Monster Hunter? Sony Doesn't Need No Stinking Monster Hunter
Earlier this month, Capcom made the bold decision to bring Monster Hunter 4 to Nintendo's 3DS instead of Sony's PlayStation Vita. This, despite the company's success on PSP, with well over ten million portable Monster Hunter games sold.
At first glance, the news appeared to cripple Vita's chance at success. Surely, having the next Monster Hunter on the big N's hardware would serve as a crushing blow to Sony and its millions of fans worldwide. That was it. Vita would be DOA, right?
Hardly. Although we recognize Monster Hunter as a well-respected series, Sony doesn't need to beg Capcom to put the next game on its device, largely because...
Monster Hunter's too hardcore
Seasoned Monster Hunter vets will tell you that it takes time (a lot of time) to learn a game's intricacies. You don't hop into a Monster Hunter, kill something in five minutes and then leave. It takes careful planning and certain types of equipment to slaughter one of the bigger enemies efficiently.
That said, and with casual gaming on the rise, we don't see too many new players (the demographic Sony must attract for Vita to become the number one handheld) flocking to such a demanding title.
Sony already has a sweet lineup
Granted, losing Monster Hunter is a big deal, but Sony already has a stellar library of Vita games on the way. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Resistance: Burning Skies and plenty of third party support should make the system attractive for years to come.
Besides, Monster Hunter is a tough sell worldwide, which brings us to the next point.
Monster Hunter's bigger Japan
No offense to westerners, but PSP was staying afloat because the Japanese love Monster Hunter to a seemingly unhealthy degree. We're not saying it's unimportant, but Capcom's franchise will probably never achieve Call of Duty sized popularity in the west, which has clearly become the dominant territory when it comes to gaming.
Capcom will/may come crawling back anyway
Yes, we know 3DS sales are on the rise, but Nintendo's system still has quite a few hurdles to clear that extend well into 2012. If for some reason the machine and/or Monster Hunter 4 tanks, Capcom will make a beeline for PlayStation Vita.