Capcom recently updated their list of “Platinum” titles, putting Monster Hunter World as the best-selling Capcom game 3 years after its launch.
Capcom published the full list of titles that surpassed 1 million sales, with the entire top 10 being titles that came out in the past 3 years.
That’s A Lot Of Monster Hunter
At the top was Monster Hunter World, which has racked up 17.3 million units in its lifetime. It should be noted that this doesn’t seem to include its expansion Iceborne, which sits at number 4 with 8.2 million units sold.
Overall the list sings a lot of praise for Monster Hunter as a franchise- Monster Hunter Rise has already broken the top 10 as well despite only coming out earlier this year, with 7.3 million units sold. While it’s leagues behind World, the game’s still got legs, with a PC version potentially raising its numbers greatly when it comes out since it won’d just be locked to the Nintendo Switch.
Interestingly enough Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the 11th best selling game in Capcom’s roster, at 4.9 million units sold in its now 11-year lifespan.
Speaking of the Resident Evil series, despite a large gap between the two, Resident Evil 7 is the 2nd best-selling Capcom title, sitting at 9.8 million units, while Resident Evil 2 (Remake) follows it up closely with 8.6 million. Funnily enough, the original Resident Evil 2 is also in the top 10, selling 4.96 million units. and outpacing Resident Evil Village.
You’d think a game that came out in 1998 would be the oldest game on the top 10, but you’d be wrong. The Street Fighter series is also obviously in the top 10, with Street Fighter II sitting at at 6.3 million units, an impressive feat considering the game came out on the SNES in 1992.
Meanwhile, its modern contemporary, Street Fighter V, is just behind it at number 9, with 5.8 million units since its launch in 2016. It’s unknown if this also includes the re-releases such as Champion Edition.
What Does This All Mean
Capcom have done very well for themselves, especially in the past 3 years. The company seemingly moves from strength to strength, having a steady selection of what was previously niche titles do incredibly well.
The fact that so many of their best sellers are new titles, rather than re-releases also screams praise for their decision making, since they’re doing new things and the customer base is rewarding them for it.
The main things we can gleam from this are simple- one, that Monster Hunter, Resident Evil and Street Fighter are by and away the largest franchises in Capcom’s stable. And two, whatever they’re doing with them, they’re clearly doing it right.