mhp2giconIn something of a surprise release, Capcom released a port of their mega-hit PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, or as it's known to English gamers, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on the Japanese App Store today.  While this isn't the first Monster Hunter game to hit iOS, it is the first one to retain the gameplay of the famous main series. On top of that, it's been enhanced from the original PSP version, with improved graphics, the target lock-on feature found in later installments, and Game Center support.

The iOS version also includes support for MFi controllers and, most importantly, online play. The real fun in Monster Hunter comes from playing with friends, after all.  The price of the game on the Japanese App Store is 1,600 yen, or about $13. There are no IAPs, so this looks to be the complete package.

If you're unfamiliar with Monster Hunter, it's basically an action game with some light RPG elements. Up to four players can work together to hunt deadly monsters and make sweet gear from their carcasses. Its unique focus on teamwork and methodical action gameplay have made the series a massive hit in Japan, with new installments selling millions in that country alone.

Whether English gamers can look forward to playing this in their native language is as yet unknown. However, this particular game has been released in English before, so the odds are at least a little better than usual. We'll be keeping a careful eye on this one and let you know if anything comes up. Meanwhile, drop by the forum thread for some discussion or if you're in Japan grab the game via the link below.

Japanese App Store Link: MONSTER HUNTER PORTABLE 2nd G for iOS, ¥1,600 (Universal)

  • Pocketnova

    I haven't ever played a Monster hunter game before, but this looks really good! I hope it makes it's way to other AppStores soon.

    • Cookies

      It's widely considered the best in the series.

      • mgs2ss

        Used to be. It is an excellent game, and has the most content out of the series, but MH3U is definitely better. The only people who consider MHFU the best are usually just bitter Sony fanboys. I've even seen them saying that MHP3 is better than 3U...

    • mgs2ss

      This probably isn't the best way to experience the game. While it was pretty hard to control on PSP (only one analog stick), this game controls HORRIBLY on the touch screen. I've played about an hour of this version, and it does seem like they've toned the difficulty down a little bit, but it is still pretty difficult with a touch screen.

      Unless you have a controller, be prepared for frustration. Still, this is one of the best games of all times, and I really hope it comes out on Android some time soon.

      • An Tran

        Considering the fact that there's a really wide variety of controllers available for Android at varying prices, this game really NEEDS to be on Android.

      • mgs2ss

        Agreed. I'd love to play it on my Nexus 7 or HTC One.

    • elr0y7

      This is actually the only one I've played, back when it was on PSP. I really liked it then so I'm looking forward to this being localized as well.

  • Terwilke

    Capcom is stepping it up... I hope this comes to the u.s

  • Cesar Ramirez

    OMG!!

    Instabuy if it comes stateside!!

  • NinjaKitteh

    The target lock-on feature in MH games is pretty useless if you want to excel in these games.

  • Taeles

    i would pay 30 dollars for this game to be on my ipad because i know i would get 30 dollars worth of enjoyment out of it.

  • JustinQ

    Ahh Monster Hunter, one of the most frustrating yet satisfying games. Every battle is like a mini boss battle. It may look like a hack and slash game but those of us who've played it know there is much more strategy involved.

    I'm not sure how it would play on a touch screen but either way I hope it comes to the U.S.

  • Poo

    Tactics ogre.

    • Phenomen

      not even close

      • Poo

        I know haha I would rather have tactics ogre.

      • lll Anubis lll

        What? Get out. Now.

  • Cookies

    I've been playing Monster Hunter for years, and so I am excited about this, but I just can't see the virtual buttons working well enough. We're talking about a game that has a ruthless difficulty curve and intentionally very very solid movement and controls, so I just don't know how well it's going to translate onto a buttonless system. It may be smooth as hell or completely frustrating. Here's hoping for a western release (so MHFU) with iOS7 controller support.

  • KoRoV

    Wow, thers still hope for ios gameing :D instant buy :D

  • http://www.Denjin108.com Cobaltplasma

    I've poured about 900+ hours into the PSP version, I can see this being a great distraction on the side for a couple hundred more ;)

  • lll Anubis lll

    Kind of a stupid question but I just got a vita today and I was wondering if the digital version of this game would work on it? Thanks in advance.

    • imuddy

      No, you have to buy the Vita compatable version.

      • lll Anubis lll

        Sorry bad phrasing, but so their is a digital psp version that is compatible with vita? Awesome, Thanks!

      • xzeldax3

        Yes it is. All PSP/PS1 games that you can buy through the Vita store can be played on the Vita.

  • Peetree777

    Dear god. I loved the Monster Hunter Freedom games. They were one of the games that made the psp for me. The sooner we get this, the better.

  • DillweedLtd

    Hummina hummina hummina.... (Uncontrollable drooling) when?

  • iAmTheWalrus

    Played MHFU for hundreds of hours and a little of MHT on the Wii but when did MH ever have lock-on? That significantly decreases the game's difficulty.

    • Squablo

      It's not lock on like you think, but more of a point of center for your camera. You lock on the monster, but your view doesn't stay locked on, like say, in a Zelda game, but rather, when you're running your ass of to get away, you press a button, and the camera centers on the monster. Don't worry, it's not any easier.

    • imuddy

      Not a lockon but a view change, it has been in the game for a long time.

      • An Tran

        It's only been available starting with 3G I believe, so not a very long time.

  • Intendro

    Why don't I see a button to add this to my watch list?!

  • nijoos

    Try Avabel Online. Online MMORPG that gives the same feel as Monster Hunter.

    • An Tran

      Sadly, Avabel Online doesn't have controller support :(
      It's not as polished MH either.

  • Devok

    The game looks like it needs constant online connection, another ruined game by capcom.

    • G3NNRAL DEV

      It doesn't! I don't think amy monster hunter game has ever needed constant online before.

  • T-REZ5000

    I loved this on the psp but I never got to play multiplayer.

    This would be an auto purchase for me.

  • Squablo

    I play the crap out of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on my 3DS/WiiU!!!

  • G3NNRAL DEV

    Been waiting for something like this for ages. Dynamic Hunting just did not cut it for me. The first MH game I got (Tri on Wii) I gave up pretty quickly on so this is redeeming in more ways than one.

  • James Gerbino

    What I need to know is does it have MFI controller support? The game was hard enough on the PSP with only a single small analog stick. On 3DS it is only good with the second analog add-on (MH3U not MHF). No way I'm going to even try without a controller.

    • An Tran

      Yes, yes it does.

  • AjaxJump

    Any word on the English version?

  • Sylars

    Hey guys I got the ios Version and the first menu is surprisingly in English. What I noticed is the point aim funtion that lets you focus ob one target, which is extremely helpful.
    I played the ps vita compatible version of MH Freedom Unite and the controls are much better on ios.
    So far I'm habjng fun even I don't understand every word in Japanese. I really hope Capcom releases it for the western app stores. Keep fingers crossed. ^_^

  • Samurninsai

    I hope that they start to release these games for Android. I am thinking of getting a Nvidia Shield Tablet, so I can play it. Among other games of course, though Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate would seal the deal.