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Nintendo of Europe apologizes for Monster Hunter shortage

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Things haven’t been going so well over in Europe for Nintendo. Many Europeans are upset that Scribblenauts Unlimited has still not been released in the region and exclusive Nintendo titles like Fire Emblem: Awakening and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate have seen long delays and massive shortages. Satoru Shibata, the president of Nintendo Europe, has taken note of the situation and issued an apology on Twitter.


Of course Shibata directs users to the Wii U and 3DS eShops, where both games are currently available to purchase. This doesn’t address the fact that some retailers often offer a discount on purchasing both games together, so customers lose out on saving money. Still, we hope Nintendo Europe can get this all sorted out. You guys have seen too many delays as it is.

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  • tronic307

    We need that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U bundle in North America!

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      I was this — close last Saturday to obtain MH3U WiiU bundle I allready had it in my hands but putted it back and got Tales of the Abyss instead for my 3DS.

      Sorry, that was a very lame joke.

      But I seriously hope MH3U bundle will hit North America (and other localizations who don’t have it yet) very soon. For real I definitely hope for you guys that it doesn’t take to long, unlike Xenoblade Chronicles and Last Story which took about 6 months or so, and Pandora’s tower even longer (last I heard it didn’t hit North America at all yet?)

      I really hope for you guys it’ll come this month even.

      • tooby77

        Isnt bundles released the same over the whole world, at releaseday ofc. Idk but we have 3 dif, n-land, zombie u and mh3. Seen a nsmbu bundle too but ifk if that was fake thoe

        • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

          No, bundles are not released at the same time across the world. US had only Nintendo land at first while Europe had Nintendo land and Zombiu, Japan had Monster Hunter 3U, Nintendo Land and later DQX. Later USA got ZombiU, but Canada got the ZombiU bundle several weeks before USA, and in Europe we got MH3U bundle at the launch of the actual game release date, we have also a MH3U 3DS bundle at launch as well as a FE:A 3DS bundle at launch and one more for 3DS.

          I don’t know the logic in the bundle releases though, all I know is that some bundles are released much later in other regions (often even much later after the actual game release) No idea what the marketing idea behind that is though.

      • mikel334u2

        Pandora’s Tower comes out on the 16th :P

    • Ibi Salmon

      Hopefully, it’ll come in about 4 months after the release of the game. That’s how long it took for the ZombiU bundle to make it over here.

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  • Ducked

    Wow, I didn’t know Scribblenauts still hasn’t hit Europe yet.

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      Not my kind of game, but seriously a lot of Europeans are very pissed about that, can’t blame them though, I wonder if it even will hit Europe at all…

      And now this failure on MH3U stock, we Europeans are once again screwed, does explain Why WiiU sales have only increased by 300% in France and 150% in the UK, if the stock was much better (as it should) WiiU sales could possibly be increased by 600% in Europe, but as usual Nintendo Europe once again drops the ball…

      *Gives a very angry look to my Eastern Neighours where Nintendo Europe is Located*

      • audi lover

        Nintendo has always counted europe as the 3rd priority its always been that way I can remember waiting over a years for titles on nes, snes, n64, its not right at all nintendo pull your finger out quicker

        • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

          Yes, it really sucks I too recall waiting for nes, snes, N64 and GC games for 6-10 months if they got released at all in europe that was (example is Baiten Katos 2 which was never released in Europe at all as where Final Fantasy IV, V and VI, DQIV, V, VI etc.)

          The only exceptions Europe had recently where the 2011 mega hit Xenoblade Chronicles (July 2011) Last Story (February 2012) and Pandora’s Tower (April 2012) from what I heard North America is still waiting for Pandora’s Tower, and both Xenoblade and Last story where released 5 and 7 months after the EU release.

          And for WiiU bundles there are ZombiU and MH3U bundles being released before North America. That’s about it.

          • Arthur Jarret

            Not to mention Mario Superstar Baseball on Wii, and excitebots, and shin megami tensei devil survivor, and chibi robo park patrol, and super mario RPG, Mother/Earthbound series.

