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Sonic the Hedgehog, or just Sonic, is Sega's biggest franchise. The first game in the franchise was released on June 23, 1991. Since then, Sonic has become one of the world's best-known video game characters, along with Mario and Pikachu.

It is one of the best selling franchises. It has had more than 350 million units sold or downloaded, including about 150 million physical sales and over 200 million mobile downloads.[1][2][3] In terms of revenue, the franchise has grossed more than $9 billion.

SalesEdit

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
Ref Gross
(million US$)
Ref
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog 33.2725 1493
1991 Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog 15 [4] 1067 [5]
Master System Sonic the Hedgehog 5.96 [n 1] 358 [7]
1997 Saturn Sonic Jam 0.0765 [n 2]
2002 GC Sonic Mega Collection 1.513 [n 3]
2004 PS2 Sonic Mega Collection Plus 1.74 [n 4]
2007 Mobile Sonic the Hedgehog 8 [8] 64 [9]
360 Sonic 1 0.483 [10] 2.4 [11]
2013 Android Sonic the Hedgehog 0.5 [n 5] 1.5 [n 6]
1992 Sonic 2 10.3693
1992 Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog 2 6.03 [14]
Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog 2 0.4 [14]
1997 Saturn Sonic Jam 0.0765 [n 2]
2002 GC Sonic Mega Collection 1.513 [n 3]
2004 PS2 Sonic Mega Collection Plus 1.74 [n 4]
2007 360 Sonic 2 0.5098 [10]
2013 Android Sonic the Hedgehog 2 0.1 [15]
1993 Sonic CD 2.5
1993 Sega CD Sonic the Hedgehog CD 1.5 [16]
2011 Android Sonic CD 0.5
2012 Steam Sonic CD 0.5 [17]
1994 Sonic 3 & Knuckles 7.5325
1994 Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog 3,
Sonic & Knuckles
4 [18]
1997 Saturn Sonic Jam 0.0765 [n 2]
2002 GC Sonic Mega Collection 1.513 [n 3]
2004 PS2 Sonic Mega Collection Plus 1.74 [n 4]
2009 360 Sonic 3 0.203 [10]
1998 Sonic Adventure 4.586
1998 Dreamcast Sonic Adventure 2.5 [19]
2003 GC Sonic Adventure DX 1.27 [20]
2010 360 Sonic Adventure 0.203 [10]
2011 Steam Sonic Adventure DX 0.613 [21]
2001 Sonic Adventure 2 3.2973
2001 Dreamcast Sonic Adventure 2 0.1093 [n 7]
2001 GC Sonic Adventure 2 Battle 2.56 [20]
2012 360 Sonic Adventure 2 0.108 [23]
Steam Sonic Adventure 2 0.52 [24]
2001 Sonic Advance series 2.675
2001 GBA Sonic Advance 1.515 [n 8]
2002 GBA Sonic Advance 2 1.017 [n 9]
2004 GBA Sonic Advance 3 0.143 [n 10]
2002 Sonic Mega Collection 3.253
2002 GC Sonic Mega Collection 1.513 [n 3]
2004 PS2 Sonic Mega Collection Plus 1.74 [n 4]
2007 Mario & Sonic series 23.489
2007 Wii, DS Mario & Sonic at
the Olympic Games
13.06 [14]
2009 Wii, DS Olympic Winter Games 6.53 [33]
2011 Wii London 2012 Olympic Games 3.7 [34]
2016 Wii U, 3DS Rio 2016 Olympic Games 0.199 [n 11]
2010 Sonic 4: Episode I 1.41
2010 iOS, Wii,
PS3, 360
Sonic the Hedgehog 4:
Episode I
1 [36]
2012 Steam Sonic the Hedgehog 4:
Episode I
0.31 [37]
Android Sonic 4: Episode I 0.1 [38]
2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 1.42
2010 PS3, 360,
Wii, DS
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 1.07 [33]
Steam Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 0.3 [39]
2013 Android Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 0.05 [40]
2011 Sonic Generations 3.804
2011 360, PS3, 3DS Sonic Generations 3
Steam Sonic Generations 0.804 [41]
2012 Sonic 4: Episode II 0.41
2012 Steam Sonic the Hedgehog 4:
Episode II
0.3 [42]
Android Sonic 4: Episode II 0.1 [43]
2015 Android Sonic 4: Episode II THD 0.01 [44]
2013 Sonic Lost World 0.91
2013 Wii U Sonic Lost World 0.71 [45]
Steam Sonic Lost World 0.2 [46]
Other
1993 Mega Drive Sonic Spinball 1 [47]
1997 Saturn Sonic Jam 0.0765 [n 2]
2003 PS2, Xbox, GC Sonic Heroes 2.19 [n 12]
GBA Sonic Battle 0.07 [n 13]
Sonic Pinball Party 0.003 [n 14]
2005 PS2, Xbox, GC Shadow the Hedgehog 1.59 [50]
Mobile Sonic Jump 8 [51]
DS Sonic Rush 0.36 [n 15]
2006 PS2, Xbox,
GC, PC
Sonic Riders 0.93 [50]
360, PS3 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) 0.87 [52]
2007 Wii Sonic and the Secret Rings 1.2 [53]
2008 PS3, 360, Wii,
PS2, DS
Sega Superstars Tennis 0.566 [54]
Wii, 360, PS3 Sonic Unleashed 2.45 [55]
2009 Wii Sonic and the Black Knight 0.0134 [n 16]
DS Sonic Chronicles:
The Dark Brotherhood
0.108 [n 17]
2010 Wii, DS Sonic Colors 2.18 [56]
2012 PS3, 360, PSV,
Wii U, 3DS, PC
Sonic & All Stars Racing
Transformed
1.543 [57]
2013 iOS, Android Sonic Dash 20 [n 18]
Android Happy Sonic! Live Wallpaper 0.001 [61]
2014 Wii U, 3DS Sonic Boom 0.62 [62]
2017 Steam Sonic Mania 0.1 [63]

