The Monster Hunter franchise might have only started to pick up steam recently in the U.S., but meanwhile it enjoys immense popularity in Japan. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Capcom has announced another installment in the series.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is being revived on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has only been announced in Japan so far, but it adds new characters and a new scenario, and will sell for 5,980 yen or roughly $50 USD.
According to Nintendo's latest fiscal report, the company saw a ¥41 billion ($350 million) profit for the last fiscal year ending March 31. This stands in stark contrast to last year, which saw losses of ¥23 billion ($193 million).
During a press event at Capcom’s “Monster Hunter Fest ’15 Finals” event last week, the company showed a trailer of a new game, titled Monster Hunter Stories, which shows a take on the series that is at once familiar and dramatically different.
Nintendo reveals a "New" 3DS handheld that adds two shoulder buttons, a second analog control stick, and an assortment of other form factor and hardware tweaks. It's coming to Japan in standard and XL formats on October 11.
With Nintendo bleeding money and the Wii U and 3DS not performing up to expectations, it's going to take more than just a few games to get themselves out of this rut. Here is what Nintendo plans to remedy all of this and see whether that will be enough.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata laid out a rough plan for fixing the company in his recent investor talk, but the most promising possibilities amount to little more than playing catch-up with the company's top competitors.