Free 3DS app required for ‘Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’ cross-platform interactivity

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Just in case you didn’t know, the Monster Hunter games are kind of a big deal – especially in Japan. The series has a strong focus on multiplayer interactivity, allowing people to partner up locally or online to slay giant beasts of the wild. Last week at the Tokyo Game Show Capcom delved into how the multiplayer experience will be executed on the upcoming entries in the franchise for both the 3DS and Wii U.

According to Eurogamer, a free app which will be available on the 3DS’ eShop is required to transfer save files between the handheld and Wii U versions of next year’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Further more, three players with 3DS systems can connect wirelessly to another player locally on one Wii U allowing four-player questing.

According to the title’s producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS is incapable of online play, which is why it will now include this eccentric multiplayer system. Tsujimoto had this to say:

“To put it frankly, when we were developing the game we were looking into it but there were some places we were unsure about. We didn’t have the correct techniques to get it to work. We decided we probably shouldn’t release something that didn’t work well. We didn’t want to lower the quality of the game.”

Interestingly, the Wii U version will feature a fully capable online experience, and the 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 will be equipped with online play.

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