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Monster Hunter becomes a card game

New series arrives in late October.


Capcom's Monster Hunter series has conquered video games, and now it's targeting another area of the game market: card games.

Famicom.com reports today that Capcom will be starting up a trading card series for the Monster Hunter Franchise on October 25. The "Monster Hunter Hunting Card" series will consist of a 1,200 yen starter deck and a set of 315 yen booster packs.

Based on the report at Famitsu.com, the card version of the franchise seems like it will replicate the video game version closely. Players make use of Hunter Cards, Event Cards, and other variety of cards to defeat monsters and clear quest objectives that are listed on Quest Cards. Clearing a quest earns a player Guild Points, with the goal being to be the first player to reach the 2,000 point mark.

Monsters from the video game version of the franchise will appear on the cards. Famitsu.com confirms that Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G's Narugakuruga will be among the beasts to make the transition.

Like all good card games, the Monster Hunter game will see periodic card updates. Following the October 25 debut, Capcom is planning seasonal updates for Winter 2008, Spring 2009 and Summer 2009.

First released for the PlayStation 2 in March 2004, the Monster Hunter series has gone on to be one of Japan's biggest franchises. The latest entry, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for the PSP, has already topped the 2.4 million sales mark.

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