Capcom sales up, operating income down

The company's third-quarter financials hold steady, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Monster Hunter Freedom 2 boost sales.

Osaka-based Capcom has released its latest set of financials for its fiscal third quarter, ending December 31, 2007. Net sales were up 4.8 percent over the same period last year to 51.7 billion yen (approx $485 million), although operating income was down 8.2 percent to 6 billion yen ($56 million). Ordinary income also decreased 15.3 percent to 6.5 million yen ($61 million), along with net income, which was down 17.8 percent to 3.6 million yen.

The company singled out Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii as driving strong sales, particularly in the US and Europe, and Monster Hunter Freedom 2 as being a top seller in Japan. Capcom also commented that preorders and sales of Devil May Cry 4 and Monster Hunter Freedom 2G "showed healthy growth." Conversely, We Love Golf! and Mega Man Star Force 2 only saw "sluggish" sales.

On the arcade side of things, operations and games sales business were "weak," and there was a technical issue with arcade game Donkey Kong Banana Kingdom, which saw the game not do so well.

As a result of these numbers, Capcom raised its forecast for net sales for the full financial year of 2007 to 82 billion yen ($770 million), up 4.6 percent on the forecast made in November. It also raised its forecast for operating income to 12 billion yen ($113 million), a rise of 15 percent.

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halo_freak12
halo_freak12

Sigh.The beauty of a well made game.Monster hunter is a series that needs better attention.Street fighter has more than enough versions.Dead rising is a free roaming game that actually allows you to go in the shops this time.And your in a mall.

KILLSYOU123
KILLSYOU123

Plz there needs to be another monster hunter but not for the wii or ds oug anything but them!

senses_fail187
senses_fail187

I agree with cooldude03, I want a Dead Rising 2 but add more of a sandbox feel to it...DR was way too time constricted and the survivors' AI was so incredibly terrible. Getting DMC4 very soon.

Gordfacekiller
Gordfacekiller

Devil may cry, Onimusha, and Resident evil on PSP please!!!!!

cooldude03
cooldude03

Devil May Cry 4 should help sales alot. Capcom what we want is Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter 4, Dead Rising 2 and Lost Planet 2. Make it happen my money is waiting.

poor_bastard
poor_bastard

pencilpusher69 You have about 1/3 of the picture right. The two pieces you're missing are, not only are the development costs through the roof but Sony and Microsoft have increased the platform royalty they charge publishers on a per disk basis (and want to take a wild guess as to how much over last generation?) The final piece is used game sales are now to the point where developers are REALLY getting worried. Little known fact 53 out of every 100 games Gamestop sells is a used copy of which developers/publishers don't get a single cent....

lamprey263
lamprey263

UC was cool, but that Wii Zapper is crap for it. Anyhow, Capcom needs to get their Clover Studios kind of creativity back.

boobush
boobush

No kidding, but I got the Umbrella Chronicles before getting a Wii.

nate1222
nate1222

@ghost867 I've played UC. It's great! It's basically a 'Rail Shooter', think: House Of The Dead or Time Crisis. UC walks side-by-side with those classics. If you like the old school arcade style shooters, you'll love UC. I haven't checked out DMC4, yet. I'm a 360 man at the moment, so DMC4 is on my radar. But I really want a Wii. When I can get one UC is on my 'buy' list.

ghost867
ghost867

People actually bought Umbrella Chronicles? Wow, from everything I've heard the game is awful, but hey, people buy a lot of games (Wii Play/Mario Party 8). I think DMC4 will get some decent sales on both platforms, but I don't think there will be nearly as much as they expect. I don't think to many people were happy with that demo, which IMO was pretty mediocre.

plaintruth123
plaintruth123

I pre-ordered DMC4 for the PS3. I loved the demo, i got it at a special promotional price of £24.99 from Gamestation, the offer was only on for an hour. Now its gone back up to £39.99 :D

nate1222
nate1222

I want RE:UC when I get a Wii! I'm hoping Capcom brings some of their Dreamcast titles to the Wii via disc (I know Dreamcast games via download won't work). Cannon Spike, SF3 3rd Strike, etc... That would so rock.

bardkieran
bardkieran

Good news that UC is one of their money generators. That will bring Capcom to make RE:5 for the Wii as well. In fact, they could use the RE4 engine and just add the art, sound and scripting assets to it along with the new story and probably get it out fairly quickly....and before anyone says that the graphics will be worse, etc, RE:4 was a gorgeous looking game and I have no issues with seeing more games with those graphics.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

And potentially DMC 4. Hard to get in first day if you didn't reserve.

sundweller
sundweller

Yet, up to this day "some" reviewers refuse to give Monster Hunter a decent review...I'll never understand that. Go Capcom!

