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Monster Hunter 3G shipments pass 1m units in Japan

Capcom announced this morning that they have shipped over one million units of Monster Hunter 3G for the 3DS in Japan since the title went on sale on December 10th. This puts total sales for the series at more than 20 million units since the first Monster Hunter released in 2004.

Exact sell through numbers were not released, however we known from Media Create sales data released last week that the game sold almost 522K during its first two days on sale.

Full press release below:

Capcom’s Popular “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G”
Breaks the One Million Mark!
– First Monster Hunter title for the Nintendo 3DS™
quickly tops one million units in Japan –

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) is pleased to announce that shipments of “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” for the Nintendo 3DS have surpassed one million units in Japan.

“Monster Hunter” is a series of hunting action games in which players go up against enormous monsters against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Playing the game by using communications to cooperate with friends to fight powerful monsters has created a new style of communicating that sparked a social event called the “Monster Hunter craze”. The number of fans has increased steadily since the first “Monster Hunter” title made its debut in 2004. The series has grown into a mega-hit with cumulative sales of more than 20 million units.

“Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” adds many new elements to fully utilize the capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS. This game is based on “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri)” for the Wii®, a title that was introduced in August 2009. Players can enjoy three-dimensional images with greater depth. The game allows players to customize the touch screen for smoother operations. Players can also enjoy the extremely challenging G-rank quest as well as monsters that appear for the first time in the “Monster Hunter” series. With these and other features, “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G” has become popular among a broad range of people extending from current to new game players. Furthermore, prior to the release of this title, Capcom distributed sample versions of the game and sent a truck with game playing machines to 18 locations throughout Japan, starting in Sendai. As a result, the number of shipments in Japan has quickly surpassed one million units in the new Nintendo 3DS segment of the game market.

Along with the launch of “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G”, Capcom started selling promotional products by collaborating with Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. and CALBEE, Inc. In addition, Capcom placed two types of coin-operated games in its arcades that use the “Monster Hunter” theme. Overall, Capcom has been conducting many activities aimed at further boosting the value of the “Monster Hunter” franchise.

Based on its multi-platform strategy, Capcom will continue to perform research involving new types of hardware in order to maximize earnings. Through these activities, Capcom aims to supply games that can achieve a high degree of satisfaction among a diverse spectrum of users around the world.

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