Monster Hunter X Sees Monster Sales

Capcom released Monster Hunter X (Cross) for the Nintendo 3DS on Saturday, November 28 and it has already sold over 2 million copies (digital and physical combined). It’s sold so well that most retailers in Japan have reported stock outages, causing the digital version to sell in high quantities.


No word yet if the game will make it across the Pacific, but judging by how well it’s sold there, plus the fact that Monster Hunter 4 has pulled in decent numbers in the States, I think it’s a pretty safe bet. The question isn’t if, but when. The full press release from Capcom is below:

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of handheld systems has shipped two million units in Japan (including download cards and sales of the download version in the Nintendo eShop.)

The “Monster Hunter” series is a hunting action game that pits players against giant monsters in a beautiful natural environment. The series has sparked a social phenomenon known as the “Monster Hunter Craze” by introducing a new kind of communication style for players through cooperative play focused on hunting monsters with their friends. Since the first “Monster Hunter” title made its debut in 2004, the series has expanded beyond games into other media, and overall has grown into a mega-hit with cumulative sales of more than 35 million units as of December 3, 2015.

“Monster Hunter X (Cross)” is a new title that offers players greater possibilities for carrying out their own style of hunting. Utilizing the world and gameplay of previous entries as a starting point, the game is distinguished by its high level of freedom with new elements like Hunter Arts and Hunting Styles, which can be combined with 14 kinds of weapons to create a myriad of fresh ways to play.

Further, as a result of maintaining user interest via numerous cross-industry collaborations, the title hit the two million mark just six days following its release.

In addition to continuing to release add-on contents moving forward, Capcom is rolling out a number of initiatives with the aim of improving the long-term brand value of the series, including plans to implement the third update to its card arcade game machine “Monster Hunter Spirits” in late December, the release of a new title called “Monster Hunter Stories” (scheduled for 2016 in Japan), as well as the television broadcast of the first animated “Monster Hunter” in Japan.

Capcom remains firmly committed to satisfying the expectations of all users by making the most of its industry-leading game development capabilities in order to create highly entertaining games.

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.