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Capcom: It Was a Very Good Year

Capcom's net income for the financial year just passed was up by 257.6% compared to the previous period. A wide range of titles on a number of different platforms contributed to these excellent results.

On the console front, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd shipped over 4.6 million copies in Japan alone. Dead Rising 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter IV and Lost Planet 2 all sold over 1 million copies -- not quite as many as were shipped to distributors in any case, but still a healthy proportion.

Mobile game Monster Hunter Diary has over 1 million subscribers, though not all of them are paying to play the game.

The iPhone versions of both Ghost Trick and Street Fighter IV benefited from creative distribution and marketing strategies. Ghost Trick's first two chapters were made available for free, with subsequent chapter sets sold separately. Street Fighter IV was sold as a complete game with a few playable characters, and has been continually updated with free content.

Capcom also branched out into the world of social games with The Smurfs' Village on Facebook and Zombie Café on iOS devices. The Smurfs' Village in particular apparently "exceeded expectations by far" for the company.

Finally, Monster Hunter Frontier Online for Xbox 360 and PC showed "solid performance" for the company, and two pachislot games have also been doing well.

Capcom believes that the coming financial year will see lower sales and earnings, but increased profitability due to the growth of online, social and mobile games.

It seems Capcom's willingness to experiment with game styles and distribution methods has paid off. The company looks set to continue that tradition with the upcoming Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version.

Source: Siliconera

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Capcom: It Was a Very Good Year

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