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Monster Hunter Rise Demo Nearly Crashes Nintendo eShop

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BY January 8, 2021

It’s no secret that Monster Hunter is a huge series at this point. If you haven’t played a game in the series yet, then most will recommend the last major release to you. Monster Hunter: World reinvented the experience of this popular Capcom series. With a hefty fanbase in place before the wildly popular 2017 release, it’s only getting bigger. For a while now, Capcom released Nintendo-exclusive games that fit well with the often underpowered hardware. That’s holding true with the new title, Monster Hunter Rise. Funny enough, a demo released this week hoped to capture curious players. Instead, the Monster Hunter Rise demo nearly crashed the eShop. How’s that for some positive press?

Monster Hunter Rise Demo Causes Major eShop Slowdowns on Switch

monster hunter rise demo Image Credit: Capcom

Not unlike when Warzone used to crash servers last year, this is a great example of a good problem. If you tried to download the Monster Hunter Rise demo last night, then you likely had major issues getting into the eShop. Luckily, the issues seem to be over. While there wasn’t a crash of the online games store, it was nearly impossible to get into the demo. The mad dash to try the game tells us two things. Firstly, we know there’s an interest in this new release. That part isn’t much of a surprise. The second lesson something like this teaches us is that Nintendo’s relatively new adoption of game demos to the eShop works for everyone.

If you’re a player, then you want to try a game out before you buy it. It’s the best way to avoid regretting a purchase later down the road. Publishers and developers also like demos because this increases exposure for their game as well as gives players on the fence a better chance at becoming customers. Nintendo benefits from this too. They get a portion of sales for games on their platforms. I think more often than not demos tend to increase sales, not decrease. If they might be a deterrent for people interested in the game, then that’s not Nintendo’s fault. So, really, demos are for the people and the industry.

If you’re planning on checking out Monster Hunter: Rise, then let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.

Featured Image Credit: Capcom


Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.


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