Monster Hunter 4 release delayed to September in Japan

Game slips from planned summer launch; 3DS hardware bundles also revealed

Capcom has announced a delayed Monster Hunter 4 release date of September 14 in Japan.

Last December, the publisher pushed back the Japanese Monster Hunter 4 release date from March 2013 to this summer, "based on the decision that further quality enhancements are needed in order to meet the expectations and wishes of users".


The 3DS exclusive's new launch date was announced today by producer Ryozo Tsujimoto during a Nintendo Direct broadcast, which you can watch below. Western release plans for the game have yet to be confirmed.

Today's event, which was hosted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, was also used to reveal the Monster Hunter 3DS hardware bundles pictured above and some fresh footage of the game.

It also offered a new look at fellow Capcom title Ace Attorney 5, which is called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies in the west. It has been given a release date of July 25 in Japan. The game will launch digitally in the west, but not at retail.

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The next scheduled Wii U Nintendo Direct broadcast will take place at E3 on June 11. It will feature Smash Bros, a new 3D Mario game and Mario Kart for Wii U.