Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Articles RSS Feed | Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Top 10 Games on the Wii U So Far... and What is Coming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:44:11 -0400 NorthwestGamer

To this date, the Wii U has not exactly had a successful run, and there is no obvious reason for it. The console has some great games, the gamepad, and it is not too expensive.

This might have something to do with it being targeted at casual gamers and not offering huge improvements over the Wii; most casual gamers are okay with settling for the Wii for cheaper. It also might be that fact that most gamers buy just one console, the largest audience right now is in first-person shooters, so most people lean towards Xbox or PlayStation.

Many of you might not know it, but there has never been a better time to buy a Wii U. The big question right now is "Will Mario Kart 8 save the Wii U?" and, if not Mario Kart 8, then "Will the new Super Smash Bros. save the Wii U?"

While this might seem far-fetched, many people, including myself, will be buying a Wii U just for those games. In fact, I have already preordered Mario Kart 8, and I have not bought my Wii U yet... I should probably get on that.

Top 10 Games on the Wii U

Anyways, for all of those people who are about to enter the Miiverse with a brand new Wii U, you may want to know what other games you have been missing out on. So, without further ado, I bring you the top 10 games that are out for the Wii U.

10) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

This will not be a new game for those coming from other consoles, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best installments in the LEGO series to date. Released on a total of 9 platforms, the Wii U version of this game was in no way a cheap port and, being a family-friendly game, I am not surprised.

That is what the Wii U is all about, being able to take a game and have a large group of people, of all ages, have a great time. The LEGO series has always fit that theme perfectly, providing great cooperative and single-player gameplay. With around 150 player-controllable super heroes from such a fantastic lineup, it is hard to resist the pull of Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

Even though it is such a cross-platform series, I would say the Lego games are most significant on the Wii U because it matches the audience perfectly. The Wii U is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, just like the Lego games.

9) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been a fairly popular game in North America and other areas of the world, nothing comes close to measuring up to the astounding popularity the franchise has received for the Japanese version.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an action-roleplaying game available on both the Wii U and the 3DS, with the option to transfer your save data back and forth between the two versions. The versions are generally similar, with the main differences being the improved graphics and online capabilities of the Wii U version.

This game has had a huge impact on RPG gamers for the Wii U. Nintendo already has games like Zelda to bring in RPG lovers, but a game like Monster Hunter brings in that crowd that favors the action-RPGs.

8) Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

"Its a bird! It's a plane! It's su- ... oh wait." 

Batman's Arkham series has been a hit since the beginning. While Arkham Origins may not have had the success of its predecessors, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were undeniably great, and Arkham Knight looks like it will return to being that way. 

Generally, Arkham City is considered the best game in the series and Wii U fans rejoiced when the Dark Knight came riding on over to the platform. This version of the game also comes packaged with a Battle Armored Tech mode, all the content of the original, and more bonuses.

This installment in the Arkham games made a big impact to Wii U gamers because it was the first of the series to make it to a Nintendo console after it predecessor, Arkham Asylum, excluded Nintendo.

7) CastleStorm


CastleStorm has released for a multitude of platforms; however, for whatever reason, it has had the best reception on the Wii U. The game is a side-scrolling tower defense game that released for the Xbox 360 first and was then ported to different platforms throughout 2013.

This game does have quite a few kinks, but the overall gameplay makes it so that you can still have a great time with this game. This game is similar to a lot of flash games online, but just taken into more depth and developed as a full, paid game.

Just like Lego Marvel Super Heroes, CastleStorm is more significant on the Wii U that any other console because it is a casual game on a console that caters to casual gamers.

6) Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is another game that got a rerelease for the Wii U and, like Arkham City, they didn't screw it up (unlike Deus Ex: The Fall). The Director's Cut version that was made for the Wii U is the same version that was released for PC.

Human Revolution was, in almost every way, a complete success and is one of the few games of its kind available for the Wii U. For this reason, it is one of the top games to check out for the Wii U. It may be more designed for the other consoles, but Deus Ex is just as good on the Wii U and does not have much competition on the console.

5) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tropical Freeze just released less than 2 months ago and has been a huge success. It is the newest installment in the Donkey Kong Country games and, as always, Nintendo has done a wonderful job. 

Beautifully presented for the first time in HD, thanks to the Wii U, Tropical Freeze will be a blast for Donkey Kong veterans and newcomers alike. If there is any place that Nintendo never disappoints, its in their platformers, and this game is no exception.

Along with other Nintendo classics, such as the Mario games or Zelda games, Donkey Kong has always come stomping in with his own successful game every generation. From the original, Donkey Kong, to this famous series, Donkey Kong Country, there was definitely a very positive impact made by Tropical Freeze's release.

4) Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3

For some reason, I have always felt like Pikmin has been the forgotten series and I have no idea why. They are spectacular games, but they always seem to be one of the series that people haven't heard from. Too often do I hear, "oh hey, that's the guy from Super Smash Bros.!"

Don't get me wrong, Super Smash Bros. is a great series, but how have people not seen Olamar, or at least the Pikmin, before? For those of you who are big Super Smash Bros. fans and enjoyed throwing Pikmin, try the actual Pikmin games, you will enjoy throwing Pikmin even more.

In the past, Pikmin has not has as much of an impact as I would hope for, so hopefully this Wii U installment will turn the tables. It is certainly deserving of some attention.

3) Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

I don't know if I'm the only one, but, when I saw a Rayman game for the first time, I could not believe it was successful. I don't know why, but for some reason the whole style and idea seemed like something that wouldn't work to me.

Wow, did those developers prove me wrong. This game was designed so well, they managed to take an idea that most companies would butcher and turn it into a work of art. The gameplay, the style, the environment, everything about this game is beautiful and should be on everybody's list.

2) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Wind Waker HD

There is not much to say about this game other than "they didn't screw it up." The original Wind Waker  was a beautiful game. It may not have been on the same level as its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, but that doesn't change the pure quality of Wind Waker.

Too often do these HD or anniversary remakes get rushed, but Nintendo is not a company known for mistakes like this. Whether you have played the original or not, Wind Waker is a work of art for anybody who has any interest in action RPGs.

Just like Ocarina of Time 3D was for the 3DS, this game is a huge milestone for the Wii U. One thing gamers love is the games that they grew up on, and beautiful HD remakes, such as this, can really put those memories into a whole new light.

1) Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo never ceases to amaze me with how they keep on delivering with the Mario games. A fat, Italian plumber with no in-depth universe and a very basic plot that never gets old. Somehow, they keep doing it.

Not only do they keep making great games of their classic style, this time New Super Mario Bros. U, but they keep introducing new series' that are great. For the Wii it was Super Mario Galaxy, one of the best games of the console. This time, it's Super Mario 3D World.

Not only has Nintendo delivered a great new Wii U game, but they also have brought a 3DS counterpart that is just as good, Super Mario 3D Land. If there is any game, currently available, that you buy the Wii U for, then it should be this game.

I don't know what they have planned next, but I do know that, for now, this could be regarded as the defining game of the Wii U. With no prequels, this truly shows that, this many years later, Nintendo still has many aces up its sleeve.

Big Upcoming Titles

Along with the stellar lineup that the Wii U already has, several big new titles will be arriving soon. The future of the Wii U sure looks bright, let's hope that these games can bring a little more popularity to Nintendo's home console.

Mario Kart 8 - May 30, 2014

I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but I believe that this game will take Super Mario 3D World's #1 spot after it releases. This may be an exaggeration, it would not be easy to dethrone Super Mario 3D World, but let's keep in mind that Mario Kart is always one of the, if not the biggest game of each Nintendo console.

Mario Kart 7 was, in my opinion, a better installment than both of the last-generation Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. Some new, game-changing features, such as kart customization, bring the series to a new era and Mario Kart 8 will follow that trend.

This game is likely to be the most significant Wii U release to date. The Mario Kart series has been a staple series for Nintendo with, in my opinion, not a single bad game. Get your karts ready and expect a lot from this new racer.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) - Q4 2014

It's Super Smash Bros., need I say more?

