Talking Point: Could Monster Hunter Rise Hint At New Switch Hardware On The Horizon?

Monster Hunter Rise

Friday 26th March 2021. The date that Monster Hunter Rise, a brand-new and bespoke entry in Capcom’s beast-battling collection, will likely be arriving on Nintendo Change. It isn’t the one recreation to land that day — Balan Wonderworld is scheduled to drop on the final Friday in March, too — however Capcom’s recreation is the discharge which has actually piqued our curiosity.

Not solely as a result of it is a recent monster searching journey coming to our favorite console, and never as a result of the verticality and setting traversal (as communicated via that ‘Rise’ subtitle) appears to have taken a leaf out of Breath of the Wild‘s ebook. No, there’s one thing else; one thing within the air that smells a bit fishy (in a great way) about that date, and we’re not the one ones to note. Might it’s that Nintendo has some larger plans for that Friday?

In case you by some means missed the article title, we’re speaking concerning the oft-rumoured Nintendo Change ‘Professional’, or ‘New Nintendo Change’, or no matter you need to name the hypothetical upgraded model of Nintendo’s all-conquering ‘homeheld’. Whereas nearly solely speculative at this level, we’re starting to see the celebrities align and point out some thrilling information within the not-to-distant future.


It is definitely been a really very long time coming. Rumours of a {hardware} refresh have been rife because the launch of the unique console again in 2017, and analysts have been predicting an upgraded Change with improved specs for ages now. The usual mannequin obtained a minor ‘silent’ refresh which improved battery life (and a few of us ‘upgraded’ our launch fashions when that arrived across the similar time as handheld-only Change Lite), however the ‘Professional’ mannequin stays elusive.

So what provides us this sense in our bones? Effectively, for one factor, the Monster Hunter collection has type in terms of launching alongside new Nintendo SKUs. Monster Hunter four Final launched concurrently the New Nintendo 3DS, and it will be a really robust candidate to carry out an identical position with Change. MH4U was completely playable on unique 3DS {hardware}, however the ‘New’ variant supplied “a slicker and subsequently barely extra gratifying expertise”, as erstwhile editor Thomas Whitehead said in Nintendo Life’s overview.

Capcom’s collection would arguably be an excellent higher candidate than it was again then to launch alongside new {hardware}. Monster Hunter four Final carried out very respectably again in 2015, however following the unimaginable success of Monster Hunter: World, which introduced the long-running franchise to the eye of an excellent larger viewers within the West, the collection has by no means been extra fashionable worldwide. Rise might function a powerful springboard for a ‘New’ Nintendo console; the right accompaniment to a brand new SKU if, say, you did not have a first-party title within the pipeline that lined up exactly with the {hardware}’s launch. Or — hypothetically — if the sport you had deliberate to launch your {hardware} refresh with have been delayed for some motive. You understand, international pandemic, that type of factor.

following the unimaginable success of Monster Hunter: World, the collection has by no means been extra fashionable worldwide. Rise might function a powerful springboard for a ‘New’ Nintendo console

That is all conjecture, after all; one thing which is able to little doubt ruffle the feathers of anybody stung by cavalier analyst predictions over the previous couple of years. Information that Monster Hunter Rise makes use of Capcom’s RE (Resident Evil) Engine on Change may raises hopes that it is profiting from juicier {hardware}, though there’s nothing to again that up past hopes and goals. Capcom is reportedly concentrating on 30fps, however hasn’t hinted at any ‘enhancements’.

Nevertheless, the latest Change Professional rumours really feel way more substantial than previous whispers. Bloomberg reviews that Nintendo is advising builders to make their video games ‘4K-ready’. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has made reference to the corporate’s ‘subsequent’ console, and said his perception that Change is in the course of its lifecycle. Change Lite launched in September 2019, so eighteen months later looks like the correct time to present the Change ‘household’ of programs one other shot within the arm, particularly with Sony and Microsoft launching their subsequent gen consoles imminently.

