Capcom posts rising sales, profits

Publisher's year-end results show that not even a sagging arcade business can offset gains made by lineup featuring Resident Evil 4 Wii, Devil May Cry 4.

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While other publishers chase the nontraditional market with minigame collections and brain training knock-offs, Capcom spent the last year riding core gamer genres to respectably growing sales and profits. The publisher today announced its year-end results, and cited the latest installments in its survival horror and gothic action series as prime performers at retail.

Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii, and Devil May Cry 4 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were among the games Capcom singled out in its full-year financial report today for the 12 months ended March 31, 2008. While the two zombie-slaying games for Nintendo's system "greatly exceeded" the company's sales projections, Devil May Cry 4 "achieved record sales for Capcom in recent years," selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Portable gaming also saw a handful of successes for Capcom. The company's Japanese PlayStation Portable Monster Hunter Freedom 2nd G also sold well, surpassing the million-unit mark despite being released at the tail end of the fiscal year. Meanwhile, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney became the best-selling installment in the Phoenix Wright franchise, selling more than 500,000 copies.

Full-year revenues for Capcom were ¥83 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year's nearly ¥74.5 billion. Net income also saw an uptick, as the publisher wound up netting ¥7.8 billion for the year, up 33 percent from the prior year's ¥5.9 billion.

Capcom had to overcome a slumping arcade business to post those gains. The company's arcade game sales were down more than 18 percent for the year, partly because "the market was shrinking drastically due to the weakening demand and decrease in purchasing power of arcade operators." Capcom's own arcade operating segment also struggled, as its operating profits plunged 63 percent to ¥753 million on slightly increased (less than 3 percent) sales of ¥13.4 billion.

Capcom's board of directors also commemorated the company's 25th anniversary, which occurs June 11. To celebrate the occasion and thank shareholders, the publisher will be upping the dividend paid to them for the first half of this year from ¥15 per share to ¥20 per share.

Discussion

88 comments
JACKAL1883
JACKAL1883

Good Job Capcom!!! your road to success will be to tap into the wallets of all the grown up gamers that have been playing your games since the NES. we all loved them when mom and dad bought them, and we all love them now when we spend over $200 a month on games. so give your audience what they want SF4, RE5, Darkstalkers 4, Marvel vs Capcom 3, bionic commando 3, Onimusha 5, Okami 2, Capcom all-stars fighter with charecters from all your games. We Love you Capaom and remember who puts food on your table

majidok
majidok

Spooky menu announcer voice "RESIDENT EVIL"

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

@AlphaZ3r0 Please explain. I wasn't aware of any issues from Marvel vs. Capcom 2 like that.

kpsikill
kpsikill

@rgame1 And that's why you'll probably just get remakes

AlphaZ3r0
AlphaZ3r0

Great for Capcom, but MVC3 probably won't ever happen, unless SF4 brings new life to the genre. Marvel is still very, very bitter about the profit splits of MVC2................

SPANNER-MAN
SPANNER-MAN

See what happens wen u go mutliplatform, u get more salesa and make more money

magusat999
magusat999

I love Capcom, their like Square-Enix mature brother who isn't on crack. they have a good handle on presenting themselves as a company who can cater to a cross-section of cultures. They were successful in the arcade days, and have achieved success through the transition to consoles. I have never heard anything pompous come out of the mouths of Capcom's leadership, and they are very consumer friendly. i hope they enjoy more success in the years to come. And i send a special wish that they surprise us with Breath of Fire 6, especially since Square has strayed so far away from the winning formula that the field is wide open for someone to stamp them completely out... just by making the game that that Square is supposed to make, but just refuses to.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@Sagacious_Tien, I'm with you on Darkstalkers, Rival Schools and Dino Crisis. They all could certainly use some current-gen iterations.

rgame1
rgame1

@kpsikill: no i won't. Capcom say wii is childish fanbase, but when they put ZW on wii it sold like crap. Thank goodness.

kpsikill
kpsikill

It's funny how people still blames Capcom for Clover Studios' demise when the blame should rest on gamers who prefer to spend money on terrible shooters with an FFVII name attached to it than buy original and creative games like Okami and God Hand. Wii fans complain that they only get remakes from Capcom. Then buy Zack & Wiki for crying out loud!

NDegree
NDegree

Congratulation Capcom you are that company whom they say which can not be stopped. I hope you guys are working on Dino Crisis 4 and Devil May Cry 5.

DemannameD
DemannameD

I'm still waiting to hear something about dead rising 2.... *crosses fingers*

nate1222
nate1222

@lamprey263 I understand your gripe. I'm pissed that Clover Sudio was nixed. I loved Okami as well. But Capcom still makes some goodies. RE:Umbrella Chronicals is an awesome game. It proves 2 things: (1) a series can get new life via a change in angle of story (2) "arcadey" genres such as RAIL SHOOTERS can still be fun and innovative. DMC4 is pretty cool, too. I played it on a coworkers 360. But I'd rather see Capcom drop some killer games on the Wii. Simply because PS3 and 360 aren't on my 'get' list.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 should also help boost sales and profits later this year.

twilight-X
twilight-X

cool but don't foeget about nintendo capcom

lamprey263
lamprey263

I've been caring less about Capcom ever since they let CloverStudios go (including the other key Capcom staff that left), as they made all the good games. Capcom owns the Resident Evil IP, which is really all they have going for them these days. Maybe they'll be able to bring Street Fighter back to fame it held in its glory days, we'll see. But still, what about making sequels to Dead Rising and Lost Planet? Why can't they do that instead of remaking Lost Planet (which they did TWICE), and they also did remakes of Okami and RE:4. DMC4 & RE:UC seem to be the last fresh ideas they've had for a while.

FUsquarepants
FUsquarepants

Come on CAPCOM, you have to show some love to the Wii now. Imagine if RE UC were a "traditional" RE title in the likeness of RE4, it would have done even better for them.

nate1222
nate1222

@kos1085 Marvel Vs Capcom 3 would sooooo rock. I played MVC on the Dreamcast and was in love with it.

demoralizer
demoralizer

Multiplat is the way to go. Good job Capcom!

nate1222
nate1222

Capcom probably played it smart and kept their development costs moderate. I applaud them. I still love RE4 and Mega Man Anniversery Collection (GC). When I can get a Wii, RE: Umbrella Chronicals is on my list. I've always liked the Resident Evil and Street Fighter series'. I worshipped Bionic Commando and the Mega Man games on NES. Capcom has earned their success. Keep up to good work capcom! =)

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was just revealed; that's the closest that you folks will get to MVC 3.

Ranteal
Ranteal

i agree with Sagacious_Tien, if we just look north past the fruit, all they have is jars of nene fun.

elozl
elozl

Nice, who would tell that RE4 is still giving them money today! lol of course! its a great game!! Good day people!

kos1085
kos1085

Besides RE5, you know what would really make capcom profits rise. MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3. I hope they consider this after the finish with street fighter.

akiwak
akiwak

OK great now we need RE5 and Dead Rising 2..... please....?

Merl57
Merl57

i wish DMC4 wasn't so repetitive and so difficult to get achievements in. And I wish you could do Co-op

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Capcom is doing well, and chasing the core gamers seems to be working for them. They are also doign well in offering downloadable games for core gamers. But they are really whoring out some of their franchises now (notably Street Fighter and Resident Evil) and they should look at making some titles in their lesser known franchises back, such as Darkstalkers, Dino Crisis, Rival Schools, Auto Modellista, Onimusha, Viewtiful Joe, Final Fight, Ghosts and Goblins, Powerstone or so many of their other titles...

Franzkill
Franzkill

Well from this news it seems capcom are doing good for themselves. What would be nice is to release sequels to games like Power Stone 2, MVC 2 and Tech Romancer. Personally I think they were fantastic games.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Dead Rising 2 can be a killer game if they tweak a few things and make a better save game system. Anyway, glad to hear that Capcom is on a boom. Good company all around.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Core gamers run the industry. Bejeweled 2 doesn't drive the video game industry.

GrayHalo
GrayHalo

I like hearing the word "Rising" from capcom, but I would prefer that it was preceded by "Dead" and succeeded by "2"

Buttonio
Buttonio

I've been really impressed with all the recent Capcom games on 360: Dead Rising, Lost Planet and DMC 4 have all been great, if flawed.

Eloy
Eloy

and they still are not thinking in bring Resident Evil 5 to Wii?...shame on them!

bawathegamer
bawathegamer

except for dmc series i love all of capcoms games.dmc4 looks kind of cool though. alot of nostalgia with megaman.

mashom
mashom

Capcom on the peak. it is true capcom trying best to satisfy their client, most of games like DMC and Resident Evil going best, but some of cartonic type like marvel is not doing well.. i hope they make some changes in future.

dreamcastdre
dreamcastdre

Capcom has been easily one of the top 2 or 3 dev/publishers this generation. All I need from them is Dead Rising 2 and I can die a happy man.

Dualmask
Dualmask

DMC 4 wasn't as good as DMC 3, but it was still a fun game in my opinion. I never got to play RE:UC but I heard it was a lot of fun, and I certainly enjoyed RE4: WIi Edition more than the GC version. It's great that Capcom is doing well with its game sales on all platforms. Not all 3rd party developers do badly on Wii, and if the ones that do sell poorly would just step up their game development efforts, maybe they can earn Capcom-like profits too.

Homerj
Homerj

What Capcom has done in diversifying its products and customer demographic is being eyed jealously by other Japanese devs like Square. Capcom has hit the perfect stride with the western market on the 360, with solid offerings like LP and brilliant games like DMC4 and DR. They have some work yet to do on the Wii (which is the majority of the Japanese software market anyway)....while their ports of RE4 and and Okami are nothing short of brilliant, they need to send some quality original content that way as well. And as Square already has found out...remakes and ports on the DS are money in the bank for both Japanese and Western markets. Now if Capcom would just think about sending Snowblind (one of the two best graphics engines in this gen hands down...the other is Scimitar from Ubi Montreal) into the middleware market, we gamers would have something to look forward to besides the steaming pile of crap that is UE3, and Capcom could cement its position in the world-wide scope of the industry.

LURCH87
LURCH87

CAPCOM makes great games it deserves it.8)

lightningbugx
lightningbugx

Capcom needs to bring back the classic Mega Man. I know they can restart it and give an enhanced story and etc.

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

That's all well and good but where is Marvel vs. Capcom 3?