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Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders Reject Anti-Takeover Plan

Posted by Mark Green

Yoshinori Ono also resigns from Capcom Vancouver

Since 2008, Japanese developer Capcom has had a takeover defence plan in place to stop the company from being bought out by other parties, and this has been renewed every two years since. It outlined several options for the company should it be faced by a potential large-scale share investor, and one of these options was a "Poison Pill" plan. This would involve the company giving further stock to its pre-existing shareholders to dilute the buying company’s influence on the company. However, this plan also came with a possible scenario that would require the shareholders to buy the stock themselves or face dilution of their shares as well.

Whether it’s down to this scenario or down to Capcom as a company — it isn't clear — it seems that the shareholders aren't happy with something as after a recent shareholders meeting, they have opted not to renew the plan and thus leave the company open to purchase. Other evidence suggesting unease in the company comes in the form of long-time Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono stepping down from his position of director at Capcom Vancouver, though he still remains part of the company.

The company released this statement shortly after the shareholders meeting:

Despite of non-approval of Renewal of Takeover Defence at the 35th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Capcom will continue to focus on further preserving and enhancing corporate value and common interests of its shareholders. If there is any large-scale purchaser of Capcom stock, we will react to make necessary measures within the admissible limits of applicable laws and regulations. In addition, we will react to take steps to ensure disclosure of the position of the board of directors and other information and that there is sufficient time for shareholders to examine the proposed large-scale purchase and reach a decision.

With Ono resigning from his directorial role at Capcom Vancouver, it’s fair to assume that this may be connected to the “disclosure” mentioned in the statement. Of course, it could just be a coincidence or be something unrelated to the recent decision as no official statement was made about Ono’s resignation after the shareholders meeting.

Despite this news of a potential future buyout — and wishful thoughts of Nintendo stepping in — it doesn't seem as clear cut as simply purchasing the company. Steps will be taken, as the statement suggests, all within the realms and limits of the law, before an eventual decision is made by the shareholders — not the directors as the previous anti-takeover plan had stated. Any way you look at it, it seems that the Capcom investors aren't happy, and one way or another it will be interesting to see what happens from here.

[via gamesindustry.biz, twitter.com]

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User Comments (163)

hiptanaka

#3

hiptanaka said:

Capcom is now dangerously close to becoming a producer of Mega Man-themed Pachinko machines.

smikey

#4

smikey said:

There is absolutely zero chance Nintendo will buy capcom or even attempt to do so.
capcom is a struggling company & has been for a while and it is possible at somepoint it will get taken over but it's unlikely to be bought by any of the big gaming companies that could afford to do so.
more likely they'd all just sit around wait for them to go bust & buy up the ip's that wil make them any quick money.

MAN1AC

#5

MAN1AC said:

Its crazy how Capcom is in this position when you consider all the IP they have: Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Viewtiful Joe, Street Fighter, Monster Hunter, Power Stone, Dragon's Dogma, Resident Evil, and many more.

But the company is barely profitable after all the things they've tried over the last few years. Whoever engulfs the company(and this is the case from what I see, not just buying single IPs) has a lot of work ahead of them

WalupeachyTime

#6

WalupeachyTime said:

At this point, due to smash bros, It's safe to assume that if Capcom does go under, Nintendo would at least get the rights to the Mega Man series, while Microsoft would most likely get the rights to the Dead Rising series (due to Dead Rising 3).

onery

#7

onery said:

Nintendo could step in and try and purchase key franchises, among them of course would be Megaman, Phoenix Wright and Monster Hunter.

Whatever the future of Capcom, I do hope that most of their titles remain available to Nintendo owners amongst the other console owners (if they do get bought out). Particularly the franchises most of us grew up with on the Nintendo consoles :)

Tsurii897

#8

Tsurii897 said:

Nintendo should try to get IPs like Phoenix Wright, that are exclusive to their consoles anyway and maybe snatch 1 or 2 other series like MonHan, that're selling insanely well in Japan (to bring them to us here in the west of course ;) ). I guess stuff like Resident Evil and Megaman wouldn't hurt either. AND I know that this is unlikely, but I wouldn't say no to a Dragon's Dogma on Wii U ^^

NodtheThird

#9

NodtheThird said:

Getting control of Capcom IP would be great for Nintendo, but I'm not sure the want all the overhead that would go with it.

hypercoyote

#10

hypercoyote said:

@smikey Nintendo is a struggling company? You must read a different news site than I do, because last I checked they have enough cash in bank to survive a few years of failures.

ikki5

#13

ikki5 said:

Honestly, I hope Nintendo does buy them sometime. Their monster hunter IP is a killer especially in japan. If you take all the releases from last year individual by platform, Monster hunter 4 was in 11 places for over all global sales and that was on one system, in one region let alone in Japan alone, it was the second best selling game in Japan.

Then there is Megaman, an IP people have been screaming to get used and Nintendo has already shown interest in supporting it.

Ace Attorney was a big hit for the 3DS as well so that would be another great IP. Now I know Nintendo could just buy the IPs but I'd actually rather them just take the studio to get all their IPs. I know sound it sounds selfish but hopefully they can create a better Resident Evil game, get us more Street Fighter games. They would be great to attract a more "mature" group and it would be a great win to Nintendo and give them IPs tht people like and some that they could revive over time.

Peach64

#14

Peach64 said:

Personally I think it would be fantastic for Nintendo to take on Capcom, but I think they're too smart to do that. Buying a company only gets you the IP. Sure, you take over the contracts of existing employees but they can leave at any time and often do with these takeovers. Now the Capcom IPs are awesome, but Nintendo are stretched as it is, so how would they manage to put people on these newly acquired IP when they can hardly put out enough of their own?

Still, it's a really exciting thought.

SavoirFaire

#15

SavoirFaire said:

@hypercoyote more like a few decades!

