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Capcom COO: Praise for the Switch, will see how to support the system while looking at Ultra Street Fighter II

Posted on May 25, 2017 by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch

Japanese business publication Toyo Keizai published an interview with Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto today (thanks to NeoGAF users CalmMind and zeromcd73 for the translation) . Among other things, the interview was about the Switch. Tsujimoto praised the system and its unique selling point – he talked about how his primary school-age daughter, who has never wanted a home console before, now wants a Switch. He also said that developing games that users want to play is crucial – in the DS & Wii era, third party developers were initially struggling with making compelling games that make use of a system’s unique features. Nintendo had to lead the way, essentially, and show other developers how to make games that fit the hardware.

Tsujimoto also briefly talked about Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on the Switch. He stated that Capcom will think of how to support the Switch while observing how Ultra Street Fighter II does on the system. Of course, this could be interpreted in a lot of ways, though one would hope that the sales of a remake won’t be the only factor Capcom takes into consideration for their future support of the system.

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  • Tlink7

    Well bye-bye then Capcom, a rerelease that has been rereleased a bazillion times isn’t going to fly off the shelves…

    • Fore

      I’m sure they wouldn’t be so delusional as to base it all on Street Fighter 2 (Don’t prove me wrong here Capcom) But instead, bring games that suit this medium even better (we all know what I’m aiming for here.)

      • Bradley

        Monster hunter?

        • Fore

          You got it.

        • Tlink7

          Rabbit Hunter

          • DeltaPeng

            Rabbid hunter?

          • Bradley

            Shhhhhh don’t let Ubisoft hear you

    • Tide

      Apparently it was a poorly translated before.

      https://twitter.com/aevanko/status/867725598671609856

      • Tlink7

        Ah right, that makes much more sense, thanks!

      • DeltaPeng

        Thanks for the post

        …but per usual people are overreacting >_>

  • cloud36426

    With the reviews I have seen looks like there will be no future support from Capcom. I think it is stupid to base support on a remake of a fighting game from 1994.

    • Robert Lashley

      They just announced Monster Hunter XX for the Switch. Me thinks there was something lost in the translation.

      • cloud36426

        I see. I am curious if they did this to combat backlash over the mistranslation.

  • Hylian Ticipated

    Crapcom’s genius strikes again.

  • Exposer

    I trusted you, CAPCOM.

  • Melatelo

    Really…This is the game that’s gonna help determine support!? Ridiculous. You don’t release an overpriced port of an almost decade year old digital game, and expect it to perform well. Guess that means no more support then. With the rate it’s selling in Japan though- they should have no good reason not to develop for it.

  • Blue

    I certainly wasn’t buying this for the price tag they’re giving. Guess I’ll just have to do without capcom

  • TheJuiciest

    I don’t doubt them. Milking Monster Hunter has been carrying them the last generation on 3DS. Everything else has yielded lukewarm results or just plain failure like Flop Fighter V. Could easily see them trying to make Monster Hunter sell on PS4 and Xbox only to have it sell like half as much since the game is only popular to the Japanese.

    • robotmaster

      lets be honest now If monster hunter goes to the ps4 it would still sell millions in Japan. Capcom won’t lose much for not supporting the switch.

      • TheJuiciest

        Well if I had to be honest, I would not take the over, considering Final Fantasy XV was the most anticipated game there for awhile and was one of the worst selling entries over there. You’re talking about an install like a fifth the size of the 3ds that hasn’t picked up steam several years in. Only Capcom would be genius enough to expect it to not be a flop.

        • robotmaster

          If not the ps4 then the 3ds but certainly not the switch.

          • TheJuiciest

            Probably, but how long is that gonna carry them when sales continue to slide? There’s obviously some fatigue with the 3DS games at this point. The last game looked like it under performed and they’ve been trying to push Stories which is looking like a complete dud at this point. Meanwhile Switch is looking like it’ll make up the majority of the market in a few years once the 3DS hangs it up.

