCS will also throw in a canvas shopping bag, though nowhere is it assured the stuff wasn’t concocted by rambunctious chef-hatted Felynes.