Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has been running strong ever since 2004 and seems to have found a permanent home on Nintendo consoles. Naturally, one would expect the company to make a new Monster Hunter game for Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, but that is only half true: the most recent Monster Hunter game is being ported to the Nintendo Switch, at least in Japan.
Earlier this year, Capcom released Monster Hunter XX (pronounced “Double Cross” instead of “X X” or “Double X”) in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS. The game was an upgrade to Monster Hunter X (pronounced “Cross”), better known as Monster Hunter Generations outside of Japan, and introduced new monsters, new monster variants, and new fighting styles. While we do not know if the Switch version of Monster Hunter XX will be a straight up port or if it will introduce its own slew of monsters and monster variants, we can expect it to support numerous control schemes and provide better graphics.
The announcement page for the Switch version of Monster Hunter XX is only in Japanese, and I cannot find any first-hand information in English, especially regarding the potential of a release outside of Japan. However, many gaming news outlets treat an American release as a foregone conclusion, which is understandable given Monster Hunter’s popularity. While Capcom never announced an English version of the original Monster Hunter XX for the 3DS, that might not be necessary if the Switch version is released outside of Japan. Capcom and Nintendo could be assuming that the Switch version will be a console seller (i.e., will convince people to buy Nintendo Switches), which is more than likely given the quality of the Monster Hunter games.
You might wonder why Monster Hunter XX’s Switch release is such a big deal. The Monster Hunter franchise is extremely popular, especially in Japan. Furthermore, while the series started on PlayStation 2, it jumped to Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and stayed there ever since, which demonstrates the popularity of a portable, multiplayer-focused Monster Hunter game. Since Nintendo is trying to push the Switch as a powerful, portable console that is designed to interact with other Switches, Monster Hunter will help cement that reputation.
We here at Geek Reply hope that Capcom/Nintendo officially announces Monster Hunter XX for American, European, and other non-Japanese audiences next month at E3 2017.