Monster Hunter Tri Debuts On NPD Top-20 Chart For April

By Ishaan . May 14, 2010 . 3:22pm


Capcom have reason to be pleased. Although the company suffered a 73.1% drop in net income over the past year, the loss wasn’t without its upsides. The primary contributing factor, as covered in our report, was the delay of several high-profile titles originally set to launch during the first quarter of 2010. — titles that are now debuting in the new fiscal year and doing promising numbers already.


Monster Hunter Tri, for instance, debuted at #11 on the NPD chart for April 2010, right below Super Street Fighter IV on PS3. Since Super sold 143,000 units on PlayStation 3 and its Xbox 360 counterpart at #14 sold 108,000, Monster Hunter Tri’s numbers lie somewhere in between. Like Super, the game debuted toward the latter part of April, so the numbers only account for about 10 days on the market.


Given that Wii games have a tendency to sell consistently over a long period of time, Capcom’s efforts with Tri might have paid off, which is nice to see given how niche the franchise is. Overseas sales expectations for Monster Hunter Tri are in the range of 500,000 units.

  • Terrific. I can never seem to reach any remote sort of “end game” in the series, but I always have fun with the 30-40 hours I do pour into each installment before getting distracted and wandering off to the next thing.

  • Guest

    100k in 10 days is great. Period.
    (Wonder how long before articles surface saying it flopped)

  • malek86

    Being pushed by Nintendo, I kinda expected at least the Top 10. Oh well, close enough, I guess. 130k for a MH game in the US is still pretty amazing, when you think about it.

    • jarrodand

      It wasn’t published by Nintendo in the US.

      • malek86

        It wasn’t? So the deal was only for Europe?Uhm, I guess it might see more success in Europe then. If Nintendo does things right, I mean. Though, historically, it seems we don’t like this kind of games too much, so it’s still kind of difficult.

  • 5parrowhawk

    How do the numbers stack up against Unite?

    • malek86

      MHFU sold about 70k in its first month, according to NPD.

      But considering how little PSP software usually sells, and the installed base of the Wii in the US (not to mention the whole being pushed by Nintendo thing), I do wonder if MH3 couldn’t have done better.

      Perhaps the series just doesn’t have that much appeal outside of Japan.

  • Joanna

    For 10 days, those numbers are really good. Seems like partnering up with Nintendo paid off.

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