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Monday, February 20, 2023

Monster Hunter Stories 2 (and Rise) MSRP Reduced to $40

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Permanently! (Pending future sales.)

Good news that's article-worthy since I own the game (and purchased it at full price) and endorse it:

The demo convinced me to buy Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and I don't regret it. I have 160+ hours into it (the demo plus the full game) and it's been an addictive experience. The actual story is subpar but the gameplay is basically a Pokémon RPG but better. It has a similar difficulty curve where it's easy to very easy to the difficulty spiking at the very end and especially the post-game. I still haven't been able to do any of the free DLC 8* requests, though maybe I should try those again. I did just complete this Legendary Challenger tournament today, so maybe that means I'm strong enough. (And I beat the post-game Elder's Lair a while ago for the first time. I recommend the experience.) I also was able to finally complete the Gutsy Gourmet Subquest of finding five Luminous Stomachs. The reward is pointless but at least that means the only normal Subquest left is registering every Monster in my Monsterpedia. I'm at 98% completion for that!

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Wings of Ruin tournament pair legendary challenger battle Verk Wizz Alwin
Wizz is just post-skip Caspar from Fire Emblem: Three Houses with a babier face.

You may be wondering why this is happening a year and a half after release. I don't have an exact answer, but perhaps it has to do with how the release of Monster Hunter Rise on non-Switch and non-Steam platforms a month ago has brought the price of the base game to $40 (with Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak, its popular paid expansion at $60) from $60. CAPCOM may have then decided to permanently lower the price of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin from $60 to $40, because it was probably seen as weird for Monster Hunter Rise to be $40 but Monster Hunter Stories 2 to be $60, especially since the former is the company's bigger focus in terms of marketing effort and game development budget. This permanent price cut is for both digital and physical versions, and the digital deluxe versions (which you probably shouldn't buy?) are also adjusted lower as well.

Miraculously, CAPCOM hasn't created a new eShop sale in the past...month, though other companies (Ubisoft) have for Valentine's Day. But this permanent price cut ought to suffice. ...Besides, I'm sure there'll be a sale within the next 30 days for the 3DS eShop closing.

Ludwig has never done any co-op in Monster Hunter Stories 2, so if that's something you're interested in, let him know in the comments section below.


  1. Interesting! Nice to see prices go down every once in a while as opposed to the potential new standard of prices at 70 bucks, as far as Zelda games are concerned. 98% completion is off the wall. I'm debating on whether or not i want to get yokai watch 3 from the eshop before it closes since the physical copy is so expensive and i did enjoy the first game. Nintendo probably won't do a big eshop closing sale, i don't think they did anything for the Wiis.

    1. Nintendo will (probably) not, but CAPCOM and other third-parties will.

      Nintendo is going to have to fully remove these in a month:


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