(Information As of September 30, 2009)
REPORT FROM CAPCOM
With focus on delivering quality products to a wider audience base, Capcom has strived diligently to create innovative and exciting sequels to existing popular franchises to increase consumer opportunities and to strengthen its revenues.
One of Capcom’s many popular franchises, “Mega Man”, which was first released in 1987, has seen numerous popular sequels and a plethora of merchandise which has established it as one of the premier franchises in all of video games.
Another popular Capcom series, “Resident Evil”, which effectively created the survival horror genre of games, has also established itself as a prominent world recognized franchise, with cumulative sales approaching 42 million copies sold worldwide.
It is our strong belief at Capcom that providing innovative sequels to beloved franchises increases recognition of product, while also increasing customer loyalty.
As always, we at Capcom will continue to strive to provide our customers with the best possible forms of innovative entertainment to increase customer satisfaction.
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This action and shooting game challenges players to locate the truth that is hidden on a bitterly cold planet. The game produces a level of realism and global views that are possible only with today’s next-generation game consoles. After the Xbox360 version of Lost Planet was launched in 2006, Capcom added PlayStation 3 and PC versions. Lost Planet is attracting much attention as a video game that is sold worldwide.
“Senguku BASARA” re-imagines the Warring States period of Japanese history. Historical leaders and military commanders of the time are portrayed with an anime twist in this fast-paced action game. This helps to make the material accessible to younger players. Since the first game’s release in 2005, the series has expanded into other media, including live performances, various character goods, and an animated TV series in 2009, maximizing the property’s cross-media appeal. “Sengoku BASARA3”, the newest entry into the series, is slated for a 2010 release.
This action game allows players to enjoy the experience of hunting. Since the first version appeared in 2004, this game has attracted an increasing number of fans. The version for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) was highly successful. The sequel, called Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, recorded shipments of more than 2.5 million units. This game now has a solid base of loyal fans. Capcom plans to start selling Monster Hunter in 2009.
This adventure game uses a courtroom as the stage for events that are filled with suspense and drama. The player serves as an attorney who seeks inconsistencies in the testimony of witnesses in order to reveal the truth. The popularity of the first title, which appeared in 2001, led to a series of games using this courtroom theme. The latest version “Gyakuten Kenji”, which puts players in the role of a prosecutor, was released in 2009 in Japan.
Devil May Cry
This popular stylish action game features a large number of distinctive characters along with exciting gameplay sensations for players as they use a game console. Since launching the first version in 2001, Capcom has introduced titles featuring breathtaking graphics backed by state-of-the-art home video game technology. As a result, Devil May Cry has become popular the world over.
Set in Japan’s Warring States Period, this Japanese sword fighting action game progresses as a young warrior destroys enemies and solves mysteries. Capcom made headlines by using an actual actor as the model for the game’s hero. The first Onimusha title appeared in 2002. Since then, this series has become highly successful by offering games that all feature outstanding action along with stories that are thrilling and poignant.
Set in a world that comes straight from science fiction, this game gives players a sense of the fear that powerless humans would have felt when dinosaurs attack. The game takes full advantage of Capcom’s expertise in the action adventure game genre. Dinosaur movements are very realistic. In addition, the game has won rave reviews for its intricate web of mysteries to be solved. These features have combined to make Dino Crisis an enormous hit.
The first Resident Evil title appeared in 1996 as a game for the PlayStation. This game requires players to manipulate the main character with the goal of using various weapons and other items to escape from zombies. By skillfully creating a sense or horror, Resident Evil quickly became a hit around the world. Resident Evil 5, the latest version, went on sale in March 2009.
Breath of Fire
The main character of Breath of Fire has the ability to transform himself into a dragon. The game is centered on the story of this character’s growth even as he is troubled by this enormous power. Each title in this series generated an enormous response from game players. There are many fanatic Breath of Fire fans in Japan and other countries. With this large base of support, Breath of Fire ranks as Capcom’s best-known and most successful role-playing game.
Making its debut in 1989 as an arcade game, Final Fight next advanced to the Super Famicom (SNES) and other platforms. Final Fight is a “stage-clear” type side-scrolling action game. Players are attracted by the game’s highly distinctive characters and overall difficulty. This game became the symbol for the new category of side-scrolling action games, which have come to be known as “Final Fight type” games.
First appearing as an arcade game in 1991, Street Fighter has grown to become the world’s premier fighting game. The Super Famicom (SNES) version of the game, which made its debut in 1992, became a megahit that sold 6.3 million units worldwide. In 2009, Street Fighter IV, the latest version of this game, and a live-action Street Fighter movie were released.
The first version of Mega Man went on sale in 1987. The game’s popularity is due to the contrast between the good looking characters and the hard-core action of the story line. Capcom has produced versions of this game for many types of media. Overall, Mega Man is an outstanding example of how Capcom can produce games that are popular among players of all ages.
This game started out in 1985 as an arcade game and was transplanted to the Famicom (NES) platform the following year. In this action game, the object is to rescue a princess from demons and various other creatures. When Ghosts ‘n Goblins was first released, players who were able to complete the game successfully gained considerable status because of the game’s high level of difficulty.
Capcom’s first action and shooting game, Commando was launched in 1985 as an arcade game. The player manipulated a character named Super Joe with the goal of destroying enemy bases. In subsequent versions, Capcom added jeeps and tanks, the ability for three players to compete at once, and many other new elements to make the game more enjoyable.
This scrolling action game requires players to use a fighter plane to shoot down enemy aircraft. One key feature is the ability to fly in a loop to avoid the enemy. It was launched in 1984 as an arcade game and was subsequently shifted to the Super Famicom (SNES) platform. In 2008, Capcom started selling a remake of this game on the Xbox Live Arcade market.
Well done to Capcom for such a great result with all these fantastic titles. Which one is your all time favourite ? Let us know.