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‘Monster Hunter Rise’ is a monster on Nintendo Switch, 4 million shipped in three days

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It takes a lot for Capcom to agree that one of its games has launched well, in this era of extremely high standards for AAA game sales, but Monster Hunter Rise seems to have hit that target, and more.

Capcom says Monster Hunter Rise has hit 4 million units shipped, which means it’s not a sale, but that’s how most metrics are measured these days. This is not a franchise record as Monster Hunter World in 2018 shipped 5 million units in his first three days, but there is one key distinction.

Rise numbers are only for Nintendo Switch, a single platform, while Monster Hunter World numbers were for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (PC came later). So, with that in context, it looks like Rise is probably doing even better.

Monster Hunter might not get as much press as some of the other great video game series, but it’s one of the biggest in the world, with nearly 70 million lifetime sales for the franchise, and Rise seeks to add significantly to this total.

Currently, Monster Hunter Rise is not expected to arrive on PlayStation or Xbox, but it is slated to arrive on PC in early 2022, which means it will be Switch exclusive for quite some time.

The Nintendo Switch currently accounts for around 80 million lifetime sales since 2017, meaning that 5% of all Switch owners have purchased Monster Hunter Rise within the first three days of release, and that number will continue to climb. The game scored well with critics and fans alike, and is meant to be a solid introduction to the franchise for the uninitiated, as well as a great experience for veteran players. He currently has an 87 on Metacritic from critics, and an unusually high rating of 9.2 from fans. It’s the second highest-rated Switch game of the year so far, behind only Bowser’s Fury, which is kind of a cheat, considering it’s a 3D World refresh. Last year he would have easily been in the top 10 with those scores.

The Monster Hunter franchise will continue to be a staple for Capcom going forward. They expanded the series to theaters with a recent Milla Jovovich movie, and while it wasn’t very well received, they’ve also made around 50 Resident Evil movies starring Milla Jovovich, so I’m waiting at least. a sequel or five anyway.

Keep an eye out for sales of Monster Hunter Rise as I would expect it to become one of the best-selling games for the Switch in a while, when all is said and done.

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