Sony Loses Monster Hunter

Not that it was particularly Sony’s franchise in the first place, but Capcom was showing an awful lot of love with the last two games being exclusive to the PSP (not to mention a couple of the handheld’s biggest sellers). Well, Nintendo dropped a pretty big bombshell at a coference held yesterday, securing Monster Hunter 3 for the Wii. Whether Capcom just decided it was in their best interest or the big N dropped a couple of fat cashbaskets, I don’t know, but this is a major blow to Sony in Japan since it’s crazy popular there. Capcom MCO Katushiko Ichii offered the classic “high development costs” argument, but that never seemed to stop them before. The announcement is unlikely to make much of a dent in sales in the West, though Monster Hunter really could’ve moved Playstation 3s in Japan.

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I still think it’s a bad idea. The series depends heavily upon online play, which is not the Wii’s strong suit. More Friend Code fun for all!

In other conference news, Nintendo announced another new character for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and it’s one that fans have either clamored for and/or joked about since the first game in the series: Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, not only will Mario and Sega’s iconic mascot beat foot races in “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games,” they’ll also be able to beat each other over the head.

As for Capcom, they may still have a few aces up their sleeves which won’t be revealed until next week (Street Fighter 4 a possibility?), at the earliest. Perhaps the PS3 isn’t completely doomed. And hey, this is Capcom, after all. I wouldn’t rule out future ports just yet.

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~ by Cavin Smith on October 10, 2007.

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