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Title Plat(s) Year Nominal (million US$) Inflation (million US$) (2013)[1] Ref(s)
Development Marketing Manufacture [2] Total Development Marketing Manufacture [2] Total
Street Fighter II ARC, SNES, MD 1991 31 382 413 54 646 700 [3] [4]
Super Mario World SNES 1990 309 309 553 553 [5]
Super Mario Bros. NES 1985 241 241 524 524 [6]
Sonic the Hedgehog MD 1991 225 225 387 387 [7]
Final Fantasy VII PS1 1997 45 100 100 245 68 150 150 368 [8] [9]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 1998 190 190 273 273 [10]
Grand Theft Auto V PS3, 360 2013 137 120 7.7 265 137 120 7.7 265 [11] [12] [13]
Super Mario 64 N64 1996 175 175 261 261 [14]
Super Mario Bros. 3 NES 1988 6 108 114 12 214 226 [49] [15]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC, PS3, 360 2009 50 150 200 54 163 217 [16]
Mario Kart 64 N64 1996 135 135 202 202 [17]
Super Mario Kart SNES 1992 120 120 201 201 [18]
Shenmue DC 1999 70 23 24 117 101 32 35 168 [19] [20]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 MD 1992 10 90 100 17 151 168 [21] [22]
Pokémon Red/Green/Blue GBC 1996 50 48 98 72 75 147 [23] [24]
Pac-Man 2600 1982 1.5 54 56 3.7 131 135 [50] [25]
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES 1987 60 60 124 124 [26]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES 1991 70 70 121 121 [27]
The Legend of Zelda NES 1986 5 52 57 11 110 121 [28] [29]
Star Fox SNES 1993 15 60 75 24 97 121 [51] [30]
Grand Theft Auto IV PS3, 360 2008 100 6.3 106 108 6.8 114 [31] [32]
Tomb Raider PS3, 360, PC 2013 100 3.6 104 100 3.6 104 [52] [33]
Gran Turismo 5 PS3 2010 80 13 93 88 15 103 [53] [31] [34]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC, PS3, 360 2011 85 7 92 88 7.2 95 [54] [35]
Final Fantasy VIII PS1 1999 66 66 93 93 [36]
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 2600 1982 21 18 43 50 39 93 [55] [37]
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 2008 50 11 61 55 12 67 [56] [38]
Final Fantasy IX PS1 2000 40 22 62 57 31 88 [57] [39]
Halo 3 360 2007 30 40 5.7 76 34 45 6.4 85 [58] [40]
Final Fantasy VI SNES 1994 52 52 83 83 [41]
Final Fantasy XIII PS3, 360 2009 60 9.6 70 66 11 77 [42]
Final Fantasy X PS2 2001 40 14 54 57 19 76 [43][44]
Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi SNES 1995 48 48 74 74 [45]
Final Fantasy XII PS2 2006 53 6 62 64 7 71 [59] [46]
Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome SNES 1992 42 42 71 71 [47]
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES 1987 35 35 70 70 [48]
Crysis 3 PC, PS3, 360 2012 66 1.3 68 68 1.4 70 [49] [50]
Too Human 360 2008 60 0.35 61 65 0.38 66 [31] [51]
Disney's Aladdin MD 1993 40 40 65 65 [52]
Killzone 2 PS3 2009 60 60 65 65 [53]
Chrono Trigger SNES 1995 41 41 63 63 [54]
Dragon Quest III NES 1988 32 32 63 63 [55]
Final Fantasy V SNES, PS1 1992 38 38 63 63 [56]
