Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate’s segregated online multiplayer could set a dangerous precedent for the Wii U

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
 is coming to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in the US this March. It will be the latest of many attempts on behalf of Capcom to make its social role-playing game a success outside of Japan. Given the Wii U’s improved online capabilities over the Wii, Ultimate stands a better chance of finding an audience than its home console predecessor Monster Hunter Tri and a far better chance than PSP-bound entries like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. With 3 million Wii U consoles in the wild now, there’s also a solid audience to build a rich online community with. Unfortunately, though, many players won’t get to play with one another since Capcom is restricting servers to specific regions.

Speaking Gamereactor on Thursday, Capcom admitted that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate would not allow international play. “Japanese will play with Japanese,” said the company, “Americans with Americans and Europeans with Europeans.”

Capcom acknowledged the instant fan outcry online. “I’m not thrilled with the servers being split either,” said Capcom USA’s community specialist Yuri Arujo. “I am definitely aware of the demand and feedback, not only in the thread, but also from threads before finding out this bad news… There is no guarantee this will change, though.”

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate could set a dangerous precedent for Capcom’s games on Wii U. The company’s online games for the Wii U’s main competitors, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, often allow international play. Super Street Fighter IVDragon’s Dogma, and others let players from all over the world interact online. Nintendo, though, doesn’t provide a central network for all games on the console to connect to for multiplayer the same way as an Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.

Nintendo’s Wii U is better equipped at hosting games for online play than its predecessor since it no longer requires players to register unwieldy Friend Codes and has a network in place to actually deliver balancing patches for games. To date, though, Nintendo’s decentralized structure for multiplayer has made for a fractious multiplayer scene. Even popular titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have only hosted around 1300 players during peak play hours on Wii U, even though the game’s sold approximately 150,000 copies.

Product Review

Make friends. To survive the wasteland of 'Fallout 76,' you're gonna need 'em

Fallout 76 brings the nuclear wasteland online and invites you to hop in with your friends. It’s fun, and a new direction for the Fallout franchise, but it’s not without its faults.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Owners of ROM sites ordered to pay Nintendo more than $12 million

An federal court judge in Arizona has awarded Nintendo more than $12 million in damages in its lawsuit with the owners of two popular ROM websites. The sites must also be transferred to Nintendo's control.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for November 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Gaming

Every rumor about the PS5, including a new game from Luminous Productions

PlayStation 5 rumors have been circulating for over a year now but there's still plenty we don't know. Here's everything you need to know about the PS5, including rumors about its release, specs, and games.
Gaming

‘Gears of War’ designer Cliff Bleszinski says he’ll never make another game

Cliff Bleszinski, the game designer best known for his work on the Gears of War series, says he will never make another video game. His studio, Boss Key Productions, shut its doors earlier this year.
Gaming

Nintendo and Microsoft say they’re all-in on E3 after Sony bows out of 2019 event

Shortly after Sony announced it will not participate in E3 2019 for the first time, Microsoft and Sony announced the show will go on as usual for each software giant. E3 2019 now presents a unique opportunity for Sony's major competitors.
Gaming

The best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Microsoft is reportedly planning an Xbox One without a disc drive for 2019

Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new Xbox One model without a disc drive in 2019. The console will be significantly cheaper than other Xbox One systems, including the Xbox One S.
Gaming

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.
Gaming

Stock up on Switch accessories this week with these awesome Black Friday deals

Black Friday is right around the corner, and it's the perfect time to stock up on accessories for your Nintendo Switch. Here are the best Switch accessory deals on Black Friday, from controllers to cases and more.
Gaming

‘Spyro Reignited Trilogy’ proves nostalgia can only blind for so long

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a faithful and beatiful remaster of the PlayStation classics, but its dedication to retaining the original experience ultimately hinders the experience. Spyro was great in the late-'90s, but it hasn't aged well.
Gaming

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ director sets record straight on game’s progress

Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura clarified some information about the game's progress. There were earlier reports that the RPG was put on hold in favor of Kingdom Hearts III, but that is apparently not the case.