Capcom ships over 2m copies of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan

3DS exclusive hit milestone in just four days, says publisher

Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 has shipped over two million copies in Japan in just four days says publisher Capcom, putting it well ahead of target for the company's sales estimate of 2.8 million by March 31, 2014.

The two million figure includes digital sales, with the game sitting at number 3 in the 3DS eshop chart, but Capcom hasn't revealed how that split breaks down. Capcom refers to the shipping numbers as the "highest ever for any third-party Nintendo 3DS title in Japan," in a press release, but doesn't explain exactly what record the game now holds.

Still struggling to break the Western market despite excellent reviews for the series' most recent releases, Monster Hunter remains a huge phenomenon in Japan, where a wide range of high-profile PR events and activities accompany every release.

Capcom could use the success. A difficult period recently has seen the company openly admitting that big changes need to be made to its business plan in order to survive the next financial year. With few other options left, big name franchises like Monster Hunter could well be the make or break of the business.

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I'll be surprised if this doesn't sell, at retail 3m units by the end of the year (i.e. Xmas). Combined with Pokemon X/Y & Zelda, the 3DS is going to totally own the Japanese market this Xmas.
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Steve Goldman Journalist. 8 years ago
3ds is going to own the US and European markets this holiday too
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Nick Parker Consultant 8 years ago
In most markets, 3DS hardware sales are negative year on year due to a poor start but the last few months have seen a turn around which, with a bouyant tail end to 2013, should restore positive comparables for the year.

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Sasha Yelesin Student 8 years ago
I'd love to see Monster Hunter 4 released here in the States. The biggest problem with the most recent one (3 Ultimate on 3DS and Wii U) is that there was no large online support for the 3DS. Hunting giant beasts using teamwork is the draw of the franchise, but without online, there's not team. You can, and I have, played on wifi, but you gotta be in the same room. The gaming culture of Japan is a lot different than the US, but adding online to handhelds will definitely increase sales.
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Steve Goldman Journalist. 8 years ago
They might be negative, but for the last 2 years globally its been outselling everything else combined.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd8 years ago
The 3DS is certainly well-positioned to outsell everything else this holiday, including brand new systems from Microsoft and Sony.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
3ds is going to own the US and European markets this holiday too
They already own those markets, regardless of the season. It isn't like the Vita is giving them any real competition.
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