Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Post-launch Update to Add Off-TV Play and Cross-region Online

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is fast approaching its March 19th launch date. Wii U monster hunters may be a bit miffed to discover that features like off-TV play and cross-region online support will not be available from day one. But there is good news.

Capcom has confirmed that a free software update will be released in April, a month after launch. First and foremost, this patch will add to the game the ability to play directly from the Wii U GamePad, a feature fans have apparently been demanding from Capcom since the game was first announced. (Why was it not in there to begin with considering off-TV play is only one of the main Wii U selling points?) The update will also merge the North American and European servers into a single network so players from both regions can hunt monsters together online.

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There’s more good news, too. In addition to the update, Capcom will also be supporting the game with free DLC quests for “several months” after the game ships. The first of these downloadable quests will be available on day one.

If you want to try Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate before March 19th, pay a visit to the Nintendo eShop from your Wii U and/or 3DS to take the recently released demo version on a hunt or two.

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