Last Friday, Capcom was one of many companies who had recently had their financial earnings come out, and among their top performers was Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers for Nintendo Switch. Seeing it’s success, many fans predicted that Capcom would continue their support for the system after previously stating that their support was dependant on how well the game did. It later came out that same Friday that Capcom was preparing multiple titles for the Switch based upon this success.
This came through on Tuesday when Capcom revealed Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 ports for the system, 2 having never been on a Nintendo system. Despite this, a fully translated Q&A Summary of their financial conference came out this past Friday which revealed the company is now waiting on the sales Monster Hunter XX as well. The figures of Ultra Street Fighter 2 were also revealed and proved the game to be fairly successful, having been bought by around 1/10 of Switch owners.
A Detailed Breakdown
Let’s start from the beginning. Jumping back to May 25th, a day before the launch of Ultra Street Fighter 2 on the Switch, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, the currant President/COO of Capcom stated “Capcom will monitor its performance with regard to supporting the Switch.” (Source, yes I know they’re not the most reliable blokes out there, but you can just search Google. This got everywhere.). Whilst the quote doesn’t go into much detail nor explain whether they would assess why the game failed if it did, it does explain the basics. Capcom’s support for the Switch depends on the success of Ultra Street Fighter 2.
To some surprise, Capcom announced a day later that a port of Monster Hunter XX would release on August 25th for the Nintendo Switch. This was a Japan-exclusive announcement. It was a very safe decision considering how popular portable systems and Monster Hunter are in Japan, although it does still show some uneasiness toward the system from the company considering it is just a port. This was exposed further somewhat at E3 when they announced Monster Hunter World for PS4 and Xbox One. No sign of a Switch release.
Jump again to last Friday where Capcom confirmed in it’s earnings report the success of Ultra Street Fighter 2, describing it as “making an excellent start and proving to be a smash hit” (Source). At this point we should suspect that Capcom is planning to bring out multiple titles for the system based on that success, and they confirmed they will. Later that Friday, Takashi Mochizuki, a Wall Street Journal technology reporter in Tokyo (who always seems to be on hand with these reports), confirmed via Twitter that Capcom was “starting to prepare” multiple Switch-version titles (Source below).
Capcom: 450K is 1Q figure for Ultra Street Fighter II, above its expectation. Also "starting to prepare" multiple Switch-version titles.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) July 28, 2017
This news basically confirmed that Capcom was going to start giving the Switch even more support based on the sales of USF2 (gonna start abbreviating this now) if they were to stick to their word. We also got confirmation that USF2 reached 450K in sales which, as of Nintendo’s recent financial report, means almost 1/10 of Switch owners bought the game, which is pretty good for a port of a 20 year old game. The following Tuesday we got confirmation that Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 were coming to Nintendo Switch, so Capcom were sticking to their word (Source).
This changed yesterday though when the full translated Q&A Summary was released which announced that Capcom are still unsure of how much to support the system: “Beginning with Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) Nintendo Switch Ver. for Japan, we are evaluating how we will support this platform in the future.” (Source). This has confused fans but the quote makes it clear that Capcom are now waiting on the success of Monster Hunter XX. They may have lied but this is very typical of the company. We can only hope the game will sell well, which it much likely will, and I personally thank all those who bought USF2 so Capcom can hopefully continue their support for the system, be it with games old or new.
<p>Some guy from the UK with a big interest in video games, mostly Japanese ones. Just starting up as a writer so go easy on me, it might be terrible.</p>