Without doubt, Capcom is one of the largest and oldest third party publishers out there, some of us even grew up with Capcom, playing each Mega Man title one by one on the old NES. Unlike the others, Capcom weathered the recession and still remains one of the more prominent players in the industry today. Here are 15 franchises that Capcom has to thank for its success.
- Resident Evil - 40 million, 56 individual releases
- Mega Man - 28 million, 124 individual releases
- Street Fighter - 27 million, 62 individual releases
- Devil May Cry - 10 million, 11 individual releases
- Monster Hunter - 8.5 million, 11 individual releases
- Onimusha - 7.8 million, 12 individual releases
- Dino Crisis - 4.4 million, 13 individual releases
- Ghosts 'N Goblins - 4.4 million, 13 individual releases
- Final Fight - 3.2 million, 10 individual releases
- Ace Attorney - 3.2 million, 12 individual releases
- Breath of Fire - 3 million, 15 individual releases
- Lost Planet - 2.7 million, 7individual releases
- Commando - 1.2 million, 2 individual releases
- 1942 - 1.2 million, 3 individual releases
- Sengoku Basara - 1.2 million 10 individual releases
The numbers reflect how many units a franchise has sold with every title and every individual release ever made. Ports, localizations, and multiplatformers would all qualify to be individual releases, so that explains why Mega Man has a whopping 124. Still, those numbers look pretty big.
Too bad Breath of Fire is just at #11, loved that franchise. Dragon Quarter on PS2 wasn't all that good, and we have yet to see a current gen installment. Heck, they don't even have one for the handhelds. Oh well.