Resident Evil 5 Is Capcom’s Best-Selling Game Ever

By Ishaan . October 31, 2013 . 12:01pm

Resident Evil 5 is now Capcom’s best-selling game of all time, the publisher revealed via its Investor Relations website this morning. The game has sold over 6.5 million units across Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 retail sales, as well as download sales.


(It would appear PC version sales are not being included, as Capcom specifically mention the PC platform in the case of Resident Evil: Revelations, but not RE5.)


Prior to Resident Evil 5, Capcom’s best-selling game was the original Street Fighter II. First released in 1992, that game sold 6.3 million copies on the Super NES.


Of course, if one were to add up the sales of every single version of Street Fighter II over the years, the sales figure would increase significantly. Here’s how every single version of SFII has done over the years:


Street Fighter II – 6.3 million (SNES)

Street Fighter II Turbo – 4.1 million (SNES)

Super Street Fighter II – 2 million (SNES)

Street Fighter II Plus – 1.65 million (Genesis)


That amounts to a total of about 14 million copies of Street Fighter II in some form or another.

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  • Vesperion

    What’s Street Fighter 2 Plus?

    Anyway RE2 is my favorite, but I always loved RE5. I still play it to this day

    • doubleO7

      Thats the JP title for the Genesis version.

      • Vesperion

        Well the more you know

  • Mnstrzero00

    Wait I gotta be misunderstanding something. How is monster hunter not their biggest seller? Not big in the west? But re5 got mixed reviews.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Monster Hunter has sold 27 million in total

    • FlyingPony

      That’s the reason. Monster Hunter enormous only in Japan, but in west its not that great. RE 5 probably selling well in Japan and West, combine both and you’ll get bigger number than Monster Hunter.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Well, that’s…interesting. I wouldn’t say it’s their best game ever, though.

  • Go2hell66

    And capcom actually wanted to sell 7mil copies of RE6? I still lmfao every time i think of that

  • This is kind of surprising, but when you think about it it sort of makes sense: RE is Capcom’s most internationally popular franchise (other than maybe Street Fighter); RE5 was the franchise’s first seventh-gen console title, released when the game market was bigger than it’s ever been; and it was also the followup to the critically and commercially adored RE4. Street Fighter doesn’t make it because there’s so many different editions, and Monster Hunter doesn’t make it because it’s almost exclusively popular in Japan.

  • Nice Boat Quatro
    • Go2hell66

      I highly doubt that

    • Manny Being Manny

      I’d believe Capcom themselves over Game Informer.

      According to the link in the article, the 3 RE4 versions combined for 5.8 mil.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        Actually, Capcom actually divided the sales from RE4 in versions even though RE5 wasn’t.

        • Manny Being Manny

          Well like I edited in, it still only adds up to 5.8 million among the different versions.

  • Wait. DMC4 is high up there in that list.
    Didn’t they say it didn’t sell enough?
    I also find it funny according to that list DmC is below every single other DMC.
    …And that DMC2 outsold DMC3, ouch.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      From what I heard Capcom wanted bigger numbers so they made the reboot. Yeah it’s ironic

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Iif you combine the original 1.3 million units with the 1 million units from Special Edition you have 2.3 million units in total.

    • Herok♞

      I still think DmC will sell more not enough more to set the world on fire but still more in any case, after all RE5 just became the best seller and that was after a few years.

      • I find it still funny Capcom went all about how the reboot was the new direction to get sales and it hasn’t outdone DMC4, which wasn’t succesful to their standards.
        Bottom of the line: Capcom drop your insane expectations!

        …And bring back classic DMC, please?

        • Richard N

          Well it didn’t help that DmC was pretty much abandoned by it’s core fanbase which would’ve helped a lot I’m sure. They probably would’ve gave it more of a chance if the whole situation was handled more lightly like WB Montreal handling Arkham Origins, taking every opportunity to admit they’re not as great as Rocksteady.

          • It’s totally on them. They danced around the whole “we don’t give a shit about our fanbase” idea, while trying to attract new people.
            The game itself is decent but goddamit if its conception and marketting wasn’t completely retarded

          • AndyLC

            Capcom’s problem is they’ve been trying to court the people who hate them, and then ignoring the people who like Capcom as Capcom.

            … in the US at least. Monster Hunter is keeping the whole company afloat.

          • Richard N

            I agree, after the initial bad reaction from the first trailer I believe they still had an opportunity to win the fans over and ease them into the idea. But their interviews and quotes forced themselves into an uphill battle.

            It’s too bad, I thought it was a really good game. Ah well, something for them to remember next time.

    • hazelnut1112

      DMC2 outsold 3 because it followed up after the first Devil May Cry. It was a game people enjoyed, the reason 3 didn’t sell well enough was because the second game was crap and people had low expectations for the series.

      But still that whole DMC4 thing was just an excuse for Capcom to outsource and ruin a franchise despite the original team having many spin off games and have more details on the story.