Okay, maybe some of you would like to hear more. This generation, for the first time ever, Super Smash Bros. will be coming to both the console and the handheld. Currently the title for both of them is just Super Smash Bros., with no announced subtitle. I assume at some point a subtitle will be added, but it could be like the new Tomb Raider or Thief.

The 3DS version of the game will be releasing this summer and the Wii U version will be releasing this winter. Both versions host the same character line-up, and it is an impressive lineup. New details are coming out all the time, so keep up to date!

Similarly to Mario KartSuper Smash Bros. has had a flawless record. The series has not run as long as the Mario Kart series, but with the series finally crossing to DS we might be able to expect some extra work put into this fighter.

Watch Dogs - Q4 2014

As some of you may know, Watch Dogs is releasing next month; however, it will be having a delayed release date for the Wii U (well, more delayed, seeing how the original release was delayed, too). 

Most people's first reaction to a game like Watch Dogs is, "it's like Grand Theft Auto." People did the same thing with Sleeping Dogs and I understand it. While there are other successful games of the genre, Grand Theft Auto does have quite the oligopoly.

Regardless, Watch Dogs is in many ways not like Grand Theft Auto. The main subject of this game is the hacking, which enables Aiden Pearce, our protagonist, to tap into different devices. This includes pedestrians' cellular devices.

So what make Watch Dogs stand out from some of the GTA competitors? A lot of these games fail to have the same attention to detail that Rockstar provides. From what we have seen so far, Ubisoft's Chicago is going to be one of the most detailed, content-heavy open-world games in the genre. Also, do not forget that Grand Theft Auto, and most of its competitors, are not on the Wii U. Ubisoft has gone the extra mile and taken the monopoly of the genre for Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors - 2014

This game could go one of two ways. It is a spinoff of the Legend of Zelda series that features a hack 'n' slash, dungeon-crawler style gameplay. I have only seen a limited amount of gameplay, but think Kingdoms of Amalur with a lot more funding. 

The reason I say this game could go two ways is basically just that it's a spinoff. There have been a lot of really good spinoffs, but there have been about 5 bad ones for every good one; however, having said that, Nintendo has a good track record with spinoffs and not butchering a series. You could pretty much say every Mario series is a spinoff of the original game. Look at Mario KartMario PartyMario GolfMario Tennis, and many others.

The last big spin-off in the Zelda series would probably be Four Swords, which just recently was offered free on 3DS. Bringing the Zelda universe to a new genre could bring in a whole new audience to the Wii U.

Bayonetta 2 - TBA

If the Mario Kart and Zelda games aren't the kind that pull you to Nintendo's consoles, then you might be interested in Bayonetta 2. The original Bayonetta released to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but not the Wii. Now, the tables have turned and Bayonetta 2 will be available exclusively on the Wii U.

For many Bayonetta fans, this might be the final push you need to go out and buy a new Wii U. The game will still be developed by Platinum Games, but this time Nintendo will take over publishing duties. Sega is still part of the process, but they have been labeled as the "advisor."

This game has the potential to make a huge impact on the Wii U. By making that transition from an Xbox and PS3 game to a Wii U exclusive could bring its audience with it. Who knows how many die hard fans will be buying Wii Us when this game releases.


Okay, so the Wii U has not had the best sales record, and there is no guarantee that it will improve; however, I feel, and really hope, that it will. With the library of great titles constantly expanding how can people continue to resist? I will be heading out any day to grab my Wii U in time for Mario Kart 8, are you with me?

Monster Hunter: A Cure for Game Rage? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:12:17 -0400 vegna871

See that evil looking monster above? His name is Deviljho.  Many a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate player has learned a massive hatred for good old 'Jho, but a few of us have learned to overcome that hate and defeat him.  Monster Hunter is a hard game, a game that can induce a common gamer problem we affectionately call "rage."  Some gamers get angry when they experience an "unfair" death.  These can happen in Monster Hunter, but Monster Hunter can also help you overcome a rage problem, if you're willing to try.

