Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Welcome to the world of Monster Hunter, where you forge your own path to glory. Take up arms and battle dozens of ferocious monsters. Go it alone or team up with friends.
Gain more than just satisfaction from your hard-fought victories: carve conquered monsters to gain their bones, horns, hides and more, then have them fashioned into weapons and armour to steel you for the even tougher battles ahead. It is the hunter's way.
Hunt, gather, and become a legend in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
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In Monster Hunter, you can only rely on three things: your equipment, your teammates and your skill. There are no shortcuts to becoming a legendary hunter, but those who answer the call can expect hundreds of hours of rewarding adventure. Create your own warrior and lead him or her on an unbelievable journey.
Quest for glory
Make your name by completing hundreds of quests issued by the Guild in Moga Village. Here you can learn the ropes, discover which of the many available weapon types suits you best, and start to gather the resources you’ll need to succeed.
Battles in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are intense and fast-paced, so you’ll need to keep your wits about you when facing your prey. The optional new Target Camera feature makes it easier to focus quickly on nearby monsters with a simple press of a button.
Craft thousands of new equipment pieces and items, take on dozens of new monsters and expand your game even further with regular free quests to download.
Each of the 12 weapon types at your disposal – Hammer, Dual Blades, Lance, Gunlance, Long Sword, Great Sword, Heavy Bowgun, Light Bowgun, Hunting Horn, Bow, Switch Axe, and Sword and Shield – has its own advantages and disadvantages. The Hammer is slow but devastatingly powerful, while Dual Blades are ideal for nimble hunters who prefer fast, fluid attacks. You can change your equipment before setting out, so be sure to arm yourself to suit the quest at hand.
But it takes more than just strong equipment to succeed – you must study each monster, learn its weaknesses and predict its attacks. Throw projectiles to stun and blind the beast, then lure it into a trap using meat as bait and strike while it’s most vulnerable. But be warned: these tactics won’t work on every monster, so you’ll need a keen eye and sharp wits to figure out how best to take down each beast that stands in your way.
A good offence is one thing, but you’ll need robust armour to hold your own against these brutal behemoths. Mix and match gauntlets, chest pieces, helms and more to create your ideal armour set, but be aware each combination has its own strengths and weaknesses. A complete set of matching armour often bestows you with new skills and attribute boosts, and crafted jewels can be added as decorations to make these effects even more potent. Fashion everything you need to become the most feared hunter there is.
Hunt in packs
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate boasts a lengthy and gripping single-player mode, but joining forces with a few friends opens up an entirely new level of excitement. Head over to the Multiplayer section to find out more, and find out about Multiplayer in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS.
You’ve forged a powerful weapon and clad yourself in resilient armour, but your best chance of Monster Hunter mastery lies with your allies.
Take the hunt online
In the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, players can join forces online and head out to take down ferocious monsters together*. Create a hunting party of up to four players online and combine your abilities in incredible action-packed battles.
Do battle your way: lead the attack as a powerful warrior armed with a fierce blade, strike from a distance with a ranged weapon, or heal and support your fellow hunters with attribute boosts.
Formulate battle strategies and share advice with your team-mates with voice chat using the Wii U GamePad microphone, or type messages on the GamePad touch screen*. A well-prepared and co-ordinated team need fear no beast.
All the equipment, weapons and items you own can be used online and offline, so you can show off your hard-earned spoils to other online players.
*This feature can be enabled by downloading and installing a software update directly available at launch. Please visit our Support section for more information.
Play with Nintendo 3DS
As well as being able to venture online with other Wii U hunters, you can also hunt locally with Nintendo 3DS players who own the game.
One Wii U console can connect to as many as three Nintendo 3DS systems via local wireless connection, letting four players combine their might and hunt together. Now players can enjoy the exhilarating Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate multiplayer experience with their friends, even if they don’t all own the same system.
Always on the hunt
If you own both a Wii U console and a Nintendo 3DS system, and a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for each system, you can make use of the inter-compatibility of save data to continue the hunt wherever you go. Head over to the On Wii U section to find out more, and find out about Multiplayer on Nintendo 3DS.
On Wii U
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U contains all the quests, equipment and monsters of its portable counterpart on Nintendo 3DS, and also offers several features unique to the Wii U version.
The world of Monster Hunter comes alive like never before with high-definition visuals on Wii U. Explore lush jungles, chilly tundra and more in rich, vivid detail, and see every strike, swoop and slash of the action in glorious HD.
Team up with other Wii U owners and take down enemies in intense online multiplayer hunts with voice chat and much more. Find out the full story in the Multiplayer section.
Find new players to team up with, learn from experienced warriors and share what you’ve learnt from your hard-fought battles in the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Community on Miiverse.
Wii U Pro Controller
Pick up the optional Wii U Pro Controller (sold separately) to command your hunter, while the Wii U GamePad still displays vital information at-a-glance.
By downloading and installing a free software update, you can play the game TV-free on the Wii U GamePad screen alone. Now nothing can come between you and the hunt! Off-TV Play can be activated from the in-game Options menu.
Cross-region online play
The same software update that adds Off-TV Play also allows European and North American gamers to play together online.
Transfer your save data
If you own both a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for each system, you can transfer your save data between systems to press on with your journey wherever you are. Take your hunter on the road with Nintendo 3DS, then transfer your progress back to Wii U and resume your journey in HD.
Please note: Transfer of save data requires the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Data Transfer Program, available as a free download from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
For more information, please visit the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Data Transfer Program page in our Nintendo 3DS Support section.
A software update for the game on Wii U can be downloaded and installed at launch, enabling features such as voice chat, improved camera controls and the use of USB keyboards for text chat. Please visit our Support section for more information.
Also on Nintendo 3DS
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS also offers plenty of unique content too – find out what awaits at the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Nintendo 3DS gamepage.
Wii U Bundle
Available on 22nd March – the same day as the game releases – comes the Wii U Limited Edition Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Premium Pack!
There’s also a Nintendo 3DS XL bundle available – find out more about the Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Limited Edition Pack!
Dive deeper into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate with extra content available to download, and keep up with the latest news and announcements!
Download free quests
Extra quests will be available to download on a regular basis – and for free. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate hunter or seasoned veteran, each update will bring a quest to challenge and develop your skills.
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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Hunter's Guide
Take a closer look at some of the savage beasts to battle and the spectacular weapons at your disposal in this downloadable PDF hunter's guide.
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