MONSTER HUNTER TRI: THE HUNT BEGINS

Elite hunters from across the UK gathered this week for an exclusive preview of Monster Hunter Tri on Wii, which roars into life across Europe in April 2010. Hosted by Ryozo Tsujomoto, Monster Hunter series producer, fans of the title were invited by Nintendo and Capcom to The Science Museum in London where they were transported to the MONSTROUS phenomenon that is Monster Hunter Tri.

Upon arrival fans were kept in a secret holding room where only the sound of monster roars could be heard before knights in armour led them into the lecture room where information about the European release was revealed exclusively by Ryozo Tsujomoto and Kaname Fujioka. After the lecture excited fans were whisked off to be amongst the first in the country to play the game and even had an opportunity to meet, have their photograph taken with and have their goody bags signed by the infamous Ryozo Tsujomoto.

The franchise, which has inspired an entire sub-culture in Japan takes bold new steps with the launch of Monster Hunter Tri, which offers players a number of exciting new features. Single-player story mode is available for the first time and the game features more new monsters and new environments, including underwater levels and marine-based monsters. There is also the introduction of new weapons such as the powerful Switch Axe to master throughout this unique and exhilarating world.

Monster Hunter Tri’s beautiful graphics and stunning landscapes make this one of the most impressive-looking games on the system. An open-ended, quest-based storyline with multiple routes to progression offers the potential for 100’s of hours of gameplay.

If you prefer to share the action with your friends, the multiplayer gameplay options will offer an additional level of excitement! Two player, split screen co-operative mode lets you enter the arena to take on a series of monsters with fellow hunters. Alternatively, team up with your friends using online multiplayer and take part in epic battles with enormous, intelligent monsters.

And thanks to the game’s use of Wii Speak, the microphone-based accessory that allows Wii users to speak with one another over the internet, hunters will be able to share their knowledge of monsters’ weaknesses, discuss hunting strategy in real time, and even cry for help when needed or celebrate after a victorious battle. The game can be played with Wii Remote and Nunchuk and is also compatible with the Classic Controller PRO putting the action right into your hands.

Monster Hunter Tri will be available at launch to buy as game only and two separate special bundles: one containing a black Classic Controller PRO and one which also contains Wii Speak. The Classic Controller PRO’s more traditional control configuration will afford gamers the ultimate Monster Hunting experience. The Classic Controller PRO comes complete with a second row of shoulder buttons and ergonomically friendly grips. The Classic Controller PRO plugs directly into the Wii Remote controller.

For further information, please contact the Nintendo Press Office on:

Email: Nintendopressoffice@redconsultancy.com

Tel: 0845 259 1325

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.2 billion video games and more than 535 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.