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Resident Evil 4 reaches half-million mark in North America

Resident Evil 4, the latest instalment in Capcom's popular survival horror series, has sold more than half a million copies in the US and Canada since its release in January.

According to a sales tracking report by The NPD Group, the game claimed the number one chart position for the first month of this year and continues to sell well, as do other GameCube titles in the series.

Resident Evil, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Zero are the top three 'Mature' rated games for the console, with combined North American sales of more than 1.5 million units.

"With Resident Evil 4, the series and the entire survival horror genre have been advanced to a whole new level," said Capcom's Todd Thorson.

"It's been rewarding to see that the incredible response the game has received from fans and critics has been mirrored by a phenomenal retail performance."

Resident Evil 4 was released for GameCube in Europe back in March, and a PS2 version is thought to be on track to follow later this year.

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