Neoseeker : News : Capcom hopes to raise Monster Hunter popularity in North America by hitting more shows, planning events
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DragonSlayer45 Mar 12, 13
Hoping this means seeing MH4 here in the states is a possibility.
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Shadow of Death Mar 12, 13
You know what would REALLY get me excited for the series? Put it on PC (Dragon's Dogma too). It's just my preferred platform.

Considering Capcom is a Japanese company, the chances of this happening are very slim ~_~ It did happen with Dark Souls though!
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Kidedan Mar 12, 13
Put Monster Hunter on PS3 already!!!
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XXIV Mar 12, 13
Kidedan
I think it did in Japan, but Sony wouldn't let them bring it over (or something like that, my facts may be incorrect). There is also Frontier for Xbox, but that one is about as likely to show up here as a Russian NOT having a dashboard camera ;3
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Xeros the Slayer Mar 12, 13
quote Kidedan
Put Monster Hunter on PS3 already!!!
They did but sony wouldn't update ad-hoc party to accommodate it outside of japan. So nintendo's basically the only way we're seeing MH at all anymore.
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Zombie_Barioth Mar 13, 13
quote Shadow of Death
You know what would REALLY get me excited for the series? Put it on PC (Dragon's Dogma too). It's just my preferred platform.

Considering Capcom is a Japanese company, the chances of this happening are very slim ~_~ It did happen with Dark Souls though!
They're way ahead of you, unfortunately MH Frontier hasn't been localized outside of Japan and I think Korea. From what I've heard they have an IP block setup, but who knows if MH becomes popular enough maybe they'll consider localizing it.

I really would be nice for this series to get a little more recognition, I'm sure there a market out there for this sort of game (just look at the Souls series) Capcom just needs to get the word out.
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chaotic Mar 13, 13
Jeez, Capcom, it's not that difficult. You wanna get westerners into Monster Hunter? You only have to do one thing and we'd flock to it. The solution is (brace yourself)... to put the games on the systems hardcore western gamers actually own and play on. That would be the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. And yet all the MH games are on handhelds and Wii.

The Wii is primarily own by casual gamers (your Mom and Dad) and not played much at all, and is easily the least hardcore modern system due to a general lack of core games and as such is generally ignored by core gamers. Handhelds tend to not lend themselves well to hardcore games due to limited controls/functionality, and the PSP didn't sell very well in the west iirc (unlike Japan, westerners are not all that likely to buy a new system for one game, something Capcom / Sony don't seem to understand).

Being only on Wii and PSP is a problem because Monster Hunter is a pretty hardcore series, and yet it's only available on the least hardcore platforms.

So, Capcom, bring your games to the big 3 platforms and watch the money roll in.
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Acatia Mar 13, 13
The thing with Sony was they just wouldn't update their Adhoc servers, whereas for Wii, WiiU and such, Nintendo are not only taking care of the servers themselves, but they are also funding developpement and localisation of the game (another good example would be Bayonneta 2, stop bitching cuz w/o Nintendo... there just wouldn't BE a Bayonneta 2).

Maybe in the following months/year we'll get more graphicly powerful consoles (heck its very likely to happen), but that's not to say WiiU isn't "hardcore", if the games are there, thats all you need, and with new Smash/Zelda on the way (plus I'd imagine at least 1 Metroid and Star Fox), Pikmins 3 and now this game, we can say software IS on the way.

Give it a bit of time to devs to get used to the gamepad, just like you had to give them time to get used to the PS3's incription process and different reader, they get used to it and start flooding the goodies after a bit of time.
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Krantos Mar 13, 13
Seems like people here have a better understanding of the problem than Capcom. Put your games on systems people already own, and they'll sell better. The only way an exclusive title is going to sell more hardware is if the franchise is already a heavy hitter (see Halo, Uncharted, etc.).

Personally, I'd try MH if it was on something other than Wii, Wii U, and handhelds. It's not, so I won't. Simple as that.
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Korgoth Mar 13, 13
Wow! I really am amazed at how few people seem to understand why MH isn't on their preferred console. MONEY! Are you personally going to pay for the servers to run MH on your console?

Nintendo is. Sony and Microsoft are not. As far as the PC, there is a large subscription fee to play, and Monster Hunter is barely popular enough in Japan to sustain itself on that model. Frontier is the worst selling MH game. Even the Wii U version has already outsold it!
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wildfire Mar 13, 13
Chaotic
Krantos

Monster Hunter was originally on the playstation and MH3 would have been on the PS3, but sony wouldn't update the adhoc servers. I think you're right though, if MH was on a different, more widely used platform, it might sell better.
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Dark Pawn Mar 13, 13
Honestly their marketing sucks. The only reason I follow Monster Hunter is that I stumbled upon it in a magazine when it first game out for the PS2.

Look at the demo they released... it was as if it was aimed for already existing fans. Uh, dur, that's not what they needed to do, they needed to have a welcoming demo that was easy for newbies to get in to. The other thread on here talks about a GUIDE to play the DEMO. That should throw up some red flags to Capcom if that's actually necessary.

Honestly, I don't find the console part an issue. It's always gonna be an issue. Didn't really matter what platform it was gonna be on. The Wii U is a great choice, despite the fact I myself would rather have it on PS3.
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Krantos Mar 13, 13
quote Korgoth
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I think you're misunderstanding what we're saying. We're saying that the reason more people aren't interested in MH is because the platforms it's on aren't go to platforms for the type of people who would like the game. Additionally, the brand isn't big enough to encourage people to buy those consoles. Ergo, the game is missing a large chunk of potential customers.

The reasons it's not on other platforms is irrelevant. More marketing is not going to have that big of an impact on the sales of the game. If they want to increase sales they need to find a way to bring it to other platforms. That's their responsibility, not the consumers'.
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Balmung Mar 13, 13
One big factor is that westerners are use to easy games. In most games western games as long as you have good stats/gear you're good to go. In Monster Hunter its the opposite. If you(the player) does not improve you cannot progress in the game. Instead of an avatar gaining exp, you're the one whose leveling up. Its this aspect that drives westerners away. They're use to just hitting buttons. Not paying attention to animations and attack patterns and timing attacks. Capcom needs to include an elborate tutorial for westerners if they hope to have a wider audience. Part of the problem also lies with gamers want to be spoon fed the entire game. Tldr; Westerners are too used to easy games, Monster Hunter may seem too difficult to them.
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