            EDIT: Actually scratch that last thought. I give it until next year at most, given how it already takes up like 1/2 of it nearly any given week nowadays.

    • Melatelo

      There was a big rumour the next numbered entry in the Monster Hunter series will be on the PS4.

      • Stuart

        That was proved to be fake tho,the rumor came from a very know Sony troll on Japan.

        I don’t doubt there maybe have a Monster Hunter game on PS4 in a near future tho.

        • Melatelo

          Ah rightio hadn’t heard that.

        • Tide

          MonHun already has a strong console title with Frontier. Releasing a new PS4 title would just be pulling people away from their service.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      “Only popular to the Japanese.”

      Yeah. No. It’s not. Don’t delude yourself. It has great appeal outside of Japan, or else Capcom wouldn’t even be bothering to bring it over in the first place.

      • TheJuiciest

        I’d say it’s alright appeal. Like at least 2/3 of the sales usually comes from one country. Guess which.

        That’s for numbered entries. If we’re talking about like X, yeah, you wouldn’t be far off saying Japan is doing nearly all the heavy lifting. I suppose it comes down to what you personally view as great appeal.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          You stated it’s only popular to the Japanese, I called you out for being factually wrong.

  • robotmaster

    There goes any chance of monster hunter on the switch.

    • Jon Turner

      No it does not. It’s going to happen regardless.

  • Imparcial

    Uh, what happened to that talk about porting engines ?

  • Luke WalkingMoonTree

    Welp goodbye Capcom support: the preorders for the game are abysmal in both America and Japan, unless it sells really well in Europe or MANY people purchase it digitally this is a bad sign

  • Kid X

    They’ve been saying lots of stupid stuff since the decade started. I wonder if there is some miscommunication or if they replaced some people with some really idiotic people, we’re talking about the same company that thought Street Fighter V’s lack of fighters or Asura’s Wrath locked on-disc DLC was a good idea for the consumer.

  • reverandjames

    An overpriced carrot on a stick? Capcom can F**k off then

  • jimmy

    Lmao, wow

  • Blanco8x8

    “Ultra Street Fighter II sales will determine future support.”

    Uh oh…

  • Exy

    Vote with your wallet everyone!! If you want more Capcom games on Switch you have to buy the ones they give you first!!!

  • Stuart

    Oh c’mon with the blackmail Capcom…that’s a horrible way to determine the support of the system. A lot of people are not interested on this game and for very good reasons. It maybe sell ok within it’s range of fans but it will not be a blockbuster. If they are expecting more than that,pity on them…

    Try to launch a brand new and current game and promote the heck out of it and see how much it sells, THAT’S how you tell how much you should support the system.

    • azoreseuropa

      SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO THE WORLD NOT TO BUY CAPCOM GAMES. THEY ARE SELFISH AND BAD ATTITUDE! PLEASE SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO THE WORLD NOT TO BUY CAPCOM GAMES.

      • I’ll buy Capcom games if they give us something good. Not saying SFII is bad, but I can’t justify the price. I’ll go play it on SNES instead.

        • JJ

          3DS Virtual Console

          • That’s another option as well for New 3DS owners.

      • Stuart

        I would not go that far…there are franchises I love from Capcom. Ace Attourney, Monster Hunter, Resident, Megaman, even Street Fighter itself. If they showed a big game from any of those franchises for Switch I won’t lie that I would be pretty hyped…But of course I don’t support these obvious cash grabs like this game. I think we have to show the right support,not the “BUY EVERYTHING” or “BUY NOTHING TO TEACH’EM A LESSON”.

    • I would have taken Disney Afternoon Collection over this. I do like Street Fighter 2, but I don’t need to shell out $40 to but it again…just to play it with no D-pad.

      • Stuart

        Not launching Disney Afternoon on Switch was a really stupid decision. I would go as far to say that it could be the most profitable platform for this game.

        • I agree. It should be a no brainer to launch NES games on a Nintendo platform. Capcom was just dumb there.

