Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate online play between Wii U and 3DS explained

Tuesday, 25th September 2012 21:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s Ryozo Tsujimoto has explained how online play will work between the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game.

Speaking with Eurogamer at TGS, Tsujimoto said on 3DS, a free app will need to be downloaded so save data from the Wii U version can be transferred to the handheld.

This will also allow folks with either version to play together as well, but remember the 3DS version only has local co-op, so you’ll have to be at a pal’s house to pull this off.

“We wanted people to play together,” Tsujimoto said. “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.”

The Wii U version’s online portion will work similar to Monster Hunter Tri on Wii.

“With internet play you can play with other hunters online,” he said. “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 per cent 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.”

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will launch on Wii U and 3DS across Europe and North America in March 2013.



  1. GanthKing

    From the interview with Eurogamer “When we were developing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS, it was an experiment,” he said. “It was new hardware for us. We didn’t know the capabilities of the hardware.But as a portable system it was very unique to work with. It has two screens and 3D capabilities. WTF?? What about the port MH3G, it didnt give them any XP at all?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheOutcastWolf

    Just one Monster Hunter for Vita is all I ask… Also another reason for me to grab the 3DS too…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Cangriman

    I don’t get it, if MH 4 is going to be online multiplayer and have even more stuff like climbing and jumping, why isn’t the 3DS version of Ultimate online as well?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. vaughnx

    I just don’t understand this. It’s not like many people in the U.S are gonna get MH3 ultimate for the 3DS if there’s no Online. We want to stay home and play Online without leaving, it’s not like every one of your friends and neighbors are gonna have it and say “Hey, come over my house and play MH3 ultimate with me on your 3DS, I have a Wii-U!”. That’s possible in Japan but not the U.S! People in the U.S just want to play most games for the intense multiplayer, not games without it! The 3DS needs online, how’s it so hard to implement online for the 3DS? Some people can’t even afford a Wii-U, that’s why we need online for the 3DS. This is a real shame Capcom, i’m going back to my Xbox. I was really excited for this game but… it looks like it’s gonna be a real mistake to buy this for the 3DS.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Seems prety confusing. I am a slight MH fan, always thought PSO/U offered smoother and better gameplay while offering the same type of gameplay. But I do have MH on my radar. But again I will prolly be playing the free2play PSO2 on either PC or Vita instead.

    #5 2 years ago

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