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?
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.
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?
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?
As in, the same system will track your purchases and games on both the 3DS eShop and the Wii U’s equivalent? That’s what at least one Nintendo representative has said in regards to this, and their comments really do make it seem like Nintendo is taking a large leap forward in terms of internet features and such like.
Here’s what was originally said:
A unified account system will be implemented later this year with the launch of the Wii U. Eventually this same account system will be made compatible with Nintendo 3DS systems. At this time we have no additional details to offer and nothing to indicate how or if this will work outside the United States and Canada. In the meantime, if the system has a problem, taking it to an Authorized Service Center will maintain the Nintendo eShop account. If the system is stolen, we can transfer the account to a new system once we are provided with a valid police report. NoC customer service member, David Marshall
How’s this whole thing going to work then? Does this possibly mean you’ll one day be able to play the same games on either your 3DS or Wii U? As in potentially play the games available on the eShop on the big screen with the Wii U Game Pad as a replacement for a 3DS or vice versa? That could be interesting change for Nintendo to make.
The idea of being able to transfer it to another system if the console is stolen is an interesting one as well. Does it work like how mobile phones do, the provider can lock and remove the account from the phone remotely to stop criminals using it? Except in this case I presume it’d be more like all eShop data would be removed from the old Wii U or 3DS and reinstated in the new one, leaving the thief with what might as well be a reformatted system.
It’s nice to know Nintendo is finally getting serious about online gaming and downloadable content and has decided to move with the times enough to implement a proper account system, as well as to link it between all major Nintendo systems. What do other people think of this news and the idea of a single account system between the 3DS and Wii U?