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Monster Hunter Tri isn't hardcore - Capcom

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The producer of Monster Hunter Tri has told ONM that his game isn't only for hardcore gamers.

Monster Hunter Tri has been a huge success in Japan but it is perceived by many as a game that only the hardcore will buy. Not so says Tsujimoto.

"There is so such thing as a distinction between gamers," Tsujimoto told us.

"We hear stories all the time of 60=year-olds walking into stores [in Japan], playing on a demo machine for 15 minutes and proving themselves to be pretty good at the game.

"They've obviously played it before, either at home or on repeated visits to stores, therefore they are obviously fans who know what to do and how to play. So there's no need to aim it at a certain type of gamer. People of all backgrounds enjoy the game."

Can you see a Wii Fit-loving Mum taking on Rathian in Monster Hunter Tri? Let us know by commenting below.

You can read the full interview with Tsujimoto and Kaname Fujioka (the director of Monster Hunter Tri) in issue 54 of Official Nintendo Magazine which is on sale now. Click here to buy it.

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  1. Kiran145 Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 08:34

    This just seems like an attempt to attract the casual audience... I mean come on! could you imagine a family sitting down to play MONSTER hunter? However I'll still be picking this one up :P

    Oh and congrats to ONM on this months magazine; I loved the Nintendo gamer quiz :D. I got 29, Hardcore Gamer :D

  2. Sonic Freak Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 09:25

    I reckon the the game is propotioned so that hardcore gamers feel like their playing one game while casulal players feel like there playing another.

  3. Violet Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 10:57

    I'm fed up of the idea that games are either hardcore or casual. There's a spectrum. Pokemon is both hardcore and casual, and I can see Monster Hunter being the same sort of thing. At least in Japan, anyway, because the difficulty doesn't tend to put people off so much because they like challenging themselves.

  4. microhenry Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 13:26

    If Monster Hunter is not hardcore then something is wrong.

    It's supposed to be the ultimate hardcore game: hard to get into, hard to master.

    This is just a marketing ploy to get it to sell well. Unfortunately I can't see it working. Guess I'll have to buy 47 copies to make it worth it for Capcom :shock:

  5. MARION64WII Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 15:27

    It is underated. Not saying it's score though but it did get a gold award. Just.

  6. Adam_Lloyd Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 15:39

    I have to disagree when he says there is no such distinction between casual and hardcore gamers... whilst I hate the labels, it is quite clear that 60 year old women and 18 year old guys are entirely different audiences, and will be attracted by entirely different games. That's not to say that there aren't cross-overs - I'm sure some older people will love monster hunter, just as there are some, for lack of better word, 'hardcore' gamers who play wii fit religiously. But to say they are one and the same target audience, or to say that games such as monster hunter appeal to both, which he seems to imply, is ridiculous.

    Monster hunter will be bought primarily by the 16-30 age bracket, and will most likely be bought by more males than females, simply because that's the audience this game is aimed at. You can't just jump on the 'we love everyone and want everyone to enjoy it' bandwagon, unless you've specifically developed the game to appeal to all, which is certainly not the case here.

    Still going to be an amazing game that I'll pick up, btw. Just had to clarify that xD

  7. tomutwit Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 16:05

    Japanese "casual" is different to ours.

  8. Tom Nook Rules Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 16:54

    i read the review of monster hunter in issue 55 and didnt think i would buy it but the massive guide changed my mind... pre-ordering now.

  9. jimbob555 Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 16:56

    Hardcore is a word Nintendo has made up.

    It doesn't exist. All it means is that it's a game you can put alot of time into.

  10. capmanchris Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 18:55

    I highly doubt he'll convince anyone to believe that but nevertheless I'll still have my eye on this game

  11. Eternal Darkness Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 19:09

    Saying this is a causal game? I can't see anyone playing this causally. If you play a Monster Hunter game causally you'll get no where fast, seeing as most mission time limits are 60 mins long. You'll so one or two missions and be straight off.

    This is an attempt of Capcom to get this game to sell more. At a 16+ rating, that's it is highly doubtful.

    I'm against that 16+ rating seeing as every other game in the series is a 12.

