Capcom explains why Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate isn’t on Wii U

Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has given some insight as to why Capcom isn’t making Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Wii U after Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate shipped for Nintendo’s HD console last year.

His reasoning is what you would assume, that the company is focusing on 3DS for the time being.

At the moment we’re focused on 3DS, purely because with the previous title, the 3DS version couldn’t go online on their own. There was a system to bring them online in conjunction with the Wii U console, but they were only local wireless play by themselves.

In 4 Ultimate, it will be online play just on the 3DS. We really want to see how having just a single platform online multiplayer game works out. So at this time we’re focusing on the 3DS version. Monster Hunter 4 in Japan was also 3DS only.

It does make sense that the whole selling point of the Wii U version of MH3U, besides the HD upgrade, was the online play. With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate having online play on the 3DS that takes away one feature that could have been exclusive to a potential Wii U port.

I’ve played countless hours of MH3U on my Wii U personally and would love to play MH4U on the big screen but if it isn’t in the cards that isn’t too much of a bummer. As a Monster Hunter fan I’m just glad Capcom decided to localize Monster Hunter 4 at all for 3DS in the west.