Monster Hunter World

Showerthought: MHGU is the first time first gen monsters like the Gypceros and Velocidrome have been on a home console in the West since the original PS2 game.

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The original Monster Hunter, from 2004, fourteen years ago in less than a month, was released for the Playstation 2. We didn't get the G version, but instead the original Freedom, for the PSP. All future Freedom games were also on PSP, since they're the "Portable" series in Japan. After this, Monster Hunter Dos released for PS2 once again, but it was never localized. Second generation was exclusively the portable Freedom games for us.

Then after six years we finally get a console game in Tri for the Wii, but it cut every past monster except for the Rathalos, Rathian, and Diablos (leaving a roster only one bigger than the original…). Next game in the west is the Ultimate version, again on a console (though not exclusively). Plesioth finally gets back on a console, and Nargacuga and the Portable 3rd bunch have their first shot, but there's still thirteen dropped first generation monsters. They're all brought back for Monster Hunter 4, except for Lao Shan Lung, but that's the first generation-starting game to be exclusively portable (or portable at all). Generations follows this, but then Double Cross happens and with it being localized, the thirteen others are on TV screens again after fourteen years.

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Is this important for anything at all? No, but I find it kind of interesting that in fourteen years only four of the original seventeen have been on something non-portable. Anything from between the original and Tri is doing it for the first time here. Even in Japan, if we only count the main series (i.e. no Frontier), this is the first time since Dos, which is still over a decade.


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