Capcom did a great job in surprising us with the Wii U version of Monster 3 Ultimate for the west, which will allow 3DS players to play with Wii U players. Unfortunately, this piece of information comes with a helping of bad news. Ladies and gentlemen, it turns out that Capcom has no plans to make the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3U online, which is unfortunate for those who wanted to hunt monsters on the go.
In other sad news, Capcom Unity's vice president Christian Svensson mentions that they are going to shutdown the servers for Monster Hunter Tri. Since the date has not been selected yet, they have plans to notify people when they decide to close them down. So until then, be sure to enjoy your last moments with your fellow online hunters.
Besides the Tri servers going down, Christian has also revealed that Monster Hunter 3U is going to use the Nintendo Network server for online play. They are also unsure if players will be able to transfer their save data from Tri to the Wii U version of 3U.
Talk about a double helping of depressing news, since Monster Hunter Tri was the first Monster Hunter game that I got to play. Thanks to the online multiplayer, me and my friends got the opportunity to tackle some of the toughest monsters that exists. Depending on how things go, I might try to get the gang together as we hunt one last time on the Wii.
In regards to the lack of online play for the 3DS, I think that it might have been possible for Capcom to do it, since they did not have an issue with the western expanded version of Tatsunoko vs Capcom. On the bright side, the Wii U version will let us play online. However, there goes my plans to play with my friends that were going to get Monster Hunter 3U on the 3DS.
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