@prismtech, not necessarily. The MH games are not nearly as popular in the West as they're in Japan. The interesting question is WHY.
Resident Evil publisher's full-year sales soar 46 percent with 5 million-shippers; latest PSP Monster Hunter now Capcom's fourth best-selling game ever.
Capcom today released its results for the fiscal year ended March 31, painting a rosy picture of the past year, one in which revenues rose sharply and a record five games from the publisher achieved the million-units-shipped milestone.
The publisher posted ¥97.7 billion ($1.21 billion) in revenues for the full year, up 46 percent from the ¥66.8 billion ($830 million) it managed the year before. Its net profits were up even more significantly, with the reported ¥7.8 billion ($96 million) more than three-and-a-half times the ¥2.2 billion ($27 million) bottom line of the previous year.
Although Capcom also deals in arcade and mobile games, it still draws most of its income from the console and handheld division, which produced more titles that shipped a million copies than in any previous year. The PSP release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was far and away Capcom's biggest release of the year, shipping 4.6 million copies despite only being released in Japan. That was enough to make it the company's fourth biggest game ever in terms of units shipped, trailing only Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo, Resident Evil 5 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and Resident Evil 2 on the PlayStation.
It's not as if the rest of the world was unkind to Capcom, as the publisher's next four biggest titles were all targeted at international markets. Dead Rising 2 was the next biggest hit (2.2 million units shipped), followed by Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2 million shipped), Super Street Fighter IV (1.6 million shipped), and Lost Planet 2 (1.5 million shipped).
While Capcom considered the results "favorable," it is not optimistic about its ability to exceed them in the current fiscal year. To start with, the publisher said the Japanese economy is currently facing "unparalleled crisis" due to the March earthquake and tsunami. (The publisher noted that 10 of its arcade locations were shut down by the quake, and to date, only three have reopened.)
"In the video game industry, a downturn in consumer confidence is feared as the consumer mindset voluntarily moves away from spending, such as entertainment and recreation, and leans excessively towards self-restraint, including refraining from going out. Accordingly, it is believed that time will be required for the domestic game market to recover."
As a result, Capcom expects revenues to be down 12 percent to ¥86 billion ($1.1 billion) for the year ending March 31, 2012, with net profits down 10 percent to ¥7 billion ($86.9 million).
"The PSP release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was far and away Capcom's biggest release of the year, shipping 4.6 million copies despite only being released in Japan." Is Capcom planning to release this game outside Japan? It's only logical to release the game outside Japan in order to push for higher annual sales number. Moreover, it will help to get over the "unparalleled crisis" due to the March earthquake and tsunami.
CAPCOM's next greatest hit: RESIDENT EVIL vs. DEAD RISING albert wesker vs T.K. chris redfield vs. chuck greene this game writes itself!
Up and down, up and down. It wasn't long ago that they were reporting to be in a bad situation. I think the mentioned increase was just bouncing back from a back quarter (or last half of 2010, whenever) -- that's probably why they are not optimistic about the future. Who was the guy that left Capcom last year? He was important and the creator of some of their best known IP (was it Megaman?). I think Capcom will be OK. While not mega-hits, they make fun and somewhat different games apart from what most developers are trying to move to. I've always had a love for long-running Jap developers like Capcom, Konami, and Nintendo. They usually stick to what they are good at and do pretty well.
Wow, looking at MHP3rd's sales, it always makes me wonder why Monster Hunter Tri didn't do that well, and saying "IT WASN'T ON PS3" is not a clear answer.
@caseypayne69 You say it as if its their fault. But we the consumers are the ones to buy it. No one forces you to buy DLC.
No suprises there. I think Capcom are the best game developers of the 21st century. They don't just make a game and tell you to buy it. The make games with the fans. They put up a whole forum site just so the developers can talk to the fans so they know what to put into their games. That's something everyone should be doing.
Capcom is my favorite Japanese developer. Looking forward to SSFIV:Arcade Edtion so I can get more use out of Horipad.
Good for Capcom - they get paid and are happy, then make more awesome games and we're happy. Everybody wins!
as much as i enjoy capcom's work, i'm still waiting on the final episode of the Viewtiful Joe trilogy! So many unanswered questions!
ok, i see the trailer something about new devil may cry thing. cmon capcom.. that will be the biggest profit may yet to come as the DMC franchise were craving right now..
new power stone from them would be cool or DMC or maybe a EX SF game u cant say they dont make goood games
Capcom I love you, now please consider games like Breath of Fire VI, and God Hand 2 then put characters from games like Breath of Fire and God Hand in MvC3.. And maybe Barry Burton too so he can finally get his Jill Sandwich.
seriously capcom, want to know how to make 12 billion? easy, forget about PSP and bring monster hunters to a real paltform such as ps3 and 360. anyway, capcom is easily my all time favorite game developer
@megakick For once i truly agree with you.Power Stone was freaking epic.A online new power stone with more characters,stages,and modes would kill.
I love Capcom, but their quality in games has seemed to decrease. They need to start worrying about depth and complex game mechanics, rather than simplistic gameplay (Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Dead Rising 2 are perfect examples), and pretty visuals (Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5, again, are perfect examples). I hope they get to working on their old IP's again, I'd really like to see the return of Onimusha, or hell, even Dino Crisis.
well capcom always delivers, always been happy with there games, just got off my ps3 with super street fighter 4, great game, lost planet was great too, keep up the good work!
Damnit Capcom! How many times do I need to tell you this?!?! DARKSTALKERS. In the new SSF4 format. NOW. I want a 2.5d Johnathan Talbain and B.B. Hood NOW!! NOOOOOOW!! (ps also release the entire series of Pheonix Wright on iPhone in America like you did in Japan. ITS FREE GAWD DAMNED MONEY)
God bless Capcom. :) Please birng the other franchises like: - Dino Crisis - Onimusha - Final Fight Collection - Viewtiful Joe Collection - Captain Commando - God Hand - Rival Schools - Star Gladiator - Power Stone - Darkstalkers - And many more.
No surprise here. Monster Hunter is by far the most popular game in Japan. Just imagine when they announce the NGP version of it, it will sale millions.
still no megaman universe? maybe megaman HD 1-10 anniversary release? i like bring back the old but update the graphics.
Heres a tip release a new BOF or let someone else develop it, and stop yanking people around with Megaman Legends.
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