Setting Ganondorf and Bowser aside for the time being, gamers were shocked to learn that Mario, Luigi and Link will be duking it out with Rathians and Zinogres in the near future. Well, sort of.
In today’s Monster Hunter 4 Direct, it was revealed that special DLC quests available at Japanese 7-elevens, and later online, will allow players to unlock Mario and Luigi-themed costumes for their Felyne partners, as well as hammers that look similar to the wooden one found in Paper Mario. The same is true of Link’s equipment, Master Sword, and bow (seen around 24 minutes into the Direct). The video also shows one of the monsters consuming a red mushroom and doubling in size.
This is not the first time that Nintendo has allowed third parties to use their characters. Rayman Legends featured Mario and Luigi costumes, a variety of Nintendo objects and personalities could be created in Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 allowed you to dress up as famous Nintendo characters, to name a few. These cameos add value and incentive to owning the games on Nintendo systems.
Monster Hunter 4 launches in Japan on September 14 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS, but is still unconfirmed for North America.
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