Nintendo recently announced its Mini Partner Direct with big surprises. One of them being that Capcom is developing two brand new Monster Hunter games for the Switch for 2021. I can’t help but wonder why Capcom suddenly decided to release Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2 back to back. Capcom was content on releasing older titles instead of developing new games for Switch. So what changed?
Ports, Ports, and Collections!
Before we get into the new details on Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2. Let’s take a quick look at all the games Capcom released and published on Switch.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
- Resident Evil 0, 4-6, and Revelations 1 & 2
- Devil May Cry 1-3
- Dragon’s Dogma
- Mega Man Collection, Mega Man X Collection, Mega Man ZX/Zero Collection
- Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Onimusha: Warlords
Capcom, and most third party publishers, is porting a lot of their classics hits on Switch but are not developing anything new for the Switch itself. While all these games are a stellar sampling of what Capcom has made in the past. The common thread among these titles is that they were the best games of yesteryear. Obviously, Capcom is seeing enough sales on Switch with their collections and older titles to keep supporting and bringing in new revenue from classic games. In many ways, the Switch has gained the reputation of being an indie, Nintendo, and retro game machine. There is a plethora of games available that would have not been possible a couple of years ago, hell, even Witcher 3, DOOM, and other high profile games have been adjusted to run on Switch! However, these older games are not introducing what Capcom means for a younger audience of players.
A New Generation of Monster Hunters
Capcom held an investor’s financial meeting not too long ago and one of their investor Q&A segments mentioned this nugget of news. As reported by Gematsu:
—I’d like to ask about plans to bring Monster Hunter: World to Nintendo Switch. Also, I would like you to sell a Monster Hunter that middle and high-school students can enjoy again.
Capcom: “There are currently no plans to bring Monster Hunter: World on Nintendo Switch. We are planning to develop a Monster Hunter that middle and high-school students can enjoy, so please look forward to it.”
Clearly with the success of Monster Hunter World. Capcom wants to recapture a younger market of players that possibly only play exclusively on the Switch. After all, Switch is the only handheld console that is capable of local play at school or social gatherings. Lots of children and teenagers either start with a Switch and then purchase a PS4, Xbox One, or PC later on. Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2 offers a gap to bridge the franchise among console transitions as younger gamers decide to purchase a bigger gaming machine. Personally, I’ve seen this happen many times among pre-teens in the family or among friend’s children. They always start with a Switch, once they’re old enough they transition to PC or a gaming console.
Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2 Wings of Ruins covers two separate fan bases that people don’t often consider. Rise will promote the action RPG fantasy of hunting and getting together with friends. While Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin offers a slower and less action-packed entry into the series more akin to a Pokemon entry which story is the main focus, unlike traditional MH games.
New Switch Entries?
The Switch is getting brand new and exclusive games from Capcom with its Monster Hunter series. What other titles could Capcom develop for the Switch and do they have anything in the pipeline? It’s been about 2 years since the rumors from Bloomberg and other tech analysts about Nintendo developing a “Switch Pro” or an upgraded Switch model with more power. We know that Capcom tried to experiment with streaming Resident Evil 7 in Japan to Switch but to mixed results. They want to have some of their big franchises on the console but development costs for allowing some of the bigger entries like Resident Evil 2 or Devil May Cry 5 to run on the switch are rather high, thus they cannot run natively on Switch.
If Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2 sell well, would we see a return of new IP experiments on the Switch similar to Ace Attorney which started on Nintendo handheld systems? Or is Capcom waiting to port games that need more graphical power when Nintendo releases their next Switch with more power and resolution? Let us know what you think Capcom would do in the comments below!
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