Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the first game in Capcom's long-in-the-monster-tooth series to ship 1m copies in Europe and North America.

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That figure includes physical copies shipped and digital copies downloaded via the 3DS eShop.

Monster Hunter passed its 10th anniversary last year, but has only recently found a significant following in Europe.

In a statement today, Capcom attributed the rising success of its action role-playing game series to the latest game's marketing push and trial version.

Sales were also given a boost in the West by the title launching alongside the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL models. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate supports the hardware's new C-button for dual analogue controls, and also features improved graphics on the new machines.

Capcom yesterday announced an unexpected cel-shaded RPG spin-off, Monster Hunter Stories, due in Japan next year. Presumably the West will see it after.

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