If you needed further proof of Monster Hunter’s immense influence in Japan, the mere announcement that the series is coming to Nintendo Switch caused Nintendo to experience another jump in market value (via CNBC).
Following the news that Capcom would be bringing Monster Hunter XX to Switch, Nintendo’s share price rose 5.48% to ¥33,510 ($301.27). Nintendo’s stock had already been trending upward; earlier in the week, the company hit a seven-year high thanks in part to strong demand for Switch. This latest jump has now put the company’s market value at its highest point since October 2008.
Monster Hunter XX is an expanded version of Monster Hunter Generations, featuring a host of additional monsters, weapon sets, quests, and other content. Monster Hunter XX released for 3DS back in March, but it has so far remained exclusive to Japan. Capcom hasn’t announced whether it will be localizing the title for either console, but the publisher has released other recent installments like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and the aforementioned Generations here in the West. Capcom is also bringing the 3DS role-playing off-shoot Monster Hunter Stories to the US later this year.
It’s also unclear if 3DS players will be able to transfer their Monster Hunter XX save data over to the new Switch version, though it wouldn’t be the first time Capcom offered that luxury to fans; players could freely transfer their saves between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate using a special app available on the eShop.
Capcom will be revealing more details on the Switch version of Monster Hunter XX during the Monster Hunter Championship event on May 27.
Vudu has announced the latest set of movies that it will be streaming for free next month. The streaming site, owned by Walmart, began streaming select movies for free last year on its Vudu on Us service.
Starting June 1, there about a dozen new films available from many different genres, including Hannibal, Antitrust, and The Legend of Bruce Lee, which tells the story of the legendary martial arts star. Films are available to watch at no charge, but they are supported by ads.
The Legend of Bruce Lee will only be available for free on Vudu on Us for the month of June. It’s also your last chance to watch My Week with Marilyn, Brothers, and True Grit for free, as those films will leave Vudu on Us at the end of the month too. Check out the full list of what’s coming and what’s going below.
Vudu June 2017 Arrivals
The Legend of Bruce Lee
Desperately Seeking Susan
The Mod Squad
Vudu June 2017 Departures
My Week with Marilyn
The Legend of Bruce Lee
Check out the full list of Vudu’s free-to-watch movies over on its website and check out our story on what’s new and leaving Hulu and Netflix in June as well.
In addition to problems with the party system, numerous players are reporting difficulty getting online–a serious problem for a multiplayer-only game. Most of these issues seem to stem from a “database game failure” error. There are numerous threads on Reddit and the official Steam forums with complaints about this; one in particular has racked up more than 800 comments in about two hours’ time.
The game’s official Twitter account has acknowledged the problems and attributed them to a huge influx of players. Despite some indications that fixes were rolling out, the issues appear to be persisting this afternoon.
One of its most recent tweets states, “We are looking into why this keeps occurring, but it comes down to so many users…which is a weird problem to have.”
These problems are not impacting everyone, and some players are having success playing. Whether you’ll be one of the lucky ones appears to be a crapshoot.