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The Monster Hunter XX Switch demo is going global (kind of)

We still don’t know if Monster Hunter XX is getting a Western release, yet, but that might not be the end of it.

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Monster Hunter XX Switch demo

We still don’t know if Monster Hunter XX is getting a Western release, yet, but that might not be the end of it.

One of the great things about the Nintendo Switch is that it’s technically region free. Yes, you do need to have a login to any other international Nintendo eShop store you’d like to download and play games from, but that’s a minor speed bump in an otherwise smooth and frictionless regionless experience.

And that means you can get your hands on games – or in this case, demos – from other regions before they’re available in your home region. In the UK, that usually means getting your hands on Japanese games before they see the light of day, if indeed they see the light of day at all.

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Case in point: Monster Hunter XX.

Technically Monster Hunter XX is the deluxe edition of Monster Hunter Generations, rejigged and revamped for the Nintendo Switch. It’s slated for release in Japan on August 25th, 2017, but there’s no confirmation on an EU or US release date yet.

While you could download Monster Hunter XX via a Japanese eShop account, though, it won’t have English language and Capcom haven’t announced that it will have English subtitles, which means it probably won’t. That’s not ideal if you’re not sharp on your Japanese.

But for a short demo, which includes three different types of monsters and comes for free to the Japanese eShop next week? You might be able to bumble through. It might be the only chance you get to play it!

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