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This is a list of best-selling computer and video game franchises that have sold at least 5 million copies. Unless otherwise stated, numbers indicate worldwide units sold, ordered alphabetically whenever two or more list the same amount. The exception are the ones specifying shipments, which have lower precedence than others listing sales. 

Franchise sales include expansion packs when applicable. There is also a separate list of highest-grossing video game franchises below.

See also: Best selling video games and Franchises (seventh generation)

Software sales figures

     – This color indicates a sub-series of a larger video game franchise.

Sold at least 100 million copies

Rank Franchise Sales
(millions)
Notes
1 Mario 577.266552 [1]
Super Mario 324.91 [1]
Mario Kart 114.93 [2]
Mario Sports 45.143856 [3]
Mario Party 41.728544 [4]
Mario RPG 23.413056 [5]
2 Sonic 350 [6]
Mario & Sonic 26.909041 [7]
3 Pokémon 294.69 [8]
Pokémon main series 231.81 [8]
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 14.76 [8]
4 Call of Duty 250 [9]
5 Grand Theft Auto 220 [10]
6 Wii Series 202.91 [11]
Wii Sports 115.78 [11]
Wii Fit 44 [11]
Wii Play 29.7 [11]
7 The Sims 175 [12]
8 Need For Speed 150 [13]
9 Tetris 140  [14]
10 Final Fantasy 130 [15]
11 FIFA 100  [16]
12 Lego 100 [17]

Sold at least 50 million copies

Sold at least 20 million copies

Franchise Sales
(millions)
Reference

[18]

Metal Gear 49.2 [39]
Tekken 45.6 [n 3]
Pac-Man 43.24
Lineage 43 [44]
Dragon Ball 40.5
Guitar Hero 40 [45]
Harry Potter 40
Medal of Honor 39
Super Smash Bros. 39 [n 4]
Street Fighter 38 [43]
Monster Hunter 36 [43]
NBA Live 35 [51]
Tap Tap 35
Brain Age 34
Kirby 34 [52]
Civilization 33 [53]
Mortal Kombat 32.5
Animal Crossing 31.2
Mega Man 31 [43]
Gundam 30.9044 [n 5]
James Bond 30 [57]
Tony Hawk 30 [58]
Uncharted 28 [59]
Gears of War 27 [60]
Nintendogs 27 [21]
Ratchet & Clank 27 [61][62]
Rayman 26 [26]
Rayman Raving Rabbids 14 [26]
Bioshock 25 [63]
Marvel 25 [64]
PGA Tour 25 [65]
Petz 24 [26]
Borderlands 23 [66]
Far Cry 23 [67]
Kingdom Hearts 22 [68]
Batman 22
Warriors 22 [69]
Yu-Gi-Oh! 21.8
God of War 21.65 [70]
Imagine 21 [26]
Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu 20.5 [20]
Age of Empires 20 [71]
Castlevania 20 [72]
Diablo 20
Frogger 20 [73]
J.B. Harold 20
Lemmings 20 [74]
Prince of Persia 20 [26]
Simple 20 [75]
SingStar 20 [76]
Spyro the Dragon 20 [77]

Sold at least 10 million copies

Franchise Sales
(millions)
Reference

[18]

Driver 19 [26]
Warcraft 19
Midnight Club 18.5 [78]
SimCity 18
The Elder Scrolls 17
NBA 2K 17 [78]
Starcraft 17
Zuma 17
Half-Life 16
Puyo Puyo 16 [79]
Tales 16 [80]
Bemani 15.84
Backyard Sports 15 [81]
Barbie 15 [82]
Burnout 15 [83]
Professor Layton 15 [84]
Devil May Cry 14 [43]
Metroid 14
Red Dead Redemption 14 [85]
Worms 14 [86]
Jak and Daxter 13.8
Megami Tensei 13.8 [87]
Persona 6.2 [87][88]
Disney 13.2
Cars 8 [89]
Myst 13
Scribblenauts 13 [90]
Souls 13 [91]
Cooking Mama 12 [92]
SOCOM 12 [93]
Star Fox 12
The Room 11.6 [94]
Left 4 Dead 11
Mass Effect 10.5
Ace Combat 10 [95]
Adventure Island 10
Asphalt Urban GT 10 [96]
Bomberman 10
Colin McRae Rally 10
Deer Hunter 10
DreamWorks 10 [97]
The Lord of the Rings 10 [98]
Momotaro Densetsu 10
Naruto 10 [99]
Pitfall! 10 [100]
Rock Band 10
The Settlers 10 [26]
Sniper Elite 10 [101]
Watch Dogs 10 [26]
Yo-kai Watch 10 [102]