I hope we get fair warning of Capcom's demise so I can snag all of the mega man games before they vanish off VC when it occurs.

rmeyer

#16

rmeyer said:

Without 3rd party support I think Nintendo should pick up a ton of studios and have them work on more games so we stop having these 4 month gaps between major titles. We all want more Nintendo games, why not make a lot more?

Mega719

#18

Mega719 said:

People were talking about this yesterday on Miiverse said it was their stocks but here shows that it really might be IPs on sale. Nintendo acquiring Capcom's IPs isn't a bad thing even mature titles they don't ruin a great partnership just look at Tecmo and Platinum Games. It probably just would be Mega Man, Phoenix Wright, Monster Hunter, and maybe Street Fighter but getting mire is great

NodtheThird

#19

NodtheThird said:

@Peach64 They would also get control of Capcom development teams, that would let them produce more games for the Wii U and 3DS. Though I wonder if there would be a development culture clash between the two groups. Capcom already publishes a lot of titles for Nintendo platforms, so maybe Nintendo would want to secure that stream of games.
I could see Sony really wanting to get its hands on the Monster Hunter IP.

WaveWarlock

#20

WaveWarlock said:

Here's the main problem. the majority of big wig' video games these days cost too much money, involve far too many people and take a lot of time to make, and the chance of success with something like Power stone, Ghosts 'n Goblin and Viewtiful joe are extremely small because of the massive chunk of new generation of gamers tastes that typically revolve around destruction, realism and violence.

Capcom won't take any risks, especially now. It's monster hunter, Resident Evil Duty and Street Fighter and very little of anything else. However, An 8-bit Mega Man 11 would do pretty well i suspect if 9 and 10 are any indication....

If Nintendo got Mega man and Ghosts 'n goblins it would be a dweam come twue. :*
Konami at this point is just as bad as the big C imo, They're outsourcing some of their key franchises to inferior western devs and forgetting about their older franchises as well.

MAN1AC

#21

MAN1AC said:

@NodtheThird
That's not necessarily a good thing. A lot of talent has left Capcom over the years and Capcom has shifted a lot of their resources to mobile.

The scenario a lot of Nintendo fans are hoping for would require a massive overhaul unless Nintendo just wants to use Capcom's teams and IPs on mobile while harvesting their own and a select few of Capcom's on their own hardware.

shashwat

#23

shashwat said:

Capcom has treasure trove of IP. Okami, Viewtiful joe, Devil May Cry, Lost Planet, Street Fighter, Dead Rising, MH, Mega Man, RE and many more. Along with game engine developed with handful of patents and what not.

Buying Capcom will only do good for anything bad Nintendo can cut it off or layoff whenever needed. Lets see what happens in the future.

Gerbwmu

#24

Gerbwmu said:

I'd like to see Nintendo buy majority share of Capcom, even if they operated it at break even it would give them more developers, more IP's and most importantly more games.

Is it realistic for this to happen, probably not, but internet is dream land anyway so Nintendo, buy 51% of Capcom and while you're at it, buy back Rare's IP's, buy Sega, and bring about world peace

NodtheThird

#25

NodtheThird said:

@MAN1AC I would agree that Capcom is not the company that it once was. They would have to restructure them to integrate them into Nintendo.
But the Monster Hunter IP moving from PSP to 3DS is one of the reason the 3DS dominates the Vita in Japan and I think Nintendo may just want to secure that IP, if the price is right.

MixMasterMudkip

#26

MixMasterMudkip said:

I'd be surprised if one of the big three didn't think about doing this. We also have other 3rd parties to think about here. No matter what kinda state Capcom is in buying them practically ensures a win this gen, and all of the big three can afford them since they are only about like 2 and half million to buy out. Which is actually pretty sad. If it comes down to ips it's just going to be a race to grab as many as quickly as possible.
If Nintendo did buy them though.... imagine why could have Luigi fight Hulk in Marvel vs Capcom.

Peach64

#27

Peach64 said:

@NodtheThird But those development teams could leave at any time. I'm not saying they will, but it's a lot of money to spend on a company with no guarantee the staff will stay. Look at Rare. Pretty much everyone that made great games in the N64 era has gone. All MS got outbid that expensive purchase was IP. I think Nintendo would be too cautious of the same happening.

SphericalCrusher

#29

SphericalCrusher said:

@Discipledoctor I agree 100%. Nintendo is probably the only company I want to see owning Capcom. And if not Capcom, buy the Mega Man franchise from them and actually do something with it!

FragRed

#30

FragRed said:

Nintendo NEED to acquire some Capcom IPs, especially the ones such as Monster Hunter and Phoenix Wright which are currently console exclusive to Nintendo. The way I see it Nintendo cannot afford to lose such franchises, but they can certainly make good use of additional ones.

I still think Nintendo needs to actually buy some studios, get some first party games on the go under their supervision.

Guybrush20X6

#33

Guybrush20X6 said:

I'm wondering what killed Capcom the most: homogenizing the Resident Evil series, canning the Mega Man series or just being crap to their developers.

LazyShell

#35

LazyShell said:

I'm just curious to see which companies might try to step in and get Capcom if this all happens. Capcom brought this all on themselves to be quite honest.

I'm not sure if Nintendo would want to get into a bidding war with Sony and Microsoft, if for some reason all three decided to go after Capcom. I'm curious to see what Nintendo might do. I know they sometimes tend to play really conservatively on all this.

Nintendo didn't snag Atlus, so it's hard to say if they'd take the chance with Capcom or not. Even if they potentially doesn't try to get the company as a whole, I hope that Nintendo might at the very least secure a few IP's for them. I just hope Sega doesn't acquire Capcom if this happens.

kimaster

#37

kimaster said:

While Nintendo acquiring Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Phoenix Wright, etc. would be a good thing, I honestly hope that Disney (or one of their sub-companies, like Marvel) buys the Street Fighter and other IPs associated with the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, that way we get more games with less red tape and the Marvel vs. Capcom games can be sold on various digital distributions again.

XCWarrior

#38

XCWarrior said:

Nintendo could fill a lot of gaps in their portfolio buy buying Capcom.

