Monster Hunter Series

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
3DSMonster Hunter 3 UltimateCapcom/EightingAn expanded version of Monster Hunter Tri (Wii), improving weapons and armor; was the first game to incorporate the Circle Pad Pro accessory
3DSMonster Hunter 4 UltimateCapcom/EightingGets rid of underwater combat, adds the ability to scale both walls and monsters, adds Exploration Missions and new weapon types
3DSMonster Hunter GenerationsCapcomNew features include upgrading armor using scavenged materials, mutated monster forms, different attack stypes for each weapon, and special moves to charge during hunting
3DSMonster Hunter StoriesCapcom/MarvelousA far more traditional turn-based RPG than other entries, with strong monster collecting and raising elements
GBADokapon: Monster HunterTycoon/Asmik Ace EntertainmentBattle system is literally rock-paper-scissors, also contains monster collecting elements
JP PSPMonster Hunter Portable 3rdCapcomTakes elements from Freedom Unite and Tri but is its own game, now multiple Felynes can assist in combat
PS2Monster HunterCapcomThese monsters aren't gonna hunt themselves! Origin of the popular series
PS4Monster Hunter: WorldCapcomSee XBO
PSPMonster Hunter Freedom UniteCapcomA further enhanced verion of Freedom 2, with more monsters, missions, pieces of equipment, and the addition of Felyne fighters to provide assistance
PSPMonster Hunter: FreedomCapcomAn enhanced/expanded handheld port of the first Monster Hunter game
PSPMonster Hunter: Freedom 2CapcomAn enhanced/expanded handheld port of the second Monster Hunter game (which was previously Japan-only)
SwitchMonster Hunter Generations UltimateCapcomAdds new monsters, new hunting styles, changes the control scheme (for obvious reasons), and spiffs up the graphics from the original
SwitchMonster Hunter RiseCapcomMonster hunting, now with doggo pals and many more combat options; iterates on ideas from both World and previous games
WiiMonster Hunter TriCapcomAdds an underwater ecosystem to the tried-and-true monster-slaying formula
Wii UMonster Hunter 3 UltimateCapcom/EightingSimilar to Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, but adds in underwater combat and has local multiplayer
Xbox OneMonster Hunter: WorldCapcomDoes away with the zones of previous entries in favor of a connecting, evolving, and reactive ecosystem with more monsters to slay and scavenge!
SwitchMonster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of RuinCapcomSame fun monster hatching and turn-based training gameplay loop as its predecessor, improved battle mechanics and lots of open areas to explore