Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Sales “Struggled” In The West

By Spencer . October 29, 2009 . 12:48pm

image Capcom USA gave Monster Hunter Freedom Unite a big push with a constant stream of media coverage and TV ads. Freedom Unite even got higher scores than its predecessor Monster Hunter Freedom 2.


When it came down to sales Monster Hunter Freedom Unite didn’t exceed Capcom’s expectations. Their financial review had this to say about Bionic Commando and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.


Overseas sales remained soft partially because the release of “Dark Void” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) was postponed until the latter half of this year. “Bionic Commando” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) and “Monster Hunter Freedom Unite” (for PSP) also struggled.


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sold over three million copies in Japan. Specific sales figures for the “struggling” international version have not been released by Capcom. Perhaps, their expectations were too high?


Capcom will get another chance with Monster Hunter when Monster Hunter Tri comes out in North America next year.

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  • JeremyR

    I think the trouble is, no one really buys PSP games in the west, preferring to pirate. About the only “honest” market the PSP has is (traditional) RPG fans, so stuff from Atlus/NISA/Xseed does okay (though probably not great by other standards).

    • shion16

      sad but true
      no one buys psp or ds games in usa

      • jarrodand

        DS games sell amazingly in America, despite heavy piracy. Last month alone, 2 3rd party DS games sold 200k each (Scribblenauts and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days).

        Really, it’s just PSP games.

    • Even Atlus/NISA/XSeed feel the sting from piracy. I think the ratio of legit purchases to pirated copies (yes, the companies can track these things) is about 6:1. That’s HORRIBLE.

      • Ereek

        Wow, that’s extremely sad. I feel bad for you guys, though I do all I can, which is buy the games rather than pirate them.

        And here the pirates say “We’re not harming the industry!” Bull.

      • Kris

        Damn, I’m sorry to hear that.
        I could understand if someone pirated an EA or Activision game, but a niche title? That’s just not cool.

  • If MH3 indeed has no monthly fees, I’ll be first in line to buy it. I prefer these games on my TV, not portable.

  • jimbo101

    who still has a psp now a days? after mine broke i can care less about wat they release for that system. Capcom needs to go back it to its roots and develop great games on systems that have the body to fill in sales(and not let outside companies ruin there IP’s *cough* Bionic Commando and the new Dead Rising *cough*)

    • Ereek

      The PSP has some amazing games, but you really need to look for them. You can’t let the media spoonfeed you information, or you’ll miss some of the best games the system has to offer. Half-Minute Hero is getting 9s from pretty much everyone and most people have never even heard of that.

    • malek86

      The PSP has got some awesome games lately, I actually play it more than the DS nowadays. Most of them are niche though, so you won’t hear about them too much unless you actively search around.

  • fkc piracy

  • JeremyR

    Hmmm, let me recant a little. Maybe they just have much bigger expectations than is reasonable?

    MHFU was the #15 PSP game downloaded this last week (some guy on neogaf made a chart)

    And they are raking in money from sales of Resident Evil for the PS1. But they refuse to put up any of their other PS1 games, even though I think they’ve already been re-rated for re-released by the ESRB. At any rate, would have been ideal to re-release them this week (Halloween and all). But basically Capcom is turning down free money. (A lot of companies seem to be doing that though)

  • 563y62t635y35yht

    I think the western markets are troubled by stupid mega hype games.
    If something good comes along people just fail to notice.

  • jarrodand

    Capcom’s given out western figures now…

    MHFU 150,000 NA, 250,000 EU
    Bionic Commando 280,000 NA, 350,000 EU

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