Resident Evil leads Capcom software sales

Capcom has revealed that its Resident Evil series (known a Biohazard in Japan) has sold 34.5 million copies since its inception in 1996, making it by far the company’s most successful intellectual property to date.

Individually, the highest selling title in the survival horror series is 1998’s Resident Evil 2 with nearly five million unit sold globally, followed by Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (3.5 million) and Resident Evil (2.75 million)

The company’s biggest selling software release to date, however, is Street Fighter II, released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1992 with 6.3 million copies sold worldwide.

Devil May Cry and Onimusha have also made their mark, with global sales of both franchises clocking in at 9.5 million and 7.8 million units each, respectively.

See below for a full roundup.

Series Unit Sales


1.    Resident Evil Series (50 titles, 34,500,000)
2.    Mega Man Series (120 titles, 28,000,000)
3.    Street Fighter Series (59 titles, 25,000,000)
4.    Disney Series (33 titles, 13,200,000)
5.    Devil May Cry Series (10 titles, 9,500,000)
6.    Onimusha Series (12 titles, 7,800,000)
7.    Monster Hunter Series (10 titles, 6,300,000)
8.    Dino Crisis Series (13 titles, 4,400,000)
9.    Ghosts ‘n Goblins Series (15 titles, 4,300,000)
10.    Final Fight Series (10 titles, 3,200,000)
11.    Breath of Fire Series (15 titles, 3,000,000)
12.    Ace Attorney Series (11 titles, 2,800,000)
13.    Commando Series (2 titles, 1,200,000)
14.    1942 Series (3 titles, 1,200,000)


Top 10 games by sales:

1.    Street Fighter II (released June 1992, SFC, 6,300,000 units sold)
2.    Resident Evil 2 (January 1998, PS, 4,960,000)
3.    Street Fighter II Turbo (July 1993, SFC, 4,100,000)
4.    Resident Evil 3 Nemesis (September 1999, PS, 3,500,000)
5.    Resident Evil (March 1996, PS, 2,750,000)
6.    Dino Crisis (July 1999, PS, 2,400,000)
7.    Devil May Cry 4 (January 2008, PS3, Xbox 360, 2,300,000)
8.    Devil May Cry (August 2001, PS2, 2,160,000)
9.    Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (February 2007, PSP, 2,150,000)
10.    Onimusha: Warlords (January 2001, PS2, 2,020,000)

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