Players have been asking Capcom to add off-TV play for weeks now and Capcom has delivered. On top of that, Europeans and North Americans will be able to play together. Score one for the players. Too bad we have to wait until April, but a few weeks won’t kill anyone.

From the press release:

    Capcom® and Nintendo have today confirmed that following the 22 March release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U™, a software update will be released in April as a response to Capcom community feedback.

    The software update will add online cross-region functionality, allowing European and North American gamers to play together online in up to four-player battles*. Monster Hunters will also be able to play the game using just the Wii U GamePad without the need for a TV screen as the software update makes the title compatible with off-TV play.

    Capcom will be continuing to support Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for several months after release with additional free of charge downloadable quests. The first quest will be available at launch.

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate releases across Europe on 22 March for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS™, both at retail as well as on Nintendo eShop.

    Online play for gamers in Europe and North America will be completely free to play, although broadband Internet charges still apply.