Capcom blames “cannibalism” for less than expected Street Fighter x Tekken sales

Tuesday, 15th May 2012 15:01 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Capcom has said sales of Street Fighter x Tekken has fallen short of the company’s expectations, citing genre cannibalism as the reason why.

It announced last week the fighter had sold 1.4 million units since its release in early March.

“Sales of Street Fighter X Tekken have fallen short of our plan,” it said in a Q&A.

“We believe one of [the] causes is cannibalism because of the large number of other games in this genre that were launched within a short time.”

Capcom’s launched three versions of Street Fighter IV in the past four years: the vanilla version in 2009, Super in 2010 and Arcade Edition in 2011.

The publisher also said the announcement of 2 million copies shipped of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City with Slant Six redeemed its approach in bringing a western studio for development.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has reached shipments of 2 million units). This shows the success of our decision to try the new approach of using an alliance with an overseas development company.”



  1. AHA-Lambda

    you sure it has nothing to do with people getting sick of on disc dlc and the rereleasing of your games every 8 months, making their purchase worthless?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    “We believe one of causes is cannibalism because of the large number of other games in this genre that were launched within a short time.”

    I agree completly, cannibalism is the main and only reason for this, but not for the larger number of games,but due the cannibalism applied by capcom to the consumers, yes you are right capcom, you use the exact, precise and very sucint word, the one that fits the most here, under the circumstances of course .
    p.s and for 1.4 million sold copies, i think you got away with it, you deserve a lot lesser than that, a damn shame it surpassed the 1 million copies.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Yeah, look how genre cannibalism destroyed MK9. It only sold 3-3.5 million units…

    Idiots. If you want your fighting games to sell, add real story and enough content instead of one screen endings, boring tales and tons on-disk-DLC.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Johnnymaxx

    Yeah… right….

    I think that, maybe, just maybe, it has more to do with the tons of DLC and the fact that everyone that wants to buy this game will wait for the certain “Deluxe Extreme Edition” with all characters unlocked and some extras, like the PS Vita exclusives maybe.

    “ManuOtaku” is right, Capcom should be glad they sold over 1 million yet. They deserve a lot less.

    And I know they said that there won’t be a “Exreme deluxe ultra or whatever” edition, but why not? They did it with Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs Capcom. Either way, even if they don’t do it, at least people can buy the game for a cheaper price later, what would make a lot of sense, since it is not a full game you are buying, you are just buying the introductory package of the game. For the full game, buy our DLC that are already on disc.

    Shame on you Capcom, shame on you.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. fengato

    I’m simply not interested in another game that sports the ugly sf4 art/graphics. Mvc looks great… Sfxt not so much.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dark


    #6 3 years ago
  7. wishdokta

    I wanted to buy it. Then I saw the Megaman character in a picture.
    I’m gonna put the money into Mortal Kombat Komplete.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. The_Red

    I’m a die hard MK fan but even to me, Mortal Kombat Komplete edition feels pointless. I think the biggest reason sales of fighting might have been hurt is the stupid re-issuing of the same games year after year.

    First there was SF4 which was great and revived the genre to some degree. Then there was SUPER SF4, then SUPER SF4 Arcade Edition and then SUPER SF4 Arcade Edition 2012 or something. Same goes for MVC3 which was almost bare in terms of content. The ULTIMATE MVC3 should have been the first release.

    In short: People know that assholes at Capcom have intentionally skimmed on the content only to release a SUPER SFxTekken or Ultimate one 6 months later.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    I will wait for the tekken x street fighter edition, because namco is not as “cannibal” as capcom is.
    p.s see capcom that word fits quite good if you ask me

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gigabomber

    Here’s your crying towel Capcom. Now grow a pair and innovate.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    “Capcom blames “cannibalism” for less than expected Street Fighter x Tekken sales” So not piracy this time? :))

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Kabby

    Give it a month. Then they will mention how bad the PC sales were. Because of piracy.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. FrankieDF

    My friend is a diehard fighting game player going back to the 90s. This should have been a guaranteed sale with him, but after ultimate MVC coming out the same year as mvc3 and finding out about the mass of on disc dlc they lost him.

    I love when companies blame everyone but themselves.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. The_Red

    True. Ultimate MVC3 was the last straw. That game only months after the initial release and had features that should have been in the original.

    #14 3 years ago

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