And they NEED to buy Capcom - Monster Hunter series is virtually an exclusive on Nintendo systems right now, and a big system seller for them. They don't want that to change.

And, we'll get new Mega Man, which would be awesome.

Time to spend some money Nintendo!

Azooooz

#39

Azooooz said:

Nintendo should buy both Mega Man and Monster Hinter series. Both will be great for Nintendo.

readyletsgo

#40

readyletsgo said:

I want Ninty to buy the RE ip and turn it around in a few years time. I know Ninty could do it and hire the right people to develop it over 2/3 years.

Capcom have so many franchises that everyone wants so I would think Sony will try and snap up most of them if they can even though they are broke, unlike Nintendo.

Nintendo, think of the Wii U or even your next system, this could be amazing!

Jellitoe

#42

Jellitoe said:

Megaman, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, and Res Evil. Capcom has a lot of assets, Nintendo could buy them and let them run like monilith does, independent, but owned.

MrGawain

#43

MrGawain said:

You could argue Nintendo doesn't have enough dev teams to produce all their IP's already. And if they bought Mega Man all it would do is add another platformer to their list of Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Kirby and 2D Metroid. Nintendo believes in ideas for game mechanics which it can then mould IP around. Ace Attorney is only really suitable for handhelds, So anyone who bought it would likely produce it for the 3ds or vita (so that'll be the 3ds then), plus how long are it's legs really? Monster Hunter, RE and SF are big properties, and I could see a lot of interest in them.

Personally I love loads of Capcom's stuff, but I don't think Nintendo should end up in a bidding war for a character that won't add or protect game styles not already on Nintendo.

smikey

#44

smikey said:

@hypercoyote

I was indeed talking about capcom.
They've had troubles for a long time.
I just can't see why any of the big companies would invest so much to buy capcom when they could quite easily go the same way as THQ & all the big companies can simply pick up the ip's they want at relative peanuts compared to the price off a full buy out.

It's fairly reasonable to say the capcom games Nintendo are most interested in are already on Nintendo consoles (not saying fans wouldn't want to see some of capcoms games on Nintendo machines) Unless Nintendo really thought a competitor was going to buy out Capcom they'd be far wiser to wait for the collapse & ip sale.

takeovers aren't exactly cheap Nintendo want to be back in the black next year Not waste money buying an entire company especially when they're likely no never use half the ip's & it would take years for the ip's they did use to make back the initial purchase.

I'm a Nintendo far for life I'd love to see a fair few of capcoms games on Nintendo consoles but like I said there is zero chance Nintendo will make a full takeover bid for Capcom.
& a very slim chance any of the other big gaming companies would either

Hero-of-WiiU

#46

Hero-of-WiiU said:

Nintendo should acquire Capcom all together. Without very little 3rd party support, Nintendo picking up Capcom would Definently help them in there independence of no third party support.

TruenoGT

#47

TruenoGT said:

HD development and subsequent global market pandering has made the old guard industry less creative at best and unsustainable at worst. Capcom is just the latest victim of this trend, following in the footsteps of Sega, Hudson, Irem, Taito, Konami and other former Japanese big shots. Other than Square who's a shell of their former self (IMO), who's left from the 8/16-bit heydays? Just Nintendo?

eviLaTtenDant

#48

eviLaTtenDant said:

I just hope this won't lead to a situation where you can't buy any of their downloadable stuff anymore.

FragRed

#49

FragRed said:

@TruenoGT You forgot Bandai Namco. And you have to realise also these Japanese developers made their name when Japan was hugely into arcade machines, and then moving into the console market. But now Japan has moved on to be more mobile and handheld oriented, thats a huge chunk of their revenue gone.

PlywoodStick

#50

PlywoodStick said:

A lot of people calling for one of the big 3 to buy Capcom wholesale... Personally, I'd prefer they remain 3rd party. They should be able to maintain some autonomy. Maybe Nintendo might want to buy Monster Hunter, Mega Man, and Phoenix Wright properties, but then what happens to the people who make those games in such a transition?

Capcom has been a rather bad employer in recent years... This information highlights how they are more concerned with the highborne big shots than the workers who actually get stuff done. I have to wonder, what would be the best possible situation for the workers... Would life under a 1st party truly be significantly better?

Perhaps, if individual studios working within Capcom broke off, and individual IP's are bought, they might be able to work on their respective titles for someone else, then eventually leave to do their own thing. Whatever the case, I don't see any scenario particularly benefitting the people who really need their work to live.

Lukaz2009

#51

Lukaz2009 said:

@TruenoGT I agree with you for the most part, but a news article on here a few months back stated that Square may have bucked up a little bit after seeing how well Bravely Default sold globally.

And now to add my two sense to this discussion. I can guarantee that Nintendo is far too smart to buy Capcom outright. The few IPs they would actually use wouldn't make up for the cost to buy-out the whole company, and the other two of the big three are also probably just as wise to this fact, and probably wait to the collapse and IP sale.

SanderEvers

#52

SanderEvers said:

I hope only one thing. I hope EA doesn't acquire Capcom, because that would be a huge disaster.

TruenoGT

#53

TruenoGT said:

@FragRed Ah yeah, that's a huge one. Very good point on the arcade/amusement side too.

@Lukaz2009 That's true, it will be interesting to see what Square does going forward. They definitely have some handheld ammo left in them even if their big console games have really jumped the shark.

Rafie

#54

Rafie said:

Sorry to be a debbie downer here, but I don't agree with Nintendo buying Capcom outright. Some of the key franchises Capcom has just belongs on other consoles. Just like I believe Phoenix Wright should NEVER leave Nintendo. I can't see any of the Capcom fighters on a Nintendo console. Monster Hunter can be on either Nintendo or Sony. Then again the 260 even got Monster Hunter. Just my opinion. Someone said the Dead Rising series should be Microsoft in an earlier post....I agree. I just don't know about Nintendo getting Capcom if it was a possibility.

