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Monster Hunter Rise revives a classic game formula on Nintendo Switch

There's also an RPG offshoot, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

Published onSeptember 17, 2020

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  • Capcom has revealed Monster Hunter Rise, a revival of traditional Monster Hunter gameplay for Nintendo Switch.
  • The game arrives March 26, 2021 with new elements like a grapple and a dog you can ride.
  • There’s also Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, an RPG offshoot arriving summer 2021.

Believe it or not, there hasn’t been a Monster Hunter game designed from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch — Monster Hunter Generations was really an enhanced 3DS title. That’s all se to change, however, as Capcom has announced both Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for the Switch.

Monster Hunter Rise is the flagship title of the two, and brings back the classic creature-slaying action from before the Monster Hunter: World era with a few modern twists, including a seamless environment. You’re protecting Kamura Village against a monster incursion, and you have new tools to travel the mountainous landscape (hence the “Rise” of the title) quickly. A Wirebug lets you quickly grapple to the top of cliffs and buildings, while a companion Palamute dog lets you ride on its back in addition to helping out during combat.

The title will be available on the Switch on March 26, 2021.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a decidedly different game. Capcom bills it as a “story-driven” role-playing game where you become a Monster Rider who can form “deeper connections” with the beasts. There aren’t many details available for the game just yet, but you’ll have to contend with an entire species seemingly dying out.

The Stories sequel will be released for the Switch sometime in summer 2021, with more details coming before then.

Monster Hunter Rise and Stories 2 could be welcome additions if you’re fond of fantasy action and RPGs on the Switch, particularly if you’re a fan of the franchise. At the same time, they reflect confidence in Nintendo’s platform years into its life — Capcom is releasing major Switch-only games even as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are grabbing many gamers’ attention.

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