Monster Hunter information due out this year

Just a minor announcement, Capcom have said they’re going to be releasing new information about the state of the Monster Hunter franchise in the west and presumably stuff about Monster Hunter 4 by the end of the year.  Here’s what a staff member on Capcom Unity said in response to a question regarding the series:

I will be more clear than I have ever been… Western MH fans should have some sort of information before the end of this calendar year.  I can’t say more than that unfortuntaely though I would love to.

I assume this means we’ll know something akin to when Monster Hunter 4 is due to be released or something similar.

What do you think Capcom’s planning to announce about the series this year?


Monster Hunter 4; New Screenshots!

Yes, Famitsu have just released some new screenshots of Capcom’s upcoming game Monster Hunter 4.  They look pretty nice, showing off the same vibrant colour scheme shown in the official art/concept art released recently.  See them here:

It looks pretty nice from these screenshots, although perhaps that’s just because the pictures were taken at enough of a distance that any blurry textures aren’t particularly visible.  But hey, it’s impressive the sense of scale Monster Hunter 4 is going for, and I definitely think the game seems to be succeeding at giving the illusion of a vast world to explore.

Is this the official box art for Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon?

It’s not been confirmed by Nintendo, but it looks legitimate enough and I’d be perfectly happy if it did turn out to be real.  Have a look at the picture below:

Much of it seems to be fairly legit.  The box art looks pretty much how you’d expect a 3DS game’s box art to look and the format seems accurate for that for a game released in Europe.

The age rating is pretty much believable too.  Yes it’s strange this game would get a 7+ rating when most Mario games get a 3+ one, but PEGI are… very odd when it comes to rating games outside the mainstream Mario series.  For instance, not one main series Mario game in history got above 3+ for the age rating, and only two Donkey Kong games (Jungle Beat and Konga something, the latter for swearing) did either despite much use of guns, some nightmarish elements and various other things.  Meanwhile, every Wario or Mega Man games gets a 7+ rating, so maybe they’d find something non kid friendly about Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon somehow.

The real interesting thing if this is real is the Nintendo Network logo at the top.  Now, Nintendo have pretty much officially shut down the idea of 2 player co-op in the game as evidenced by a story posted many months ago, but what possible feature in a Luigi’s Mansion game would require online?  Only thing I can picture is downloadable content, maybe additional mansions to explore for a price.  Or perhaps online leaderboards for money found in each one.

So is the box art real then?  Well I kind of suspect it is to be honest, it looks professional enough, uses a recognisable piece of artwork like that used on the front of every other Nintendo game and the format of the box doesn’t seem too inaccurate.  But what’s this Nintendo Network thing about then?

Looks like Nintendo is selling Kid Icarus Uprising cards in the UK now…

These ones were apparently available to buy at WH Smith’s, a fairly well known major bookstore/chain.

They’re supposedly only sold at ‘select stores’ currently, but I guess Nintendo have decided to start making the cards available the same way as the Pokemon cards and just sell them in booster packs over here too.

So that’s different ways of purchasing the cards/packs directly in Japan and the UK, when will the US follow suit and let you go into a store and just buy packs of Kid Icarus Uprising cards?