I used to have a problem with game rage, and to some extent I still do. However, with willpower, and a lot of Monster Hunter, I've come a long way towards overcoming my rage problem and as such I'm a much more pleasant gamer to be around.  The reason I recommend Monster Hunter is because the game is difficult, but it's is also somewhat slow paced and fair about it.  You will die, everyone who plays dies every once in a while, but you'll also learn to play better, and it will help you play other games better.  The trick with Monster Hunter is that you have to keep your eye on your foe, pay attention to their attacks, and be able to get out of the way when they do strike. Many monsters can kill you in 3 - 4 hits, and if you aren't quick can sometimes hit you several times in succession. So, being out of the way is important.

The big part of it is that you can almost always see your foe's attacks coming, and you'll know where each monster's hitbox is going to be, with relatively few exceptions. This helps you see where the damage is coming from, so you generally know what happened when you die. If a gamer with a rage problem comes into these fights with the right mindset, one intent on not raging, he can teach himself not to get mad every time he dies because he'll be able to see what hit him and how he died, so he can stop it from happening next time. With such a mindset, and a lot of practice, you can help bring down your rage. Once you've learned practices to help with Monster Hunter rage, you can then begin applying them to other, faster paced games.  It's a great help.

As a bit of a last word, there are a lot of hard games out there to choose from. The reason I use Monster Hunter over something like Dark Souls or Super Meat Boy is that Monster Hunter tends to give you visceral rewards for getting better at the game in the forms of weapon and armor crafting materials.  These are rewards for getting better and being able to defeat a monster that once troubled you. With the other games mentioned and most other games that pride themselves on being frustratingly difficult your only reward for getting better at the game is the ability to get farther in the level. Dark Souls, occasionally, will drop loot, but Monster Hunter always offers loot for victory. It’s a risk/reward system that really helps the players feel like they are making progress.

Do you guys have any other games that help with rage? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for gaming news and culture.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Not Perfect, But Close Sun, 04 Aug 2013 23:49:46 -0400 vegna871

Monster Hunter is a household name in Japan, but it is also a series that hasn't seen  a lot of movement in the West quite yet. Though it is gaining ground, the western fanbase is still small, it's a shame because it is a great series with several hundred hours of fun per game. The series is difficult, but you shouldn't expect much less from Capcom, who have made a business out of making difficult games. The latest iteration of the series is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and it is probably the best in the series so far.


I'd love to toss out an idea of what Monster Hunter plays like by comparing it to another game, but nothing else quite plays like it, except for a few copycat games that are even more obscure.

The best description of the game I've ever heard is "boss fights, the video game," and it rings true.  Though a new player will likely take two or three hours getting to the first boss, the Great Jaggi, once you get past him you'll spend very little time doing anything except fighting the game's boss monsters.  The combat in the game is incredibly deep, strategic, and deliberate.

For the most part, fights play by a "hit and run" set of rules, though this varies a bit depending on the weapon you're using. You will have to evade the attacks of monsters or get hit for some serious damage.  Much like Dark Souls, most boss monsters will hit you for a rather large percentage of your health. It is not uncommon to get killed in three hits. However, you are allowed to get knocked out three times before you fail the mission, so don't worry too much about dying.  You do have a dodge button, and learning to use it is key to playing Monster Hunter. You'll want to avoid Monster's attacks and capitalize on the openings these attacks leave.

After the Boss

Once you have defeated a boss, you'll want to carve them up to get monster parts.  Each monster has various parts for carving, and these parts are needed to craft new equipment. Every boss monster has a breakable part, a part of their body that, if damaged enough, will break. Some monsters only have one, others have 4, and some even have 8+.  Breaking parts can weaken certain monster attacks, and will net you additional carves or additional rewards in the mission rewards screen.  

Breaking parts tends to lead to nice rewards, so once you have the hang of the game I definitely recommend focusing on it. Note that some parts (namely tails) can only be broken by bladed weapons, so Hammers, Hunting Horns, Bows, and Bowguns may have some trouble in the game, since the best monster rewards tend to come from tails.

