Monster Hunter Tri Dated For April, Online Multiplayer Goes Free

It's a Monster Hunter Tri information explosion, as Nintendo and Capcom reveal new information on the North American release of this eagerly anticipated title, including the release date, exclusive demos, pre-order incentives, and the freedom of online multiplayer.

Nintendo kicked off the Monster Hunter Tri information overload today at its summit in San Francisco, announcing an April 20 release date, along with the news that unlike Japan, there will be no subscription fees associated with online play in the North American version of the game. Fans still get all of the Wii Speak-enabled online monster hunting they can handle, without having to pay a dime, unless they want to purchase additional items for the game in the Nintendo Store.

Capcom is helping out on that front too. Along with a GameStop-exclusive demo of the game, available on March 8, folks who pre-order Monster Hunter Tri from the retailer will also score a 500 Monster Hunter Tri Points Card, good towards purchases in the Nintendo Wii or DSi shopping channels.

As mentioned previously, Monster Hunter Tri will be available in two flavours. Players can opt to purchase a copy of the game bundled with Nintendo's new Classic Controller Pro for $US59.99, or spend $US10 less on just the game itself. Considering the Classic Controller Pro will retail for $US19.99 by itself, the bundle is probably the way to go.

As if all of this information wasn't enough, Capcom also released 11 new Monster Hunter Tri screens to commemorate the announcements. Enjoy!

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