In just one week since release, the Switch-exclusive new game in the Monster Hunter series has shipped 5 million units worldwide.
This news comes by way of a press release from Capcom’s investor relation website. The press release is titled, “Monster Hunter Rise Surpasses 5 Million Units Globally!“. The company goes on to say that “strong unit sales growth” is “supported by positive reception of game concept and new gameplay features”. These touted features are the new Wirebug mechanic which allows high speed traversal or binding monsters. The game also adds new “canyne” hunting partners called “Palamutes”. Interestingly, the release of the two demos, prior to release are also named as factors for the successful sales.
The portability of the Switch might be also a huge factor as Monster Hunter Rise is the 6th main installment in the Monster Hunter series following 2018’s Monster Hunter World. The last new Monster Game on portable system was 2015’s Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS and the series has roots on the PSP, especially in Japan. Currently, Switches are sold out in Japan due to the series being so huge in said country.
Another stat from the press release is that the series as a whole has shipped 66 millions units worldwide as of December 31, 2020.
Monster Hunter Rise is now available for the Nintendo Switch.
Dave’s first Nintendo platform was the GameCube when he was age 7; however, he was introduced to Nintendo through Duck Hunt on NES.