Darkside Chronicles disappoints as Capcom profits jump

Japanese publisher reports 866 percent surge in net profits for holiday quarter on strength of Monster Hunter, Ace Attorney games, but sequel to Wii Resident Evil spin-off disappoints.

Most publishers live for the holiday quarters, loading up their strongest lineup of hits in the last three months of the year. However, Capcom has made a habit of scheduling its heaviest hitters in the January-March window, the final stretch of its fiscal year.

The Darkside Chronicles' decomposing denizens were well-matched by rotten sales.

As a result, the fiscal results for the quarter ending December 31 that it released today were typically subdued, much like those of last year. The publisher's recently completed third quarter was a little different, as Capcom today reported ¥1.73 billion ($19.13 million) in net profits for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2009--a leap of 866 percent from the same period the year before. Despite the significantly higher earnings, Capcom's sales for the period were up only 5.9 percent year-over-year, to ¥49.99 billion ($552.87 million).

In a statement accompanying the figures, the publisher noted a stronger game industry, perked up by recent price cuts to the major consoles. However, Capcom has noticed a leveling off of the business that it attributes to "the prolonged recession with declining consumer confidence and decreasing demand."

The publisher was subdued in its analysis of the first nine months of the year, saying it had "only a few flagship titles" released over the span. Of those, Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii was labeled a strong seller, breaking into Capcom's ranks of million-plus-selling titles with 1.1 million copies sold through the end of 2009.

Other games experiencing brisk sales included the Japanese DS launches of Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney and Mega Man Battle Network: Operation Shooting Star, and a PSP budget rerelease of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Resident Evil 5, released in the last quarter of the publisher's previous fiscal year, was also singled out for accolades given its continued strong sales.

Not every title of the publisher's fared so well. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles on the Wii experienced disappointingly slow sales for the publisher, as did the Wii release of Okami. Launched in the US in April of 2008, the Nintendo console port of the 2006 Clover Studios game was not launched in Japan until October 2009.

While the publisher is ahead of its previous-year pace through three quarters, it expects to give up those gains and then some in the current quarter. Where Capcom's previous fourth quarter saw the release of hits like Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5, the publisher in December delayed three of its most anticipated titles--Lost Planet 2, the Western release of Monster Hunter Tri, and Super Street Fighter IV--to its next fiscal year. As a result, the publisher expects full-year revenues to be down more than 29 percent to ¥65 billion ($718.95 million), with net income down 75 percent to ¥2 billion ($22.12 million).

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magusat999
magusat999

There is a lot of titles that Capcom makes that are great - but there's one big black eye... BREATH OF FIRE! They are making sequels and remakes - even rehashes (more zombie games... come on, enough already) but they refuse to make another Breath of Fire! Disappointing! Bad Capcom, Bad, Bad Capcom! Now go to your room and think about what you did! I don't understand them buying the rights back from Square and then blowing the series off like that. What a waste of effort. At least Square might have made something with it, even though they reserve the good stuff fro Final Fantasy... well on second thought, maybe not - it's not as if they have managed the Chrono Trigger series properly... hmmmm... this requires more introspection. But no more Breath of Fire is STILL wrong!

trdrstv
trdrstv

@huntervaneg "For me Darskside represented an improvement over its predecessor... Obviously as RE:UC, Darkside fun factor is on the cooperative mode... It is a shame that the majority of Wii owners are satisfied with the shovelware (party games) that are the main part of Wii library..." Just know that some of us were playing House of the Dead Overkill instead.

NINSSGG
NINSSGG

By the way tatsunoko vs capcom is good so im call of duty 4 modern warfare reflex wii AND DON'T FORGET THE SKY IS BLUE, THE GRASS IS GREEN.

Henninger
Henninger

Aight i already posted earlier on this & will state briefly once again wut i said, CAPCOM WE WANT A REMAKE OF RE2 AND RE3! Now i also wanna say that a new Resident Evil game with other characters would b nice. I personally wanna know wut happend to Barry. I want a game where u play as Wesker thru the whole game. I want a game where u play as Ada (RE4's Seperate Ways & the other 1, cant remember the name, dont count). & what about Billy & Rebecca. What happend to Billy? Did he make it out the forest? Remember the forest wuz filled with t-virus infested dogs and prolly a few straggler zombies. What happend to Rebecca after the mansion incident? She wuz one of the survivors along with Chris, Jill, Barry, Brad, & Wesker (but u true fans of the series already knew that). & wut happend to the other characters from the other not so great games of the series, Ark Tompson & the other guy from RE Dead Aim? These r the questions i want to know or games i wanna play. Another question, wut happend to Sherry Birkin? She wuz taken by Wesker & that wuz the end of it. How u gonna leave it @ that? Wut happend to the research done with Steve Burnsides corpse when Wesker took his remains? Come on Capcom if ur not gonna remake the games @ least follow up on the other characters of the series.

