It's a simple graphical style with a very strong narrative, which follows in the tradition of PS1 titles such as Final Fantasy. But, as I say before, the visuals are a big part of what makes the title so remarkable. The characters are clearly enhanced beyond the Wii's, although we don't quite get as much authenticity to the lifelike characters. And while they're not quite as expressive as their console cousins, they are more endearing for their less polished appearance. While many of the basic textures have low quality, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's environments are detailed to the best of the Wii's capabilities, though the game may struggle alongside some of the higher quality Wii titles, unless you're on the system's lower performance modes. The graphics also adhere well to the handheld's hardware: although it doesn't have specs which can compete with a PS3 or 360, the frame-rate is impressive, and we don't get the occasional performance drops which the 3DS struggles with.
We also have a 3d model of a lagiacrus, which one of the game's designers took to give us a scale reference. To our eyes it looks very full-bodied, but Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's tech is no where near the level of the console versions. Its usuable as reference, but perhaps not for much else. As if that wasn't enough, monster hunters double as telephone operators when away from their lairs. We call them lairs because that's the name they give 'em. You love your lairs.
So you see, despite its small size, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's visuals are pretty hefty. But it's not just all about visuals. The controls are another important element in this as well: this title uses the accelerometer to motion control your hunting. The ability to hunt in this manner has been perfected in 3DS titles, and is one of the benefits of the gadget. An essential addition to the Wii U controller, it's a great set of tools at your disposal when engaged with the right mindset. Handling the boids is a little difficult at first, and you'll need to spend some time hunting without your game controller before you'll feel at home, but the accelerometer makes this an effective tool. d2c66b5586