I would hope that all 3 would step in and grab a few franchises and agree to keep some multiplat. Of course that's all a pipe dream.

@SanderEvers You most CERTAINLY got that right. In that instance I would gladly have Nintendo take Capcom before EA does.

FragRed

#55

FragRed said:

@Lukaz2009 I could see Capcom being bought out before they went bankrupt, perhaps not by Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony, but a third party company such as Sega who I am sure are waiting in the wings to see what happens, along with many others.

Haxonberik

#56

Haxonberik said:

My first wish if they go bust (before someone getting Mega Man a new game, that's inevitable) is that Platinum gets Okami and makes a sequel for the Wii U. That system was made for it.

Stu13

#57

Stu13 said:

If someone else bought the rights to Okami and made a new game in the series that didn't come to Nintendo hardware, I'd throw myself off of a bridge.

Geonjaha

#58

Geonjaha said:

Oh Capcom, where ever could have gone wrong? You know, besides ruining Resident Evil and not using your mascot franchise to make any new games.

Grumblevolcano

#59

Grumblevolcano said:

Hopefully this doesn't end up as badly as with Rare, they have made absolutely no good games since being purchased by Microsoft a while back.

Artwark

#60

Artwark said:

Why is it people want Nintendo to buy Capcom? If anything, they will censor most of the violent content that they don't like and will frustrate the hell out of you guys.

Kirk

#62

Kirk said:

I hate how companies get into this kind of position where a bunch of money grabbing *ssholes sitting at desks can determine that they're just going to sell it from right under the noses of all the people that actually created the company in the first place, turned it into an international success and still make the company what it is.

Still, if anyone is going to buy out Capcom then I'd love it to be Nintendo.

If I ever have a successful company I'll most certainly being going the same privately route as the likes of Valve to avoid such things.

hypercoyote

#64

hypercoyote said:

@smikey I agree with that, I don't think it'd make sense for Nintendo to buy out Capcom when they could just scoop up the IP's for those items.

AVahne

#65

AVahne said:

Just as long as Sega isn't buying them.
If Sega is too stupid to release Phantasy Star games over here, then I fear for the Monster Hunter series.

sinalefa

#68

sinalefa said:

@Artwark

Like they censored Bayonetta 2 you mean? Nintendo even pushed for a sexier Bayo for their port of the first game, as it was mentioned during E3.

AJWolfTill

#70

AJWolfTill said:

Should Capcom get to the stage of selling it's IP's then I'm sure Nintendo would buy Monster Hunter and Phoenix Wright. I really hope Ninty or Platinum picks up Okami <3
@Haxonberik @Stu13 Glad I'm not the only one!

WanderingPB

#72

WanderingPB said:

Let's be honest here it would be a fantastic time for gamers if Nintendo boughtout Capcom…but it's not as easy as that.

Others have pointed out that they'll own the IPs but it takes a specialized studio team to make that game come to life. Nintendo QUALITY games dont just come out of a quality gumball machine? it takes time, dedication and diligence to make games of that caliber and though Capcom has some talented studios how far do u believe can Nintendo be stretched?

And not every IP would make sense on Nintendo Platforms especially considering that Nintendo always pushes the envelope when it comes gameplay and like Zelda games fans will hate it or love it…

Though i want Nintendo to have Capcoms IPs especially the "Super Fighting Robot" i just dont feel its realistic and im honestly sad to see Capcom go

Gaminguy010

#74

Gaminguy010 said:

This either ends in a happy ending for Mega Man, some of his pals at Capcom, and Nintendo or It's going to be the Rare buyout of Microsoft all over again.

TwilightV

#75

TwilightV said:

Does Capcom really think it can get out of this completely unscathed? Truly this is a stupid company desperately grasping for straws.

yuwarite

#76

yuwarite said:

Not this again... Atlus situation all over again. Hopefully they recover or a third party like Sega acquire them. None of the console manufacturers should exclusively acquire them.

sinalefa

#77

sinalefa said:

If someone buys them, I would prefer that it is a Japanese company, like Sega getting Atlus. And someone to put all those forgotten IPs to good use.

Jahir

#78

Jahir said:

In a perfect world: Nintendo buys Megaman and Sora is in charge for a reborn of the series.

GamecubeComplex

#79

GamecubeComplex said:

@NorthLightSuplx It also probably hasn't helped that they barely ever publish games from the franchises the majority actually likes. And then there's Viewtiful Joe... why haven't they made another one?

DiscoGentleman

#80

DiscoGentleman said:

@WaveBoy "Here's the main problem. the majority of big wig' video games these days cost too much money, involve far too many people and take a lot of time to make these days, and the chance of success with something like Power stone, Ghosts 'n Goblin and Viewtiful joe are extremely small because the massive chunk of new generation gamers taste revolve around destruction, realism and violence."

So very, very true.
The majority of the past two generations of gamers only care about killing and realism in video games. It's such a shame.

Trikeboy

#84

Trikeboy said:

Nintendo needs to buy Capcom. Wii U, the only place to play Street Fighter, Dead Rising, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Ace Attorney and so much more. It would be a very good move on the company's part.

Kirk

#85

Kirk said:

@Kodeen

Nope.

Honest hard working people and those businessmen with some integrity make the world go round.

Money grabbing *ssholes are one of those things that's wrong with the world imo.

Lasermaster123

#86

Lasermaster123 said:

Well although Capcom has been making tonnes of bad choices in the past, it doesn't change the fact that it owns really good IPs such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Megaman, Monster Hunter, etc. I wouldn't want them to go down but if they are purchased, it is a good company. If one of the big three gets them, I hope it is Nintendo. It would be a big financial cost for Nintendo but it would be better than having Phoenix Wright, Megaman or Monster Hunter moving away from Nintendo consoles.

Let's see what happens.

kereke12

#88

kereke12 said:

I just hope they don't go out of business like THQ did, I hope Nintendo is smart enough and they would buy Capcom. But knowing Nintendo that will never happen..