The Items

The game also has several items to help you out. Various health recovery and stamina increasing items are a must for any hunt.  Blademasters will also want to bring along Whetstones to sharpen their weapons, while gunners will want to take ammo, of which there are many and varied types. There are many other useful items as well. Pickaxes help you gather ore used in crafting gear, bugnets let you collect bugs useful for making some useful items.  You can bring along traps and explosive bombs to help make boss fights easier. Paintballs help track monsters on the map, while Flash Bombs can blind them.  These are just a few of the many helpful items you can find on your monster hunter journey. Items can be gathered in the environment or bought, some items are only found in the environment and a select few can only be bought. There is also a farm that you can use to farm certain items for a price.

The Gear

The game is very play-centric, there's little to no story to follow, so you can get back to beating on a giant monster fairly quickly. That doesn't leave a ton to talk about after the gameplay paragraph, but I would like to take some time to talk about the game's large and in-depth gear system.  

There are 12 different weapon types, each of which plays completely differently (except for the Light and Heavy Bowguns, which are similar but not the same). Weapons become more powerful through upgrading. you can buy and craft several basic weapons, but to make them truly powerful you have to upgrade them. Upgrading is done at the town's blacksmith, who will require money and some monster parts. The more advanced the weapon, the better the parts you need. There are only two towns, one offline and one online, and therefore there are only two blacksmiths in the game.

There is also armor in game. Armor comes in five pieces: head, chest, arms, waist, and pants.  Each piece of armor has set defense, resistances, gem slots, and skills.  While defense and resistances are nice, what you're really looking for are the skills.  

Skills alter your combat performance. You can increase your attack power, make yourself immune to status effects, make monster parts break more easily, and much more with armor skills. You can also make gems to stick in slots on armor, weapons, and charms to add skill points. Charms are bits of gear that you can find out in the wild (usually by mining or in quest rewards) that will give some spare skill points and occasionally gem slots.

It is important to note that skills only activate once you have ten points towards the skill, less than ten points does nothing. Certain skills also become stronger at fifteen or twenty points.  Most armor sets focus on three or four skills at a time, usually one or two of those skills is actually quite useful and the rest are ok, at best. Once you get into the lategame stuff, mixed armor sets can lead to having many powerful skills on the same set, so experimentation with armor combinations does work in your favor.

The Flaws

The game has two major flaws, and a few things that might turn some players off.  

The first, and biggest, of it's flaws is the lack of online multiplayer on the 3DS. The 3DS is fully capable of having online, but it wasn't included. There is a tunneling feature through the Wii U, but if you have a Wii U you might as well just buy the prettier Wii U version of the game. The Wii U version has full online multiplayer capabilities, and can interact with up to three local 3DS versions, but not at the same time.

The other major flaw is the story. It's not completely absent, but it adds very little to the game. Your goal is to stop earthquakes in Moga village by hunting the monster that is causing them. That's about it. It's not special, and you can ignore it and still have a fun gameplay experience, but a story would be nice. Each hunting mission also has a little blurb about why you're hunting the monster you're hunting, but while these are occasionally humorous, only a select few quests tie into the overarching plot.

Despite these, I still give the game a ten, as I tend to not mind playing solo and don't care about the story anyways.

The things that might turn some people off are the long hunts, large grind, and the slow and deliberate animations.  A lot of new players tend to put the game away before getting into it because they think it feels clunky.  And, when fighting small monsters in the beginning of the game, it definitely can.

However, the bread and butter of the game is the huge boss fights, and the slow animations are designed for these.  While it does take some time to consume a potion, sharpen a blade, or eat a stamina-increasing steak, these animations are timed to give a risk-reward system to the boss fight and make it feel, if not realistic, intense and immersive. I'd urge you to tough this out and get into the meat of the game.