  12. jaco_p Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 20:03

    i would not say that this was a casual game, but i can definitely see it pulling more than its fair share from just the 'hardcore' market.
    me and my wife have a gaming pot. all our 2 pound coins go in there and get spent on games that we will both like, i.e. mario, zelda, layton and i have to normally pick up games like dead space and the like off my own back, but after seeing trailers for tri my wife loved the look of it and wanted for our pot money to go on it!YESS!! she's not so happy about getting the pro controller but i got her round to my way of thinking i.e. we need it.
    point being, this game has appealed to her, even though she may not be technically classed as a hardcore gamer, but she does sit there most nights playing endless ocean 2 for hours so i dont think 1 hour misssions on tri will be a problem :-)

  13. Eternal Darkness Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 23:12

    i would not say that this was a casual game, but i can definitely see it pulling more than its fair share from just the 'hardcore' market.
    me and my wife have a gaming pot. all our 2 pound coins go in there and get spent on games that we will both like, i.e. mario, zelda, layton and i have to normally pick up games like dead space and the like off my own back, but after seeing trailers for tri my wife loved the look of it and wanted for our pot money to go on it!YESS!! she's not so happy about getting the pro controller but i got her round to my way of thinking i.e. we need it.
    point being, this game has appealed to her, even though she may not be technically classed as a hardcore gamer, but she does sit there most nights playing endless ocean 2 for hours so i dont think 1 hour misssions on tri will be a problem :-)

    Comparing Endless Ocean to a Monster Hunter game?!
    Monster Hunter missions are a lot harder than the stuff you do on Endless Ocean -_-

  14. theringlord Saturday 3rd Apr 2010 at 23:40

    It's on Wii, tbh, no-one cares anymore.

  15. dm_1782 Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 00:06

    Hardcore is a word Nintendo has made up.

    It doesn't exist. All it means is that it's a game you can put alot of time into.

    Nintendo didnt come up with that term PS3 and Xbox owners did to show that they were grown up and not kids who can play Grand Theft Auto and Gears of War. Its sad really I remember when being a true/hardcore gamer meant liking games of all spectrums and being able to enjoy them.

  16. shadow puppet09 Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 06:12

    i always believed the term hardcore ment being a completist doing it on every difficulty. like bk in the day shavin off time's to complete levels to unlock the cheats like in GOLDENEYE wiv its 00 agent difficulty or mario 64 with its 120 stars or sittin there for 20hr's straight completing the main quest in the legend of zelda oh my god that was a night lol) i believe hardcore is more of a personal choice rather than a type of game or person. im buying monster hunter because me an i my mates want to to rinse the @%$! out of it an have many long nights sitting there playin the bloody game.

    an i dnt think the blokes trying say its pointed at casual gamers aswell i,ll think you'll find that he's sayin that it might appeal to some which i hope it dose coz expansion is good

  17. YAYFORNINTENDO Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 07:48

    The first hardcore Wii game is now casual. Hooray.

  18. MrChewtoy Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 10:23

    i read the review of monster hunter in issue 55 and didnt think i would buy it but the massive guide changed my mind... pre-ordering now.


    WHAT? where's my issue 55??? Oh well, it'll arrive soon (it better, or else...)
    But really, harcore used to mean players that would play a game through to completion, like getting all the stars in mario, or all the powerups in metroid. Now, however, it seems to be just about playing "mature" and "adult" games. WTF? And I also don't get how the monster hunter team have been going on about it being a really hardcore game for months, but now suddenly it'll "appeal to everyone." Come on, it's such a joke. Very few games appeal to everyone, and even less are bought by lots of people, because it's easier to market a game to a particular audience (eg. teens or oaps) rather than everyone.
    Still gonna buy the game though :D

  19. Mart2006 Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 19:04

    I know it's a bit off-topic - sorry.
    But could somebody perhaps drop me a PM with any recommendations about whether to pre-order this (Monster Hunter Tri) or Metroid: Other M. I know we've not heard much about the new Metroid game, but I've had little experience of either franchise (apart from about 30 minutes on Metroid Prime Hunters on DS) and was wondering which one is most likely the most in-depth, fun, and challenging game, based on previous games in the franchise.

    Thanks in advance :)

  20. SoulSilver IV Sunday 4th Apr 2010 at 22:52

    I can completely see where Capcom are coming from here. Before I started playing Tri, I had never played a Monster Hunter title. In fact, until the hype surrounding this game started to build up, I was completely unaware of Monster Hunter's existence. You can tell I was probably quite daunted by the prospect of plunging straight into a one and a half hour session of Tri. But, the game does ease you in, and is relatively easy to get to grips with. I was however overwhelmed by the massive amount of customisation options, and that's something I think will only be resolved once I get the chance to sit dow with my own retail copy and play through it at a pace I feel comfortable with.

