While we're getting Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate for Wii U and 3DS next Spring, Japanese gamers will be playing Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS. Set for release in Japan in March, Monster Hunter 4 will feature all-new weapons such as this Charge Axe which is showcased in this gallery of new screenshots.
The Charge Axe weapon is a hefty weapon and you can switch modes to use it as a sword or an axe. Axe Mode has a stronger charge attack and a longer reach than if you use the weaopons as a sword. It also boasts a powerful finisher.
As for Sword Mode, this is good for defence as you can guard with the shield in your right hand and attack with the sword in the left, using the weapon for fast attacks and combos. You can also charge energy from all your hits to build up to a sword and shield combined charge attack.
A UK release date has yet to be confirmed for Monster Hunter 4.