Capcom's Monster Hunter series has been a massive commercial success for the company, and this year it will leapfrog stablemate Street Fighter in terms of lifetime units sold - despite the fact that Street Fighter as a franchise has been around for much, much longer.

The data comes from esteemed video game analyst ZhugeEX:

Street Fighter has long been seen as Capcom's most recognisable series, and made its arcade debut way back in 1987. It wasn't until the sequel in 1991 - which was duly ported to the SNES - that the franchise gained mainstream success. Since then, numerous follow-ups and revisions have appeared on a wide range of formats, with the most recent being Street Fighter V, a title which has endured a rather troubled launch.

Monster Hunter began life on the PS2 in 2004, but it is now seen primarily as a Nintendo franchise. The latest entry, Monster Hunter Generations, launches this July, and a spin-off called Monster Hunter Stories hits Japan later this year.

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