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FeatureAs Monster Hunter turns 10, can Capcom finally make the west listen?

We interview its creator Ryozo Tsujimoto to find out.

10 years ago today Capcom released the first Monster Hunter game. It launched in Japan for the PlayStation 2 as part of a new initiative from Capcom's Production Studio 1 designed to test the waters of online console gaming. It was a triumvirate that included cel-shaded racing game Auto Modellista, the multiplayer-focused Resident Evil: Outbreak and, of course, Monster Hunter. Capcom hoped at least one would sell a million copies, what the company considered then to be the mark of a hit title. One did.

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Sony "will probably be the last to announce" next-gen plans

French boss suggests Monster Hunter Vita due out soon.

Sony reckons it'll be the last to announce its next generation plans.

Sony France boss Philippe Cardon told Lepoint.fr (translated by Eurogamer's Oli Welsh) the Japanese company won't be rushed in the next-gen race.

"It's true that there are a lot of rumours, but I can't tell you anything," he told the interviewer.

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Japanese games market shrunk 8% in 2011 despite 3DS launch

Japanese games market shrunk 8% in 2011 despite 3DS launch

Mario Land, Mario Kart best-selling games.

The Japanese videogames market made 8 per cent less money in 2011 than in 2010, new figures have revealed.

Game sales stuttered compared to the previous year, with almost 14 per cent less revenue despite the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and, in the year's final weeks, PlayStation Vita.

Hardware revenue rose - perhaps unsurprising considering the year's dual platform launches - but not by much.

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PSP Remasters coming to PS3 in HD

PSP Remasters coming to PS3 in HD

Monster Hunter first. Metal Gear Solid next?

Sony is remastering select PlayStation Portable games for release in high definition on PlayStation 3.

These Blu-ray disc games come with bonus content and in some cases stereoscopic 3D visuals.

The first game to get the PSP Remaster treatment is action role-playing game Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, due out in Japan in the summer. A trailer is below.

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Monster Hunter "goodness" for the West

Will Portable 3rd launch on these shores?

Capcom has told western Monster Hunter fans they have not been left out in the cold, sparking speculation that Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will launch in the US and Europe.

Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2 sales

Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2 sales

Plus, Super Street Fighter IV does well.

Capcom has revealed sales figures of its major games during the nine months to 31st December 2010.

Zombie tear-em-up Dead Rising 2 has sold 2.2 millions to date. Super Street Fighter IV has sold 1.6 million, and Lost Planet 2 has shifted 1.5.

In its financial report Capcom noted that the "steady sales" of Lost Planet 2 were below projections.

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New Monster Hunter sells 2m in a week

New Monster Hunter sells 2m in a week

And Japan PSP sales go through the roof.

PSP beast-battler Monster Hunter Portable 3rd has sold an impressive two million copies in its first week on sale in Japan.

According to Andriasang, Capcom's latest moved 2,146,467 units in its first seven days on sale, taking the series' total up to 15 million.

The game's release also gave the PSP hardware a massive boost. 326,639 units were snapped up last week in Japan, compared to 75,689 the week before.

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Monster Hunter Portable 3rd

Too big for its dragon-leather boots.

Whenever there's a new Monster Hunter to show off, the Tokyo Game Show belongs to Capcom. The floor is theirs, to do with as they please. A stuffed Felyne and immaculately dressed-up girls greet the patient players who've made it to the front of the hours-long queues that snake around the play space – a specially constructed, elaborate mini-village made out of paper and wood. The triumphant brass of the theme music booms out across the halls, drawing yet more attendees. Battles are broadcast on a huge screen, tantalising those still at the back of the endless queues with epic four-player face-offs against fantastical beasts. Don't let the tiny system fool you – this is the biggest game of the show.

Sony unveils rejigged Monster Hunter PSP

Sony unveils rejigged Monster Hunter PSP

Features new analogue stick, speakers, grips.

A new, slightly rejigged PSP unit designed to launch alongside Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be released in Japan on 1st December this year.

The special-edition PSP has grips that click out from the back of the machine, giving Monster Hunter fans more to hold on to, producer Ryozo Tsujimoto revealed on stage at Sony's TGS press briefing this afternoon.

It has a new, larger analogue stick with an indent in the middle. Finally, playing Monster Hunter on a portable console might not feel like inventive torture.

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