  • azoreseuropa

    Fine then we don’t support Capcom for ANY GAMES AT ALL ? DONT BUY THEIR GAMES.. ALL GAMES UNDER CAPCOM AT ALL. DONT! They will be broken then! They are CRUEL! Unaccept for their attitude!

    SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD NOT TO BUY CAPCOM GAMES AT ALL! THEY WILL THINK TWICE!

    • SpectralDynamite

      And deprive Switch owners of Capcom’s various IPs, mamy of which are beloved?

      Yeah. Umm… PASS.

  • Unfortunately, basing future support on an overpriced game is not going to get you the sales numbers you want. It could be a good game, but I don’t see it as “$40 good”.

  • Leonel

    Wow what a horrible way to determine the future of support -.-

  • MoYeung

    カプコンとしては、どの機種に対してもゲームを提供できる体制を目指し、基礎研究を進めている。スイッチについても、5月に『ウルトラストリートファイターⅡ』を発売するので、状況を見ながら対応を考えていく。

    People over-interpret one simple remark and blow it out of proportion?

    • Fore

      “He stated that Capcom will think of how to support the Switch while observing how Ultra Street Fighter II does on the system” What is there to over-interpret here? It’s as clear as the sky on a sunny day.

  • JJ

    I am not buying SF II Remake just to keep Capcom on Switch-they can stick these tactics.

  • Fore

    I’m not going to buy the re-release of an old game that never had my attention, let alone is of a genre I cannot enjoy. Capcom, you’ve got some pretty awesome IP under your belt, leverage that. I’m sure many, many people have already thrown the want of Monster Hunter right at your faces, take that as a sign eh?

  • Jacob Groves

    You are stupid Crapcom. I don’t buy this game. You should bringing Monster Hunter or Resident Evil game in first place for Switch not re-release Street Fighter that wouldn’t help. USA and Japan preorders already very lower. It will sells badly and you will not supports Switch after all. We all know it is happens. Your fools Crapcom. All of us not worry about supports you either. Lol lmfao.

  • Lindsey Stewart

    Zeros translation is incorrect, Neogaf has 9 pages of literal translation,
    Nintendo everything should be notified that the interview quote had been amended…

  • TheWeasel

    I am sad to say that I believe that the majority commenting or getting upset have had an overreaction, seemingly from only reading the headline of this article and drawing a conclusion from there?

    Here is the translation of the statement (from the source):
    “In regards to Switch, Capcom will think of how to support the Switch while looking at how Street Fighter 2 does on the system in May”

    And then, again, a literal translation in the same source:
    “As Capcom, we aim to bring games to all platforms, and continue our research.
    As for the Switch, in May we will release USF2 and we will plan our support while looking at the situation [of the platform].”

    That does not sound like the definitive and conclusive statement going around this comment section about how Capcom will definitely base their future support of the Switch based on the sales of USFII.

    Sure, it can be assumed or inferred, but based on that one sentence, the way it was translated in the source does not indicate the upsetting or sometimes even rage-inducing conclusion that some here had reached.

    • Fore

      But that’s something that the NE article didn’t say. As I’ve said to Tlink above, I do not honestly believe that they’d base their whole support off of the sales of a remake from 26 years ago. Especially not when they can make a KILLER by releasing Monster Hunter on the platform. The Japanese are already running away with it by the time Splatoon hits. If they were to release MH like 2+ months later, it’d cause shortages again. Combine that with the franchise being pretty popular in the West as well, plus bringing back lapsed players such as myself, who really want a big screen + controller experience and you’ve got a bingo.

      • TheWeasel

        I understand, but even the content of the NE article itself wasn’t as conclusive as many here made it out to be. This prompted me to check the source, and lo and behold, the actual statement was never as bad as it was made out to be.

        This confusion certainly has revealed some very interesting or even worrying opinions some hold, and it was sadly all for naught. This is the disadvantage and the result of a hasty reaction, I’m afraid.

        • Fore

          We can discuss this in detail on discord if you’d like. As for the hasty reaction, I do understand, but we live in a world where haste is something that’s required of us (busy lives, etc) and first impressions are key.

