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Monster Hunter Tri to get US and Europe release

First Wii game in the series to appear in 2010

Monster Hunter Tri will be released across North America and Europe in early 2010, Capcom has confirmed.

The Wii game reached shop shelves in Japan on August 1 and, while retail figures are yet to be released, one million units were shipped in anticipation of demand.

PSP title Monster Hunter Freedom Unite has now shipped over 3.5 million units; numbers higher than any other PSP game to date. In total, sales of the series have now reached over 10 million.

"Fans of Nintendo and Monster Hunter are eagerly anticipating the launch of this title in the US, which will be the first time the series is available on a Nintendo home console," said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of licensing. "Having Capcom bring Monster Hunter Tri to the Wii console provides tremendous action, fun and entertainment to both veteran players and series newcomers alike."

On Wii, the franchise introduces co-operative play, two-player split-screen and new underwater environments.

The series, Capcom said, doesn't just top the charts in Japan; "it's become a social phenomenon".

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