Despite being the only developer with an online-enabled 3DS game available on the handheld’s launch day with Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, and later releasing releasing two Resident Evil titles – each with relatively robust multiplayer options – on the same platform, Capcom‘s confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will not include the option to play with others via the Internet; unlike its Wii U counterpart.
So, even though Capcom is undoubtedly one of the most experienced developers when it comes to online Nintendo 3DS games, Monster Hunter creator Ryozo Tsujimoto has explained that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate‘s lack of online multiplayer is due to the Japanese developer’s worries that they won’t be able to get it to work on the 3DS.
“To put it frankly, when we were developing the game we were looking into it but there were some places we were unsure about. We didn’t have the correct techniques to get it to work. We decided we probably shouldn’t release something that didn’t work well. We didn’t want to lower the quality of the game.”
That said, you will be able to transfer your save data from the 3DS game to your shiny Wii U, and take the hunt online on the big screen; and there’s also the option for cross-platform local multiplayer between up to three 3DS systems and one Wii U.
Considering Monster Hunter 4, the 3DS-exclusive sequel, will include online multiplayer when it launches in Japan alongside the Western release of 3 Ultimate in March 2013, do you think that this is a valid excuse from the renowned publisher?