The other barring feature to many players is the amount of time you invest into a single hunt. An average hunt takes about 15 to 20 minutes, even for an experienced player. If you're new to the game, certain bosses can take upwards of a half hour. and there are a few massive bosses that are designed to take half an hour or more. The game is fun, but some gamers can't be asked to spend that much time on one fight, especially when you'll likely have to fight the monster 20-30 times when farming for rare items. Those items present another barring mark: the long grind for rare items.  When trying to power up a weapon to it's maximum, you'll likely come across items called "Plates," "Gems," "Rubies," and so on. These are the game's rare items, and they have a very small chance to drop. It will likely take several hunts of a single monster to get just one of these, and you will likely need several of each over time. While the grind is often joked about by longtime hunters, it can be barring to new players.

All in all, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an excellent game, one I think is well worth a try by any fans of hard action games. Give it a try, and definitely give it the benefit of the doubt for the first couple hours. There's a lot of fun to be had in the game.

Monster Hunter Community College 2 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:25:36 -0400 GabrielKross

There is a school for Monster Hunter?!

Not exactly, it’s more of a gaming event. Capcom’s USA office is hosting this event on June 29th for the Bay Area community. To participate in the event you must enroll on the Capcom website online right here. A few things to note, the event is free, even though it says you have to “purchase the RSVP ticket” it cost 0 Unity points so you aren’t actually purchasing anything in a monetary sense. They will also be checking IDs at the door so bring a valid form of ID, i.e.- state, school, driver’s license, or passport. Also of note, children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Curriculum!

The event will consist of several “classes” so to speak. There will be a beginner class, for those who have never played Monster Hunter before, along with a few special interest classes, that you could either teach or just take. Refer to this thread for your input on the special interest classes.

For those that attend there will be prize drawings throughout the day, and special download content for the 3DS players. As of right now there are only 2 quests that attendees will get early download access to, however that could change as the event draws closer. You can also buy exclusive Monster Hunter merchandise from the Capcom store as well. Finally there will be a competition for those of Hunter rank 8+. It will be 2 person teams taking on the same challenge and the group to beat it the fastest will advance to the next round. So make sure you bring your system and your determination so you can be the greatest monster hunter there!

Capcom Proves Guile's Theme and Slime Go With Everything Thu, 23 May 2013 02:45:22 -0400 Ashley Shankle

With videos like the above, sometimes you really have to wonder what happens over at Capcom. Do Guile's theme and slime really go with everything? Growing up with Nickelodeon's Double Dare and Street Fighter 2, I am inclined to agree with Capcom on this one.

By the way, the monsters featured in the video are Agnaktor and Brachyidios.

24 Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Models Not Released in North America Fri, 17 May 2013 12:49:24 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Limited edition console releases are nothing new to Nintendo of Japan, but exactly which models of the Nintendo 3DS have we missed here in North America? The list may be longer than you think.

While many newly-designed models make it over here, most often they're meant to sell the system to new adopters. The Japanese special edition models are specifically geared toward fans of particular series, whether they already own a 3DS or 3DS XL or not.

Many of these units are based on various series already found on Nintendo systems, meaning most interested parties would have owned a 3DS beforehand. Being a Nintendo collector is suffering.

Those listed which mention the models as still being available may be purchased via Play-Asia or your preferred game import website. Do note the 3DS and the 3DS XL are region-locked.

Japan-only 3DS Models

Tomodachi Collection Edition

This edition comes with the Tomodachi Collection game, and having been released April 18, is still available via some import retailers.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Edition

This unit is releasing with the game on May 23, and comes with the game pre-installed. Import retailers still have it available for pre-order.

Monster Hunter 3G Edition

Released in 2011 with Monster Hunter 3G (MH 3 Ultimate elsewhere) in 2011, this model stands as the holy grail of 3DS models for fans of the series.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Edition

Konami raffled tickets to purchase this snakeskin model from their web store due to high demand at the time of release. Getting lucky enough to buy this first release netted owners a copy of of the game as well as two, specially-designed clear folders. It seems that limited purchase requirement was later removed, as Play-Asia has this model for sale.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Edition

This unit comes with a digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and is black on the inside. It is still available via most import retailers.

