Nintendo sent out a special email to select customers today with 4 download codes for the new demo of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The criteria for receiving such an email is not clear, but if you purchased and registered the previous Monster Hunter on Club Nintendo, you're likely to have received your codes today.
The demo features a Beginner mode for those new to the series, and an Experienced mode for those who have played a previous Monster Hunter. The Beginner mode includes helpful hints during gameplay, and serves as an extended tutorial to the game's complexities. Monsters are also easier to defeat, as your hunter is stronger. This directly addresses one of the greatest weaknesses of previous demos, which would simply plop the player directly into a quest, with no explanations of any kind, making it a difficult introduction to the game.
The demo also features Local and Online multiplayer, and unlike the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo, has no play count restrictions.
I had a chance to go through the demo quickly, and a few things stood out to me:
- the text, although small, is much more readable as compared with MH3U
- Circle Pad Pro is supported and works well
- gameplay seemed silky smooth on my original 3DS hardware, at least in solo mode
I encourage you to check it out for yourself, if you can snag a code from someone. All mine are accounted for already, but they're floating around. Just ask your Monster Hunter obsessed friends for one, I'm sure they'd be happy to share!