Monster Hunter 2 is the sequel of Monster Hunter. It was only released in Japan because the Monster Hunter series had only a small cult following elsewhere in the world, while being huge in Japan. New features include day and night changes, seasons, new monsters and new weapon types. Monster Hunter 2 did not see a North American release. However, Monster Hunter Freedom 2, a game based on its content, was able to make it to American shores.
More shops, the local shop in Jumbo is a Felyne standing on a cart, a travelling merchant appears from time to time to sell other items, when the Blacksmith area is upgraded, a third shop is opened which sells battle-oriented items.
There is no Kitchen in this game, but there is a Felyne who performs a similar function to the Felyne kitchen. It only cooks if you provide 2 non-quest consumable food, which can be obtained by gathering or bought at shops.
Able to mine at the village cave by giving the miner pickaxes.
Minigames are added exclusively to Jumbo (Arm wrestling and Drinking).
Day, Night and Seasons system, which affect monster spawns and quests that can be taken.
There are 3 seasons, Hot, Cold and Breeding, during the Hot Season it is impossible to take quests in the Desert, in the Cold Season, the Snowy Mountains become unavailable, the Breeding Season has all areas available, time of day and seasons change dynamically.
Players can pause the game during Offline Quests.
New Training school exclusive to Jumbo.
New Armor Upgrade System, which requires Materials much like Weapons.
A new set of Hunting Locations with the same themes as those in 1st Generation.
Completely new Locations, such as the Tower and the Town.