Sir_JBizzle

#89

Sir_JBizzle said:

I echo the sentiments of those who said Nintendo should just buy the ips that's important to the Nintendo brand. That or maybe Sega should buy. The problem with Nintendo buying the whole hog is that it will add more ips to their portfolio that will never get used. Heck, Nintendo has an extensive amount of ips they don't capitalize on.

I shudder at the thought of Sony or Microsoft buying Capcom, being that the other two platforms will lose out playing some of their favorite games. And Lord only knows what will happen to the digital licenses of games downloaded on rival systems... (though that's worse case scenario that probably wouldn't happen)

LDXD

#90

LDXD said:

Whatever happens in this scenario its a huge deal and I think most of us seen this coming a mile away
I rather if anything happens that Nintendo or Sony buy Capcom and please not Microsoft
Who knows if anyone of them will buy them
Ideally I'd like to think best case is that megaman, devil my cry, ghost n goblins, will go to Nintendo and just imagine how awesome devil may cry would be with platinum games behind it retro IMO would do a fantastic job with ghost n goblins Nintendo themselves with mega man
Now monster hunter can go to Sony or Nintendo and resident evil go back to its roots Sony would be a better system for that franchise
I'd really would love to see ghost n goblins done by retro after metroid that is
Non of this will probably happen

Farmboy74

#91

Farmboy74 said:

I think the best approach is to buy the IPS that have been used on Nintendo hardware (MegaMan, Viewtiful Joe, Phoenix Wright, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter etc)
I think it would be a bad move on Nintendo's part if Monster Hunter & Phoenix Wright did move to another platform. With less third party support for the Wii U a few new IPS in Nintendo's pocket would help sell future Nintendo hardware.
Or how about Nintendo securing the rights to Capcoms CPS 1,2 & 3 catalogue that would help out virtual console.

Hy8ogen

#92

Hy8ogen said:

So if Microsoft buys Capcom, I'll have to get a Xbone to play Monster Hunter?
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WanderingPB

#93

WanderingPB said:

The perfect example of why Microsoft shouldnt buy Capcom is Rareware…remember that great studio with classic IPs? And what happened to them again and their IPs?

Like i stated in my previous comment regrdless it's truly sad to watch this happen to Capcom either they'll be bought out completey or get torn into pieces by a bidding war…this is a dark day in gaming history

martimusprime

#94

martimusprime said:

Well, it's about time. Maybe my once favorite company will stop sucking and finally put out a new Mega Man game.

AugustusOxy

#95

AugustusOxy said:

Buy them Nintendo. Buy them and Bandai Namco, you know what, also buy Sega while you're at it. At this point, Nintendo is the only company that seems to care about the few remaining Japanese publishers.

Guybrush20X6

#97

Guybrush20X6 said:

@WanderingPB As far as I remember Rare was doing well but the original owners sold their 51% for an unprecedented amount to Microsoft. I wonder if they feel it was worth it now.

It's sad that Capcom has such bad PR that people thing this is a "thigns can't get worse so why not" situation though.

Technosphile

#98

Technosphile said:

You see, Crapcom? You reap what you sow.

For ruining Biohazard/Resident Evil, Outsourcing nearly every single one of your beloved Japanese-made properties to clueless western devs, Sitting on untold amounts of IP and never doing a single thing with any of them for decades, Letting all your talented staff who made Capcom great once just scatter to the winds, releasing countless compilation titles with subpar resolution and sound, never bothering to give Warzard a home release, for having the single worst U.S. office of any Japanese game company and allowing them to constantly make unnecessary name changes and cut "risqué" content, for RUINING BIOHAZARD WHICH I LOVED WITH ALL MY HEART ONCE...you deserve to go out of business, "Capcom". You deserve to have your assets picked apart by the vultures of the industry. You deserve to have to sell Rockman to Nintendo because you don't deserve him anyway. You deserve for Microsoft to buy you out and completely destroy your legacy just like they did to Rare.

Nintendo acquiring them is better than "Capcom" deserves. And that won't happen anyway, if Nintendo didn't have the dough for Atlus then you better believe they can't afford "Capcom", which based on its Intellectual Property alone I have to think could command as much as a billion dollars in a bidding war. None of that will happen, either, they'll find some way to restructure yet again and keep dragging that once-proud gold and blue logo through the mud.

Shambo

#99

Shambo said:

DON'T WORRY, SHAREHOLDERS! Oh and staff and customers,... Hope for the best. That's today's world sadly.

LDXD

#100

LDXD said:

@Hy8ogen true but then they would more than likely either turn it I to a fps or fill it with micro transactions or worse yet both

LDXD

#101

LDXD said:

@Technosphile Nintendo didn't have enough cash to buy atlus?so Sega is worth more than Nintendo? That's news to me
I'm pretty sure Nintendo could buy atlus and capcom if they really wanted to with plenty to spare

Kmno

#102

Kmno said:

Late to the party but here is what I think, Nintendo should buy some IPs, not the whole company, just some IPs. What IPs? Well Megaman is a given, that franchise is like 80% Nintendo, Phoenix Wright would be another one, as Viewtiful Joe and Ghosts n' Goblins. Those four are like a buy them out right now.

Now there is other IP I would like Nintendo to get though it would be understandable if someone else had it, and it is Okami. Aside from that all other IPs would be better suited for other companies, Street Fighter specially should be from a third party always, being a Nintendo exclusive would kill the franchise as many people outright hate Nintendo consoles and would not buy one just for the game, the game should be on as many platforms as possible.

midnafanboy

#103

midnafanboy said:

Well nintendo here is your chance to have more games for the wiiu and the 3ds imagine megaman and resident evil. Brought back to there gaming glory that they once had that would be awesome and amazing.

PvtOttobot

#104

PvtOttobot said:

Guys, Capcom is NOT up for sale, Nintendo is NOT buying them. They just might get slightly taken over by a greedy shareholder, no a complete buy from another company. @Nlife this was pretty clickbaity, just saying

PlywoodStick

#105

PlywoodStick said:

@PvtOttobot To be fair, NLife did explain the situation in full within the article...