            On the other hand – There are more exceptions, though: Such as Another code for Wii, Disaster: Day of Crisis and several other euro-exclusive games

      • Ducked

        I can understand that, Scribbenauts was one of my top games I wanted on the Wii U.

    • ICHI

      Still yeah, not enough actual English words or phrases in it apparently. Too americanized (pun intended) and pulled at the last minute, so late in fact some people who ordered with amazon actually got a copy lol.

      • Ducked

        They should just do the English version for both NA and Europe.

  • Zorbo85

    LMFAO!!!!seriously nintendo and the wii u are a joke!!!
    The first huge wii u game comes to europe and they do not ship enough stock?PMSFL!!!
    School boy error after school boy error with the wii u!!!
    If nintendo do not sort out their serious issues with the wii u then after next gen arrive the wii u will be dead plain and simple!!!

    • ICHI

      How many arse’ do you own? Your floor must be littered with all the ones which fell off.

      • Zorbo85

        I own your mom’s arse!!!!

        • ICHI

          necrophilia…. nice and she was ginger so you really scraping the bottom of the dead mum barrel

        • david jarman

          Is this the only way people will talk to you?
          Does up voting yourself make you feel less lonely?
          I know it must be tough and all with your mom forcing you to move out of the house and into the basement.

    • tooby77

      All i can say is wait and see. Wii u will do fine. Iv owned 3 ps3 and 4 xbox, i like them much but all have rrod or yrod. Not a single wii have had bsod. And i have never backspoke sony or ms either so plz skip your bs and spare the positive comments to sonys forums. Tnx

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      I couldn’t resist and just HAD to reply. Did one of you teachers at kindergarten fell ill so you had some spare time to troll?

    • david jarman

      Hey, Butt slam! I wouldn’t be surprise if the other two company experience the same problem on their new systems. As I recall both companies had that same issue in the past. If you were old enough you would have remembered that. I wish there were shortages of trolls, but as long as humans have to shit we will always have them.

  • tooby77

    Of topic but now aliens col. Is canceled

    • ICHI

      Yay!!!!

      • tooby77

        Yes i think so to. Its funny all say that the game is no1 wish, and now it stink so much its canceled.

        • ICHI

          I couldn’t wait for A:CM so much i bought it for pc, and can guarantee anyone who is an aliens fan who hasn’t played it….. it not worth it. No amount of gamepad gimmicks or graphical enhancements could fix the story!

  • TheGuyWhoLies

    I had the same damn problem today ! This is my first mh game, and i looked for it all through town today, CEX, HMV, Game, even smaller shops, and none of them had it. I had to get an eshop card instead and it is currently downloading… i have the black wii u , but i would’ve much rather had a physical copy :'(

    Btw add me on Wii U if you wanna play, like i said, my first mh game…
    or sub on my YouTube channel
    TheGuyWhoLies

    • tooby77

      Tooby77 i guess or tobbe, dont know what add name i have. :)

    • zhenyaivan

      there was a last copy of MH i got lucky

  • Matt Jarvis

    Nintendo europe could def do to sort this out as i am starting to get the impression they are not too bothered about European Nintendo fans.

  • DemonRoach

    They only bet on 100 people buying the game, lol.

    • Zorbo85

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Nintedward

      that’s why there is thousands of people online on the EU servers alone ?

  • Rafael Saldana

    C’mon, this is a lot better than “MH3U not selling well” like a lot of topics start on this site

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Didn’t realise there was a shortage. Even with limited supply Wii U sales are up thanks to this game. Now Lego City is out & if they can fix this issue Wii U could have a great month ahead.

    • Cadrion

      I’ve read that Lego city is pretty fun…I’m thinking of a copy for myself.

      • MujuraNoKamen

        It’s awesome, definitely get it :)

  • DemonRoach

    Nintendo likes to pretend like there is Demand for their products. It’s all bull shit.

    • Revolution5268

      Europeans beg the differ.

      • DemonRoach

        Europeans count in metric.

        • Jon

          as does most of the world, there’s only 3 countries that don’t use metric, US, Burma and Liberia

    • david jarman

      Everything about you is bullshit. Your avatar is a dead roach which suits you perfectly cause your lifeless. Take a hike dumb bitch before I step on you. There is zero demand for you(at least in this forum), but Sorebutt85 might share different feelings. He’s been practicing writing his name with your last name and drawing pictures of all the kids you’d adopt.

