When it was announced, Monster Hunter XX made some serious waves.
Not only was it backed to sell well but was also seen as major future launch for the console, even if it is currently only being planned for certain regions.
This latest launch is being primed with a new Nintendo Switch games demo, available through the Japanese eShop.
The full release is being planned for later this month, again for the Japanese audience.
Monster Hunter XX will come with cross-platform multiplayer between 3DS and Switch, creating a big pool of players to team up with.
Nintendo 3DS owners will also be able to transfer saves from 3DS to Nintendo Switch and back again.
Owners of Monster Hunter Generations on 3DS can also transfer saves to Switch, but won’t be able to transfer saves back again.
Other features include 1080p resolution, four-person local multiplayer and online play.
For those who are curious and unafraid of the potential language barrier, the Monster Hunter XX demo can be downloaded by anyone, thanks to the Switch’s region-free settings.
This does come with its own baggage though.
For anyone interested, they will need to setup a new account with Japan set as the region of choice.
This will likely remain the only way to play the game after its launch on August 25, as Capcom haven’t shown much interest in a wider release.
This could have something to do with Monster Hunter World, which will be available worldwide on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Monster Hunter Generations fans have been told that Hunter Styles and Hunter Arts will not return in Monster Hunter World.
Hunter Arts, which require players to fill a gauge, are dramatic moves such as powerful attacks, counters and party heals.
Hunter Styles, meanwhile, are custom classes that give players different move combinations, aerial attacks and the ability to equip more Arts.
According to Capcom’s Yuri Araujo, the team is focusing on new gameplay features for Monster Hunter World.
Asked if Styles would make a return, Araujo said: “Negative. Styles and Hunter Arts are what made MHGen special; we’re focusing on other cool features for #MHWorld”.
Announced during the Sony E3 2017 conference, the new Monster Hunter features a seamless world, as players team up with up to three other hunters.