Two new Monster Hunter games announced for the Switch

Two new Monster Hunter games were announced during today’s Nintendo Direct, both of them Switch titles. Firstly, the next major entry in the series was shown. Titled Monster Hunter Rise, it looks to have all the classic action we’ve come to expect from the series.

As if a new mainline title for the Switch wasn’t enough, Nintendo then announced a new Stories game, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

Based on the music, monsters and buildings in the trailer, Rise looks like it has a distinct Eastern theme when compared with World. There’s also a definite emphasis on mobility, as hunters can be seen scrambling up rocks, swinging around like Spiderman with grappling hooks, or riding adorable wolf monsters.

There were glimpses of some familiar faces in the trailer, but excitingly it also showed off loads of new monsters, such as Aknosom, a fire-breathing crane and Magnamalo, a spooky manticore-creature that seemed like it might be a key part of the game’s plot.

Meanwhile, the trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin didn’t reveal much about the gameplay, so no word yet on if it will repeat the Pokemon-like battle system of the first game. But the trailer did show some lovely cel shaded graphics, a world reminiscent of Breath of the Wild and Rathalos riding. On Twitter, Nintendo of America described it as “a rich RPG story”.

Monster Hunter Rise will be available from 26th March. Monster Hunter Stories 2 has no specific date set yet, but its release window is next Summer.

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