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A game beyond all others
on March 22, 2013
This game started out as Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, was then ported to the PSP as MHP3rd with extra content added, and was again ported from Wii to 3DS with PSP areas and monsters added in and retextured. Then again it was ported from 3DS to Wii U. All in all that means there is hundreds of hours worth of playtime.
The professional reviews remark how the game's graphics aren't very impressive, but it's a Monster Hunter game and this is the best looking one of them all. If you're spoiled so bad as to care beyond a remark, then I pity you for being a young kid and missing out. Also, the character and monster animations are phenomenal, so you can't rag on the graphics for long before being wowed by the hunt.
The Wii U has full online. The 3DS version achieves online by tunneling through the Wii U like a router, so this helps if you're a family and one person has a Wii U and another only a 3DS. The Wii U has to have its own copy of MH and not be active for this to work. You can still play 2 player co-op using one Wii U and 3DS, or one Wii U and a maximum of 3 3DS, and also between 4 3DS. Both 3DS and Wii U can access DLC and event quests. Your save file can also be transferred between Wii U and 3DS, so you can take it on the go anytime you want.
The violence isn't a big deal in this game, you hunt monsters to gather resources and protect your village. Pretty sensible stuff that has always been part of humanity. But you still might not want to buy the game for a child under 15-14. They might not be mature or experienced enough to get through the first quarter of the game and understand all of the mechanics. Still, if your child likes games other than the yearly release of Call of Duty, this is a profoundly unique experience and, unlike so many games, is actually worth the full price.