DmC 1 was THE original, so comparing which one is better is an unfair comparison. But sales wise the reboot is doing better lol
Except that the reboot is on track to being the WORST selling DMC title ever. Yes, less than the previous worst of the original DMC3, which sold 1.3 million copies. The re-released DMC3, DMC3:SE sold 2.2 million in it's own right.
Devil May Cry 1 was the first game of its kind. It created the game style that tons of other now-popular hack n slash games modeled themselves after (often while taking all the credit for themselves). The gameplay is solid with a very high skill ceiling and offers difficulty (Easy Automatic) for the casuals as well as the most hardcore of players (Dante Must Die!) while offering tons of secrets, unlockables, and replay value, the characters and events are interesting and likeable, the music is pretty good, the atmosphere and settings are great, and not to mention how incredibly innovative it was.