CoroCoro Comics Anniversary Edition

CoroCoro and Nintendo collaborated on this release for the magazine's 35th anniversary in 2012. Information on this release is very scarce, but one can assume this edition was given away in a contest event. This is one of the rarest 3DS models ever produced.

Pokemon Daisuki Charizard Edition

Another rare entry to the list! Fans initially had to enter a lottery at one of the many Pokemon Centers located across Japan to be given a chance to win this unit. Members of the Japanese Pokemon Fan Club could purchase it at a later date for a short period.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Edition

This release was bundled with the game in 2012 and is certainly one of the more classy 3DS designs. It is still available via most import retailers.

SD Gundam G Generation 3D Edition

This is perhaps my favorite 3DS model. The bundle was released in late 2011 and is more than a little difficult to find these days.

Pokemon Center Anniversary Eevee Edition

This release is coming up on June 22 in celebration of the Pokemon Center's 15th anniversary. As with the other lottery or raffle-based limited releases, chances are there will be limited sales to Pokemon Fan Club members at a later date. Even so, this unit is going to be incredibly rare.

 Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D Edition

This was released in 2012 bundled with Terry's Wonderland 3D, the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest Monsters. This limited release can be difficult to find today.

Culdcept Edition

This exceedingly rare 3DS model was given away as a prize to a Culdcept championship in 2012. This is the rarest officially licensed 3DS to be produced.

Disney Magic Castle Edition

This cheerful design is being released with a digital release of Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life on July 11. It is currently available for pre-order via most import retailers.

Mario & Luigi RPG 4: Dream Adventure Edition

The North American title for this edition's partner game is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. This design has yet to be announced for a North American release, but it is fairly likely.

LovePlus Manaka Deluxe Edition
LovePlus Nene Deluxe Edition
LovePlus Rinko Deluxe Edition

These three models were raffle-only sales via Konami Japan's online store in 2011. There were no additional opportunities to pick these three gorgeous units up.

3DS Models Released Elsewhere

Ice White Edition

This release is not rare in the least, but is not seeing a release in North America due to a lack of interest in the color. The Ice White color has been released in most major territories, except for North America.

Chinese Mario Editions

These special 3DS XL models were the first iteration of the handheld to make it to China and came packed with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. The rarity of these models is unknown.

European and Japanese Club Nintendo Prizes

Both the European and Japanese Club Nintendo branches held a contest in late 2011/early 2012 in which participants could win one of these limited units. The North American Club Nintendo branch did not hold a similar contest.

Monster Hunter Community College Classes on April 20 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:07:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Want to take your monster hunting to the next level and live near San Mateo, California? Get ready for Capcom's Monster Hunter Community College event at Capcom USA's office on April 20, where you can learn to be a bigger hunter, grab some early DLC, and possibly walk away with some prizes.

The Monster Hunter Community College will be offering both beginner and intermediate hunting classes, and both experienced and new players are encouraged to take part.

Classes will be held throughout the day on April 20, with registration starting out at 10am. Enrollment is free, and RSVP tickets are currently on sale (for free) on the Capcom-Unity website. Be sure to bring your 3DS or Wii U along with your copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to class to get in on the early access event quests and to have some fun with other Monster Hunter enthusiasts.

Will this be the best event or the bestest event? Both times five! Check out the post over at Capcom-Unity for more information on the classes and enrollment in Monster Hunter Community College. Times like these make me wish I lived on the West Coast.

UDON Releasing 5 New Capcom Art Books This Year Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:54:17 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Like Monster Hunter? What about Dragon's Dogma, Mega Man, or Street Fighter? Asura's Wrath? Come on, throw me a bone here. Let's just pretend you like all of the things mentioned and move on because all of those titles are getting art books released in the West this year.

Thanks to UDON and Capcom being best friends forever, UDON will be publishing several books and comics pertaining to Capcom IPs over the course of 2013. On top of the comics and graphic novels UDON is well-known for (including a brand new Devil May Cry comic series), they are translating and releasing the official art books for the games mentioned above.

