If there’s one title that could propel the PlayStation Vita’s sales sky high in Japan, it would be Monster Hunter. While the likeable Soul Sacrifice has proved a decent substitute – becoming the console’s third best selling title in its domestic territory – Eastern owners of the struggling system are still hungry for a full blown entry in the Capcom-published series.

EDGE picked up on the predictable requests as part of a survey in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. The publication polled 1,500 Japanese gamers, and found that many of the respondents are desperate to cull some innocent animals on the handheld’s enormous OLED screen. “The [available Vita] games are of great quality, but I’d love to play a game such as Monster Hunter at that quality,” said one.

In all, 37.3 per cent of those polled said that they were ‘happy’ with the software selection on the Vita, with just 7.4 per cent adding that they were ‘extremely happy’. On the flipside, 25.8 per cent said that they were ‘unhappy’ with the content on the console, with a more sizeable 14.2 per cent noting that they were ‘extremely unhappy’.

However, it wasn’t all bad. The respondents rated the console at an average of 75 out of 100, which seems reasonable to us. Furthermore, many said that they were hotly anticipating the impending God Eater 2 and Dragon’s Crown. The absence of Monster Hunter remains a very real problem, though – and judging by recent comments from Capcom, the situation looks unlikely to change.

[via famitsu.com, edge-online.com]