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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate region locking to be lifted in April patch

Will add option to play entirely on the GamePad, too.

Earlier this month there was quite a lot of outrage when it was revealed that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate would region-lock its online multiplayer on Wii U (while the 3DS version wouldn't allow online multiplayer at all). Well it looks like Capcom and Nintendo heard your feedback and have decided to allow European and North American players to play together in up to four-player battles as part of a free update to the Wii U version to arrive in April.

The patch will also add the option to play the game entirely on the GamePad in case someone else wants to use the TV.

Capcom noted that it will continually add free content to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both Wii U and 3DS for several months following its release. The first bonus downloadable quest will be available at launch on 22nd March.

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