The extreme hunter-gatherer simulator’s next entry now has free demo versions available on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS e-Shops. If you have one of the systems, now is a good time to see a little bit of what’s new and experience the combat of the Monster Hunter series and see what the fuss is about.
These demo versions get right to the point—you choose one of two missions, each a different difficulty, choose one of twelve weapon sets, and then depart on your hunt with nary an in-game mission hub in sight. Most normal missions in the series give you about 55 minutes to complete your task, whether it be gathering supplies or rare items, culling a pack of lesser beasts, or taking down a fierce creature or two. These demos however, give you only 20 minutes to take down your target. Not too big of a problem since you are given advanced gear (as this is a completely gear-dependent RPG), and certain difficulty-increasing mechanics are turned off. The controls are not explained though, so if you are new to the series you may have a rough start. Veteran hunters of any system should recognize the controls, as they are similar—if not the same—depending on the system you’ve played on previously.
The demos were released a month ahead of the scheduled released dates for the North American and European versions of the game, March 19 and 22, respectively. This entry in the series sports cross-platform play between the 3DS and the Wii U, 200+ missions, local online play for the 3DS, and dedicated online play for the Wii U. Should you be swayed to the Monster Hunter side, you can pre-order either (or both) versions from your favorite retailer. On that note, Amazon currently has a deal that if you Pre-order both the Wii U version and the 3DS version in the same order, you’ll get $20 USD off.