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Capcom profits up despite low BC sales

Monster Hunter also "weak" in West.

Capcom is celebrating record summer profits for the three months ended 30th June, with profits at $38.4m - a 23 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Resident Evil 5 broke records to ship 5m units around the world, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite rampaged to ship 3.5m units in Japan alone. Wii-exclusive Monster Hunter Tri has been pre-ordered 1m times already, and prepares for a gigantic Japanese launch tomorrow.

Capcom also singled out Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes as strong sellers.

But not all games met expectations. Capcom said Bionic Commando "underperformed" with 550,000 units sold, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite "performed weakly" overseas despite a hefty marketing push.

Capcom expects Lost Planet 2 to pick-up the baton from here and sell around 2.7m units. The company is also predicting a healthy return on superb XBLA and PSN fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 2 over the coming months.