RevenueEdit

Video game sales revenue (not including other media) - $5.1 billion ($9.1 billion with inflation)

  • 1991 to June 2014 - $5 billion[64] ($9 billion with inflation)
  • Sonic Boom (November 2014) - $43 million[65] ($44 billion with inflation)
  • Sonic 4: Episode II THD (2015) - £3 million+ ($5 million)[66]
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016) - ¥1.23 billion ($15 million) in Japan[67]

NotesEdit

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System) sales:
    • Master System console bundles in Europe from 1992 to 1994[6] (since Sonic the Hedgehog was bundled from October 1991 onwards) - 2.96 million units
      • France: 600,000 units
      • Germany: 330,000 units
      • Italy: 180,000 units
      • Netherlands: 100,000 units
      • Spain: 350,000 units
      • United Kingdom: 750,000 units
      • Rest of Western Europe: 650,000 units
    • Master System console bundles in Brazil - Packaged with consoles since late 1991. During 1996-2012, at least 3 million Master System bundles including Sonic the Hedgehog have been sold.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Japan[48]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sonic Mega Collection (GameCube) - 1.44 million in United States,[25] 72,967 in Japan[31]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PS2) - 1.44 million in the US,[25] 300,000 in the UK[32]
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Android)
    • Paid downloads: Between 500,000 and 1 million[12]
    • Freemium downloads: Between 5 million and 10 million[13]
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Android) price: $2.99[12]
  7. Japan[22]
  8. Sonic Advance: 1.21 million in US,[25] 204,542 in Japan,[26] and 100,000 in the United Kingdom[27]
  9. Sonic Advance 2: 740,000 copies ($22 million revenue) in the United States,[28] 176,541 copies in Japan,[26] and 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom[27]
  10. Sonic Advance 3: 142,574+
    • United Kingdom: 100,000+[29]
    • Japan: 42,574[30]
  11. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: 199,041 units in Japan[35]
  12. Sonic Heroes:
  13. 68,333 in Japan[30]
  14. 2,895 in Japan[30]
  15. Europe[52]
  16. Sonic and the Black Knight: 113,443+
    • United Kingdom: 100,000+[29]
    • Japan: 13,443[30]
  17. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - 107,533+
    • United Kingdom: 100,000+[29]
    • Japan: 7,533[30]
  18. Sonic Dash:
    • Downloads: 200.7 million
      • March 2013 to June 2016: 200 million[58]
      • December 2016: 700,000[59]
    • Paid downloads: 20 million downloads (March-June 2013)[51] at £1.49 each[60]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Christopher Dring (June 27, 2016). Sega: 'We are turning Sonic into an entertainment icon'. Retrieved on 2017-01-09. “Joining Iizuka is Sonic’s new chief brand officer Ivo Gerscovich. [...] Gerscovich: Well this year it’s Sonic’s 25th anniversary. [...] We have now sold over 350m games - either physically or downloaded. [...] Sonic is the star of his fifth TV series now, and even on mobile we have had over 200m downloads from the last few games.”
  2. Annual Report 2015 (Sega)
  3. http://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/ir/library/pdf/printing_annual/2014/all_ar2014_e.pdf
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog GameTap Retrospective Pt. 3/4. GameTap. Event occurs at 1:21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mFs2v7XM4o.
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive) average price: $71.10
  6. Screen Digest (1), Screen Digest (2), Screen Digest (3)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System) price: £29.99 ($60)
  8. Ben Parfitt (2008-05-29). Sonic rings mobile success. Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Retrieved on 2008-05-29.
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Mobile) price: $8
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Langley, Ryan (2012-01-20). Xbox Live Arcade by the numbers – the 2011 year in review. Gamasutra. Retrieved on 2012-01-23.
  11. Sonic 1 (Xbox Live) price: $4.99
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20170429014358/play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic1
  13. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic1px
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2016, page 149
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  16. Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition
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  28. The Century's Top 50 Handheld Games (August 2, 2006). Retrieved on December 27, 2011.
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  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Sega Japanese Ranking. Garaph (Media Create (2013-02-04).
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  42. http://steamspy.com/app/203650
  43. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2
  44. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonic4ep2thd
  45. https://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/ir/library/pdf/settlement/2014/201403tanshinhosoku_final_e.pdf
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  48. Saturn: Japanese sales from 22 October 1994 to 4 April 1999 (Famitsu)
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  50. 50.0 50.1 Sega Sammy Holdings Annual Report 2006. Sega Sammy Holdings (July 2006). Retrieved on 2015-01-28.
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  56. https://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/ir/library/pdf/settlement/2011/1103appendix_efinal.pdf
  57. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed:
    • November 2012 to March 2013 (PS3, 360, PSV, Wii U, 3DS, PC) - 1.36 million (EU & US)
    • November 2016 to August 2017 (Steam) - 183,020 (983,015 - 800,000)
  58. Sonic Dash Gets a New Stage and Character to Celebrate Download Milestone. Twinfinite (July 23, 2016).
  59. https://sensortower.com/ios/us/sega/app/sonic-dash/582654048/
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  63. http://steamspy.com/app/584400
  64. Sonic the Hedgehog still running fast for Sega, Fortune (July 9, 2014)
  65. 620,000 units at $69 (average price)
  66. 10,000+ units at £2.99
  67. 199,041 units at ¥6156 in Japan


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