Video recounts the story of Resident Evil 4 as a ‘Capcom 5’ GameCube exclusive

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It’s fun to take a look back at gaming history now and then, and GameSpot’s Kurt Indovina has taken a look back at the “Capcom 5.” This is a group of games that Capcom announced would be developed as exclusives for the GameCube back in 2002: P.N.03, Viewtiful Joe, Dead Phoenix, Killer7, and Resident Evil 4. The problem is — Dead Phoenix was canceled, P.N.03 wasn’t very good, and the other three games all swiftly went multiplatform.

Resident Evil 4 completely reshaped the survival horror genre and influenced action games in general. Many Nintendo fans, myself included, lost their minds when they found out that Resident Evil 4 would be a GameCube exclusive. It looked gritty, bloody, and like it was set to revamp the series from the classic fixed camera angles of the past titles. It did all of that, and it launched with that little marker in the top left corner of the box that marked it as an exclusive. Of course, things didn’t stay that way.

As it turns out, there was a discrepancy between the U.S. and Japanese versions of the Capcom 5 press release. The U.S. version suggested all of these games would be GameCube exclusives, but the Japanese version only described them as being developed for GameCube first. The exception was Resident Evil 4, which was to stay exclusive. Except, again — it didn’t.

Just before Resident Evil 4 came out, Capcom released a new press release stating that the game would also be coming to PlayStation 2. The rest is history, and now you can play the game on any platform under the sun.

What do you remember about the Capcom 5, Enthusiasts?


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.


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