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

For me Darskside represented an improvement over its predecessor... Obviously as RE:UC, Darkside fun factor is on the cooperative mode... It is a shame that the majority of Wii owners are satisfied with the shovelware (party games) that are the main part of Wii library, Darkside as Mad World and other serious games for serious gamers are victmins of this reality... That is why I had to buy an Xbox 360 (to satisfy my hungriness for excelent hardcore games), despite my passion for the great N.

maxgil2
maxgil2

As good as a Darkside Chronicles is (I like it) ..its not the game that majority of Wii owners wanted, hence its a failure. As someone mention before it would have been much better to do a remake of RE2 with RE4 view ..

Dualmask
Dualmask

@ grognard Yeah, you're probably right about splitting hairs. Good to have an intelligent debate, at any rate.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@jedikevin2 You are correct. This is why 99% of wii owners only by nintendo published/developed games because no one wants to get burned by a game that wasn't made with passion. If 3rd parties are putting there heart and soul into hd games then why support there wii games. ONLY NINTENDO PUT THERE HEART & SOUL INTO THE WII NO ONELSE DOES. That's a lesson I hope everyone hear learns when buying wii or ds games for that matter

dycsan
dycsan

Interesting. I live in Japan and went to buy Darkside Chronicles over the weekend. I went to 7 different stores and they had all sold out of it. So it seems to being selling ok here, at least in my neighborhood.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

@grognard Base on your comment, I'm assuming that a game that does not sell well means that the game does not "measure up" ? In a overall sense, good 3rd party games on the Wii don't sell well because of lack of money in advertisements, lack of online review sites devoting time for launch centers and previews on good Wii titles, and a overall acceptance of ignorance. The only 3rd party game I can think not to follow this and attempt to get such recognition is Tatsunoko vs Capcom but even that is lackluster compared to the advertising of bigger games such as Mass Effect 2. Many 3rd party companies don't push there Wii games like they do for there Ps3/360 counterparts. Wii games outside of Nintendo seem to get shrouded in a mask of grey. People may hear about the game but far to often from my experience, it does not get any fanfare leading up to its release. This leads to horrible sales because people don't know about the games and nowadays people want to be told what to buy. Gone are the glory days where people actually investigated titles and found great games on their own. I still do but I understand I'm a minority. Our culture sadly is not about releasing great titles as its about releasing a good title and cramming as much advertisement as possible to sell the game. Outside of Nintendo's games, other companies do not pursue that on the Wii and when a game fails to sell, they go looking for excuses.

blutundkrieg666
blutundkrieg666

i agree with cardoka, do a res evil 2 remake for ps3/360 you would think that capcom would know their res evil customers don't buy kiddie consoles.

grognard
grognard

@Dualmask - we're probably just splitting hairs here, friend. I would like to point out that all the PSP games you mentioned (actually any PSP game) have underperformed too. Again, I think the common thread is that when people think Assassin's Creed, Dante's Inferno, etc. their expectations are set by the next gen versions. The reason a Wii or PSP game of existing next gen franchises does not sell nearly as well is simply because it does not measure up. I forget who originally questioned my Metroid Prime inclusion, but want to point out that I never said it was a Mature RATED game - just a Mature game and that it is one of the lowest selling Nintendo developed Wii exclusives to date (I believe only Wii Music sold less). There's a reason Nintendo pulled the plug so quickly on the Trilogy. Since I'm 43 I never even bother looking at ratings of games as I don't think cursing/violence/etc. is what makes a game "Mature".

stereotype14
stereotype14

Bayonetta has not lit up the sales charts even with all the 10 out of 10s it is getting. Oh wait, it is on the HD consoles. Never mind. Maybe developers and publishers should stop making games for themselves and actually think about what people want to play. Enough of this syndrome of wanting to be worshiped as a genius or wagging your finger at customers because people spend money on what they want to play, not on what developers and publishers want to force feed and hype up.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Shocking, a adult game for the Wii didn't sell. None have and none will ever.

luffy11234
luffy11234

@HonorOfGod yo i wouldnt think i need people like you to be there at the bat 2 fix these mistakes. i dont need this crap i said something that most people would get. the other 1 percent,u, really have to fix me? get a god dam life!