    • zhenyaivan

      lol

  • Cadrion

    Wait a minute…a big company apologizing for something? This can’t be…..oh…duh…it’s Nintendo…that’s how sweet they are. I bet while being a little frustrated, those peeps are ok with waiting.

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

    Europe and Japan have similar tastes while in the US,MH3 won’t fly. It is just another game here.

    • Jimmy D. Fugate

      Yes, but here people go crazy over Lego City Undercover and Need for Speed Most Wanted U. Injustice comes in April, then RE Revelations and Deus Ex in May. Don’t forget the spring update, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, as well as E3. The next 3 months are gonna be good.

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        Those games are not where enough to make ME want to go out and get a Wii U. I would have to see something from Nintendo that I did not expect, which is why I don’t buy them because I always know what to expect from them and their limits.

        • Jimmy D. Fugate

          That may not make YOU go out and get a Wii U. But after a 2.5 month drought of games, and suddenly 3 quality games are released, that’s gonna be an incentive to go out and make a purchase.

        • Silent

          and who said nintendo cares about YOU. As long as 1 million people get the wii U, Nintendo gives a shit about how YOU feel.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            They should care about how people like me feel, because that is why the Wii U is not doing anything.

          • Silent

            No, they dont care about trolls like you. They care about what us fans and casual gamers have to say. Whatever insult or crap you say isnt going to affect them. therefore, Why care about your opinion?

          • Jon

            so you are saying that you represent the entire gaming base? sorry but you are Human just like everyone else and have different tastes, lots of people liked lego, MHU, and NFS but just because you don’t doesn’t mean those don’t matter. Look at the sales in Europe and Japan because of those titles and even in NA, the sales increased. So because YOU don’t care for them does not mean everyone else is the same as you.

    • Johny

      yeah…. i guess US is more about fps’s ,,, cod, bf and all that… its a shame that they dont give other games a chance and only play their generic fps’s…
      heck.. as we all know… the wii u sales in UK have gone up 125% since the release of monster hunter 3 ultimate… and in france, the wii u sales have tripled ..also since release of Mh3u… its showing people care for such games … and its a GREAT sign for capcom and the future for monster hunter on nintendo platforms.. well atleast mostly in japan and EU

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        Just like I call Nintendo releases baby games and people name other games, I will say that there are games besides FPS’s. Those get the most hype and highest ratings and are the flavor of the month, even though I don’t care for them. Also, while Wii U sales have gone up in the UK and France (didn’t they cut the prices?), the numbers still suck.

        • Jon

          The price cut never actually improves sales in Europe. The sales jumped more than double and some places even triple once games were released, it wasn’t the price cut that sales going, it was the games.

    • ICHI

      Hopefully though that means less of a push for games liked by general americans and more eurasian games on the system. That would make it a nice little niche system rather than another console which plays the same yearly updates of the big sports or fps and maybe only gets a couple of decent new ip’s each year. Last year i can only think of one great new ip I loved? dishonored was the only game I finished more than once, i was enthralled by the characters and the world they inhabitted, apart from that game my xbox was useless.

  • Johny

    well its gotta be big…. its showing europeans care for quality games like monster hunter .
    we all know how wii u sales have gone up 125% in UK and tripled in France since the release of monster hunter. good job!
    also this is showing a very good sign for the future of monster hunter games on nintendo consoles. now capcom HAS to release a 4th generation monster hunter on wii u and not just 3ds xD

  • Arthur Jarret

    Got it preordered, have a physical copy & got a free t-shirt too.
    It’s awesome.

  • david jarman

    We say this because you act like nintendo is the only one who has ever had this issue. Meaning this is nothing new for any company. If you weren’t so busy with your head up your butt you might clearly see what people are trying to say to you.

    Did you drop out or did teachers just give up on you?

  • Jimmy D. Fugate

    Dude you’re so biased it’s not even funny. As a fan of all three consoles, you make Sony and Microsoft fans (not fanboys) look bad.