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From: Phasmatis92 | #009 Monster Hunter isn't big in the West though; on the contrary it's very niche, yet we don't have friend codes for it here either, and it's free. (It's P2P in Japan though, but mostly because due to its massive popularity here thsi won't deter players much)
Yeah, but once they used their own servers for japan it's not like they're going to downgrade the online to nintendo's in the west. That would look bad and wouldn't make much sense. Not to mention they would have to make an entirely new online system for the game in the west.
Everything I've learned about life can be summed up into three words: It goes on -Robert Frost Playing: Dragon Age Origins, Monster Hunter Tri
Using our own servers and having open chat is something we want, but like I stated before, letting us do that is entirely up to Nintendo.
If it were up to us, the entire online system would be just like steam or xbox live. So really guys, suggesting online features to us at this point is useless because chances are we already thought about it and are trying to get it in. But again, its not up to us at all if it doesn't make it into the final build :)