Sold at least 5 million copies

  • SaGa (9.9 million) [103]
  • Saints Row (9.8 million)
  • The Experience (9 million) [26]
  • EA Sports NASCAR series (9 million)
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon (9 million)
  • Tomodachi (8.85 million) [104] [105]
  • Ninja Gaiden (8.774 million)
  • Yakuza (8.6 million) [79]
  • Dead Space (8.5 million)
  • Doom (8.5 million) [106]
  • Dead Rising (8.3 million) [43]
  • Dead or Alive (8.2 million)
  • Carnival Games (8 million) [78]
  • Hitman (8 million) [103]
  • Onimusha (8 million) [43]
  • Spider-Man (8 million) [107]
  • Zoo Tycoon (8 million)
  • Hot Shots Golf (7.5 million) [108]
  • Max Payne (7.5 million) [78]
  • Total War (7.5 million)
  • Football Manager (7 million) [109]
  • Inazuma Eleven (7 million)[110]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom (7 million)[43]
  • Moto Racer (7 million) [111]
  • Nancy Drew (7 million)
  • Project Gotham Racing (7 million) [112]
  • Titanfall (7 million) [113]
  • Trine (7 million) [114]
  • Unreal (7 million)
  • EyeToy (6.7 million)
  • MX vs. ATV (6.5 million) [115]
  • Alone in the Dark (6 million)
  • Buzz! (6 million)
  • Carmen Sandiego (6 million)
  • Championship Manager (6 million)
  • Conflict (6 million) [116]
  • Guild Wars (6 million) [117]
  • Mana (6 million) [103]
  • NBA Jam (6 million) [118]
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms (6 million)
  • Test Drive (6 million) [119]
  • Turok (6 million) [120]
  • Warhammer 40,000 (6 million) [121]
  • The Witcher (6 million)
  • Lost Planet (5.8 million)[43]
  • Ace Attorney (5.6 million)[43]
  • Major League Baseball 2K (5.5 million)
  • Chrono (5.4 million) [103]
  • Banjo Kazooie (5.25 million)
  • Anno (5 million) [26]
  • Asterix (5 million)
  • Baldur's Gate (5 million) [72]
  • Brothers in Arms (5 million)
  • Chessmaster (5 million) [122]
  • Mafia (5 million) [78]
  • Oddworld (5 million)
  • Stronghold (5 million) [123]
  • Tecmo Bowl (5 million) [124]
  • TOCA Touring Car series (5 million) [125]
  • Twisted Metal (5 million in North America) [126]
  • V-Rally (5 million)[127]

Highest-grossing video game franchises

See also: Highest-grossing games

This is a list of video game franchises that have grossed at least $1 billion in revenue. All figures below are in US dollars.

Franchise Debut
year
Lifetime revenue
(no inflation)
Ref Lifetime revenue
(2016 inflation)
Japan Pokémon 1996 $60 billion (as of 2016) [128] $60 billion
Japan Mario 1981 $15.3964 billion (as of 2013) [1] $40.56 billion
Japan Final Fantasy 1987 $10.275 billion (as of 2017) [15] $22 billion
Japan Street Fighter 1987 $7.395 billion (as of 2008) [129] $16 billion
Japan Space Invaders 1978 $3.852 billion (as of 1982) [130] $14.144 billion
Japan Pac-Man 1980 $4.827 billion (as of 1999) [n 6] $14.031 billion
Japan Dragon Quest 1986 $5.236 billion (as of 2016) [133] $11.4 billion
United States World of Warcraft 2004 $9.268 billion (as of 2015) [130] $9.376 billion
United States Call of Duty 2003 $9 billion (as of 2014) [134] $9.105 billion
Japan Sonic 1991 $5.1 billion (as of 2014) [135] $9 billion
South Korea CrossFire 2007 $7.05459 billion (as of 2015) [130] $8.15 billion
South Korea Lineage 1998 $4.754 billion (as of 2016) [130] $6.99 billion
Japan Donkey Kong 1981 $2.3423 billion (as of 1988) [136] $6.17 billion
Japan Sega Model series 1992 $3.5 billion (as of 2000) [137] $5.97 billion
Japan Resident Evil 1996 $3.877 billion (as of 2017) [138] $5.92 billion
South Korea Dungeon Fighter Online 2005 $4.369 billion (as of 2015) [130] $5.36 billion
Japan Wii Fit 2007 $4.427 billion (as of 2009) [n 8] $5.11 billion
Japan Monster Strike 2013 $4.529 billion (as of 2016) [130] $4.66 billion
United States Star Wars games 1983 $3 billion (as of 2015) [141] $4.17 billion
United States Madden NFL 1988 $4 billion (as of 2013) [142] $4.11 billion
United States Need for Speed 1994 $4 billion (as of 2014) [143] $4.05 billion
Japan Gran Turismo 1997 $2.8 billion (as of 2013) [144] $4 billion
Japan World Club Champion Football 2002 $2.507 billion (as of 2013) [n 10] $3.34 billion
United States Halo 2001 $3 billion (as of 2012) [151] $3.13 billion
South Korea MapleStory 2003 $2.366 billion (as of 2014) [152] $3.08 billion
United States Guitar Hero 2005 $2 billion (as of 2009) [153] $2.23 billion
United Kingdom Lego 1997 $2 billion (as of 2014) [17] $2.02 billion
United States Skylanders 2011 $2 billion (as of 2014) [154] $2.02 billion
United States Mortal Kombat 1992 $1 billion (as of 1995) [155] $1.57 billion
Soviet Union Tetris 1989 $1.324 billion (as of 2014) [n 11] $1.53 billion
United States Gears of War 2006 $1 billion (as of 2014) [159] $1.01 billion
United States Forza 2005 $1 billion (as of 2016) [160] $1 billion

