Capcom Profit Jumps 100% Thanks in Part to Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition

Japanese publisher posts solid numbers for latest quarter; Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate nearing 4 million sales.

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Dead Rising and Resident Evil publisher Capcom on Thursday announced sales results for the three-month quarter ended June 30, and the results were strong. Overall net sales rose to ¥14.5 billion ($116 million), up 51.9 percent compared to last year. Total net income, meanwhile, surged an even healthier 104.9 percent to ¥1.57 billion ($12.6 million).

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A key contributor to Capcom's success in the quarter was Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, which the company said "sold well," with the majority of units sold digitally. In addition, other titles, including Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Resident Evil Revelations 2, and Resident Evil HD enjoyed "robust" sales.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has now sold more than 3.9 million units worldwide, Capcom said. Though sales figures for the other games were not announced, we already knew that the new Resident Evil HD remake had passed 1 million in sales so far.

It wasn't all good news for Capcom in the quarter, however, as the company's online games "remained soft," while mobile titles also were "generally soft." However, the company noted that its new mobile game Smurf's Village and the Magical Meadow "made a good start."

Capcom's video game business, called Digital Contents, overall posted ¥6.3 billion ($50.7 million) net sales during the quarter, up from ¥5.5 billion ($44.3 million) this time last year. Operating income, meanwhile, was ¥1.1 billion ($8.8 million), down 2.2 percent from last year.

The publisher has a handful of other business units, including "Amusement Equipments"--this sector performed the best during the quarter. Sales jumped by more than 300 percent, thanks in part to the launch of the Resident Evil 6 Pachinko arcade game.

Capcom was not the only Japanese gaming company to report earnings today. Sony's report today showed yet another quarter of strong PlayStation 4 sales, among other things.

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