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All Monster Hunter Games In Order Of Story & Release Date

Here's a list of all the Monster Hunter games in order of release dates.

Since the release of the first Monster Hunter game for the PS2 console back in 2004, this franchise has grown to be one of the most beloved action role-playing games in the world. Numerous other media items like Manga, Anime, a trading card game, animated film, and a 2020 live-action film have been made centered around this series. But with so many different games spanning across generations of consoles and backed up with an equal number of expansions and enhanced versions, understanding the game order can be a bit confusing. Unlike games in the West, where we tend to follow a numerical pattern, Monster Hunter opted to follow a specific name “keyword” instead of numbers after the first 4 main games. So to help you in this labyrinth of the naming system here’s our list of all the Monster Hunter games in order of release date.

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All Monster Hunter Games in Order Of Story (2022)

All Monster Hunter Games in Order of Release Date

As the naming of the MH games can get a bit confusing due to their release dates spread across many years apart, I tried to include their DLC expansions and enhanced versions under every title too.

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  1. (2004) Monster Hunter
    • Monster Hunter G (2005)
    • Monster Hunter Freedom (2005)
  2. (2006) Monster Hunter 2
    • Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (2008)
    • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (2009)
  3. (2007) Monster Hunter Frontier Online [renamed to Monster Hunter Frontier Z]
  4. (2009)Monster Hunter Tri
    • Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (2010)
    • Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate (2011)
  5.  (2010) Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village
    • Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village G (2011)
    • Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX (2015)
  6. (2011) Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting
  7. (2013) Monster Hunter 4
    1. Monster Hunter 4G (2014)
    2. Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (2015)
  8. (2013) Monster Hunter: Frontier G
    • Monster Hunter Frontier Z (2016)
  9. (2013) Monster Hunter Online
  10. Monster Hunter Spirits (2015)
  11. Monster Hunter Explore (2015)
  12. (2016) Monster Hunter Generations
    • Monster Hunter Generations: Ultimate (2017)
  13. (2016) Monster Hunter Stories
  14. (2018) Monster Hunter: World
    • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (2019)
  15. (2020) Monster Hunter Riders
  16. (2021) Monster Hunter Rise
    • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (2022)
  17. (2021) Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

This list includes both main series games and spinoffs. Both the main series games & spinoffs on consoles or PC are the ones in bold. Many of the titles above are also either DLCs or enhanced versions with updated audio, visuals, and gameplay improvements. They have also been released from platforms like PS2 to Nintendo Switch and even PC.

All Monster Hunter Games in Order of Release Date

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So here’s a table retelling of all the Monster Hunter games in order of release date for your convenience:

Game Title Note Platforms
MH Main Series PS2
MH G Enhanced Version for Japan & Korea PS2, Wii
MH Freedom Monster Hunter G’s enhanced port PSP
MH 2 Main Series PS2
MH Frontier Online / MH Frontier Z Spinoff PC, & Xbox 360
MH Freedom 2 Game with MH2 core content + new content PSP
MH Freedom Unite MHF2’s enhanced version + port PSP, Vita, iOS
MH Tri (MH3) Main Series Wii, 3DS, & Wii U
MH Portable 3rd Game with MH Tri core content + new content PSP, & PS3
MH Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village Spinoff PSP, & 3DS
MH Dynamic Hunting Spinoff iOS
MH 3: Ultimate MH Tri enhanced version + MH Portable 3rd content 3DS, & Wii U
MH 4 Main Series 3DS
MH: Frontier G Spinoff PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U
MH Online Spinoff PC
MH 4G MH4 enhanced version for Japan 3DS
MH 4: Ultimate MH4 enhanced version for North America & Europe New 3DS, & 3DS XL
MH Spirits Spinoff Arcade
MH Explore Spinoff Android, & iOS
MH Generations Spinoff 3DS
MH Stories Spinoff 3DS, Android, & Ios
MH Generations: Ultimate Monster Hunter Generations’ enhanced version Switch
MH: World Main Series PC, PlayStation 4, & Xbox One
MH World: Iceborne DLC & also a standalone title PC, PlayStation 4, & Xbox One
MH Riders Spinoff Android, & iOS
MH Rise Main Series PC, & Switch
MH Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Spinoff PC, & Switch
MH Rise: Sunbreak MHR expansion PC, & Switch

That was all for our list of all the Monster Hunter games in order of release dates. While you are here, also check out the topics we have covered in our Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin, and Monster Hunter World Guides.

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