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For a few weeks now Switch owners with a Japanese Nintendo account have been experimenting with Monster Hunter XX: Switch Ver., thanks to a demo released by Capcom on the eShop. A port of Monster Hunter XX for the 3DS, which itself was an enhanced version of Monster Hunter Generations, the game is a great case study to see how far Nintendo’s tech has come since 2011.

Enter Digital Foundry, who have lent their expertise to comparing the port with the original Generations in a new video. Check it out:


While Monster Hunter XX on Switch still runs at a locked 30fps, the improvements in other areas are quite substantial. The game is a full 1080p while docked, with redone textures keeping things crisp. Unfortunately much of the level geometry is the same as the 3DS original, but improvements in lighting and foliage help make the areas feel livelier.

Hopefully Capcom or Nintendo will announce a proper localization of Monster Hunter XX for the Switch soon. Till then, we’ll be sure to bring news of the Japanese version.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.