Monster Hunter Portable 3rd ROM is a 2010 video game in the Monster Hunter franchise for the PlayStation Portable system that was released in Japan on December 1, 2010. The game sold 4 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PlayStation Portable game of all time. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version was released for the PlayStation 3 on August 25, 2011, and features higher quality graphics than the original.
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is an action role-playing game set in a third-person perspective. The player takes control of a hunter who completes quests assigned by the Village Elder to earn money and advance in rank. Quests are divided into key quests, which progress the main story, and optional side quests designe Monster Hunter Portable 3rd features improved graphics and new gameplay mechanics over its predecessors. The game introduces three new flagship monsters, as well as subspecies of existing flagship monsters. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd also adds new methods of transportation, such as riding on the back of large monsters.