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Byte Sized: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) Review

We have already reviewed the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, however we wanted to use our Byte Sized feature to have a quick look at the 3DS version. So let's get started.

One of the first things to note about the 3DS version is that it's actually a pretty impressive looking game. I have to say that the opening cutscene caught me by surprise. I'm not usually one for whopping the 3D effect up to full on my handheld, however I thought I'd give it a go in this case and I have to say that the 3D depth effect is simply stunning, with textures looking probably amongst the most impressive I have seen so far. This trend also seems to continue right through the adventure with the action not affecting the graphical prowess of the game.

In terms layout, Nintendo has given players the ability to customize their HUD, allowing you to set out the lower screen in a way to suit yourself. Because of this the top screen is kept clean, meaning you can view the action without too much distraction. What's great about this is that it really helps to maximize the 3D effect.

When playing the game I declined the option to use the add-on analogue stick - circle pad-pro, simple because I don't have one. Unfortunately this made things a little awkward in terms of controlling the camera, although it's hardly a big drawback once you get used to it. One positive in terms of the camera is the addition of a targeting system - tapping the L button allows you to home in on monsters, which takes away some of the strain of constantly adjusting the d-pad. This doesn't keep you constantly locked onto the enemy, however it's better than trying to do things manually.

Although, as mentioned, I've not used circle-pad pro myself when playing this game, if you are serious about completing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS then I'd suggest investing in one.

Unfortunately there is no online multiplayer in the game, although you can partake in local multiplayer with up to three other people, which includes playing locally with a friend on the Wii U. Obviously you all have to own a copy of the game, but if you have it on Wii U then you can at least play with someone in the same room as a way of (sort of) getting around this. If you do have a copy on Wii U, then you'll be pleased to know that you can also share save data with your Nintendo 3DS, which is another bonus to having both versions.

Really this review was only to offer a quick overview of the differences between the Wii U and the 3DS versions, however there isn't really too much between the two, other than the graphical capabilities of the Wii U. If you'd like to know a lot more about Monster Hunter Ultimate then we suggest you check out our Wii U review for more information.

(Version Tested: 3DS)


- Packed full of content
- Stunning 3D effects


- Camera can be slightly awkward to control

Edited On 26 Apr, 2013

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sam_w 4 years ago
It's a real shame Capcom didn't feel like they had to implement online multiplayer on the 3DS for this one, otherwise it would be an instant buy for me. I don't know anyone else who lives near me that owns a 3DS, and Monster Hunter is nowhere near as fun solo.
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Gummy 4 years ago
Yeah, that put me off buying it too.
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Niall 4 years ago
I kind of feel like the didn't implement online so that MH4 will be the superior game later this year so no one will be tempted to just buy this older entry.

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