But yeah, definitely a rather bombastic article naming choice... That's par for the course here, though.

The_Ninja

#106

The_Ninja said:

I do hope Nintendo buys Capcom. crosses fingers for 2.5d megaman game, like the ones for the NES

LDXD

#107

LDXD said:

@PvtOttobot they sure can be up for sale are they right now? No, plus nlife isn't the only ones talking about this
Will they be bought out by Nintendo? Probably not but it sure is fun to talk about it

AltDotNerd

#108

AltDotNerd said:

@smikey No, they're not. The WII U is struggling, but aside from that:
•The 3DS sells like crazy
•Pokemon accounts for ONE-SIXTH of Japan's income; the entire country!
•Nintendo also owns the Seattle Mariners.
•Seriously, how could you overlook how much the 3DS sells?!

Bass_X0

#109

Bass_X0 said:

Phoenix Wright without Capcom's writers would be terrible by anyone else, except Level 5.

billychaos

#110

billychaos said:

I would love to see Nintendo buyout Capcom. Capcom has always supported Nintendo platforms anyways.

Nintendo_Ninja

#111

Nintendo_Ninja said:

I hope Nintendo buys certain IP like Pheonix Wright, Megaman, and Monster Hunter. They have no use for Street Fighter, or Dragons Dogma. They could seriously fix RE though.

Iggly

#112

Iggly said:

Don't forget guys, Capcom COULD possibly up for sale. Nothing is official until Capcom says so themselves. [Although I would love to see Nintendo buy Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Phoenix Wright]

smikey

#113

smikey said:

@AltDotNerd

I never said Nintendo were struggling (I own shares in Nintendo and will for the rest of my life)
I said Capcom have been struggling for a few years.

Yes Nintendo could buy capcom (though not as easily as you presume) so could sony in theory, as could Microsoft in addition sega, ea, activision, ubisoft could all theoretically buy capcom as they could have THQ none did for the same reason none are likely to buy capcom much better for them to go bust cherry pick the ip's you actually want for a fraction of the price.

while I understand you misread or misunderstood my 1st post I can assure you I am one of the most loyal Nintendo supporters on this or any other site my current Nintendo collection stands at almost 5,000 games, multiple copies of consoles including 13 3ds consoles (yes they do sell well) 2 wii u consoles and at least 2 copies of every other console ( home & hand held) with the exception of virtual boy I only have one of them.

I have an annual budget of £2,500 to spend exclusively on Nintendo games (new & retro)

I can promise you I'll be still stood supporting Nintendo long after many on this site have moved on.

WanderingPB

#114

WanderingPB said:

@Guybrush20X6 Im sure Rare is doing well but let me clarify all the IPs Rare has werent being used an it seemed like they were destined to make more and more uh kinect games?…sad but true the old Rare is far and gone but i still believe in that studio though with such a history why would any gamer not want them to succeed. But i dont believe Microsoft has really allowed Rare to shine instead of tapping into their creativity they have them making mediocre games good when i believe they're destined for so much more. But i also believe Nintendo dropped the ball by not buying them still i trust Nintendo over microsoft any day

Sugar_Crunch_BD

#115

Sugar_Crunch_BD said:

I hope nintendo don't buy Capcom, I enjoy playing games like street fighter and MvC3 on my pc with a good fight stick, and i'd rather not have all of capcons eggs in one basket.

dkxcalibur

#119

dkxcalibur said:

I can't believe Capcom can't make it work with Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and Dead rising. I know they have soooo much more but you would think those 4 games alone would bring in a descent amount of cash. Mismanaged for sure.

shinokami

#120

shinokami said:

I hope Capcom decides to sell their IP and either Nintendo or SEGA buy Mega Man, or even Inafune himself but that would be asking to much.
Also I would like for Arc Sys to buy Darkstalkers and Platinum to buy DMC

SockoMario

#121

SockoMario said:

Wait... If Capcom gets bought by a company that's not Nintendo, does that mean Mega Man will be taken out of Smash Bros.? :(

SPEtheridge

#122

SPEtheridge said:

Nintendo would never have the money to buy a controlling interest in capcom that's a lot of money even someone like Microsoft would pass on this

DaemonSword

#123

DaemonSword said:

@Artwark you mean like in Bayonetta 2/1 and Devil's 3rd? lol Nintendo is in survival mode now, and while kiddie games are their bread and butter, they are open to everything now.

DaemonSword

#124

DaemonSword said:

Nintendo is the only real logical choice to go (majority of their IP is on Nintendo), if they decide they want to buy, with Sony in second, NEVER, EVER to Microsoft (MS consoles don't sell in Japan, and they'll just stick them in Kinect Gitmo Prison anyways, giving Rare a new cellmate)

Xeon2143

#127

Xeon2143 said:

@PlywoodStick It really depends, Monolith Soft and Retro as well as intelligent Systems Seem to have enjoyable experiences working with Nintendo, they usually have much more creative freedom than the EAD studios and even then, nintendo is letting them branch out with new IPs with the Miyamoto junior teams. I would imagine Capcom studios getting the same treatment without the paid updates or the paid updates becoming cheaper. Nintendo has shown high respect for many of capcom's franchises perhaps even more than capcom themselves and have shown some interest in mergers or acquisitions, meaning they are aware of the Japanese gaming industry upheaval. In the industry they have the best buying power and the best policies to keep the franchises on track and potentially revive older ones like Trojan or another Strider game, and restore the honor of franchises like Resident Evil.

Shadraw

#128

Shadraw said:

I, personally, wouldn't want to see Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo buy Capcom as a company but it would be nice to see Nintendo buy some of their IPs if given the chance.

meltendo

#130

meltendo said:

I have fond memories of playing the first Resident Evil reboot on the Gamecube. It would be sweet to see Nintendo update Resident Evil 4 for the Wii U.