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Also, a lot of times I feel like I'm the only female nintendo fan on this site. Everyone including gamespot bashes nintendo, the wii and the ds. You guys make us casual gamers feel unwanted. You laugh at japanese gamers for not buying into the xbox because we prefer the wii, but people just like me are not buying wii systems for the 3rd party games and the proof is in the sales. NINTENDO branded games with there name on the boxes will always sell faster no matter how crappy they are. Wii music and animal crossing has sold close to 5 million already. Need more proof

angelGP32
angelGP32

@ Poodger: that simply isn't true, or at least you can't say you know that for fact. The fact is the Wii demographic is COMPLETELY different. If the game would have been sold exclusively on either the PS3 or 360, I would almost bet my paycheck it would have sold more copies than the Wii because the base of both of those systems is not causal gamers. And even with RE IV. Perfect example. how many units sold so far total? Not even 2mil? or 2.5mil? You would think for as long as it has been, if there's as many mature gamers on the Wii, that want mature games, that it would have sold 3 mil by now, I mean it only took Gears of War 10 weeks to reach 3 mil. So your whole arguement is rubbish, the demographic is different, and the fact is that M games will not sell as well on the Wii, you cannot show me one M game that was outsold on the Wii vs the other systems counterpart, and again, how many more Wii's are out there?

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@kiramasaki Hello sir. Long time no see. I know we aren't the best of friends. Your all sony and I'm all nintendo but I enjoy reading your thoughts. Your right most of the time. I understand how most of you people feel about the 3rd party situation but nintendo's 1st party games are just to hard to top. There games always sell. Metroid prime actually sold millions of copies but it wasn't M-rated so it doesn't count. Nonetheless, I did miss talking about games with you kiramasaki

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

An example of a "quality Mature game" on the Wii is MadWorld. Fin

Poodger
Poodger

@grognard You also mentioned something about "quality Mature games". This game is NOT a quality mature game. It wouldn't have sold very well on the PS3 or Xbox 360 either, since it lacks quality. Hence the reason it did not sell well on Wii. No one wants to place 50-60 dollars on a light rail shooter, when they can go to the arcade and play the same thing for 25 cents. Also, when it comes down to it, it is the GAMES which make or break a system, not the system itself. If the system has bad games, it wont do well. So it is absolutely reasonable to blame the developers for the success of a system or title, especially in this case, where the game is not up to par with M rated games such as RE4: Wii Edition. Hardware capabilities has never hindered the sales of M rated games in the past either. The technical aspect of games has nothing to do with how good a game is. As for controls, the Wii obviously DOES lend itself to many traditional genres, seeing as the controls for the very successful RE:4 were hailed as "better than the original" by many gamers and reviewers alike.

Poodger
Poodger

@grognard I disagree entirely. If mature games never sold on the Wii, Resident Evil 4 would have NEVER sold well on it. By your logic, RE4 would have floundered because there is no audience for it. This logic is flawed though due to the incredible success of some mature games on the system, along with the fact that just about everyone owns a Wii now. Even gamers who would consider themselves "hardcore" or are into M rated games. I don't care if anyone says the system is bad, because I don't really enjoy it much myself. I do believe in its potential though, and to have someone say that the system cannot sell mature games is absolutely ridiculous given the evidence I have presented. You continued to fail in your post when you not only called Metroid Prime an M rated game (it was rated Teen FYI), but you said it didn't do well, which is completely false. This goes to show that you have NO idea what you are talking about.

thetravman
thetravman

This game is underrated. Alot of effort went into it (except for the dialogue) and it's great for a rail shooter. I have nothing against the genre because of its accessibility.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

I think we love Nintendo games for the same reason the Virtual Console exists. They're darn good at making games. Super Mario Bros. 1,2,3, and World. Metroid, Metroid II Super Metroid, Star Tropics, Kirby's Dreamland, Kirby's Adventure, and a whole slew of other titles. We love Nintendo because their titles are perennial. We can go back to them any time and have a blast. That same pedigree exists today. I'm playing through Twiligh Princess (Again). Plus I can pop in Mario Galaxy any time and have fun. NSMBW is another such title that will stand the test of time. Gamers can go back to those games and have fun again and again. That's why I love Nintendo. they make games I will always want to play. Fact is, everyone loves Nintendo (even if they won't admit it). Why else do the PS360 fans want Nintendo as a 3rd party so badly? ^_^

