Capcom can confidently lay claim to some of gaming’s most treasured properties — Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry and Mega Man, just to name a few. Then, of course, there’s Street Fighter, perhaps the most well-known of the bunch. Until recently, Street Fighter II held the top spot among Capcom’s games for most units sold, but it’s now shifted to second place, courtesy of a comparatively young upstart.
And that upstart is… Resident Evil 5.
As of the end of September, with 6.5 million units sold, it’s pipped Street Fighter II by a measly 200,000 copies and that gap is only going to increase, given that Resi 5 will enjoy continued shelf exposure for many years to come, both online and off.
While Resident Evil 4 may have been the most controversial of the series’ instalments, it was number five that really polarised players by adding co-operative gameplay to a genre that lived and breathed on scary alone-time. Yet, somehow, Capcom pulled it off and it’s been reaping the rewards for half a decade.
The Resident Evil series also appears to be Capcom’s best-selling franchise, with a combined tally of 60 million games sold. The next closest is — surprise! — Street Fighter at 35 million, with Monster Hunter’s 27 million putting it in third place.