Announced during the Nintendo Wii U price announcement, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is hitting both Wii U and 3DS and will have some cross functionality too.
After the Capcom showcase at the Tokyo Games Show 2012, Monster Hunter boss Ryozo Tsujimoto sat down with Eurogamer and spoke about some of the features that we can look forward to seeing between the two platforms.
One already expected feature is the ability to save data between each version, meaning you can just pick up and play from where you left off when on the go. It won’t be effortless though, you’ll have to download a free app from the 3DS eShop to transfer files between consoles.
Interestingly the 3DS game doesn’t have any online play features, however you can connect three 3DS and a Wii U together for four-player local co-op. You’ll all be able to share the same game and then take your hunter back home with you to play thanks to the save data transfer.
“We wanted people to play together,” said Tsujimoto. “We know there are some people who want to play online. Unfortunately with the 3DS version you can’t do that. But we have made this feature so you can play together. You can have your friends bring their save data to your house and have a Monster Hunter party. One person will play on the big screen and three other people will play with their 3DS versions. People can continue their save data from what they had before and go back home and update their data on their Wii U.”
While other features are thin on the ground, it appears the Wii U online functionality will have friends lists and you can join others relatively easily, Capcom want to create an online environment that is – according to Tsujimoto – “extremely stress-free and easy to use for the players.”
It’ll also have text chat and the team are looking into voice chat but right now it’s not a feature.
“Right now we’re looking into voice chat and seeing how we can get that to work,” said Tsujimoto, “but it hasn’t been 100 per cent confirmed.”
You can read more about features over at Eurogamer.