When the Nintendo Switch was announced via a commercial last year, Nintendo did one very big thing to prove how much support this system was getting – it released an image of many third party companies that said they would publish games on it. Now, to be fair, not all have at this point, but still, it was an impressive list. Yet one of Nintendo’s biggest supporters of all-time, Capcom, seemed wary of the new console. So much so that they had only one planned game on the system: Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers.
This was odd for numerous reason, not the least of which was that Capcom said that they would “gauge” their interest in the Switch by how well Ultra Street Fighter II did on the system. Which brings us to the other reason this was odd. It was a port of a 25 year old game. This “port” was getting HD graphics, some interesting new modes, a co-op feature and more, but in the end, it’s still a port of an old game. So imagine our surprise when we see a tweet from a Wall Street Journal insider saying:
Capcom: 450K is 1Q figure for Ultra Street Fighter II, above its expectation. Also “starting to prepare” multiple Switch-version titles.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) July 28, 2017
That’s right, Ultra Street Fighter II sold 450,000 in the first quarter of the year. Here’s two things that make that number important. One, the game was released on May 26th. Two, Q1 doesn’t start in January, it starts at the end of March, which means April, May, and June are Quarter 1. This means that it sold that amount in essentially 35 days. Yes, it’s not a million seller like other Switch titles. But for a port? One that got middling reviews? It’s not bad.
So, what happens now? More Capcom games on Switch apparently. Which ones aren’t confirmed as of yet, but there are some we are definitely hoping for.