Capcom’s long-awaited Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS launched on Tuesday to the masses patiently waiting to get to raising their Hunter Rankings, crafting new weapons and armor, and hunting G level monsters in new locales. Unfortunately, one of the most highly touted features from the new game, the ability to transfer a user-created hunter from the Wii U version of the game to the Nintendo 3DS, is no where to be found.
The transfer ability, which comes in the guise of a free 3DS app that is to be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop, is late and has missed the game’s launch. Both Capcom and Nintendo have been mysteriously quiet on the issue, even as the Wii U’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Miiverse community began to scream louder and louder in frustration of the missing feature.
Finally, yesterday, Yuri Araujo, the Associate Online Community Specialist known for his relationships and open communication with fans on the Capcom-Unity Forums spoke out, claiming the app would be available late last night. As of this writing, the app is still MIA.
Many fans on the Wii U’s Miiverse community board have said that they will hold off on purchasing either copy of the game until the app is available and the transfer feature is worked out. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is considered to be a “system seller” for the struggling Wii U, as the franchise is one of the most popular in Japan (where it was a launch title back in December) and western gamers are finally starting to appreciate the beauty of the series here in North America. This is terrible news for Nintendo and Capcom, and hopefully will be rectified as soon as possible.