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Monster Hunter Stories

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Monster Hunter Stories
モンスターハンター ストーリーズ
Monsutā Hantā Sutōrīzu
Monster Hunter Stories NA box.jpg
North American box art.
Developer(s): Marvelous
Publisher(s): JP: Capcom
WW: Nintendo[1]
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
N. America: September 8, 2017[2]
Japan: October 8, 2016
Europe: September 8, 2017[3]
Australia: September 9, 2017[4]
ESRB: E10+
USK: 6

Monster Hunter Stories is a Nintendo 3DS role-playing game and spin-off entry in Capcom's Monster Hunter series. Developed by Marvelous, the game was released in Japan in October 2016, and was released internationally by Nintendo in September 2017.

In Japan, the game was accompanied by a series of amiibo figures produced by Capcom; three figures were released alongside the launch of the game[5], and three additional figures were released on December 8, 2016.[6] Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On, a tie-in anime series based on the game produced by David Production, began airing in Japan in October 2016 and ran for 75 episodes until April 1, 2018.[7]


Nintendo website

When a monster strikes, the fearful hide, but the brave? They ride.

Venture into monster nests to collect eggs and hatch a wide array of species with uniquely powerful skills. Form teams, battle alongside them, crush opponents with combo attacks, and ride into the sunset a champion. Need more muscle? Then mix and match genes to create monsters with more abilities!

When a monster infected by the Black Blight attacks your remote village of riders, tragedy will thrust you into an exciting yet dangerous world, where you must bond with monsters on your adventure. As the story snakes along, you’ll encounter a wealth of side quests and hours of challenging turn-based battles where you must coordinate monster skills, rider skills and enemy attack patterns. The instinctive rock-paper-scissors combat system is a series first, a breath of fresh air for veterans and newcomers alike. It's the perfect entry point into the popular Monster Hunter universe and a game unlike anything else in the series! You can even battle other players online, locally, or via the StreetPass™ feature!

  • A vast world filled with uniquely skilled monsters to hatch, ride, and fight beside
  • Form a team of monsters and execute powerful combo attacks
  • Every monster's genes contain a unique set of skills and attributes. Channel genes from one to another to customize your own monster!
  • Varied side quests and challenging battles bolster hours of gameplay
  • The first ever turn-based battles in Monster Hunter series history!



According to sales figures from Media Create, Monster Hunter Stories sold 140,603 copies on its release week in Japan, and was the best-selling game for that week.[8] However, Capcom would state in its March 2017 earnings release that Monster Hunter Stories "underperformed" in the Japanese market.[9]

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size: 14,736 blocks
Supported features: Nintendo Network, amiibo
Input / compatible controllers: Nintendo 3DS


A demo for Monster Hunter Stories was released on the Japanese Nintendo eShop on September 20, 2016. The demo allows players to play either Quest mode to experience part of the story, or Challenge mode to battle other Riders.[10]

For the game's North American and European release, a demo of the game was released on August 10, 2017, which requires 4235 blocks of space to download. The demo allows players to play through the first several hours of the game.[11][12]

In both versions of the demo, any progress, including items and monsters collected, can be transferred to the full game, which will also unlock a special Rider outfit for Navirou.


Version no. Release date(s) Description
1.2[13] July 26, 2017 Adds new monsters, adds new player character customization options, allows players to switch the gender of their character, allows players to obtain monsters previously released as downloadable content after beating the game, allows players to receive bonus items by having Monster Hunter XX save data.

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Monster Hunter Stories Ver. 1.2 Renewal Edition Monster Hunter Stories Ver 1.2 box.jpg Nintendo 3DS JP: July 27, 2017[14] A re-release of the game with the 1.2 update pre-installed.
Monster Hunter XX Monster Hunter Stories Ver. 1.2 Renewal Edition Twin Pack Monster Hunter Twin Pack box.jpg Nintendo 3DS JP: December 14, 2017[15] A bundle pack containing both Monster Hunter XX and Monster Hunter Stories Ver. 1.2 Renewal Edition.

External links


  1. Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017. Nintendo (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. Monster Hunter Stories launches September 8 in North America and Europe. Gematsu (July 31, 2017). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. Monster Hunter Stories sets September release date in Europe. Eurogamer (June 23, 2017). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. "You can download Monster Hunter Stories demo from the #3DS #eShop. Embark on an RPG adventure unlike anything the series has known Sept 9." Nintendo AU NZ on Twitter (August 17, 2017). Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  5. Monster Hunter Stories Japanese Release Date, Amiibo Unveiled. IGN (May 26, 2016). Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  6. 3 More Amiibo Revealed for Monster Hunter Stories. IGN (July 7, 2016). Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  7. CAPCOM_MHST on Twitter (March 27, 2018). Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. Media Create Sales: 10/3/16 – 10/9/16. Gematsu (October 12, 2016). Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  9. Financial Review (Japan GAAP). Capcom (April 27, 2017). Archived on June 27, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  10. Monster Hunter Stories demo launches September 20 in Japan. Gematsu (September 18, 2016). Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  11. 3DS Demo For Monster Hunter RPG, Stories, Now Available. GameSpot (August 11, 2017). Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  12. Monster Hunter Stories Demo Rewards Players With A Free Item. Siliconera (August 10, 2017). Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  13. Monster Hunter Stories version 1.2 update launches July 26 in Japan. Gematsu (June 25, 2017). Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  14. Monster Hunter Stories Ver.1.2 box art. Japanese Nintendo (June 25, 2017). Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  15. Capcom announce Monster Hunter Twin Pack. Japanese Nintendo (October 28, 2017). Retrieved October 28, 2017.

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