Capcom is one of the oldest video game companies that are still active in modern times. For proof, look no further than the fact that its first product Little League came out in 1983, which was followed up by its first video game Vulgus in 1984. Over the course of its existence, Capcom has seen both highs and lows. However, it is no exaggeration to say that it has been doing very well in recent times. Combined with the incredible growth of the video game market, it is no wonder that Capcom's list of best-sellers includes a lot of names from recent years.
What Are the 10 Best-Selling Capcom Games of All-Time?
Here are the 10 best-selling Capcom games that have been released as of March 31 of 2022:
10. Monster Hunter Rise - 9 Million Copies
Monster Hunter Rise is the most recent release in the Monster Hunter series. It is the follow-up to Monster Hunter World, so it should come as no surprise to learn that it has the same improvements while including more of its own. To name an example, Monster Hunter Rise offers not just a cat-like companion called a Palico but also a dog-like companion called a Palamute. Something that is big enough to ride around the map.
9. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - 9.2 Million Copies
Speaking of which, Monster Hunter World was a huge hit, so much so that even its expansion Iceborne managed to make it onto this list with sales of 9.2 million copies. Given its name, interested individuals should have no problem guessing that the expansion featured a great deal of ice-themed content, which was aimed at people who wanted more of a challenge after playing through the base game.
8. Street Fighter IV/Super/Ultra - 9.3 Million Copies
Street Fighter IV came out in the late 2000s. Since then, it has earned a reputation for being one of the best video games ever made. That explains why Street Fighter IV has had six versions. That name on its own can refer to either the arcade version that came out in 2008 or the home version that came out in 2009. Soon enough, updated versions called Super Street Fighter IV were released for home consoles, the arcades, and then home consoles once more. Finally, there was Ultra Street Fighter V, which came out in 2014. This number combines the sales of the six versions of the same title.
7. Monster Hunter 3/Freedom 3/Ultimate - 9.4 Million Copies
The Monster Hunter series became an international sensation with the release of Monster Hunter World. However, it had already been a huge success in the Japanese market for quite some time, so much so that it spawned its own sub-genre of action RPGs in much the same manner that the Souls series spawned its own sub-genre of action RPGs. The various versions of Monster Hunter 3 played an important role in establishing the series' reputation to say the least.
6. Resident Evil 2 (2019) - 9.6 Million Copies
It isn't clear why Capcom started its Resident Evil remakes with Resident Evil 2. There is speculation that it had just released a remaster of the first title in the series, so it would've been a bit much for them to do a remake of the same. Whatever the case, the 2019 version of Resident Evil 2 has proven to be very successful, with the result that it seems to have spawned its own sub-series of Resident Evil remakes. The Resident Evil 3 remake has already been released. Meanwhile, the Resident Evil 4 remake is confirmed to be on its way.
5. Resident Evil 6 - 10.8 Million Copies
Resident Evil 6 came out in 2012. It stood out in that it featured four campaigns centered on four characters, which was made possible by a huge investment of resources on Capcom's part. Resident Evil 6 didn't exactly meet with universal acclaim. Despite that, it managed to sell very well.
4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - 10.9 Million Copies
Speaking of which, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard stood out by using a first-person view rather than a third-person view. In part, that was meant to support the idea of the protagonist Ethan Winters as an everyman, which was meant to make him more relatable to the players. Resident Evil 7 was also notable in that it returned to putting more emphasis on horror than on action. Something that was the reverse of its two immediate predecessors.
3. Resident Evil 4 - 11.6 Million Copies
Resident Evil 4 is set to see its remake in 2023, so it will be interesting to see whether the remake will be able to outsell the original. It isn't much of an exaggeration to say that it is one long escort mission. Even so, Resident Evil 4 is considered to be a well-made game, which explains much about its sales numbers.
2. Resident Evil 5 - 13 Million Copies
The follow-up Resident Evil 5 had a fair amount of controversy to it. There were concerns about its controls, its increased emphasis on action rather than horror, and its presentation of West Africa. Still, Resident Evil 5 managed to become the series' single best-selling title. Moreover, it was Capcom's single best-selling title for quite a while, seeing as how it was released in 2005 while Monster Hunter World was released in 2018.
1. Monster Hunter World - 18 Million Copies
Monster Hunter World was a deliberate attempt to court the international market. As such, it was something of a gamble. After all, there was the chance that Monster Hunter World would fail to appeal to the Japanese market while also failing to appeal to the international market. Fortunately, Capcom's gamble paid off very well for it, as shown by how the title went on to become a huge hit around the entire world. Nowadays, Monster Hunter World is its single best-selling title by a considerable margin. However, it will be interesting to see whether it will be unseated at some point in the near future considering Capcom's success streak in recent years.
Written by Dana Hanson
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