Capcom released their annual fiscal performance report today, and it revealed which titles drove the company’s business in the past year. Listed among them are Resident Evil 6, which despite the game’s sales bottoming-out quickly still was a strong title, Dragon’s Dogma, which has sold steadily since its release, and DmC Devil May Cry, which performed well in Western markets.
However, the big surprise was Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate…on Wii U. Capcom says it’s the latest title to join their list of “smash hits.” In case you’re wondering why it never really topped sales charts, they say most of these sales didn’t come from physical copies of the game but from download sales, which aren’t counted in NPD’s reports.
In the Digital Contents business, which constitutes our core competence, the flagship title “Resident Evil 6″ (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) sold at a brisk pace initially when it was launched. Its sales, however, subsequently plateaued. As a result, it did not meet with our projection and thus was not able to play a role in leading the segment’s sales growth. In contrast, “Dragon’s Dogma” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) became a greater-than-expected hit product in the domestic market, which has high profitability, and became an unprecedented million seller in the recent years as an original title. In addition, “DmC Devil May Cry” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) enjoyed stable popularity in overseas markets and posted solid sales. Furthermore, “Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) G HD Ver.”, which was our first title for the new home video console “Wii U” that was launched in December 2012, also became a smash hit. However, its package sales were generally soft.
These titles actually boosted Capcom’s sales year-over-year by 14.6%, though overall profitability declined 17.6% thanks to higher operating costs. As a reference, even Nintendo – who just climbed out of its first-ever losses – managed to score higher net income last year.