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Resident Evil Mania

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Feb. 26 2009, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

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Earlier this month, reported how the demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 5 had been downloaded 1.3 million times in the first 3 days. Well, interest in the zombie killing game is still spreading like the plague.

According to, over 4 million people worldwide have sampled the fifth installment of the popular franchise which won't be released for another two weeks.

"That's a staggering number," said industry consultant E.C. Meade. "If those translate to sales, you've got a hit the scale of Grand Theft Auto IV, which has sold 4 million units worldwide.

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"Having the popular movie franchise out there certainly didn't hurt," Meade added.

Microsoft will be launching a limited edition red Resident Evil Xbox 360 Elite to coincide with the game's release on March 13. The console will cost $399, and include a copy of Resident Evil 5, as well as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.


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