Monster Hunter Series

ConsoleNameReleaseLucca's Notes
3DSMonster Hunter 3 Ultimate2013An expanded version of Monster Hunter Tri (Wii), improving weapons and armor; was the first game to incorporate the Circle Pad Pro accessory
3DSMonster Hunter 4 Ultimate2015Gets rid of underwater combat, adds the ability to scale both walls and monsters, adds Exploration Missions and new weapon types
3DSMonster Hunter Generations2016New features include upgrading armor using scavenged materials, mutated monster forms, different attack stypes for each weapon, and special moves to charge during hunting
3DSMonster Hunter Stories2017A far more traditional turn-based RPG than other entries, with strong monster collecting and raising elements
GBADokapon: Monster Hunter2001Battle system is literally rock-paper-scissors, also contains monster collecting elements
JP PS2Monster Hunter 2 (Dos)2006Added a day/night cycle, seasons, gem slotting, and marks the first appearance of the hunting horn weapon
JP PSPMonster Hunter Portable 3rd2010Takes elements from Freedom Unite and Tri but is its own game, now multiple Felynes can assist in combat
PS2Monster Hunter2004These monsters aren't gonna hunt themselves! Origin of the popular series
PS4Monster Hunter Rise (DL only)2023See Switch
PS4Monster Hunter: World2018See XBO
PS5Monster Hunter Rise (DL only)2023See Switch
PSPMonster Hunter Freedom Unite2009A further enhanced verion of Freedom 2, with more monsters, missions, pieces of equipment, and the addition of Felyne fighters to provide assistance
PSPMonster Hunter: Freedom2007An enhanced/expanded handheld port of the first Monster Hunter game
PSPMonster Hunter: Freedom 22006An enhanced/expanded handheld port of the second Monster Hunter game (which was previously Japan-only)
SwitchMonster Hunter Generations Ultimate2018Adds new monsters, new hunting styles, changes the control scheme (for obvious reasons), and spiffs up the graphics from the original
SwitchMonster Hunter Rise2021Monster hunting, now with doggo pals and many more combat options; iterates on ideas from both World and previous games
SwitchMonster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin2021Same fun monster hatching and turn-based training gameplay loop as its predecessor, improved battle mechanics and lots of open areas to explore
WiiMonster Hunter Tri2010Adds an underwater ecosystem to the tried-and-true monster-slaying formula
Wii UMonster Hunter 3 Ultimate2011Similar to Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, but adds in underwater combat and has local multiplayer
Xbox OneMonster Hunter Rise (DL only)2023See Switch
Xbox OneMonster Hunter: World2018Does away with the zones of previous entries in favor of a connecting, evolving, and reactive ecosystem with more monsters to slay and scavenge!
Xbox SeriesMonster Hunter Rise (DL only)2023See Switch
JP PS2Monster Hunter 22006Introduced the legendary Hunting Horn, so it's immediately the best of the series; adds new monsters/weapons as well as the ability to upgrade armor, and a town to upgrade