      • That’s logical with DMC2. I didn’t think of it that way.
        And I wouldn’t put it past them if it was a genuine complaint what caused them to do DmC. They might have genuinely wanted better figures, trying to push the series to be as popular as RE.
        …At the same time it’s quite possible the dev team disagreed with Capcom on certain things, resulting in them leaving and Capcom being too butthurt to do a classic-style DMC and the whole “it didn’t sell enough!” thing was part of their usual messy coverup.
        And the story repeats itself with Mega Man.

        • TheRealMalek

          DmC2 also had a lot of marketing, Dmc3 was nearly not marketed…

          • “DmC2”
            Please don’t scare me like that

  • Abysswalker90

    Actually, these numbers add up to slightly more than 14 million, not “nearly 14 million”.

  • John Diamond

    anyone remember ‘dis game racist cause u only shoot black ppl when you’re in africa’

    • EinMugenTenshin

      That’s why it sold so well? Anyways, you have Sheva (the female companion), which is a black person shooting black people, and Wesker. But I guess he is ubermensch so… ye…

  • Logan Moll

    Well, just goes to show that quality doesn’t equal sales. RE5 wasn’t terrible by any means, but it was more watered down, so it could have more mainstream appeal. I never see that as a good thing.

  • Minos

    Wich is thanks to RE4.

    • epy

      This. I don’t hate RE5 like a lot of people do but one of the main reasons it got those sales is because it got all the hype that RE4 built behind it. It’s a shame Capcom misinterpreted that.

      • Capcom really needs sit down and get back to reality.
        The expectatives and game direction are completely against what one would call logical. Well at least for most franchises of them. MH and AA still are doing as well as ever.

  • ivanchu77

    I prefered Re4 to be honest but Re5 is good too.


    Devil may cry 4: 2,800 thousand units

    DmC : 1,200 thousand units

    LOL, good job “broading the appeal” xD , hopefully we finally get a DMC5 with the original Dante next time and not some reboot crap that nobody asked for.

  • Tom

    I thought RE4 was better in sales.

    • eilegz

      it was released on more platforms no doubt

  • d19xx

    Boulder punching is going to be a standard feature confirmed…

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      You shouldn’t make fun of a romance that had a tragic ending

      • EinMugenTenshin

        wtf did I just watch

        • Nice Boat Quatro

          Love and tragedy

      • d19xx

        That was beautiful! Better love story than Twilight!

      • Göran Isacson

        i crai everytime. Greatest tragedy in the franchise by far.

  • Eder García

    WiiU version confirmed right?… RIGHT?

  • firstarioch

    Does anybody get depreesssed as me when he/she reads that ?
    Resident Evil 5. One of the worse resi evils ever . Now capcom will go into making clones of this to repeat success …..
    What has happened to survival horror ?!?,the true Resi Evil ….
    Gone sadly …
    The last great Resident Evil was Code Veronica ….
    Everything after is just not Resi game anymore ….I don’t know what it is not survival horror it ain’t ……

    • Sadly this is probably how they’re looking at it.

      For shame…

    • epy
    • Yes it’s sad Capcom has lost the graceful charm of common sense…

    • popo123

      and the fact that re6 is their 3rd best selling title too despite the negative reviews.

    • GuyAlpha

      They already stated how they realized that they messed up on RE6 when the sales for that game slowed down at a rapid pace.

  • Arizato

    Resident Evil 5 is probably one of my favorite co-op games. Been playing through that one with several friends and had tons of fun everytime!

    • eilegz

      resident evil 6 its better but yeah cooperative its fun on resident evil as much as people hate it.

  • hazelnut1112

    Makes sense, especially since it was a follow up to RE4 and had a lot of people expecting something better since it was heading to a new generation of consoles.

  • eilegz

    its sad to see the backlash on re6, considering that it improves everything over its predecessors.

    the fact that re5 and re6 sold more than previous re means that it appeals more people than tank mobility survivor horror re.

    as much as people want more horror, that dont sell, survival horror its a dead genre dead space, silent hill and even the last of us its do not sold more than “action” oriented re5 and re6

  • EinMugenTenshin

    More people need to give out their official sales numbers. It is funny to know if you are playing a niche and to what extent.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm i thinks thats because of Re 4 in that time people still expect more from capcom

  • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

    Why……..? I was under the impression of either DMC3, RE4, or Monster Hunter……

  • Lee Bong Bong

    many had high hopes for RESI 5 and buy it without reading the review, including me lol

  • bushin

    I enjoyed the games for hat they were, they were good games in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind if this became a spin-off style of gameplay for something new or even if this style stayed but with deeper Horror elements. I’ll still support capcom regardless.

  • konsama

    I’m still waiting for a new Resident Evil outbreak with the first and File 2 content too and PSN/XBL enabled.

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