Capcom net sales slump 29%

Capcom has reported a 29% year-over-year drop in net sales for the period ending December 31. Its sales were weak compared to the prior year, which had more big hit franchises.

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Capcom has reported its earnings for the nine-month period ending December 31, 2011, and it shows a net sales loss. The company's net sales were approximately $661 million, down 29% year-over-year, and operating income dropped 47.2%. In the remaining three months of fiscal 2011, Capcom is planning on sell 2 million copies each of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Street Fighter X Tekken.

The report isn't all bad news, however. Joystiq reports that part of the reason for the slump is that it's being compared to the prior year -- which had massive hits like Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Super Street Fighter IV. This year's hits include Monster Hunter Tri-G (1.2 million units), Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (800,000 units) and Dead Rising: Off the Record. Those all did reasonably well, and just compare poorly to prior blockbusters.

Andriasang reports that on top of the two near-term releases, Capcom points to Dragon's Dogma as an example of a new franchise, and Resident Evil 6 as a game with a faster development time.

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    February 2, 2012 5:15 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Capcom net sales slump 29%.

    Capcom has reported a 29% year-over-year drop in net sales for the period ending December 31. Its sales were weak compared to the prior year, which had more big hit franchises.

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      February 2, 2012 5:23 PM

      If they didn't cancel Mega Man Legends 3 they would of made it up.

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        February 3, 2012 7:56 AM

        ^this, a thousand fold this

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        February 3, 2012 7:57 AM

        yup..also letting go of the Mega Man creator was a duuuumb move. Can't believe they did that.

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          February 3, 2012 7:58 AM

          well, not creator but 'father' of mega man, Keiji Inafune

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          February 3, 2012 7:59 AM

          They didn't let him go, he left to do his own stuff, they got pissy and wouldn't contract the remaining work out to him for MML3 (which he had offered to do) so that it could get finished and since he was gone they just dropped the project.

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      February 2, 2012 5:45 PM

      maybe if they stopped pumping out shit and screwing their customers they might make some money. Can't remember what the last capcom game i bought was.

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        February 2, 2012 8:11 PM

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      February 2, 2012 8:47 PM

      What was the last big game they put out that wasn't a fighter? I think they've ruined gamers good will with all the rehashes.

      Ashura's Wrath and Dragon's Dogma both look terrible and the RE games are their only real games this year besides Street Fighter x Tekken

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        February 2, 2012 8:52 PM

        Dead Rising 2?

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          February 2, 2012 9:02 PM

          Which was rereleased last year from a game that came out in 2010. See a pattern?

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            February 2, 2012 9:11 PM

            I did mean Dead Rising 2, the game that was released in late September 2010. But yeah, they made all those DLC spin-offs because Case Zero was received so well.

            Here's another one: Lost Planet 2, which was apparently terrible. And Dark Void, which was also not so good. Yeah, Capcom seems to be in a really bad funk, with either super-derivative annualized sequels, diluted follow-ups of series whose original developers left long ago, or really really bad original properties.

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              February 2, 2012 9:17 PM

              I've only played a bit of LP2 but it feels like such a weird game. Like a bunch of mini game maps thrown together. The first one seemed to have more of a progression to it.

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                February 2, 2012 9:20 PM

                Yeah it was a way different game from LP1. I actually liked LP1 a lot but LP2 was not awesome.

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        February 3, 2012 5:43 AM

        didn't lost planet 2 sell well?

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        February 3, 2012 6:05 AM

        I think they both look interesting, and they still do Resident evil, Devil May Cry, Lost planet, Dead rising.

        Whats all the fury and rage about?

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      February 2, 2012 9:45 PM

      its obviously because they dont have enough games with 1 only one save profile.

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      February 3, 2012 1:33 AM

      The capcom of old is dead. Best we can hope for is that it goes under and someone worth a damn pulls in the good licenses. Mega Man, Strider, StreetFighter, etc.

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      February 3, 2012 7:55 AM

      Well... serves them right for shitting on MEga Man and then giving us his fat bloated version in SFxT

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      February 3, 2012 2:59 PM

      I think the major cause of this, is Capcom releasing several different versions of the same game...

      Ultimates/GOTYs/Super Duper Versions... People don't know when it's safe to buy a Capcom game anymore...

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      February 5, 2012 4:22 AM

      In the past year Capcom has done a complete about-face with its fanbase. You don't just rub out Mega Man like that and not expect to lose a few long time fans. RIP Mega Man and RIP old Capcom. You'll be missed.

      Fuck the new Capcom. Just like Square Enix, they don't mind shitting on their fans if it means increasing their bottom line. What the hell happened to respectable Japanese publishers? I guess they died with the last decade.

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