Capcom profits down, Street Fighter X Tekken sales lagged

The latest fiscal report from Capcom has a few pleasant surprises, but also has its share of rough spots. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City moved around 1.7 million units worldwide. That bodes well for the more action-oriented Resident Evil 6 set to release later this year. Monster Hunter 3G had an even more impressive showing, moving 1.6 million units in Japan alone. Not bad for a handheld adaptation of a 2 year old Wii game with a highly questionable marketing campaign

Still, overall profits for the company were down 13.8%, perhaps in part due to the sales of Street Fighter X Tekken. With 1.4 million discs shipped, the game is currently 600,000 units shy of Capcom’s projected goal of 2 million in sales. Pretty disappointing for a crossover between the two most popular fighting game franchises on the planet. Speaking of crossovers, it doesn’t look like Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 has sold its first million yet. That’s got to be discouraging. 

I think Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 are great games, but they were both PR nightmares in their own ways. I really hope this teaches Capcom to not give certain consoles a free head start on 5-17 DLC characters, to stop with this on-disc DLC propostion, and to never again release a huge, retail-based update to a game that’s less than a year old. Having great games will only do so much for you when the consumer ends up feeling burned every time they buy one.

Capcom Reports Sluggish Sales for Street Fighter X Tekken [Shoryuken]

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes