List of best-selling video game franchises

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This is a list of video game franchises that have sold or shipped at least five 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 even though they are not considered full video games. Free-to-play game downloads (including free mobile games) and microtransactions should not figure into sales or shipment figures. For the franchises that have generated the most revenue (including sales, microtransactions and subscriptions), see the list of highest-grossing video game franchises. For best-selling individual video games, see the list of best-selling video games. The sales figures given below do not include arcade game sales, which can be found at the list of highest-grossing arcade games.

At least 100 million copies

     – This color indicates a sub-series of a larger video game franchise. This does not necessarily apply for franchises that are not video game-based.

Franchise name Original release dateSales
Mario July 9, 1981 639.04 million


Mario first appeared in 1981 in the original Donkey Kong , [30] before starring in Mario Bros. , followed by the Super Mario series of platform games. The character was created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and has since become the official mascot of Nintendo, owner of the trademark. It is developed by various Nintendo studios. The Mario franchise has expanded into other game genres, including racing, sports, party, puzzle, and role-playing games. The franchise includes other media, including three animated television series, comic books, a manga, a film and other merchandise. It is currently the best-selling video game franchise of all time. It is also the oldest in the 100 million+ group.
Tetris January 29, 1988 [lower-alpha 2] 495 million
Tetris is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, created by Soviet game designer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. It was later commercialized and released on a vast spectrum of platforms, from video game consoles and computers to mobile devices and calculators, with the version bundled with the Game Boy selling over 35 million units, while mobile versions had seen over 425 million paid downloads by 2014. [36] It is the most successful video game franchise to originate from Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the best-selling puzzle video game series and is the best-selling video game franchise not owned by Nintendo.
Pokémon February 27, 1996 368 million [37]
Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, founder and president of Game Freak, in 1996 as a role-playing video game for the Game Boy handheld game console, soon turning into the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. The franchise as a whole includes an anime series, various manga, a trading card game, toys, merchandise, books, over twenty films (one of the highest-grossing animated film series), and other media. It is produced by The Pokémon Company, which is a joint venture by the three companies holding the rights to Pokémon: Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, while Nintendo owns the trademark.
Super Mario September 13, 1985 344.38 million [n 1] [47]
The Super Mario [48] series of platform games began in 1985 and features the character, Mario. The Super Mario series forms the core of the Mario franchise.
Grand Theft Auto October 21, 1997 310 million [49] [50] [51]
Grand Theft Auto is an open world action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and Mike Dailly; the later titles of which were created by brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut. It is primarily developed by Scottish developer Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, and includes ten stand-alone games and multiple expansion packs. It is the most successful video game franchise originating from the United Kingdom and is the best-selling action-adventure and open world series'.
Call of Duty October 29, 2003 300 million [52]
Call of Duty is a series of first-person shooter video games. The series is published by Activision and Aspyr Media and developed by Infinity Ward, Gray Matter Interactive, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Neversoft and High Moon Studios. With new games in the series released annually to blockbuster-level sales, the series is verified by the Guinness World Records as the best-selling first-person shooter game series. It is also the most successful video game franchise created in the United States In addition to main series sales, there have been over 100 million downloads of the mobile spin-off, Call of Duty: Mobile .
FIFA Christmas 1993 282.4 million [53] [54]
FIFA is a series of association football based sports games, released yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand. It is the first to have an official license from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), the international governing body of football.
