Monster Hunter 4 shipments top two million in four days
posted on 09.16.13 at 09:22 PM EST by (@salromano)
Highest first-week for any third-party 3DS title in Japan.

Monster Hunter 4, launched Saturday, September 14 in Japan, has already exceeded two million shipments, Capcom announced.

The game, the publisher boasts, has the highest first week shipments for any third-party 3DS title in Japan.

A western release for Monster Hunter 4 has not been announced.

  • 罪罰

    I am not surprised.

  • Charlottes Guardian

    Now if you just bring a couple copies of that over to the west that would be greatly appreciated :3

    • Xaltmas

      Because that’s all they’ll need! /rimshot. It’s really interesting that a franchise that is so big in Japan, that doesn’t deal with anime idols, is met with such a resounding “meh” everywhere else.

      I wonder if Pokemon X and Y will top this.

      • Alkhan

        Of course it will, it’s Pokemon.

      • Charlottes Guardian

        I know, I wish the masses of America loved Monster Hunter as much as I do xD

  • Claude

    I’m not surprised by MH’s mass success but it’s still something I can’t take my eyes off of.

  • Alkhan

    The fact that the Monster Hunter games don’t come out as multi-platform titles is even more proof that Capcom is incredibly incompetent.

    Imagine if you were running a major third party publishing corporation and you had a series that’s pretty much Japan’s Call Of Duty, would you make the entries in the series exclusive to specific platforms or multi-platform? It’s a no brainer. And they wonder why they’re going broke?

    Oh well, hopefully, in like 2019-2021 when they finally go out of business, someone more competent will buy up their IPs.

    • Xaltmas

      I can’t help but wonder what Nintendo did to lock this shit down, because I don’t see what they could offer that would be worth the money that could have been made by making this both 3DS and Vita.

      • Heisst

        I don’t get why people keep thinking that Nintendo has some sort of deal when Capcom keeps releasing MH on iOS and more recently another MH was announced for PC.

        It’s the MH team themselves that don’t want to develop for Sony systems after the fight they had with Sony over the localization of MHP3rd HD back in 2011, most likely.

        • Zackasaur

          Nope. Capcom devs don’t have that kind of say. Not by a long stretch.

          Nintendo definitely paid for this to happen, and I think Capcom were very happy to accept that. No only did they undoubtedly get a huge payout and free advertising, but it also let them just re-use the PSP engine. Capcom don’t like to really pour development resources into MH (sort of like what Activision does with CoD), so they’ve been resistant to move to a modern standard engine. That’s the same reason there was never a native PS3 game.

          • Heisst

            Then why is Capcom still making MH for other systems like iOS and PC and not Sony systems?

            • Zackasaur

              Yes.

              The iOS and PC games run on the same old engine.

              Thanks for supporting my point.

              • Heisst

                You’d be wrong, the recently announced MHO for PC runs on Cry3.

                Also that’s no excuse, Capcom still made a MH for the PS3 prior to the MH team’s fight with Sony.

                Fat load of good that supposed money did if Capcom’s still making games for other platforms.

        • Alkhan
      • Elvick

        Money…

        A check for x is always greater than an undetermined profit. If it even gets to a profitable point.

    • tubers

      Probably because they want to consolidate the handheld version on a single platform so there’s no double maintenance by catering to the strengths of each.

      I think a cheap port would still give them decent profit but it could send mixed signals to the portable MH fanbase belonging to different camps and creating a “divide”.

      There’s also that Nintendo money-hat theory.

      • Zackasaur

        Theory? It’s pretty obvious that Nintendo bought the game.

        Smart move for Nintendo, though! Definitely smart.

        • OlimacFTW

          And I thought the Nintendo money-hat theory was invented for “certain company” fans in denial.

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      “The fact that the Monster Hunter games don’t come out as multi-platform titles is even more proof that Capcom is incredibly incompetent.”
      But still… The game, in this case MH4, is selling like gangbangers for four days straight kinda diminishes your point, don’t you think?

      • Alkhan

        No it doesn’t. It only cements my point even more. Imagine how much more they would’ve made had this been on PS3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and X360(western territories)

        • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

          Considering how much cash they got left in their bank, which around 150 million I read, and making bad decisions after bad decisions… I can’t blame them for playing it safe, Capcom needs all the help they can get since we’re nearing next gen soon…. I mean, why are some games exclusive to each platform? ex. Dead Rising 3/Xbox, Deep Down/Playstation, MH/Nintendo… Going blindly and overextend yourself is suicidal…. Look at Kingdom of Amular, going big(platforms and promises) and gotten into trouble just after releasing its first game…

          “Imagine how much more they would’ve made had this been on PS3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and X360(western territories)”
          Funny that you brought up western territories because MH isn’t really popular and well known in the West…. Also, multiplaform doesn’t guarantee major money…. As if Capcom isn’t disappointed enough by Resident Evil 6 and DMC Devil May Cry….

          Note: We already have a multiplaform MH title.. It’s called Monster Hunter Frontier (X360, PC)(PS3, WiiU soon)

          • Alkhan

            You mentioned all those other companies but those are sitting on fortunes and can pretty much do whatever they want. Capcom would’ve been in much better shape had they been making MH multiplat when they saw how successful it was. They also would’ve been in better shape had they been making the games that people actually want. Mighty No. 9s Kickstarter is a testament to how badly people want a fresh new Megaman(style) game. Oh and RE6 and DmC were also terrible. I just want them to hurry up and go out of business so others can buy up their IPs and do better

            • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

              What other companies? What else did I mentioned except Capcom and 38 Studios?

              “Mighty No. 9s Kickstarter is a testament to how badly people want a fresh new Megaman(style) game”
              Not really…. People just want a Megaman game in general after a series of cancelled Megaman games, fresh or not….

              “Capcom would’ve been in much better shape had they been making MH multiplat when they saw how successful it was.”
              If things can go wrong, it can go wrong…. If it’s multiplaform in Japan, it doesn’t make much difference in terms of profit… People go to any platform once it has Monster Hunter, they are never ‘static’…. Plus it’s a community type of game.. By making it multiplat, it’s splitting the community rather than unifying under one platform…. Friends getting the same game but on difference platform are gonna be bumped that they cannot go hunting together because of it…

              Releasing a MH game on a single platform is really smart and safe(for Capcom) even though I don’t like it at all…. Then down the line, they either port it to another platform or make a new MH game…

  • Duc PC-QB

    Expected.

    They delayed the shit out of this game so much to improve the quality of the game.

  • shogunknight

    What the ***************!!!!!! MH is going to have a 500-700k sale mark i guess