The true prize here is Monster Hunter.

SamSan37

#132

SamSan37 said:

If Nintendo could buy individual IP's like MH, Phoenix Wright, and Megaman it would be a no brainer. I doubt that Nintendo would want to buy stocks of a company like Capcom though. I guess all we could do is wait and see.

ogo79

#133

ogo79 said:

there goes the upcoming capcom virtual console releases.
now they will be very rare downloads. :*

Einherjar

#134

Einherjar said:

How the mighty have fallen. This was pretty much inevitable. Everyone who kept a close eye on them saw it comming miles away.
Westernization of beloved "japanesy" franchises, neglecting fan favorites, constant rereleases and milking of franchises, abyssmal DLC policy, constant outsourcing to incompetent 3rd party studios, under / overastimating certain platforms (neglecting the 3DS, banking on smart devices) and the list goes on.
A prime example of the glory that is the AAA business. Instead of making games that are wanted, they concentrated on focus group tested mainstream stuff to appeal to a market, that was over saturated to begin with.

Andremario

#136

Andremario said:

Captendo? Hmm I wonder. Be nice if they bought them out but whoever does hopefully will be a megaman resident evil fan. Then they could finally resurrect both francises! Ah! One can dream.

IceClimbers

#137

IceClimbers said:

Keep in mind this isn't an auction like Atlus was. Also keep in mind that whoever buys Capcom buys their debt too. Sony has massive amounts of their own debt, so they're not going to add more to it.

It's in Nintendo's best interest to buy Capcom. The IPs alone would help greatly. The studios would be theirs. As for the developers, it's not a guarantee they will leave. It's a good business move LONG TERM. Capcom's shares aren't worth much now. Nintendo has enough money to do it, and they have the reasons to do it.

Atlus was a niche company with niche franchises. Capcom still has powerhouse franchises that just need to be restored to their former glory. Buying Capcom would make for a FAR bigger splash than Atlus ever was.

Thats-what-shy

#138

Thats-what-shy said:

From the outside, Capcom looks like a horribly mismanaged company, considering their impressive collection of high-profile IPs.

ThreadShadow

#141

ThreadShadow said:

Having Nintendo buy Capcom or what ever sounds nice on paper, but when you dive into the logistics of it, it seems insurmountable in it's unsatisfactory resolution of IP management. Being a third-party Capcom has new and old games littered around the console landscape, and with a buy out these to some extent become Nintendo's problem. It all boils down to a big third-party head ache. Does Nintendo delist all Capcom games from digital stores? Does Nintendo leave them up to continue revenue on opponents consoles?

Capcom wants to make money and I feel they won't accept an exclusive buy out, they will choose a buy out option that allows them to remain third-party.

Henmii

#142

Henmii said:

I guess many on here would say: "Good riddance", but I would say: Sad, another game-giant dead. Not good news!

IceClimbers

#143

IceClimbers said:

@ThreadShadow They may not have a choice. Nintendo co-owns Fatal Frame now, yet I can still buy the older Fatal Frame games on my PS3. I'd imagine they'd leave them there for extra profit.

The positives of having all those IPs exclusive to Nintendo far outweigh the negatives. It'd be worth the headache.

AdmiralThrawn

#144

AdmiralThrawn said:

It would be ideal if Nintendo were to aquire the notable ips such as Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Ace Attorney, Viewtiful Joe, or possibly Resident Evil. As for Capcom, they were just a feces stain in my perspective of the industry. They have tarnished their reputation by acting like amateurs and pissing off the fans. Whatever happens to them, I want them to remember that as a Grand Admiral of the Galactic Empire, I will be there the second they fall laughing at the remains of what was an ambitious company.

WitchSugoi

#145

WitchSugoi said:

Was it reported that Nintendo didn't buy Atlus because they couldn't afford it or is that just an assumption? Because I find it far more likely that they just weren't interested.

From what I was able to find, Capcom is apparently only worth 1.24B. I don't know the process of these things but that's sounds pretty affordable for Ninty. They could really use the extra development studios and they need Monster Hunter, Phoenix Wright, Megaman, and to a lesser extent, Resident Evil to remain on their consoles. Unlike Atlus, I see this being an opportunity Nintendo might seriously consider.

SATORUIWATA

#146

SATORUIWATA said:

I laugh at the utter failure that Capcom brought upon itself! What were they thinking? HEY guys we only got 150 mil in the bank what do we do make a game the people want or rehash the same Street Fighter game 12 time? STREET FIGHTER of course OOOOHH and we should spend 80 mil on two buildings that we wont use cause we really only need one cause we only make street fighter games. I'm glad the company is going to fail for a multitude of reasons 1. they blame fans/ consumers for their own mistakes 2. they make horrible decisions I mean a 5 year old could come up with a better plan 3. they fail to produce what the people want if your make street fight 4 about 30 times no ones going to want it! all in all Capcom died with megaman star force and reinforced that with a plethora of Street Fight 4's that no one and I mean NO ONE WANTED.

SATORUIWATA

#147

SATORUIWATA said:

And for the people saying that Nintendo wont purchase Capcom if they go under you are clearly blind in the ways of business cause if they don't buy them and some other company does you be sure as heck that Nintendo will be cut from the consoles that Capcom games are going to be made for and that alone would be huge.

JaredJ

#148

JaredJ said:

this is sad. I have been gaming since the NES and Capcom has always been one of my favorite gaming companies.

Bryon15

#149

Bryon15 said:

Okay. Let me start out by saying that I definitely think Nintendo should be the ones to get Capcom. Now I'd like to clear up a few things.

1. To people saying that microsoft, EA, activision, could buy capcom and thus ruin them. Stop worrying. There is a law in japan that prohibits an american company from buying a japanese one. This is why microsoft could not buy atlus, despite having more money then sega.