Dualmask
Dualmask

@grognard Not to belabor the point, but that still doesn't explain why the PSP gets certain titles that the Wii would be more than capable of handling, like the handheld games Assassin's Creed Bloodlines and Dante's Inferno. Since there's also a version of ACII on the DS, it's clearly not a Nintendo thing. I get that we've been conditioned as gamers to expect things to advance in certain ways (and often brainwashed into believing that advancing the horsepower of a console is the only way or even the best way to advance the gaming medium), but if versions of the game are going to be made on so-called "last-gen" hardware (the PSP is a handheld PS2), why not make it for the console that has the largest install base if the hardware is capable?

cardkoda
cardkoda

YOUR FAULT CAPCOM! If they were smart they would've done a remake for the good consoles. I have been waiting for a Resident Evil 2 remake for ps3 and 360 for ages. Than it would have sold and been better. Don't make it a crappy light gun shooter

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Capcom should know that the mainstream market isn't interested in some undead, light gun shooter and the hardcore isn't interested in it BECAUSE it's a lightgun shooter ( spin-off ). Add to the fact that it's completely mediocre and it isn't really surprising to me that it had lackluster sales.

grognard
grognard

@Dualmask, I hear what you're saying, but I think it's important to note that people's expectations of what a game should be has changed since the last generation of consoles. I believe the problem is that the demographic which would be attracted to a Mature game has more than one console. If they're going to buy a Mature title they'll be more inclined to get the most advanced version of it rather than a version consistent with last gen games. For example, a game like The Conduit would have been perfectly fine last gen but did not hold up well to today's FPS offerings on 360/PS3.

kbaily
kbaily

Well duh, Capcom. Wii owners are tired of a bunch of outdated rail shooters. Why not make a real shooter for Wii owners for once. You did a great job with the RE4 port and you're wasting money and graphical power on a genre that was nearly dead anyway and offers little room for growth.

alphamale1989
alphamale1989

Darkside Chronicles was a lot of fun. If you have a Wii definitely consider buying it - especially if you can play it through with a friend.

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

On an additional note, Okami sold twice the copies for Wii as it did for PS2, despite the large base already available for the PS2 whe it was release, compared to the time when it was released for the Wii. Umbrella Chronicles had sold more tnah a million, but it has been more than 2 years in the market. Darkside had already sold more than 400k so, I don't see a problem for it reaching a million copies at the end of the year D.C. is a great game and there are some of us who actually love on rail shooters and demand more Dead Space, House of the Dead and Resident Evil!

hipposai
hipposai

What a bull****. Darkside Chronicles is a wonderful game. No matter is it rail or not. It's all about atmosphere to me. It deserves 8.5 instead of 6.0. But maybe you're right and problem is with the genre, not the game.

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

I'm pretty sure Darkside Chronicles can still have legs to sell for a while. I'm still waiting to buy it. Also, I don't think that was the actual purpose of the article but GS always enjoys bashing anything Wii, and a lot of readers fall in the provocation, for the good and the bad...

Angre_Leperkan
Angre_Leperkan

Good for capcom, I still don't like em. I mean, they come out with some good titles like RE5 and Street Fighter, but they try n venture into other markets(dark void) and fail miserably. Just depressing. I think they shudd stick to what they know.

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

good. i hate on rails. i bought umbrella chronicles, finished playing it in a few hours, never played it since. make an actual game CAPCOM to all developers: no more rail shooters

Dualmask
Dualmask

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Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

In all fairness, the rail shooter is a dead genre. I don't think a single one has been released the HD consoles because everyone recognizes that it died back in the Saturn/PS1 era. Maybe next time they won't make games in irrelevant genres and be shocked that the market reacts in an irrelevant way.

El_Conrado
El_Conrado

@grognard: Metroid Prime 3 is a million seller, and it's rated T.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I played Resi 4 on the Wii once and I loved that version compared to the PS2 one and the game sold well on the system. What Capcom should do is release a Real resident evil game. You know not a remade of past RE title, not a on rails shooter but a survival horror fest where you are always low on ammo and the controls of the Wii can be used very intuitively.