          As an example, there was a last piece of DLC coming to a game I enjoy playing that’s been part of a particular list of DLC, and it was at the very end of it. Because they didn’t give any information, people ran away with it and gotten quite the expectations, and now it’s been revealed that it’s but a tiny (their own words) addition and that they’ve probably not even started working on it.

          The conclusion? People need clarity, not PR words and miscommunication.

          • SpectralDynamite

            Is it that one unofficial NE server? I still need a link to it.

          • Fore

            I’ve not a clue how exactly that works, but @higotbannedagain:disqus can give you hand with it.

          • SpectralDynamite

            I asked him already but got no response.

            There should be a button next to all of a channels in the server that gives you a link to the channel when clicked. Just paste it here.

            Also, how do you tag people here on Disqus?

          • SpectralDynamite

            Never mind.

          • hi v3.0

            https://discord.gg/
            Here’s da link

          • SpectralDynamite

            Does that expire in like 5 minutes? ‘Cause I can’t get to a computer for at least another half hour.

          • Fore

            I think it should be alright, if you still need help with it, I’m sure either Hi or Linkchu could help.

          • hi v3.0

            30min

          • SpectralDynamite

            Doesn’t work anymore. And I think it was too short. No text after the gg/ part.

          • TheWeasel
    • Lindsey Stewart

      Id wager its suppressed rage as most switch owners remember the infamous “capcom tests ” on the wii.
      However capcom s in decline as a game developer and id also wager that capcom knows that the well of 3ds ownership is drying up while switch dominates despite supply constraints.

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        “3DS ownership is drying up.”

        Yeah… No.

        • Lindsey Stewart

          It is in Japan, switch constantly outsells 3ds in Japan

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Outselling, is not a sign of “ownership drying up”, it’s a sign that the Switch is selling well and just that the 3DS is not getting many new owners. Just because the 3DS doesn’t to continue to print money doesn’t mean it’s userbase has suddenly started disappearing. That’s a non-sequitur.

          • Lindsey Stewart

            May be but that figure includes 6-8 3ds/2ds I own, so it’s not entirely true either. Even if I could 1:1 ratio I can only play one game at a time.

        • Lindsey Stewart

          I own 6-8 3ds/2ds so I can say as a multiple 3ds owner that 3ds ownership has dried up due to my ownership skewing the figures.

    • Exy

      Even with the original interpretation, I’d still believe they were looking at overall sales as opposed to reception from the internet crowd. Ultra Street Fighter II is aimed more toward the casual crowd than veterans, and I’m completely fine with that since fighting games as a whole skew far too heavily to the latter.

  • Ragnell

    Chill people, monster hunter will bez on the switch.

  • JackTheFrost

    Just gotta love how MISLEADING this headline is.

  • Kyle K. Moore

    I mean to be fair, people paid $40 for Binding of Isaac…there’s not much of a difference there in quality, right?

    • hi v3.0

      Why you comparing it to an indie game…

    • Advance*

      Completely different games

    • Kyle K. Moore

      Most of the discussion has centered around how SFII will never sell because it’s overpriced, and thus Capcom’s setting itself (and the Switch) up for failure by using that as a metric.

      Now, maybe both BoI and SFII are overpriced. But I think BoI sold pretty well. So there’s some ground for thinking people’s fears are overblown.

      As an aside, it’s interesting that pricing affected SFII’s reviews, but not BoI’s…

      • Binding of Isaac also has not been around since ’91 with multiple iterations on well over a dozen platforms.

        • Kyle K. Moore

          That’s fair. I don’t know if or how much how long a thing’s been out should affect it’s price, but let’s grant that it’s a factor.

          This version of SFII is the first and only that you can take an play portable multi-player anywhere. That’s a big deal, right? I at least think it’s enough to justify the existence of the new iteration.

          Now, I love BoI, I have it for Switch myself. But is there really enough of a gulf in quality between BoI and portable multi-player Street Fighter II to tank its relative sales? I mean maybe, but it’s a stretch.

