Capcom has announced three new Amiibo to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Rise, which was unveiled recently during a Nintendo Direct showcase. The upcoming game is bringing a host of new updates to the tried-and-true Monster Hunter formula, including a new dog companion called a Palamute that hunters can ride around on during hunts. It also introduces a grappling hook item called the Wirebug to open up new traversal options. The game releases on March 26th, 2021.
Monster Hunter Rise has a lot to live up to. The previous game in the series, Monster Hunter World, reinvented the franchise in a big way, making the notoriously complicated RPG more accessible than ever for new players. It also made changes that were exciting for returning players, such as the removal of the partitions that split maps into separate zones. Monsters had improved AI and would even sometimes fight each other. Reviewers loved the changes, and many called World the best game in the series. It’s currently the bestselling Capcom game of all time.
Monster Hunter Rise might have a tall task ahead of it if it wants to top that, but so far, it’s establishing itself just fine. Not long after the initial reveal of the game and its counterpart Monster Hunter Stories 2, Nintendo released a separate Direct hosted by Capcom developers to go into further detail about the new games. One of the more significant reveals made during this video was the announcement of three new Monster Hunter Amiibo, set to release on the same day as the game. These Amiibo depict one of the game’s new Palamutes, as well as a classic Palico companion, and the game’s new flagship monster, Magnamalo. Capcom says each Amiibo will unlock special armor in the game and grant players access to a daily lottery for further prizes.
Capcom isn’t forthcoming on too many details about these Amiibo. It hasn’t even revealed what they look like yet. According to a banner shown during the Direct video, these new figures will be GameStop exclusives, except for Magnamalo, which will be packaged into the collector’s edition of the game along with some stickers and an enamel pin. The price tag for this collector’s edition is still unknown. That makes getting all three of the new Amiibo a pricey proposition, but for truly devoted Monster Hunter fans, it could be well worth it.
There certainly seems to be a lot to look forward to in the new Monster Hunter game, and a firm release date means fans won’t have to spend a lot of time speculating. These Amiibo are just icing on the cake. Nintendo has long had a habit of announcing new Amiibo to coincide with a game, but Amiibo for a third-party developer like Capcom are more of a rarity. Hopefully, these creatures will fight just as well on the shelf as they do in Monster Hunter Rise.
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