Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is releasing for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19th. While the 3DS version only has local multiplayer features, the Wii U version will feature full, free online play. However, that was limited to people in the same region as yourself, whether that be North America or Europe.
That changed today, as Capcom announced a software update, to be released in April after the Wii U release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which will enable international online play. People will be able to play with their neighbors across the Atlantic.
In addition, while the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was designed as a sort of analogue to the 3DS version, and thus used the Wii U Gamepad as a sort of “bottom screen” to the action going on on the TV, this update will allow for off-TV play; the game will be playable solely with the Wii U Gamepad.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will retail for $60 on the Wii U and $40 on the Nintendo 3DS. The game supports cross-save functionality, so you can transfer your save from Wii U to 3DS and back again. Amazon is currently offering a deal where if you buy both versions in the same transaction, you will save $20 instantly. If you prefer your games digitally, both versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be available in their respective system’s eShops on March 19, the same day as the retail release. Of course, demos are available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions right now.