DFC Intelligence franchises

2005 list of the top franchises worldwide. (Source)

  1. Mario and spinoffs - Nintendo
  2. Final Fantasy - Square Enix
  3. NFL Football games - EA
  4. Zelda - Nintendo
  5. Grand Theft Auto - Take-Two
  6. Marvel games - Activision + others
  7. Pokemon - Nintendo
  8. Need for Speed - EA
  9. Dragon Quest - Square Enix
  10. Gran Turismo - Sony

Possible future inclusions

  • Deus Ex (2m+ confirmed for 3rd game alone)
  • Fate
  • Your Shape
  • Sengoku BASARA
  • Dino Crisis
  • Breath of Fire
  • Final Fight
  • Ghosts'n Goblins
  • Monster Farm

See also

External links

Notes

  1. The Legend of Zelda series:
  2. Star Wars franchise - 38 million
  3. Tekken series:
  4. Super Smash Bros. series:
  5. Gundam series:
    • Sales through to March 2004: 20 million[54]
    • Sales from March 2004 to March 2012: 10.9044 million[55][56]
  6. Pac-Man series revenue:
  7. Wii Fit (original) sales revenue:
    • Prices:
    • December 2007 to March 2010: 22.61 million units = $2813 million
      • Japan: 5.36 million units at $116 each = $622 million
        • December 2007 to March 2008: 1.85 million
        • April 2008 to March 2009: 1.58 million
        • April 2009 to March 2010: 1.93 million
      • Overseas: 17.25 million units at $127 (mean average EU/UK/US price) each = $2191 million
    • April 2010 to March 2012: 60,000 (22.67 million - 22.61 million) units at $124 (mean average EU/JP/UK/US price) each = $7.44 million
  8. Wii Fit (original and Plus) sales revenue:
  9. World Club Champion Football: Intercontinental Clubs
    • Fiscal year ended 31 March 2010: ¥4.2 billion[147]
    • Fiscal year ended 31 March 2011: ¥3.8 billion[148]
    • Fiscal year ended 31 March 2012: ¥3.6 billion[149][150]
    • Fiscal year ended 31 March 2013: ¥3.2 billion
    • April-December 2013: ¥2.1 billion
    • Currency conversion: [1] $224 million
      • ¥4.2 billion = $55.4312 million
      • ¥3.8 billion = $50.2 million
      • ¥3.6 billion = $48 million
      • ¥3.2 billion = $42.2333 million
      • ¥2.1 billion = $28 million
  10. World Club Champion Football revenue:
    • Card revenues up until January 2009 - $1.901 billion
      • 480 million player cards sold as of January 2009, costing around ¥300 each.[145][146] This brings the total card revenue up to ¥144 billion, equivalent to [http://www.x-rates.com/historical/?from = JPY&amount=144000&date=2011-10-30 $1.901 billion].
    • Unit sales revenues from April 2005 to December 2009 - $307.4 million
      • World Club Champion Football: European Clubs 2004–2005 at £90,000 ($189,000) [2] each - $149.4 million
        • 514 units from April 2005 to March 2006: $97.2 million
        • 276 units during April–September 2006: $52.2 million
      • World Club Champion Football: Intercontinental Clubs 2006-2007 - 831 units from June 2008 to March 2009 at £90,000 ($189,000) [3] each = $158 million
    • World Club Champion Football: Intercontinental Clubs revenues from April 2009 to December 2013 - $224 million[n 9]
  11. Tetris sales revenue:
    • Handheld/Console - $904 million
      • Game Boy - 30 million cartridges (including bundles)[14] at $19.99 each = $599.7 million
      • NES) - 8 million cartridges[156] at $37.99 each = $303.92 million
    • Mobile - 425 million downloads[157] at $0.99[158] = $420 million


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      • 2003-2005: $310 million [11]
      • 2006: $200 million [12]
      • 2008: $500 million [13]
      • 2009: $200 million [14]
      • 2007 and 2010: $290 million
    • 2011: $300 million
    • 2012: Unknown
    • 2013: $326 million
    • 2014, January-September: $240 million
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  154. Skylanders series sells $2 billion worldwide.
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Best selling franchises
Best selling franchises · Highest grossing franchises

Mario · Pokemon · Final Fantasy · Street Fighter · Sonic · Dragon Quest · Call of Duty · Grand Theft Auto · Madden NFL · The Legend of Zelda · Gran Turismo · Resident Evil · Halo · Metal Gear Solid · (more)

See also: Best selling games · Best selling games worldwide
Best selling video games
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Nintendo · Sega · Capcom · Konami · Square Enix · Ubisoft · Blizzard

See also: Best selling games · Best selling franchises
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