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Capcom likes January. The company was the top-performing publisher in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Monster Hunter: World was the driving factor here, as it was the No. 1 selling game of the month overall as well as on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.

“Sales of Monster Hunter: World represent an all-time launch month high for the Monster Hunter franchise in the U.S.,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.

The publisher had already confirmed that this was the fastest-selling Monster Hunter ever, and now the NPD has added some color to that. Monster Hunter: World has established the series as a powerful new force in the gaming industry in the west.

This is the second year in a row that Capcom has had a major January release. The company revealed Resident Evil 7 in 2016, and then it launched that horror sequel in January 2017. The game topped sales for that month, and it even helped offset some slumping sales for the industry.

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In January 2018, gaming is no longer slumping, but Capcom still managed to own the month. Maybe we’ll get something else from it next January? I’m hoping for Bionic Commando: World.

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