Monster Hunter Generations Preview

[Updated on 7/13/16 with Opening Cinematics Trailer]:


[Updated 6/15/16 with E3 Assets]:

Monster Hunter Generations releases in exactly one month in North America. However, fans won’t have to wait that long to play it. Capcom announced that a demo of the game will come to the 3DS eShop on June 30. However, select fans will begin to receive special early access codes for the demo via e-mail starting today. Each person that receives this exclusive e-mail will receive two codes so he or she can share one with someone else. Nice! Check out our preview for more screens and videos.

Today during the Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 broadcast, Capcom’s Monster Hunter development team bravely took down formidable foes in a live game demo of the upcoming Monster Hunter Generations for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The team also announced several exciting pieces of news for fans of the action RPG series.

On the livestream, Capcom confirmed details for a downloadable demo of Monster Hunter Generations, which features three monsters of varying difficulty levels for both new and experienced players, with options for local and online multiplayer (1-4 players). Players are encouraged to join up with others and start with the newly introduced Great Maccao, then attempt to face the beguiling new owl-like monster Malfestio, all before truly testing their mettle against the fan-favorite Nargacuga. The demo will be available for all gamers to download on the Nintendo eShop on June 30th. However, select fans will begin to receive special early access codes for the demo via email beginning today. For others that can’t wait to start the hunt, early access to the demo is also available now in Humble Bundle’s E3 2016 Digital Ticket.

Also released today, a brand new E3 trailer for Monster Hunter Generations introduces the game’s daunting new enemies known as Deviant monsters. These are monsters that have survived previous hunter encounters, mutating and evolving into the greatest threats yet with new fearsome looks, unpredictable behaviors and unexpected abilities. These challengers, such as the Dreadking Rathalos and the Thunderlord Zinogre, yield parts to craft incredibly powerful and unique gear; which become worthy rewards for the most skilled hunters.

The game will be releasing digitally and at retail across North America and Europe on July 15, 2016.


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The year of the Japanese RPGs on 3DS keeps on trucking! Monster Hunter Generations has a firm release date of July 15, 2016 in the United States. This game was the best selling title last year in Japan across all platforms. There’s no way it will be able to achieve that feat over here, but the growing popularity of the series should garner it some decent sales.

3DS XL - Monster Hunter

Also releasing the same day is a limited edition New 3DS XL which comes in a beautiful blue hue and features artwork of the game’s Fated Four, an elite group of powerful new monsters. The game takes full advantage of the New 3DS XL’s C-Stick for fluid camera control and the ZL and ZR buttons for Hunter arts. The game is sold separately from the handheld.


A playable demo of Monster Hunter Generations will be made available via the 3DS eShop. The date for the demo hasn’t been announced yet, but it will arrive before the game does on July 15.

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced that Monster Hunter Generations™will launch in North America on July 15 for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems. Fans eager for this latest installment of the popular action RPG series will have a special opportunity to immerse themselves in the adventure with the New Nintendo 3DS XLMonster Hunter Generations Edition, also launching on the same day.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter Generations Edition comes in a beautiful blue hue and features artwork of the game’s Fated Four, an elite group of powerful new monsters. Players can get straight into the action with enhanced graphics, fluid camera control options with the C-stick functionality, and mappable ZL and ZR buttons for Hunter Arts offered on New Nintendo 3DS systems. The game will need to be purchased separately from the new hardware.

Monster Hunter Generations allows players to take on tons of colossal creatures in more than 20 different hunting locations, either solo or via local and online co-op play with up to three other hunters. By collecting items from their hunts and adventures, players can craft more powerful weapons and armor, opening up paths to even more dangerous quests. With the debut of new gameplay mechanics that include four different Hunting Styles and powerful abilities known as Hunter Arts to equip, Monster Hunter Generations is the most customizable Monster Hunter experience yet!

Players will be able to try out Monster Hunter Generations for themselves before its July 15 launch, when a playable demo will be released on Nintendo eShop this summer. More details to come at a later date.


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[Original Preview]:

Quick, do you know the best selling game of 2015 in Japan? If you answered Monster Hunter X (Cross), you’d be correct. It turns out that Capcom is bringing the game to the U.S. under its new name: Monster Hunter Generations. It is supposed to be one of the most approachable games in the series yet and will be coming to the 3DS this summer.

The game will feature a blend of brand new areas and monsters with returning fan-favorites that have been updated to take advantage of the new gameplay mechanics. Speaking of, there are now Styles and Hunter Arts that can refine your personalized way of playing the game. Feel free to mount monsters from mid-air using the Aerial Style or go all-out with your Hunter Arts by selecting the Striker Style. You’ll need all the help you can get to defend the four villages from the enemies and monsters roaming the world.

As usual, Monster Hunter Generations features 4-player co-op adventuring. You can play locally or online with up to three of your friends. If you have a New Nintendo 3DS you will experience enhanced graphics, C-Stick functionality, and have the ability to map Hunter Arts to the ZL and ZR buttons. Special themed costumes will be in the game, including some familiar items from the Fire Emblem and Mega Man universes. Keep in mind that if you have Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate save data on your 3DS, you will receive a bonus item pack in Generations that includes an exclusive Palico armor set, potions, in-game money, and more yet to be announced.

Fans of the Monster Hunter games should really dig this new iteration. We talked about the import version on our last episode of NintendoTimes Radio. It’s the very first item we cover, so check it out if you haven’t already. We’ll keep you updated with news, screens, and videos as Monster Hunter Generations approaches release.





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.

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