    Oh, and if anyone's wondering how I've managed to play this already, I managed to get myself into the London Tri event. Was awesome. But, for the life of me I can't remember what the name of the Capcom developer who was present was. Leo something? I don't know. :P

  21. peter337 Monday 5th Apr 2010 at 01:33

    I can completely see where Capcom are coming from here. Before I started playing Tri, I had never played a Monster Hunter title. In fact, until the hype surrounding this game started to build up, I was completely unaware of Monster Hunter's existence. You can tell I was probably quite daunted by the prospect of plunging straight into a one and a half hour session of Tri. But, the game does ease you in, and is relatively easy to get to grips with. I was however overwhelmed by the massive amount of customisation options, and that's something I think will only be resolved once I get the chance to sit dow with my own retail copy and play through it at a pace I feel comfortable with.

    Oh, and if anyone's wondering how I've managed to play this already, I managed to get myself into the London Tri event. Was awesome. But, for the life of me I can't remember what the name of the Capcom developer who was present was. Leo something? I don't know. :P

    I was at that event too, and I can agree. I was plunged straight into a 4-player game with a mate and two other people and, after the guide gave me a 10 second lecture on what the controls were, I was playing the game and able to do it.
    My team got owned first time round, but we were all first time players and we all got the hang of it instantaneously.
    All in all, easy to get into, hard to master - so you could say, gets more hardcore the more you play?

  22. mikey12 Monday 5th Apr 2010 at 08:44

    am i a hardcore for playing super mario 64 for 6 hours straight?

  23. NintendoFTW Monday 5th Apr 2010 at 12:10

    I got my new ONM issue on Saturday, and I must say, MH3 looks very good (especially in that little handbook you gave out). It looks AWESOME! However, you're review was overwhelmingly positive, and yet, with one error, it goes down to 91%? Whilst that's still a very respectable score, I find it hard to understand on why it scored so low (in retrospect to the review). I really though you were gonna give it 95%+ from the sound of your review, so why didn't you? Anyone help me?

  24. TheGodOfSleep Monday 5th Apr 2010 at 20:10

    Japanese "casual" is different to ours.

    AGREED (SORRY BOUT CAPS LOCK IT BROKE) :cry:

  25. TheGodOfSleep Monday 5th Apr 2010 at 20:23

    took me ages 2 convince my parents 2 let me get this coz im only 11 but i finaly convinced them but my dad insisted on readin da review :!:

  26. Onna76_NL Tuesday 6th Apr 2010 at 05:03

    I'm fed up of the idea that games are either hardcore or casual. There's a spectrum. Pokemon is both hardcore and casual, and I can see Monster Hunter being the same sort of thing. At least in Japan, anyway, because the difficulty doesn't tend to put people off so much because they like challenging themselves.

    Hear, hear! :)

  27. Munchlax OWNS Tuesday 6th Apr 2010 at 10:48

    Define 'hardcore'.

  28. MARION64WII Thursday 8th Apr 2010 at 08:42

    i always believed the term hardcore ment being a completist doing it on every difficulty. like bk in the day shavin off time's to complete levels to unlock the cheats like in GOLDENEYE wiv its 00 agent difficulty or mario 64 with its 120 stars or sittin there for 20hr's straight completing the main quest in the legend of zelda oh my god that was a night lol) i believe hardcore is more of a personal choice rather than a type of game or person. im buying monster hunter because me an i my mates want to to rinse the @%$! out of it an have many long nights sitting there playin the bloody game.

    an i dnt think the blokes trying say its pointed at casual gamers aswell i,ll think you'll find that he's sayin that it might appeal to some which i hope it dose coz expansion is good

    It is true. Hardcore used to be a gamer that could master the game in depth like completing fire emblem without loosing a single unit through the whole game. Now it just depends on what the game is like. Apparently, because a game has guns, it needs to be for mature audiences which also makes it hardcore.

  29. Chocolate king Monday 26th Apr 2010 at 18:56

    Um yeah, and Mega Man 10 is the family game of the year.

    Capcom, you liars! :evil:

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