          • I’d hate to start seeing a trend of publishers hiking the price of their games due to portability though. I don’t think it’s a realistic marketing strategy. I myself can’t justify starting to pay more for the sole reason that it’s portable.

          • Kyle K. Moore

            I feel that, I’m not a fan of the idea myself. My only point is that this isn’t that different from the BoI case. That might *already* be a case of publishers hiking their price for portability, but in any case the two situations are similar.

      • hi v3.0

        Omg…You do know that BOI has all the DLC that came out since the game launched. Also its an indie do you expect super realistic graphics? Your comparison is awful.

        • Kyle K. Moore

          …uhh…graphics? What do graphics have to do with anything?

          • hi v3.0

            Then why are you comparing this game to BOI?

          • Kyle K. Moore

            Ah, I see. Because they’re priced the same ($40). This implies that they’re both “worth” the same, which implies some similarity in quality.

          • I think because you mentioned difference in quality.

  • hi v3.0

    Um that better not be true… This is a lazy overpriced port of a SNES game and they want to support the Switch based on THAT???!!!

    • It’s the way it generally is for Nintendo. Wii U had the same problem. Give us old and/or inferior ports then complain when they don’t sell. Why the heck did we not get Mass Effect Trilogy instead of just ME 3? And ME 3 was $60!

      • César Tribst

        Not only that, they could have launched ME3 on the WiiU and some time after the launch announce the trilogy, but they announced the trilogy before the game was even out on the WiiU, it was like they wanted to kill the sales. And the same thing happend with Metal Gear Solid 3 on the 3DS

  • AquaBat

    When your mediocre port doesn’t sell on a new console
    https://youtu.be/Qy9_lfjQopU

  • SpectralDynamite

    I’m calling BS on this. More of their games will come regardless. So long as Switch sells, there’s money to made developing for it, and they can’t ignore that. Just watch.

    I’ll be picking up SFII, but not right away. That’s not because of price, though. If I want it, I’ll get it, regardless of how long it takes. I know I’m not alone in that line of thinking.

  • KnightWonder

    I should mention this before people start going after Capcom. Apparently this was a mistranslation. According to OJ of Playeressence, they never mentioned sales, and it’s possibly the interviewer jumped to a conclusion.

    • Leonel

      Well if that’s the case then it’s good to hear! Just to think that a port of a classic fighting game from decades ago would be determining factor felt really odd

      • KnightWonder

        Yeah. Apparently in the direct translation, sales weren’t mentioned at all. It’s possible they said they were going to watch the sales of the game, but it wouldn’t effect their future projects.

        • Leonel

          Well i’m glad to hear that honestly

          If this was true it would be unfair because it’s a port of a old game which has some new features but it’s not like a new released game that just came out. Plus everybody is into different genres of gaming so a fighting game can’t determine anything by itself

    • TheWeasel

      Unfortunately, you were a bit too late for that. 😛

  • Carly

    Well that was short lived then…and with the rumors I keep hearing about Monster Hunter heading back to PlayStation exclusively then it seem Capcoms support is gone.

  • Padre

    Nasty comment from Mr. Tsujimoto. Sad if they think USF2 will be the measure for Capcoms further products on Switch. I preordered USF2 and will love it too so I have nothing against it but I’m just sure that it wont be the best selling product they could release.

    • Jon Turner

      This was a mistranslation. A MISTRANSLATION. That’s not what they said.

      THIS is what they really said.
      “As Capcom, we aim to bring games to all platforms, and continue our research.

      As for the Switch, in May we will release USF2 and we will plan our support while looking at the situation [of the platform].”

  • Khaaaaan

    Bring RE7 and we talk later

  • Lol, Nintendo really did have to hold some hands back then. . . some people jumped on fast and got creative. Interestingly, it was Capcom that released fairly early, and that was a very clever game.

    It’s cool that the Switch is making such an impact on people though~.

  • Roto Prime

    Give me Street Fighter III 3rd strike and Dragons dogma on Nintendo Switch please.

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