Wii November 19, 2006 202.57 million [n 8]
The Wii series of simulation video games was created for Nintendo by Shigeru Miyamoto in 2006. The first game in the series, Wii Sports , was bundled with the original Wii console and is one the best-selling games of all time.
The Sims February 4, 2000 200 million [59]
The Sims is a series of life simulation games primarily for personal computers but later released for game consoles. It was created by American game designer Will Wright, developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The series consists of four main games and a number of compilations and expansion packs. It is currently the most successful PC game franchise of all time.
Minecraft November 18, 2011 200 million [60]
Minecraft is a sandbox-building video game originally created by Swedish game designer Markus "Notch" Persson and developed by Mojang. Originally a computer game made using Java, it has since been ported to game consoles and mobile devices. It was bought by Microsoft Studios on September 15, 2014. It is the most successful video game franchise Sweden has produced, and is the single best-selling game of all time.
Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 154.5 million [61]
Final Fantasy [lower-alpha 3] is a Japanese science fantasy media franchise, created by the Japanese video game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix. The franchise encompasses fifteen signature role-playing video games alongside a number of spin-off games, motion pictures, and many other consumer products and interactive media.
Mario Kart August 27, 1992 150.06 million [n 2] [44]
Mario Kart [63] is a series of kart racing games developed and published by Nintendo. The series is a spin-off of the Mario franchise and has spawned eight main games, one enhanced game, four arcade games and a mobile game. It is currently the most successful racing game franchise of all time.
Need for Speed August 31, 1994 150 million [64]
Need for Speed is a series of racing video games published by Electronic Arts, and has been developed by multiple companies over the years such as EA Black Box and Criterion Games. There are over 25 games in the series.
Sonic the Hedgehog June 23, 1991 140 million [65]
Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and owned by Sega. Starring its namesake character Sonic the Hedgehog, created by game designer Yuji Naka and character designer Naoto Ohshima, it has expanded into a media franchise spanning several animated television series, manga, comic books, and a live-action film.
Assassin's Creed November 13, 2007 140 million [66]
Assassin's Creed is an action-adventure stealth video game franchise developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.
Madden NFL June 1, 1988 130 million [67]
Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. The series is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden, a well-known color commentator for NBC Sports and formerly a Super Bowl-winning head coach during the 1970s with the Oakland Raiders.
Wii Sports November 19, 2006 114.52 million [n 8]
The Wii Sports series of sports games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Nintendo Wii console in 2006. Its success led to the Wii video game series, of which it is a sub-series. The first game in the series, Wii Sports, was bundled with the original Wii console and is one the best-selling games of all time.
Pro Evolution Soccer July 21, 1995 107.4 million [68]
Pro Evolution Soccer (known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven in Japan) is a series of association football video games developed and published by Konami.
Resident Evil March 22, 1996 103 million [69] [70]
Resident Evil [lower-alpha 4] , known in Japan as Biohazard, is a Japanese horror media franchise, created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara, developed by Capcom. It consists of a survival horror video game series, along with comic books, novelizations, six Hollywood motion pictures, and a variety of collectibles, including action figures.
The Legend of Zelda February 21, 1986 101.83 million [n 9]
The Legend of Zelda [lower-alpha 5] is an action-adventure game franchise created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. It is primarily developed and published by Nintendo, although some portable installments and re-releases have been outsourced to Capcom, Vanpool, and Grezzo. The gameplay incorporates action-adventure and elements of action role-playing games.
Star Wars May 1983 100.371 million [n 11]
The Star Wars series of video game is part of the sci-fi fantasy media franchise of the same name. Series within it includes Lego Star Wars , Star Wars: Battlefront , and Rogue Squadron .
Lego December, 1995 100 million [91]
The Lego franchise of video games includes many different games, including original games as well as several adaptations based on licensed properties including Indiana Jones , Batman , and Harry Potter .

At least 50 million copies

Franchise name Original release dateSales
NBA 2K November 10, 1999 90 million [92]
NBA 2K is a series of basketball sports games. Originally published by Sega, under the label Sega Sports, it is now published by 2K Sports. All of the games in the series have been developed by Visual Concepts.
Tom Clancy's August 21, 1998 82 million [93] [94]
Includes sales from Tom Clancy–branded games developed by Ubisoft, including Ghost Recon , Rainbow Six , Splinter Cell , and The Division .
Dragon Quest May 27, 1986 81 million [95]
Dragon Quest [lower-alpha 6] , known as Dragon Warrior in North America until the 2005 release of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King , is a series of Japanese role-playing video games created by Yuji Horii, with character design by manga artist Akira Toriyama and published by Square Enix (formerly Enix).
Gran Turismo December 23, 1997 80.4 million [96]
Gran Turismo [lower-alpha 7] (Italian for "grand tourer" or "grand touring"), abbreviated GT, is a series of racing video games created by Kazunori Yamauchi for the PlayStation line of game systems. Developed by Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo games are intended to emulate the appearance and performance of a large selection of vehicles, nearly all of which are licensed reproductions of real-world automobiles. Since the franchise's debut in December 1997, over 80 million units have been sold worldwide across the history of PlayStation systems, making it the highest-selling video game franchise exclusive to PlayStation.
Tomb Raider November 15, 1996 77 million [95]
Tomb Raider is a series of video games, formerly developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive, it is now developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix Europe. The series centers on the adventures of fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft. The franchise has spanned comic books, novels and movies.
Halo November 15, 2001 70 million [97] [98]
Halo is a science fiction, predominantly first-person shooter video game series created by Bungie and published by Xbox Game Studios. It has been adapted into eight novels, several comic series, a graphic novel, numerous action figures, and an anime series. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. After Bungie gained independence from Microsoft in 2007, 343 Industries took control of the franchise. It is the highest-selling video game franchise exclusive to Xbox.
Just Dance November 17, 2009 70 million [99]
Just Dance is a series of dance and music video games published by Ubisoft. It also includes games outside of the name Just Dance, such as Michael Jackson: The Experience . It is the best-selling dance / music game franchise.
The Oregon Trail December 3, 1971 65 million [100]
The Oregon Trail is a series of educational computer games that began with the first edition originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding a party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley via a covered wagon in 1848.
Monster Hunter September 21, 2004 63 million [101]
Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Capcom. In it players take the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and complete quests by seeking out monsters to hunt or capture.
WWE 2K February 29, 2000 60 million shipped [102]
WWE 2K (formerly WWF SmackDown! and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw) is a series of professional wrestling video games released by 2K Sports (formerly by THQ). The games were formerly developed by Japanese game developer Yuke's.
Super Smash Bros. January 21, 1999 59.76 million [n 12]
Super Smash Bros. [107] is a fighting game series created by Masahiro Sakurai for Nintendo. It features characters and elements from various Nintendo franchises and later installments also include third-party franchises as well. It is currently the best-selling fighting game franchise.
The Elder Scrolls March 25, 1994 58.5 million [108]
The Elder Scrolls (abbreviated TES) is an action role-playing and open world video game series developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.
Donkey Kong July 9, 1981 58.19 million [n 6] [16]
Donkey Kong [lower-alpha 8] is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto when he was assigned at Nintendo during the early 1980s to build a game that would appeal more to Americans on the arcade hardware of Radar Scope , a game that had been released to test audiences with poor results. The success of the arcade game Donkey Kong led to the creation of both the Donkey Kong and Mario franchises. Although appearing as a playable character in several Mario spin-off titles, Donkey Kong would not star in his own series of games until Donkey Kong Country in 1994.
Battlefield September 10, 2002 57 million [109] [110]
Battlefield is a series of video games developed by EA DICE and Visceral Games, published by Electronic Arts. The games feature a focus on large maps and vehicle warfare.
Metal Gear July 13, 1987 55.4 million [68]
Metal Gear [lower-alpha 9] is a series of stealth games created by Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. The first game, Metal Gear, was released in 1987 for the MSX. The franchise also includes a novel, radio drama, comic books, and a toy line.
Dragon Ball September 27, 1986 53.5 million [111] [112] [113]
Dragon Ball [lower-alpha 10] was created by Akira Toriyama in 1984 and is composed primarily of multiple manga series, numerous anime series, a collection of animated feature films, a collectible trading card game as well as other collectibles like action figures.
Borderlands October 20, 2009 53 million [114] [115]
Borderlands is a series of action role-playing first-person shooter video games created by Gearbox Software.
Mario Party December 18, 1998 52.25 million [n 3]
Mario Party [lower-alpha 11] is a series of multiplayer party games featuring characters from the Mario franchise in which four players compete in a board game interspersed with minigames. Most of the Mario Party games have been developed by Hudson Soft and is published by Nintendo.
Mortal Kombat October 8, 1992 52 million [117] [118]
Mortal Kombat is a series of fighting games created in 1992 by Ed Boon and John Tobias. The series has become one of the most successful fighting franchises. It has a reputation for high levels of violent content.
Crash Bandicoot September 9, 1996 50 million [121]
Crash Bandicoot is a series of platform games originally created and developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation.
Bejeweled May 30, 2001 50 million [122]
Bejeweled is a series of puzzle video games first developed as a browser game by PopCap Games in 2001.
Far Cry March 23, 2004 50 million [66]
Far Cry is a first-person shooter video game franchise originally developed by Crytek, later by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.
The Witcher October 26, 2007 50 million [123]
The Witcher is a series of action role-playing games based on the series of novels of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows the story of Geralt, one of a few remaining "witchers" – traveling monster hunter for hire, gifted with unnatural powers.