Mortal Kombat II SNES, MD 1994 40 40 63 63 [57]
Wii Fit Wii 2007 40 12 52 46 14 60 [60] [58]
Frogger 2600 1982 6 18 24 16 44 60 [61] [59]
Huxley PC 2007 50 50 57 57 [62]
Dance Dance Revolution ARC 1998 38 38 56 56 [60] [61]
Beatmania ARC 1997 38 38 56 56 [61]
Final Fantasy IV SNES, PS1, GBA 1991 31 31 55 55 [62]
Dragon Quest IV NES, PS1 1990 29 29 55 55 [63]
APB: All Points Bulletin PC 2010 50 50 53 53 [63]
TERA Online PC  2011 50 50 52 52 [64]
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition 360, PS3 2006 20 20 2.2 43 24 24 3 51 [65] [64]
Mortal Kombat MD, SNES, GB, GG 1993 10 21 31 16 34 50 [66] [65]
Tom Clancy's The Division PS4, X1, PC 2014 50 50 50 50 [66]

At least $10 millionEdit

Under $10 millionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Inflation Calculator, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. 2.0 2.1 Manufacturing costs:
  3. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, costs: $186 million
    • Arcade manufacturing cost: 60,000 arcade cabinets at $1000 each = $60 million
    • SNES manufacturing cost: 6.3 million cartridges at $15 each = $95 million
    • SNES marketing cost: £15 million ($31 million)
  4. Street Fighter II', manufacturing costs: $227 million
    • Street Fighter II': Champion Edition - 140,000 arcade cabinets manufactured at $1000 each = $140 million
    • Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting - 4.1 million SNES cartridges at $15 each = $62 million
    • Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition - 1.65 million Mega Drive cartridges at $15 each = $25 million
  5. 20.6 million cartridges [4] [5] at $15 each = $309 million manufacturing
  6. 40.23 million cartridges at $6 each
  7. 15 million cartridges at $15 each = $225 million manufacturing
  8. [6] [7] [8]
  9. 10 million units [9] at $10 per package = $120 million manufacturing
  10. 7.6 million cartridges at $25 each = $190 million
  11. Sinclair, Brendan (1 Feb 2013). GTA V dev costs over $137 million, says analyst. GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved on 9 September 2013.
  12. Grand Theft Auto V:
  13. 11 million units [10] at $0.70 each = $7.7 million
  14. 11.62 million cartridges at $15 each = $175 million manufacturing
  15. 18 million cartridges at $6 each
  16. [11] [12]
  17. 9 million cartridges at $15 each
  18. 8 million SNES cartridges [13] at $15 each = $120 million
  19. [14] [15] [16]
  20. Assuming PS1 CD-ROM cost of $5 per disc for Dreamcast GD-ROM, 1.2 million units [17] at $20 ($5 per disc) each = $24 million
  21. Biddle, Frederic M. (1992-12-08). "Sega vs. Nintendo: The Rematch". Boston Globe: p. Economy 43.
  22. 6 million cartridges at $15 each = $90 million manufacturing
  23. Tobin, Joseph Jay (2004). Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokémon. Duke University Press. p. 66. ISBN 0-8223-3287-6.
