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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Leads January’s Game Sales

Resident Evil 7's house of horrors proved popular last month, helping lead the charge into 2017.

Capcom's newest entry in its long-lived horror franchise was the best selling game of January 2017 even though it was only on sale for one week in that month. This is good news for Capcom, because the last time the publisher had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was March of 2009 with Resident Evil 5. In total, game software sales actually grew by about $ 39 million when compared to the same date a year ago.

However, the industries sales actually fell by about four percent overall thanks to a decline in hardware from the previous year. This is likely due to the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are over three years old at this point and many players have finally purchased the newest hardware. The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware of January 2017 while the NES Classic Edition was the third best-selling console of the month.

Here’s the full report of the top selling physical sales of software for January 2017:

  1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Battlefield 1
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Watch Dogs 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. FIFA 17

 

Our Take
It's nice to see Resident Evil selling well as it's one of the best entries in the series in years. It's also interesting to see that Call of Duty is still selling well, even though Activision isn't happy with the sales. I'm also impressed that Overwatch remains on the top 10 even though its about eight months old at this point.

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Take-Two Earnings Call Reveals 75 Million Sales For Grand Theft Auto V And Strong Revenue Growth

Today Take-Two held its quarterly earning call and revealed a 15-percent net revenue growth during the holiday quarter. Take-Two credits much of its success to the continued and "better than expected" performance of Grand Theft Auto V, which has now sold 75 million copies, and the continued DLC support of Grand Theft Auto Online from Rockstar Games. Take-Two says that Rockstar will continue to support GTAO with more content. 

The call also revealed interesting numbers for the publisher:

  • Mafia III is the publisher's fastest selling game in the first week and has, at the current date, sold-in over 5 million copies altogether.
  • Civilization VI is the fastest selling entry in the series and has sold 1.5 million units to date. The sales for the series as a whole have now passed 40 million copies.
  • NBA 2K17 has sold nearly 7 million copies.
  • The biggest contributors to Take-Two's revenue growth were Grand Theft Auto V/Online, WWE 2K17, NBA 2K17, and Civilization VI.
  • Take-Two expects its net revenue to increase from $ 542 million to $ 592 by March 31.
  • The publisher plans to support the Nintendo Switch with NBA 2K18 and beyond.

You can find all the talking points from the earnings call right here.

 

Our Take
Take-Two's strategy of continuing to support its franchises through DLC support appears to be paying off. Grand Theft Auto V continues to kill it, with fierce sales, which is shocking for a game that's over three years old, thanks to continued support.

It'll be interesting to see if Mafia III's story missions and continued support helps boosts its numbers as well.

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Capcom Sales Down, Not Including Resident Evil 7

Capcom has reported that sales and profits are down for the nine-month period ending on December 31, 2016, but the company's overall financial forecast for the end of the fiscal year (on March 31) remains unchanged.

Sales fell 6.2 percent compared to the same period last year, with profits also falling 60.6 percent.

Despite these events, the company lauded the sales of Dead Rising 4 and Monster Hunter Generations, and that of re-releases Resident Evil 5 and RE 4.

Capcom says it is not changing its fiscal year-end forecast due to the fact that it plans "an aggressive sales campaign" for titles including RE 7 and Monster Hunter XX (an expanded edition of MH Generations in Japan).

[Source: Capcom]

 

Our Take
With Resident Evil 7 not factoring in to the period, it makes sense that the company is confident the game, among others, can pick up the slack in just three months.

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Strong Pokémon Sun & Moon Sales Fuel Nintendo Profit Swing

The intense Poké-craze of 2016 that started with Pokémon Go carried forward right into Sun & Moon. According to a Nintendo financial report released today, the 3DS game has already sold 14.6 million copies.

The publisher also said the mobile hit fueled growth of the Pokémon back catalog, which led to a 10-percent year-over-year growth in 3DS sales and 20-percent year-over-year growth of 3DS software sales from the period of April to December. This helped offset the continual poor performance of the Wii U, which saw plummeting sales for both hardware (75-percent drop year-over-year) and software (46-percent decrease). 

In total, the company netted $ 569 million in profit, a strong positive swing from previous quarter, when the company reported losses of $ 51.7 million. You can read the full report here.

 

Our Take
After some rough previous reports, Nintendo finds itself on strong footing on the eve of the Nintendo Switch launch. 

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