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Monster Hunter 4 Helps Capcom Boost Overall Sales By 16.9%

Posted by Andy Green

The franchise has shifted 27 million copies over the years

Capcom has posted its financial earnings for the six month period ending 30th September 2013 and things are looking good for the Japanese firm as sales have shot up 16.9 percent on last year's figures, with the help of popular titles such as Monster Hunter 4.

Indeed, anyone who's been keeping up with the Japanese sales charts will have noticed how the beastly 3DS game has been smashing it up and taking no prisoners on its quest for glory. It snapped up two million sales in its first four days alone in the region with Capcom citing its "immediate success" as a big factor in the solid financial results.

It now has around three million units under its belt, though a Western release has not yet been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the company noted that Resident Evil Revelations, the 3DS remake that released on HD systems including the Wii U, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies "basically achieved projected sales".

Capcom has also confirmed its best selling games and franchises. Resident Evil is by far the biggest brand for the company, after selling 60 million units across the franchise but Monster Hunter is hot on its heels with 27 million copies sold to date. The monstrous title is closing in on Mega Man, which has no known upcoming new games and has shifted 30 million units overall. The Phoenix Wright series is doing quite well too, with 4.9 million units sold since it emerged.

The firm's net income increased by 20 percent to 4.95 billion yen and it said it is on track to meet the set targets for the full financial year ending March 2014. Looking to the future, it is currently restructuring in the West and has stated it will be focusing a lot more on digital content, as it expects a significant decline in packaged games.

What are your thoughts on Capcom's sales and the dominance of Monster Hunter 4? Would you like to see it come hunting in the West? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via capcom.co.jp, capcom.co.jp]

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User Comments (39)

AVahne

#3

AVahne said:

Sales still below P3rd I think. Hope they're working on MH4G for Wii U; something like that should release in a couple years.

Spoony_Tech

#5

Spoony_Tech said:

Don't want Capcom to die!! I do however want them to return to their glory days for the Resident Evil series. Monster Hunter and Ace attorny are fine but bring back the HORROR!!

Chris720

#7

Chris720 said:

Same opinion as Techy. Capcom has been doing really well with their Monster Hunter series but the Resident Evil series hasn't been all that great recently. After playing through Revs again, you can see how it turns from horror based to "shoot everything" quite quickly in the campaign... Still better than RE6 though...

Hopefully see a MH4 release, just not near SSB... It'll be bad this month with Zelda and Batman.

AVahne

#8

AVahne said:

@Ernest_The_Crab
MonHun is a system seller in Japan though, so I expected higher software and hardware sales, especially since this is the second MH game for 3DS;fans should know by now what system they should get if they want to continue hunting.

andreoni79

#10

andreoni79 said:

I agree with MH4 on Wii U. Just allow players to fully customize the gamepad and we'll have the definitive MH.

unrandomsam

#11

unrandomsam said:

I want some of the lesser known CPS1 & CPS2 stuff to be released.

Megaman / Ghosts n Goblins / Streetfighter / 194X / Knights of the Round are the franchises I quite like from them.

(There again I like Viewtiful Joe). What I don't like is what Capcom thinks the Western market wants.

unrandomsam

#12

unrandomsam said:

I am not that into Devil May Cry but even so I think the Western targetted one is absolutely awful.

AVahne

#14

AVahne said:

@Ernest_The_Crab
I think digital sales have been shown? I'm not sure, but we'll see how MH4 sells after a year. Hopefully sales don't die down too quickly.

WiiLovePeace

#18

WiiLovePeace said:

Although I have no interest in Monster Hunter games I'm happy for them :) I'm also happy Pheonix Wright AADD met expectations :D Going to download it next paycheck for sure :D

Xiao_Pai

#19

Xiao_Pai said:

I thought you guys were going upload more MH4 gameplay videos... :c
You only did one and said more will come in son after....weeks ago.

Chomposaur

#23

Chomposaur said:

@Spoony_Tech Sorry its going to be a cold day in hell before that happens .. there is going to be on disk DLC and "season passes" for dead rising 3 on the XB1. They just announced it yesterday I think

JaxonH

#24

JaxonH said:

Is that a rhetorical question? OF COURSE we want to hunt! Fortunately for me, I'm so wrapped up in MH3U on Wii U, I've got at least another 6-12 months of armor sets to wear, monsters to trap and tranq, and long swords to sharpen!

I really, really, really want Monster Hunter 4 to come to NA. But I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want Monster Hunter 4 to get a full HD Wii U version!

JaxonH

#25

JaxonH said:

@andreoni79
They can just follow suit with MH3U, which is imo, the perfect video game. It's perfect in every way... wow I love that game on Wii U!!!

They did a spot-on job with MH3U on Wii U with regard to the gamepad. I love having the map, the two shakalaka signals and target lock. I can still set up the game to play with the Pro Controller, but I def prefer gamepad. It declutters the screen a ton, which is invaluable in a scrap with a Pink Rathian or Azure Rathalos.

DualWielding

#27

DualWielding said:

I'm surprised Ducktales Remastered wasn't mentioned, I understand it was one of the most downloaded titles of the eyar

pixelman

#28

pixelman said:

I'd absolutely love a localized Wii U version of this, even if it's only a digital release. Make it happen, Capcom!

Kaizokuman

#30

Kaizokuman said:

MH4 localized globally and a new MH game built just for Wii U. That's what i want at least.

Nomad

#31

Nomad said:

Yes, I would like to see this Capcom bring this to the west, and maybe Square could bring DQ VII.

Parasky

#32

Parasky said:

I think capcom are improving. They've got a long way to go, but now I hate them less than EA and Activision. Congratulations!

kenzo

#33

kenzo said:

Can't wait for 3D Classics : Resident Evil 4 - for 3DS.

Thats gotta be easy money.

So what if everyone has already played it on the Wii.

But you can't take the Wii places you can with the 3DS. :0

Genesaur

#34

Genesaur said:

I'm bothered by everyone wanting MH4 on Wii U. Why don't we patiently await the game's release here, instead of wishing for other versions before we've gotten the chance to play anything at all?

Wolf_Link

#36

Wolf_Link said:

I would love to see this game on the wii u, I prefer this kind of games on a big screen, but I agree with some people above, capcom is not having the best of times right now, so why would they risk to invest even more in a console with issues like wii u is having? If they bring mh4 they will bring the 3ds version... But I would love to be mistaken haha

gaby_gabito

#37

gaby_gabito said:

I'm guessing that the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 4 was released early in order to bridge the gap financially until the completion of the console versions. I'm sure CAPCOM knows that they'd more than profit off a multi-platform release with MH's loyal fanbase.

ecco6t9

#39

ecco6t9 said:

Who knew making games that people wanted on handhelds or systems that people want to play on would lead to profits?

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