  24. 31.37 million units [18] at $1.50 per cartridge = $48 million
  25. 12 million cartridges at $4.50 each = $72 million
  26. 10 million cartridges at $6 each
  27. http://www.rpgamer.com/news/japan/rp033104.html 4.61 million] SNES cartridges at $15 each = $70 million
  28. Sheff (1993), p. 188
  29. 6.51 million cartridges at $8 each
  30. 4 million cartridges at $15 each = $60 million
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Top 10 Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made
  32. Grand Theft Auto IV manufacturing costs:
    • PS3: 2.73 million copies [19] [20] [21] at $1.20 per BD-ROM disc = $3.27 million
    • 360: 4.36 million copies [22] [23] [24] at $0.70 per DVD9 disc = $3.05 million
  33. Tomb Raider manufacturing costs:
    • PS3: 1.5 million units [25] at $1.20 per BD-ROM disc = $1.8 million
    • 360 & PC: 2.5 million units [26] at $0.70 per DVD9 = $1.8
  34. 10.66 million units [27] at $1.20 per Blu-Ray = $13 million
  35. 10 million discs at $0.70 each = $7 million
  36. 8.15 million units (4 CD-ROM discs each) at $8 ($2 per disc) each
  37. 4 million cartridges at $4.50 each = $18 million manufacturing
  38. 5.67 million units [28] at $1.80 per BD-ROM disc = $11 million
  39. Final Fantasy IX manufacturing cost: 5.3 million (4 CD-ROM) units [29] at $4 each ($1 per CD) = $22 million
  40. 8.1 million units at $0.70 per DVD9
  41. 3.41 million units (2.55 million in Japan and 860,000 overseas]) at $15 per cartridge = $52 million
  42. Final Fantasy XIII manufacturing costs:
    • PS3: 4.84 million BD-ROM discs [30] at $1.20 each = $5.9 million
    • 360: 1.76 million DVD-ROM discs [31] at $2.10 ($0.70 per disc) each = $3.7 million
  43. Development: ¥4 billion = $40 million 
  44. Final Fantasy X manufacturing cost: 6.6 million DVD discs [32] at $2 each
  45. 3.2 million cartridges [33] [34] at $15 each = $48 million
  46. 5.95 million DVD-ROM discs [35] at $1 each = $6 million
  47. 2.8 million cartridges [36] [37] at $15 each = $42 million
  48. 4.38 million catridges at $8 each
  49. [38] [39]
  50. Crysis 3 manufacturing costs: [40]
    • PS3: 520,000 units at $1.20 per BD-ROM disc = $624,000
    • 360 & PC: 930,000 units at $0.70 per DVD9 disc = $651,000
  51. 700,000 units [41] at $0.50 per DVD = $350,000
  52. 4 million MD/GEN cartridges [42] at $10 each
  53. [43] [44] [45]
  54. 2.7 million units at $15 per cartridge = $41 million
  55. 3.9 million cartridges (3.8 million in Japan and 95,000 in the US) at $8 each
  56. Final Fantasy V manufacturing costs:
    • SNES: 2.45 million cartridges at $15 each = $37 million
    • PS1: 170,000 CD-ROM discs at $2 each = $340,000
  57. Mortal Kombat II: [46]
    • MD/GEN: 1.78 million cartridges at $10 each = $17.8 million
    • SNES: 1.51 million cartridges at $15 each = $22.6 million
  58. 22.67 million DVD discs at $0.50 each = $12 million
  59. 3 million cartridges at $6 each
  60. Outsold Beatmania
  61. 61.0 61.1 25,000 arcade machines manufactured at $1500 each = $38 million
  62. Final Fantasy IV manufacturing costs:
    • SNES: 1.89 million cartridges (1.44 million in Japan and 450,000 overseas]) at $15 each = $29 million
    • PS1: 380,000 CD-ROM discs at $2 each = $760,000
    • GBA: Assuming GBC manufacturing cost of $1.50 per cartridge, 610,000 cartridges at $1.50 each = $920,000
  63. Dragon Quest IV:
    • NES: 3.2 million cartridges (3.1 million in Japan and 80,000 in the US) at $8 each = $26 million
    • PS1: 1.2 million CD-ROM discs at $2 each = $2.4 million
  64. Lost Planet manufacturing costs:
    • 360: 1.5 million DVD9 copies at $0.70 each = $1.1 million
    • PS3: 591,000 BD-ROM copies at %1.80 each = $1.1 million
  65. 3 million cartridges sold for 4 consoles (MD, SNES, Game Boy, Game Gear), assuming average manufacturing cost of $7 per cartridge ($15 SNES, $10 MD, $1.50 GB, $1.50 GG) = $21 million
  66. [47] [48]
  67. IGN Staff (May 10, 2002). Final Fantasy XI—Big Plans, Big Money. IGN. Retrieved on August 15, 2006.
  68. IGN Staff (May 10, 2002). Final Fantasy XI—Big Plans, Big Money. IGN. Retrieved on August 15, 2006.
  69. Postmortem: Double Fine's Brutal Legend
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