Monster Hunter Rise is one of the most anticipated games in the world in 2021, with the release being on the Nintendo Switch. Anyone that has been stocking up on Nintendo eShop cards will want to break them out for this March 26th release.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of playing any of the Monster Hunter Nintendo Switch games, you’re in for a real treat.
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Monster Hunter Rise Background
Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is massively popular and seems to get better with each new release. Rise is going to be a blast. You track down deadly beasts as one of the 14 unique classes in the game.
And there are loads of weapon types to choose from – 14 in total.
You’ll take control of a Hunter who is responsible for trapping or slaying massive monsters using one of the weapons in your arsenal. Your goal is simple: survive the attack. Weapons are just one element of the game, as you’ll also be able to use:
Quests to track down these deadly beasts will lead to great rewards, including parts of the monster that you just killed. Why would you want monster bones, guts, and other parts? Well, you’ll be using these items to forge new armor and weapons that will allow you to take on stronger, menacing foes.
The map will take on the same approach as Monster Hunter: World and will focus on vertical movement (hence the name “Rise”). You’ll be rising the entire game, whether you’re scaling cliffs or hopping on Palamute (a creature that’s very similar to a dog) that can rapidly scale cliffs and assist you during your travels.
But this is also a new game with a lot of great new features being introduced.
Introduction & What’s New
A new game means new great features for you to play with and enjoy. But Monster Hunter Rise keeps a lot of the same elements that players of previous games will know and love. The key new features to help your Hunter along as you battle monster after monster are:
The Wirebug is an awesome new feature that is one of the most anticipated because it adds a whole new dimension of gameplay to the game. The Wirebug is a grappling hook/lasso insect. You’ll be able to incorporate the Wirebug into your movements and move sets for all weapons to jump around the environment like never before.
Alternatively, you can use it to latch onto one of the massive monsters that you’re facing.
One Wirebug seems pretty neat, but Capcom has confirmed that players will be able to use two Wirebugs. The additional options allow you to be acrobatic in battle, killing monsters, propelling yourself around the world all while performing crazy aerial attacks in the process.
There is a cooldown, so you’ll need to be strategic with your use of the Wirebug.
The Palamute is the other big addition that we touched on earlier in this article. The canine companion will assist you through the environment much faster, but your companion is also fiercely loyal and will fight by your side and help in the offense.
If you played previous iterations of the game, you can use Palamute much in the same way that you used Palico in battle. But Palamute is much more offensive.
Now that we have the two main additions outlined, there are a lot of additional features you can enjoy:
- Cutscenes are now skippable – which is great for replayability.
- The radial menu is back. The menu makes it very easy to swap actions for rapid combat and is also fully customizable.
- Kamura Village offers a Japanese theme, which builds off of the other themes in the game.
- Rampage is a new mode in the game that we really don’t know much about. The mode is said to be more than a story event, but we assume you’ll be thrown into chaos, with monsters attacking from all angles.
- Turf wars are a major part of the game, meaning a lot of monsters will work together to overcome the Hunter.
- The Nintendo Switch brings together tilt controls thanks to the dual analog sticks, which a lot of players have asked for throughout the years.
- Event quests can now be downloaded and played offline. This means that you don’t have to wait around for events that are only available for a limited time.
Oh, and if you’re a fan of owls, you’ll be able to use an owl that can track monsters. The details on this have been hush, hush, so there’s a good chance that the owl may be able to do more.
Unfortunately, there’s no voice chat or a new weapon type. While not a big concern, we would have loved to see a new type of weapon added. But then again, do we really need a 15th weapon type?
Preorders are already underway, with in-game bonus items that include costumes and talismans. There are three editions that you can choose from:
- Standard Edition: A standard edition with the bonus listed below and nothing else.
- Deluxe Edition: Full game plus Deluxe Kit extras that include Kamurai Hunter layered armor set, Shuriken Collar layered armor piece for Palamute, Fish Collar armor piece for Palico, four jumps gesture, Samurai pose set, Izuchi Tail hairstyle, and Kabuki face paint.
- Collector’s Edition: Everything in the Deluxe Edition along with a Magnamalo Amiibo, icon sticker pack, and an enamel pin.
All buyers will receive a cosmetic layer armor for both Palamute and Palico. The talisman will provide an extra boost early in the game.
Physical and digital copies of the game are available, too.
Special Limited Edition Switch Console
Want to go a step further with your game? Nintendo is releasing a special edition Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch Console on the same day that the game is released. You can reserve your copies on February 27 for around 38,400 yen or $365.
A pro controller is also being released for 7,480 yen or $71.
While you’re pre-ordering, you’ll also be able to buy some Amiibo. These figures will be one of three things:
Why order these figures? One, they’re really awesome looking. But you’ll also get your special Monster Hunter Nintendo Switch set of Magnamalo layered armor.
Demo & Booster Pack
A limited time demo and booster pack was offered (Jan 7 – Jan 31) that allowed players to try out the game in both single and multiplayer mode. The demo allowed players to hunt different monsters, play different classes, use a tutorial for the basics, play around with Wirebug and also ride a wyvern.
What’s so nice about the demo is that everyone that had a saved demo can get a booster pack when the game goes live.
It’s a nice little perk that says “thank you” for people that spend their time testing out the game for the developers.
Confirmed Monsters (so far)
Monsters are where the action is at in this game. If you want to go on a killing spree, you’ll have plenty of opportunity with the Yokai and Japanese themed monsters. And we’re not talking about the cute anime monsters – these are ferocious beasts.
There are a lot of new monsters that you’ll be coming across, and there are a few old monsters that are back, too.
- Aknosom is a fire-breathing wyvern.
- Goss Harag is an amazing sight to see with a mix of a mythical namahage, rhinoceros, and grizzly bear. This mythical beast can create its own weapons and has unique, powerful attacks.
- Izuchi is a baby creature that really only supports the Great Izuchi, which is the next monster on our list.
- Great Izuchi is a bird wyvern that has two smaller Izuchi that copies all of his attacks. And if this trio of madness doesn’t sound horrifying enough, just wait until they vomit meat in your direction.
- Magnamalo fires purpose energy and is a fanged wyvern that is rumored to have stealth powers at night.
- Tetranodon is an amphibian monster that inflates and will roll over you in the process. The monster is froglike in nature.
- Yatsukadaki are covered in webs and spider-like in nature. This monster holds a resemblance to monsters in the past, but since we haven’t faced it yet, it will be interesting to see what abilities it has available.
- Bunbujina has raccoon-like features and is smaller in size, so we don’t anticipate it being a major threat.
But these are just the monsters that we have information about. There are a lot of additional monsters that are in place, such as:
A lot of returning monsters have been confirmed through trailers and demo play. We’ll likely see a lot of additional, similar monsters in the future, but the lineup that’s available right now includes:
- Great Baggi
- Great Wroggi
- Royal Ludroth
One thing is for certain, it’s very unlikely that you won’t have a ton of additional monsters to kill.
Monster Hunter is a series that I’ve spent a ton of money on with Nintendo eShop Cards in the past. Why? You can play with up to four players either online or locally. For me, this is a lot of fun because it opens up the possibility to play with friends and family.
And games played with others are often better because you’re making long-term memories with others. If people bring your experience down, you can easily drop to solo play and have just as much fun.
Similar to previous games, the game allows players to embark on quests together to enjoy an immersive experience.
One major thing to note is that you will need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play online with friends. There are a lot of perks to having a subscription, which is just $4 a month or $20 a year.
Family plans can be purchased for just $35 for up to eight accounts, which is an absolute steal.
Sadly, Capcom hasn’t shared many details on the multiplayer aspect of the game. We might see more features, or they may stay relatively the same as previous titles. The quests are often a lot of fun and revolve around one of the following quest types:
- Resource gathering
You can play through the multiplayer game and also create new weapons and armor for your hunter with the resources that you gather.
Weapon types remain relatively the same, but there may be some surprises that we haven’t heard about yet. The weapon types that we know are available include:
- Bow allows you to move in any direction rapidly and use both the Herculean Draw and Focus Shot abilities.
- Charge Blade is a sword and shield combo or a massive axe. Morphing Advance hurls you forward and switches to axe form, while Counter Peak Performance makes you almost immovable while shielding up and keeping you stuck to the ground.
- Dual Blades offer relentless attacks, including the Shrouded Vault and the Piercing Bind, both of which give you the upper hand versus enemies.
- Great Sword delivers precision strikes with Power Sheathe, which is a charged attack, and Hunting Edge, which is an aerial move.
- Gunlance offers strong artillery with The Guard Edge that enhances weapon sharpness and Hail Cutter, which is a massive overhead smash.
- Hammer offers savage strength with Impact Crater, which is a rising attack, and Silkbind Spinning Bludgeon, which is a multi-hit attack.
- Heavy Bowgun is a powerful weapon with the Free Silkbind Glide attack, or a powerful counterattack called Counter Shot.
- Hunting Horn is a major support weapon that buffs allies and offers Slide Beat, which is a spinning attack that uses Wirebug, and also Earthshaker, which is a stake attack that explodes inside of enemies.
- Insect Glaive is perfect for aerial hunting and offers Silkbind Vault, which is a leaping attack, and Recall Kinsect, which is a spinning attack.
- Lance offers a shield absorb attack called Anchor Rage and Twin Vine that is a minor attack.
- Light Bowgun is a versatile weapon offering fast attacks called Silkbind Glide and Fanning Vault.
- Long Sword is a traditional weapon offering a kick and thrust attack called Soaring Kick and a master counterattack called Serene Pose.
- Switch Axe can be an axe or sword that allows for fast, heavy hits, including Invincible Gambit, which allows you to withstand heavy attacks without going flying.
- Sword and Shield offer a balance between offense and defense with Falling Shadow, which is a leaping attack, and Windmill, which swings your blade around.
While you won’t find anything streaming the game on Twitch or YouTube, you will be able to find some of the demo play that gives a really good insight into the game and how awesome it is.