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Capcom Holding Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Countdown

Head to Shibuya Tsutaya on the first train.

Crowds at last year's Monster Hunter 3 launch in Akihabara.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is such a big title that Capcom decided to give it a special Wednesday release (instead of the usual Thursday release) to match up with the series' anniversary.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Capcom will be celebrating the launch in grand fashion. The company announced today a big early countdown event to be held at Shibuya Tsutaya early morning on launch day, December 1. The event will kick off at 06:40 in the am, ahead of the early 07:00 am start of sales. Guests set to appear at the event include producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and "others."

For the general public, getting into the event will require a pre-order or purchase.

The Shibuya Tsutaya location is one of the major countdown spots for game launches. Square Enix has used it for such launches as Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Quest IX.

Monster Hunter 3's official countdown launch point last year was at the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, also a popular launching point. (View images from the Monster Hunter 3 launch.)

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