2. To people saying that nintendo flat wouldn't buy capcom. Why do you thing that? Is it because they didn't buy atlus? Consider this. Nintendo has explicitly said that they are looking towards mergers and acquisitions. Here is a link:

http://mynintendonews.com/2014/01/31/nintendo-is-now-consider...

Nintendo said that AFTER atlus had already been sold and bought.

3. Nintendo and capcom have had a good relationship that goes all the way back to the 80s. megaman, street fighter, bionic commando, ghosts and goblins, they all debuted on nintendo systems. Plus we got the best resident evil games when they were gamecube exclusive. Capcom also made the best 2D zelda games.

4. Several dead capcom franchises would be revived. Like megaman, breath of fire, bionic commando. Games developed by platinum games like okami, viewtiful joe, devil may cry, godhand, would also be revived. I mean since platinum has such a close relationship with nintendo.

5. Perhaps most importantly, Nintendo knows that they are not getting third party support. This is the problem with Wii U. This is why we have these long game droughts in between new releases. Acquiring capcom would be a major help with that. Because they wouldn't just be getting capcom's IPs. They would get their development teams as well. Nintendo said that they wanted to expand. And this is the best way to do so. Who wouldn't want to buy a system that was the exclusive home to both nintendo and capcom franchises? I sure would.

c1pher_c0mplet

#150

c1pher_c0mplet said:

Capcom potentially going under? Best gaming related news all day: I can't stand Capcom. If they get bought out, hopefully the new owners will actually do something with the company's mascots and give fans what they want instead of empty promises, crazy DLC practices, and so forth.

MaverickHunterX

#151

MaverickHunterX said:

My ideal situation:
Nintendo gets MegaMan, Monster Hunter, Pheonix Wright
Platinum Games gets back Resident Evil, Strider, and Devil May Cry
Suda51/Grasshopper Studios get Viewtiful Joe and Okami
Arc System Works gets Street Fighter
Bandai-Namco gets Breath of Fire and Dragon's Dogma

Ryu_Niiyama

#152

Ryu_Niiyama said:

I would like to see them buy a majority share and help streamline and focus their dev teams so more franchises can go into rotation but I don't think I'd like capcom to be pure nintendo... just because its not a sound business decision for nintendo to try to juggle so many ips at one time.

Also I know that there is a common complaint about street fighter 4 revisions, but it was the return of a franchise that was beginning to stall (I adore 3rd strike but it and the rest of 3 sort split the fanbase) and the updates brought roster changes and balancing. It is a little annoying but vital if you play even somewhat competitively. Plus with Ultra you can play as previous versions which means for those of us that main certain versions we can offload our older copies (I prefer Ryu in Super instead of AE) Its a pity Marvel couldn't get another patch...it desperately needs one.

Plus its still less refreshes than Street Fighter II.

Mega719

#153

Mega719 said:

Capcom is thinking of making people pay to increase their chances against experts in SFV. Obviously they wouldn't make any real money with this especially after they just released IV again on the same systems

ICHIkatakuri

#154

ICHIkatakuri said:

@ecco6t9 More than likely! It could be interesting seeing how it plays out, though I doubt Nintendo would make a move, I wish they would. Then go a bit shopping crazy and acquire Sega and Konami, the Internet would have a meltdown that day.

Ralphi

#155

Ralphi said:

Armchair CEO time: Nintendo needs Monster Hunter. That franchise is just a goldmine.

IceClimbers

#156

IceClimbers said:

Nintendo should buy them. Monster Hunter exclusive to the same system as Pokemon would help secure the future of handhelds. Nintendo would give Mega Man the care it deserves. Ace Attorney, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Dead Rising, Street Fighter, etc would all be excellent IPs to add to their library.

Imagine Bionic Commando brought back by Retro Studios or Next Level Games. Breath of Fire by Intelligent Systems or Monolith Soft.

khululy

#157

khululy said:

@smikey maybe Sega could buy Capcom and then with Capcom Sega and Atlus expertise they can reinvent Japanese gaming, release a new console with great graphics and win the console wars of 2020 then 5 years later Sega and Nintendo Join forces to create the best handheld gaming device: 'Game Kami' wich brings about world peace because it uses the power of glove to warm the hearts of all those who are consumed by anger, rage and doubt. Bringing Humanity to it's next level of evolution and... gawd I need my morning coffee...

Bolt_Strike

#159

Bolt_Strike said:

I agree that Nintendo would be smart to snatch up some of their IPs, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Ace Attorney would all be good fits for Nintendo (and Monster Hunter and Ace Attorney are already pretty popular on 3DS, so they may as well buy them up). IDK about some of the other IPs, I don't think Nintendo is interested in stuff like Resident Evil or Devil May Cry.

2Sang

#160

2Sang said:

@SATORUIWATA Please undastand. It seems I have met my rival. Do you know what that means? We must undastand together to undastand what undastanding means.

zeldazero

#162

zeldazero said:

Any new news on what is going on with Capcom now? Did someone buy them out or is it still in limbo?

ArabPikachu

#163

ArabPikachu said:

If Sony purchased Capcom, many people that grew up playing Capcom games on Nintendo consoles would feel alienated and it would add to Sony's debt, making such a hypothetical situation to be a double whammy for Sony

If Nintendo purchased Capcom, many people that grew up playing Capcom games on Playstation platforms would feel alienated.

Speaking as someone that has been mostly playing Capcom games on both Sony and Nintendo platforms, I'd neither want Capcom purchased by those two companies.

Since Japan has a law that protects Japanese companies from being purchased by non-Japanese companies, I feel relieved to at least know having Microsoft purchase Capcom is out of the question because I'm not the type of person that'd shell out money to play Capcom games on an Xbox-brand console.

@ThreadShadow
I agree that having a first-party developer purchase Capcom or even a few Capcom IPs would be adding too much weight on the shoulders.

@yuwarite
At this point, I hope Capcom makes a rebound because I wouldn't even trust a 3rd-party Japanese developer to purchase the company.

@henmii
I wouldn't be so quick to say Capcom's become a dead-giant.

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