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Street Fighter V Underperforms But Capcom Still Closes Year Strong

by Mike Futter on May 09, 2016 at 04:28 AM

Monster Hunter saved the day for Capcom as Ryu and pals failed to deliver expected sales. The publisher has announced a strong close to its most recent fiscal year, despite a significant shortfall in Street Fighter V revenue.

A year ago, Capcom announced it expected to sell 2.5 million Monster Hunter X copies and 2 million Street Fighter V units. Monster Hunter on 3DS (which has still only released in Japan) moved 3 million copies. Street Fighter V on PS4 and PC, a worldwide release, only moved 1.4 million.

Net sales for the company were up 19.8 percent to ¥77 billion ($719.2 million). Operating income climbed by 13.7 percent to ¥12 billion ($112.3 million) and net income rose by 17.1 percent to ¥7.8 billion ($72.3 million). 

On the pachinko side of things, Capcom has finally found an audience that loves Resident Evil 6. The company reports that sales of those machines “strongly increased.” Asura’s Wrath machines stayed weak. Additionally, the company’s Luigi’s Mansion arcade game did not sell well.

Capcom is looking ahead to releases of Monster Hunter Generations (the westernized name for Monster Hunter X) and Umbrella Corps in the coming months.

[Source: Capcom]


Our Take
Street Fighter V should have been an effortless slam dunk. But with major server problems and a lack of content, fans have been anything but happy. There’s still time to turn it around, but there’s a perception hole for Capcom to dig out of. It’s going to require a shovel made of one part “mea culpa” and one part “free stuff.”