jolyon22
jolyon22

Omg wow than dragon is... is ... is ... so .....so.....so....big!!!!! aaaaaaarrrrrrrr

leesius
leesius

glad the company is doing great. i agree with pencilpusher69 the industry is headin for trouble. i have a 360 but in all fairness if it was'nt for the wii companies would be broke by now

Azhar85
Azhar85

I am one of the capcom fans...hope their company will always success...go DMC and RE series...i hope they still support 360 to the end..

d3f1anc3
d3f1anc3

Capcom and Sega for me... my two favorite console game companies. REUC was a pretty medicore game... surprised to hear the game did so well. I'm very anxious for Street Fighter 4.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

ya wii is becoming the main platform ,,, notice how many 3rd parties didnt put any gta or violent games on gc aside from re ts and 007 now look at wii ,,, the godfather driver paralel lines ,, red steel etc,, but any how i noticed sony is losing big time

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

CAPCOM is a great company;it has great games too;RE series is enough for his greatness;it knows what gamers want and deserve them the best style in gaming;go ahead,go;

beastmr2
beastmr2

I WANNA NEW MEGAMAN LEDGENDS GAME DAMNIT!!! YOU GOT THE MONEY CAPCOM SO DONT BE A BUTT-HOLE AND JUST MAKE IT!!!!

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

Way to go Capcom but yeah they should start bringing the original megaman

lightningbugx
lightningbugx

If they want Mega Man to have some good growth, they need to restart the original series.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

To those who say "make better games, make more profit", I have to say you sound completely at a loss for how this industry works. Capcom is SELLING MORE GAMES, capiche? Yet they've made less money. The reason: 360 and PS3 games cost THAT MUCH MORE TO MAKE. As Konami, and others have stated, with a game like MG4, if they don't sell 1M copies on the first day, they're going to lose their shirts. Average games have to sell 500k just to break even. Anybody notice that this isn't the first publisher this year with this EXACT SAME PREDICAMENT? Without Wii and DS, this industry would crash harder than the crash of the 80's. But some of you can keep telling yourselves that *that* could NEVER happen! Oh, and Monster Hunter going Nintendo exclusive is a HUGE blow for Sony, for anybody who follows gaming news. (Oh, and once again a 3rd party company cites the Wii for it's income. This is becoming a trend, if you pay attention.)

Olaoye_tw
Olaoye_tw

is monster hunter freedom 2 really a good game?

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Capcom developed a Donkey Kong game? That's news to me.

onequarter
onequarter

Not that good that the best selling games are a quick wii port and a psp game that hasn't made much inroads into the usa at all. I call this the "Square-Enix effect" where the company spams quickie ports, retreads, low-cost portable games, and budget titles to fund the one or two serious projects that take three years to do.

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

Capcom's gotta hand it to their tons of loyal followers. I'm one of them, personally. I love Umbrella Chronicles.

DoomBringer2010
DoomBringer2010

@OKASSAR it isnt ordinary it is extrordinary, but i mean u hav to play it not base it on gamespots reviews

okassar
okassar

GOD DANGIT!!!!!!!I wanted DMC4 to be good and it turns out it's an ordinarily good game.I don't play ordinarily good games,I only play the great ones....Now I have to wait until GTA4...April....

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

Monster Hunter is a great series. I would love to see more games with that type of atmosphere and challenge.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

YOU ALL SUCK MONSTER HUNTER IS AN AWSOME GAME YOU GUYS DONT REALLY SUCK

Wyrm_King
Wyrm_King

I expect their sales will greatly increase with the release of DMC4 and RE5 i'm realy lookin forward to both of those games and i'm crossing my fingers and praying that they will make an Onimusha for the next gen consoles coz' that would be an awesome game

Alik
Alik

I think so too

tearoy
tearoy

Capcom should actually merger with EA, so we can see Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and I'm pretty sure capcom can give EA help on some of their rather boring games.

Karaam
Karaam

just hope they use that money wisely and invest it into making RE5 just as kick @$$ as its predecessor.

huskerman34
huskerman34

That sounds like some one will be getting a really good bonus and recognition. Looks like Capcom wont be selling to Ea or MIcrosoft! just kidding.

WekserReeds
WekserReeds

They need to put that new money into finishing RE5 and Dead Rising 2! :)

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

Can't wait for the new games when they come out

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Capcom should keep its operating income under control, because all will end well when they finally drop SF4, and RE5 on as many platforms as possible (next year hopefully).

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

Whta's with Capcom?? I know we got DMC4 now, but there hasn't been much from them lately. Capcom, we need more of your games!!!

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Forthcoming Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 titles should help rejuvenate sales and, as a suggestion, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 wouldn't hurt either.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Great news for capcom, and with DMC 4 all most out & resident evil 5 at the end of the year their sales should increase by the masses.