With recent videos revealing various crossovers for the upcoming 3DS title, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, there has most likely been interest in how these collaborations came about.
Siliconera had the chance to speak with Haruhiro Tsujimoto, president and COO of Capcom, regarding the various crossovers with the Nintendo characters. “As you know, Nintendo helped a lot with development and they’ve been very good partners, so we wanted very much to take some kind of a Nintendo IP and do some sort of crossover that seemed to make sense from our point-of-view.”
“When you think of Nintendo, the first thing you think of are Mario and Zelda characters”
The idea simply seemed to come naturally to Tsujimoto and his team. “When you think of Nintendo, the first thing you think of are Mario and Zelda characters. Certainly, for those of us on the devteam that are in our 30s and 40s, that’s exactly the first thing that comes to mind.”
When it came to deciding on which Nintendo characters would fit in the Monster Hunter universe best, it seems the idea of Link’s inclusion seemed to blend well in the game. “So, we started to think of what we could do with Mario and Link-type characters. It occurred to us… as you know, in Monster Hunter, you’ve got a Sword and Shield, and Link is the same way, so it would be a perfect match. So, we went over to Nintendo, discussed, got permission, and went ahead and did it.”
Because the game is on a Nintendo system, it makes sense that Link and Samus would have connections to the Capcom title. But, what about Sonic?
“There are actually a few people at Sega that we’re pretty close to…We were chatting and thinking if there was something we could do together—some kind of collaboration,” he says. “Then we settled on Sonic, ultimately, because he’s not only popular here in Japan, he’s also extremely popular overseas.”
What’s interesting in Tsujimoto’s replies is that he had the West in mind: he chose characters who were not only popular in Japanese gaming culture, but had also made a mark here in Western gaming culture. This is very insightful on his part. I know that these videos have raised my (already high) interest in the upcoming game.
Be sure to read the full interview, as it is a very interesting read; if for nothing else but a good explanation of the character crossovers. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is slated for release in the West in early 2015.