At a Capcom demo earlier this week, I saw updated versions of classics like "Bionic Commando" and "Street Fighter II Turbo" on Xbox Live Arcade.
I wondered how the company decides which games to port over to XBLA and PSN. "We go to our community to see what games should be brought back from the library," said John Diamonon, Associate Product Manager at Capcom. They look at the poll results on GameSpot, among other things.
"To choose titles to revive, we see if we can give old franchises the modern touch, and we evaluate the fanbase and see if there's a market for it," he said.
One way of checking up on "the market"? Looking up Capcom games on eBay. "Sometimes we see games on eBay, and that's how you see what games people are willing to spend $80 on," Diamonon said. "It's certainly not the only thing we do," he assured me, noticing that I was scribbling his words onto my note pad. "But sometimes we look there to assess the market value of a game."
I asked Diamonon what the most expensive Capcom title he's ever seen on eBay was. He wouldn't name specifics, but he said, "I saw some 'versus' fighting series games going for $120." (I guess he hasn't checked lately; this auction for an unopened copy of "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" ended the other day at $455.)
So will any of those be next? He laughed and cryptically said, "Capcom has a wide selection giving fans many choices."
We can only hope.