The Monster Hunter franchise is a series of fantasy console video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2. The series is developed and published by Capcom. As the title suggests, the player takes the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by seeking out monsters to hunt or capture. The series has branched out into PlayStation Portable games and a massively multiplayer online game. In Japan, the Monster Hunter series is immensely popular, with the port Monster Hunter Freedom (known in Japan as "Monster Hunter Portable") and its sequels, Monster Hunter Freedom 2/Monster Hunter Portable 2 and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite/Monster Hunter Portable 2G selling millions of copies, and Monster Hunter Tri becoming the highest-selling third-party Wii game in Japan.
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