The art books being released are:

  • Asura's Wrath: Official Complete Works (192 pages)
  • Dragon's Dogma: Official Design Works (312 pages)
  • Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 (400 pages, and comes with the original Monster Hunter Illustrations)
  • MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works (432 pages)
  • SF25: The Art of Street Fighter (448 pages)

This is exciting new for fans of these series, as this is the first (and likely only) time we will be seeing these art books officially translated and published in the West. The books are going to sell out very quickly and be extremely rare, so keep an eye out for their release later this year.

(Via Destructoid)

This Brunnhilde Great Sword Can Be Yours for Only 60,000 Zeni! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:05:19 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is making its way to the Wii U and 3DS this week, and it's time to start getting hyped if you haven't already.

Capcom released the above shopping network spoof to help promote the game, and let's just say that if the Brunnhilde Great Sword made from an Azure Rathalos and a Pink Rathian were actually on sale, I'd buy it. I'd probably buy that BBQ set with NEVR-CHAR technology as well, as long as I only had to make 3 easy payments for 10,000 Zeni. Its retail price just seems too high.

Monster Hunter 4 Heading to 3DS in Japan This Summer Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:35:15 -0500 Ashley Shankle

While we have Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the way in North America and Europe, Japanese fans of the series are getting ready for Monster Hunter 4's summer 3DS release.

This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct gave us a new trailer to mull over. The visuals may not be impressive, but the new weapons, monsters, and game features are exciting additions to the series.

There are rumors that Monster Hunter 4 may be making its way to the PlayStation Vita as well, but there has been no official announcement on a multi-platform release.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released for the Wii U and 3DS on March 19 in North America and March 22 in Europe.

Buy Both Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Versions and Save $20 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:18 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Don't worry about having to dish out $100 if you want Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both the 3DS and Wii U. Capcom has announced that purchasing both versions via Amazon will knock the price down by $20. That's not too shabby if you want to hunt on the go and on your television.

This may not seem worth it, but keep in mind saves can be shared between the two consoles -- meaning you can play at home, save, and keep slaying no matter where you are.

Both versions of the game must be purchased in the same transaction in order to take advantage of this deal, and it must be done through Amazon.

The Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo is making its way to the eShop on February 21. It will be seeing a release on both platforms on March 19 in North America and March 22 in Europe.

Those of you still playing Monster Hunter Tri, remember: Tri's servers are closing on April 30.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Release Date Looms Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:50:28 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Nintendo Wii U and 3DS owners get ready: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming your way in March!

Everything about 3 Ultimate looks amazing, but there's one special feature that sets it apart from its predecessors: voice chat. Capcom has announced and confirmed that 3U will allow players to choose between text and voice chat for their multiplayer adventures.

The last Monster Hunter title we got in North America was Tri, three years ago. Portable 3rd never left Japan, despite having a unique setting among the rest of the series; 3U has taken over a year to be localized. So we're just a bit behind here.

Capcom is closing the doors on Monster Hunter Tri's servers six weeks after the release of 3U -- so those of you not convinced to hop over may want to change your tune if you want to keep on huntin'.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be available on March 19 in North America and March 22 in Europe. Keep your eyes open for a demo on February 21 to see how 3U improves on what Tri had to offer.

Source: Capcom-Unity

Monster Hunter Tri Servers Closing April 30 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:55:52 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Monster Hunter Tri's servers are finally going down on April 30. If you haven't gotten in on any multiplayer hunts in the game's three-year server lifespan, you might want to consider doing so now.

It's always sad to see a game's servers close down, but in this case it's in the name of progress: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U and 3DS is right around the corner on March 19. Tri players have over a month after 3 Ultimate's release to wrap things up and move onto the sequel.

With rumors of Monster Hunter 4 heading to the Vita floating around, this looks to be an exciting year for the franchise. I'd played most of the entries to the series on the PSP and skipped out on Tri. 3 Ultimate looks stellar, and the ever-elusive Monster Hunter 4 is sure to be a strong entry to MH series. Just glad I won't have to do "the claw" on my PSP ever again.

Source: Capcom-Unity
Via: Joystiq