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

It is a shame that Wii owners don't support the quality core games their platform gets. I wish I had a Wii... there are actually some games now that I'm interested in.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@grognard Tech has nothing to do with the presumed failure of M-rated games on Wii. There were plenty of M-rated games on all three systems last gen when all three systems were similar in power. They didn't sell well on Gamecube because the developers treated treated the ports poorly. There are plenty of M-rated games on or being made for PSP that could easily be made for Wii, but aren't (Assassin's Creed Bloodlines, Dante's Inferno, etc.). Tech isn't the reason for that either because the PSP is weaker than the Wii in that regard. It's not that M-rated games don't sell simply because they're rated M...No More Heroes sold well enough to warrant a sequel, and of course there's RE4 and House of the Dead. So the tech argument fails in that respect too. It's not about tech. It's about developer hubris. Despite the fact that the Wii has the largest install base, developers don't want to take a risk toiling with the unique system when they can bet safely on PS360 (and PC) with traditional control schemes and HD graphics. Unfortunately, that's not working too well either, as all these low profits and studio closings point to. Refusal to embrace what the Wii is offering, and dumbing down what games they do make for it because they think the console's audience is full of "dumb casuals", is killing a lot of game companies.

Evil_Robo
Evil_Robo

@Grongard. A well thought out post there. However, the reason "mature" games don't sell on the Wii, is because they have zero advertising behind them. Muramasa, RE:DC, Madworld, No More Heroes, and basically any other proper game on the Wii get almost zero tv advertising. Whereas Sony and MS can release really cool adverts which convince gamers to buy even average games. What Nintendo do really well, is market the "casual" games to the casual gamers, with the Reknapps and Ant and Dec ad's, they convince people not really into games, to go and buy a game to play with their family and friends etc. Nintendo and Capcom need to spend money to make money. They need to show gamers what is available on the Wii, otherwise the defunct argument that the Wii has no "proper" games will just keep going. Nintendo say the Wii stands for "we" becuase its for everyone. Well they should pull their finger out and present it as such.

MC_Bally_Who
MC_Bally_Who

Am I right in saying that less effort goes into the production of games like Darkside Chronicles? Surely better sales would come from budget prices for games that were less time consuming to produce? Why does every single game (minus downloadable and games from tiny developers that are born as bargain bin fillers), regardless of the effort taken to produce it have to be full price? Less people will buy the game, so surely its not a profitible idea?

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

honestly, to me, re darskide didn't sell because ppl didn't want to shell out another 50 for a shorter game, there's no reason that re 2 and cv stories shouldn't have been included in umbrella chronicles... none, it was a bad idea to expect ppl buy buy full price for a shorter exp, and a bad idea to not include re2 and cv's storyline in umbrella chronicles... plain and simple

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

What would be awesome is to have a remake of Biohazard Outbreak for pS3/360 with online co-op like the PS2 version had.

grognard
grognard

@poodger, @jedikevin2, Why are you guys (and a few others) so threatened when people say Mature games don't sell on the Wii? No one is saying the system is bad or that it has no merits. It is precisely what Nintendo wanted it to be and is enjoying phenomenal success as a result. What it is not is a hardcore/traditional gaming system which supports Mature titles. Even Nintendo itself couldn't sell Mature titles on the system when it tried (Metroid Prime). There is a long history of other Mature games that are not rail shooters which failed to sell on the system - some of them quite good games (the only notable exception is RE4 which only did well because it was an early release - the other RE remakes did even worse than Darkside Chronicles). Systems take on an identity after some time and the Wii has filled the casual game space role - absolutely nothing wrong with that. There is something wrong with always blaming the developers though when yet another quality Mature game fails to sell on the system. It is a simple fact that the system struggles to compete in the Mature space because the system technically cannot handle gamers expectations of what a Mature game should be - limited processing power hinders complex A/I routines, graphics, size of game environments; and the extremely rudimentary online is another hurdle for Wii in the Mature space; finally, the controls do not lend themselves to many traditional genres.

vengeance00
vengeance00

i played Umbrella chronicles, and was pretty displeased with it. not only did they lie about fighting ever boss from resi 0, 1 and 3 but somehow managed to mangle the story even further with most of the memorable parts of the games removed. and erickmagnus is completly right, look at the sales of madworld and GTA chinatown wars, they sold terribly because the wii is about fitness and child-friendly party games for the whole family.

Megawizard
Megawizard

Maybe this will be the hint to drop the friggin rails.

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

capcom makes the best games,no wonder their sale has increased.