Monster Hunter 3 Release Disaster After All


Panchira hunting RPG Monster Hunter 3’s release has rapidly turned into a disaster after a reasonable start and the distinction of a full 40 point score from top gaming rag Famitsu. However, now the game is already selling for 60% off its starting price, and industry sources are saying this is “a once in 5 years” flop.


Though reviews have been favourable, the million copies apparently shipped to distributors have proven to be wildly optimistic, with some retailers able only to sell half of their stock, leading to the fantastic (and for retailers, highly depressing) discounts seen now.

Just why this game, capable of getting a full score in Famitsu, is resolutely failing to sell is a matter of some speculation.

Curiously, of recent releases several titles have seen similar treatment, though these are now acknowledged to be overhyped rubbish:

King of Fighters XII:


Magna Carta 2:


Via Hachimaki.

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    Comment by lulzy
    14:52 12/08/2009 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Good game... wrong console.

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    Comment by Jira
    10:29 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, that what I was thinking. It was a Playstation original, why the fuck would they port it over to Nintendo? Prolly to save money, cheap bastards.

    Comment by KW
    10:47 16/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude you rock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much this.

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    Comment by Exa
    16:34 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by El Suscriptor Justiciero
    03:16 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Just to horrify mathematicians :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dun get it.

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    Comment by abbe
    21:42 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    take this timeline! I just divided by ZERO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Somersaulting Wookie
    15:27 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    i know its really late but i just couldnt resist.

    Comment by Random Basher Fag
    15:29 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by weee
    17:45 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    who would pay for multiplayer, psp's is better evn if adhoc only.

    certainly wrong console

    Comment by dezz
    23:02 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it better in PS2 and PSP, but why capcom switch it to WII

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 02/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To get even more fans and thus buyers. Since there are many ppl with a Wii but no Playstation of any sort. So the ppl who are fascinated by this game want the other games and thus buy a psp or ps2 and the game.

    Yepp i know this 2 years old but i wanted to brnig some light into this question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those of you saying it isn't a flop because it's selling by the bundles, are there any sales numbers for the bundles? Curious how those are doing.

    Comment by Mike
    05:49 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Quite well, in fact sold out in a lot of cases.

    Comment by Mike
    05:50 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wrong link lol

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    Comment by Artefact
    09:06 13/08/2009 # ! Questionable

    Keyword is "shipped," not "sold."

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im happy and sad at the same time :/. On one had I love monster hunter and it makes me sad that it isnt sell to well D:. But on the on the other hand screw Capcom for putting it exclusivly on the Wii :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    MH3 Disc only version is selling bad. The bundles are doing fine.

    Sankaku article is inaccurate and rabid with fanboyism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, hey by the way, sold out of the standalone Tri.

    Comment by MARl0
    08:03 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this story isn't blatant sensationalism, then I don't know what is. Get your facts straight before posting rubbish like this.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I see you don't understand.

    This news only applies to the standalone Tri as the Classic Control pro/Wii bundles are selling just fine.

    Plus, just sold out of the standalone Tri.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 14/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again, your facts only apply to the standalone disc version. Capcom overshipped the standalone version, everyone wants the bundles which were shipped in a low quantity.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Nintendo is not selling half a million Wii thanks to MH3 so you will just have to accept that something has gone wrong with the launch.

    Comment by i386
    01:29 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wrong timingu; xmas game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Certain shops will put things on sale straight away to beat their competitors. You can really observe this when you shop online; you'll see things like Amazon knocking off something like 30% off something that hasn't even been released yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As of August 1st, MH3 is 2nd in the worldwide, multi-format charts. And that's a flop?

    This is like when Sankaku reported that Dragon Quest IX was a flop even though it sold 3 million in pre-orders alone and was the best selling DQ ever (based on several weeks sales). The article Artefact wrote was largely based on small groups of angry online nerds and on about 150 negative reviews - that's 150 out over 3,000,000.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, just to correct myself - DQIX sold 2 million pre-orders, not 3 million.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though has now sold 3.47 million - in one country alone. That's failure right there!

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    Comment by Artefact

    The creators were saying "we think it can sell 10 million!" Soon they changed that to "5 million." Now they are very quiet about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 17/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quality does not equal sales and vice versa.

    The thing to note here is that Capcom massively overshipped and retailers over-bought. Capcom is already made their money from the initial shipment. However if they want to ship more copies which they have to because they expect a 2 million shipment before the end of the fiscal year, retailers have to remove their stock.

    One thing that makes me wonder is why did retailers purchase so many copies? No console game in Japan has sold 1 million copies this year. So to even think that a game could do that in one week is rather ridiculous.

    If you read other articles you will find that the CC bundle had a 70% sell through and the Wii Bundle had an 80% sell through. While the standalone only had a 40% sell through. Capcom underestimated the value of the bundles. In fact they shipped roughly 600,000 stand alones while only 400,000 bundles. The black wii bundle most likely only making up 100,000 of that.

    With such a large stock still on shelves due to a mis prediction, retailers have to cut price. So this isn't unexpected at all. Hopefully Capcom and retailers can turn things around and end the year off with 1.5 million units sold.

    Comment by Metalbunny
    11:30 14/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    still a want =_=

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 06/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh, all the brain dead people here not comprehending OVERBOUGHT as in have a village of 200 people and bought 200000 apples... Your apples are going to go bad before the villagers can eat them.

    Also as stated, people want the bundles with the new black Wii and the controller. So of course they are not going to buy the single game.

    Also, there's another article around here about the game having lock-up problems, so some people might be waiting for a fix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can this be built into the engine? ,

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Mario1-7
    14:59 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anything to attack the Wii Right? You guys never post anything on the Wii accept its faults, Which this isn't a fault... This is the only website to cut there price for this game and did you forget that this game came in 2 different ways? Most people are buying it bundled with the Black Wii it comes with extra's. So this site cut the price of the stand alone game this is nowhere near a flop.. So I must ask what do you guys have against the Wii? Its the most popular console on the Planet right now, I mean you guy do alot of reports on Tales of Vespera (Or whatever) a PORT for PS3 and the Wii is getting the Main stream tales game Tales of Graces and you guys never say anything about that. I mean they have Loli's in Tales of Graces win I saw that I thought for sure I'd see it on this site but nope not even the power of the Loli got you guys to talk about it. So what is this hatred for?

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    Comment by Artefact

    Yes, yes, Wii fan you are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 29/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii doesn't deserve this cool ass game. This game is tooooo awesome to be on this gey console :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 60% and "bad sales" only apply to the disc only version of the game. Everything else, the controller and Wii bundles of MH3, are selling just fine.

    Not a big deal.

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    Comment by DaLk
    16:28 12/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game is released on a console which is shunned by real gamers (as Konata^^), slightly easier than previous opus (scuba mode just feels ridiculous, especially with a hammer), no access to higher ranks wihtout online... And only in Japan, where you can play a far more impressive and meatier MonsterHunterFrontier on PC for roughly the same price.

    Some monster design are tad pokemonesque to me (especially the tumbling tire one), but i guess it's a matter of taste.

    I don't care about MH3 euro release, but i'm eager to see something on ps3 or euro/english version of MHF

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 13/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    o_O I felt that Hammers are amazing underwater... Rolling's invuln frames are a lot fewer underwater, so positioning becomes a lot more important-- one of the hammer's strongest points. Of course, with the golfswing and charge level 2's nerf, I feel that the Hammer's still balanced in comparison, since most of the other weapons got a nice boost. You just won't see me using anything else against a Ragiakurus.

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