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Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Dominates Japanese Market

In Japan, it's the best-selling PSP game ever, part of Capcom's current leading franchise, and was the #1 selling title across all platforms last year. Its name is Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G. Yes, really.

In a press release today, Capcom has revealed that the massively popular handheld title has now shipped over 3 million units in Japan, which makes it a blockbuster success on all possible levels. It was the first title to utilize SCEJ's "adhoc Party" option, which allows people to play with each other across a network. In fact, Capcom calls multiplayer the "heart and soul" of the game, as this new feature has introduced "a new level of communication and interactivity." If you really aren't convinced, the statement goes on to say that since the game's launch, it "has become a major phenomenon with people in all walks of life." Furthermore, March 11, 2009 marks the franchise's 5th anniversary of the very first Monster Hunter title, and the publisher has every intention of continuing to push the name of "Monster Hunter" through the roof. As of December 31, 2008, installments in the series have topped 8.5 million in sales, and that's one hell of an impressive statistic. Well, perhaps Japanese gaming tastes haven't really changed that significantly after all...

The question is, how might Capcom make Monster Hunter a worldwide success? Or is that even possible? ...perhaps the better question, in light of these recent numbers, is, "is it even necessary?"

Related Game(s): Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

2/12/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Naga
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 11:40:13 AM
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I can't believe how Sony and Capcom haven't even made this available for download on the PS store

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Sir Shak
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 11:44:31 AM
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wow

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lionfire
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 11:54:17 AM
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i registered just to comment on this game. it is the main reason why anyone should have a psp in my opinion...fftactics comes in close second since the remake has tons of new features.

but anyway this game is really fun, but really hard. you never level up you just have to get better. its a lot of fun with multiplayer also, and monster hunter unite is going to be the U.S. installment. it should come out this year.

monster hunter also was the reason i bought a ps3, but it has since jumped ship to the wii...sigh.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 12:39:28 PM

I'm glad someone showed up who has played it. Thanks for the info, and here's hoping more people will give it a chance. :)

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TGG
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 2:36:54 PM
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Too bad I don't have a PSP.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 3:04:22 PM
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I really want to play this but I, unfortunately, don't own a PSP either. I own the original Monster Hunter and thought that is was a pretty good game. I never understood why Capcom never really gave us more. Hopefully, with the success of this one, they'll bring it over here.

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 3:23:23 PM
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Monster Hunter was one of my favorite PSP games. It made you 'feel' like you were hunting and chasing these "monsters" and taking down a tough foe with a friend is AWESOME.

Carve up the kill for goods to make better weapons and armor was genious. I have always hoped they would bring this to PS3.

Three friends of mine bought this game after trying mine and we all have put over 100 hours into each of our PSPs....great game!

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robinhood2010
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 7:47:53 PM
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I have the original, and I still play it when I go home to visit my family with my two younger brothers. Its a damn good laugh, but a challenge too.

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mustang750r
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 8:51:45 PM
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i've owned MHF and i fell i love with this franchise ever since. Hell even now i'm playing MHF2 and i'm just waiting for CAPCOM to bring MHFU this spring to our shores and get their act together and annouce a true next gen version and not some WII crap... although it does give me a reason to touch my sisters WII LOL

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Noodles187
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 9:12:58 PM
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Oh man, I remember my old copy of Monster Hunter. I used to play it ever day, and at least every week until the servers were shut down. I couldn't put it down! Something about hunting huge dragons with an over-sized sword was just fun! The fact that the sequel never came out over here pissed me off sooooo much.

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Fatcat3788
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 11:37:45 PM
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Monster Hunter has to be my favorite game franchise ever! I love it! If anyone likes action RPG's try this one out. I think the biggest blow to Sony in Exclusives was losing Monster Hunter 3. That's all I can say about this. I am going to go play Freedom 2 now...

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Aerifale
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 4:40:30 AM
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I've got monster hunter freedom 2. Probably my favourite psp game after tekken and crisis core :)

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Tim Speed24
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 8:21:01 AM
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See Japan.....we love Monster Hunter too!

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BTNwarrior
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 12:31:07 PM
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Really the only reason why it didn't sell to hot over here is that we like multiplayer, and none of our friends have psp's

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BTNwarrior
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 12:32:00 PM

and while it's extremely fun by yourself it's nearly impossible

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lionfire
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 2:25:22 AM
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more people need to see that psp's are really a fun system. there is a lot they can do. i have three...i know its ridiculous, but i NEEDED the monster hunter portable 2 G slim model.

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Dante399
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 9:58:18 AM
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Monster Hunter series are my best games ever. I love this game so much that I even make vidoes on youtube of it :)

@lionfire I,too, bought a PS3 (with only one thought) for Monster Hunter 3tri and I also bought a big HDTV to just watch the Rathalos on a big screen with the best graphics...but dammmn they've shifted it to the Wii!!!!

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