It makes extra sense in March than at any earlier time: Nintendo provides its already-sparkling 2020/21 monetary yr a final second increase, the following yr will get off to a flying begin and Nintendo players have one thing new to play with. It additionally coincides with the top of the next-gen console honeymoon interval, with PS5 and Xbox Sequence S/X players having burned via the launch interval lineup and maybe looking out for one thing new. Sure, every little thing would align completely.

Time to upgrade?© Nintendo Life
Time to improve?

There could be points which may complicate issues. The financial scenario, for one, is an enormous downside for many individuals, people and firms alike. Even an organization doing in addition to Nintendo will encounter potential manufacturing hurdles. The worldwide pandemic is a double-edged sword for the business; it places an enormous pressure on builders, producers, distributors and — worst of all for platform holders — shoppers’ wallets.

The gaming viewers could be stretched economically, however they’ve by no means been extra captive.

Then again, demand for leisure and diversion from the consolation of your personal residence has arguably by no means been greater. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the sort of high quality evergreen recreation that may have performed nicely each time it launched, however it coincidentally supplied the right escapism for tens of millions of gamers caught at residence, dreaming of going outdoors. The gaming viewers could be stretched economically, however they’ve by no means been extra captive.

We requested Nintendo Life readers what they’d like from a possible Change Professional, with 4K output and a extra highly effective CPU being the preferred upgrades in our ballot. An off-the-cuff chat across the Nintendo Life workplace signifies that higher 1080p/60fps efficiency could be gratefully obtained, as would a bigger display screen (or, extra particularly, a smaller bezel) to assist with small textual content points in handheld mode.

Nevertheless, tellingly, no one is completely determined for an improved Change proper now. Enhancements could be welcome — and we might snap up any new SKU faster than a PS5 pre-order — however Change in its present type fills its area of interest very nicely. If the final consensus amongst us (individuals who make their dwelling working for a website with ‘Nintendo’ within the title) is that the present Change is fulfilling our wants admirably, you must surprise how Nintendo hopes to get a non-core viewers excited a couple of new SKU.

"Yes, I'll take a New Switch with Monster Hunter Rise and Super Mario 3D All-Stars, please. What do you mean my card isn't working?..."
Sure, I will take a New Change with Monster Hunter Rise and Tremendous Mario 3D All-Stars, please. What do you imply my card is not working?…”

If there’s one factor that is sure, it is Nintendo’s skill to shock. Maybe the upgraded {hardware} will merely be a brand new dock that upscales to 4K in your TV. It is simple to see Nintendo saving the actually huge upgrades — higher total CPU/GPU efficiency, the next decision display screen, smaller bezel, and all that gubbins — for the following console correct. The present Change is promoting as quick as they’re produced, and an non-compulsory dock improve would keep away from segregating the viewers in any approach in any respect.

Then once more, the business has been following the smartphone mannequin of incremental updates for a number of years now. Now greater than ever, success as a platform holder means protecting the ball rolling with new software program, iterative {hardware} updates and cautious planning, one thing made extra difficult by far in 2020. Just lately, shock bulletins have dropped on a month-to-month (generally weekly) foundation — huge ones, with little or no warning — and these frequent smaller Directs do nothing if not hold the ball rolling, or plates spinning, or no matter metaphor you care to make use of for protecting Change within the dialog. With new consoles from Microsoft and Sony about to drop, Nintendo must fulfil present demand for the console, but in addition anticipate when that demand could start to tail off.

It could be only a feeling in our waters, however every little thing appears to be converging across the finish of March 2021. What’s that? Tremendous Mario 3D All-Stars is disappearing from the Change eShop on March 31st, you say? We foresee a frenzied weekend of spending…

What do you assume? Does the arrival of a brand new Monster Hunter herald different monster bulletins on the horizon, or are we letting our imaginations get the higher of us? Tell us your ideas by leaving a remark within the traditional place.

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