Capcom Reveals Monster Hunter 3 for Wii U and 3DS Details
A post on Eurogamer reports Capcom’s plan for Monster Hunter 3’s Wii U and 3DS interconnectivity. While the 3DS version of the game won’t offer online play, handheld gamers will be able to bring their 3DS systems to the Wii U owner’s house and have a little Monster Hunter get-together. One gamer will play on the TV and Wii U GamePad screen, while up to three others can play on the 3DS.
Said Capcom’s Ryozo Tsujimoto:
“We wanted people to play together. We know there are some people who want to play online. Unfortunately with the 3DS version you can’t do that. But we have made this feature so you can play together. You can have your friends bring their save data to your house and have a Monster Hunter party. One person will play on the big screen and three other people will play with their 3DS versions. People can continue their save data from what they had before and go back home and update their data on their Wii U.”
So that means you can go out on the road and keep playing on the 3DS—presumably, as long as you’ve got copies of the game for both the Wii U and the 3DS.
The Wii U will support online play, as Tsujimoto explained:
“With internet play you can play with other hunters online. In terms of new features, we have text chat in the game. Right now we’re looking into voice chat and seeing how we can get that to work, but it hasn’t been 100 percent confirmed.
In the game we have a friends list. So if you have your friends you know personally, you can add them to that list. That makes it very easy to jump to wherever they’re playing.
If you want to find other players there is a search function you can use. Once you get four hunters connected together you’ll automatically go off on a quest. We’re trying to make an online experience that’s extremely stress-free and easy to use for the players.”
Not bad! If they can get voice chat to work, it’s perfect. If not…well, at least the GamePad will probably make for easier message typing, as opposed to some of the jankier solutions that console gamers have had to employ. I’m pleased to hear that the Wii U is going forward on 3DS compatibility, and doing so in a way that makes the whole enterprise seem worthwhile.