Capcom was kind enough to gift Monster Hunter fans with something special this weekend. Here's the first gameplay trailer for Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS, set for a spring 2013 release date in Japan. The hugely popular action/adventure title based on hunting or capturing giant beasts has yet to be announced for the North American market, similarly to the other 3DS franchise title Monster Hunter Tri G. Hopefully we can persuade Capcom to share the love.
Also like Monster Hunter Tri G, Monster Hunter 4 will be compatible with the Circle Pad Pro peripheral, which adds a second analog stick to the handheld. A near requirement for combat heavy 3D titles like the Monster Hunter franchise. Many gamers were surprised by the 3DS XL announcement, or at least its lack of a second analog stick. Yet the fact is that there aren't really enough games that use the stick to justify the upgrade. Plus, then they'd have nothing to add to the 2013 version of the 3DS, right?
I am, admittedly, not a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise -- though I'd like to be. Anyone able to point out what they think is exciting from the trailer? I'm impressed with the environments, personally, though I'm curious how they'll look on a 3DS screen in full 3D vision. Hopefully Capcom will have more Monster Hunter 4 news for us soon.