At least 20 million copies

Franchise name Original release dateSales
Tekken December 9, 1994 49 million [124]
Tekken [lower-alpha 12] is a series of fighting games produced by Katsuhiro Harada, developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly by Namco). Originally exclusive to arcades, games have since been released for consoles, personal computers and mobile devices.
Uncharted November 20, 2007 44.02 million [125] [126] [127]
Uncharted is a series of action-adventure and third-person shooter video games developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Most games follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.
Street Fighter August 30, 1987 44 million [128]
Street Fighter [lower-alpha 13] is a series of fighting games developed and published by Capcom. The series has grown into a media franchise covering comic books, anime series and movies. Its' best-selling release, Street Fighter II is credited with establishing many of the conventions of the one-on-one fighting genre.
Wii Fit November 19, 2006 43.7 million [n 8]
The Wii Fit series of exergaming video games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Nintendo Wii console in 2007. It is a sub-series of the Wii series.
Game & Watch April 28, 1980 43.4 million [129]
Game & Watch is a series of handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi.
Pac-Man May 22, 1980 43.243 million [n 13]
Pac-Man [lower-alpha 14] is Japanese video game franchise currently owned and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, formerly Namco. The eponymous first entry was released in arcades in 1980 by Namco during the golden age of arcade video games. Most games in the franchise are maze chase games however it has delved into other genres such as platformers, racing and sports.
Red Dead May 4, 2004 49.35 million [n 14] [131]
Red Dead is a series of Western-themed action-adventure games published by Rockstar Games. Originally developed by Capcom, Rockstar eventually acquired the rights and expanded on it.
Mario Sports May 1, 1984 41.06 million [n 4]
There have been numerous sports games in the Mario franchise. The first sports game featuring Mario was Golf in 1984.
Guitar Hero November 8, 2005 40 million [135]
Guitar Hero is a series of music and rhythm video games published by RedOctane and Activision, and developed by Harmonix Music Systems from 2005 to 2007 before development duties of the series were transferred to Neversoft.
Harry Potter November 15, 2001 40 million [136]
Based on the Harry Potter novels by British writer J. K. Rowling, games in the series have been published by Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Civilization September 1991 40 million [137]
Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy video games. Sid Meier developed the first game in the series and has had creative input for most of the rest. The basic gameplay functions are similar throughout the series, namely, guiding a civilization on a macro-scale from prehistory to the present day.
Medal of Honor November 11, 1999 39 million [n 15]
Medal of Honor is a series of first-person shooter games with most of the games set during World War II. The series is published by Electronic Arts.
Kirby April 27, 1992 38.81 million [142] [143] < [18] [144] [145] [16]
Kirby [lower-alpha 15] is a series of action-platformer video games developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. The series centers around the adventures of a young, pink alien hero named Kirby.
Fallout September 30, 1997 38 million [146]
Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing video games. It was created by Interplay Entertainment and later developed by Bethesda Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment, and published by Bethesda Softworks.
Counter-Strike November 8, 2000 35.7 million
Counter-Strike is a series of tactical first-person shooter games that began as a mod for the game Half-Life . The series has since been developed by Valve, and published by Sierra Entertainment and Valve.
Diablo January 3, 1997 36.5 million [152]
Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler video game series developed by Blizzard North and published and later developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
Mega Man December 17, 1987 36 million [153]
Mega Man, known as Rockman [lower-alpha 16] in Japan, is a series of video games created by Capcom, starring a series of characters each known by the moniker "Mega Man".
NBA Live October 1994 35 million [154]
NBA Live is a series of basketball video games developed and published by EA Sports annually since 1995.
Animal Crossing April 14, 2001 33.7 million [7] [155] [156] [157] [158] [159] [160]
Animal Crossing [lower-alpha 17] , is a social simulation game series developed and published by Nintendo. In it the player character is a human who lives in a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals and lives a virtual life where in-game time matches real time.
Brain Age May 19, 2005 33 million [161]
Brain Age, also known as Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, is a series of video games developed and published by Nintendo, based on the work of Ryuta Kawashima.
Lego Star Wars April 5, 2005 33 million [81]
A series of platform-based video games where the player assumes the role of characters from the Star Wars films, in minifigure form.
Star Wars: Battlefront September 21, 2004 33 million [n 10]
Star Wars: Battlefront is a series of first- and third-person shooters based on the Star Wars films. Pandemic Studios developed the first two installments, while later entries were developed by Rebellion Developments and EA DICE. LucasArts was the sole publisher until 2013 when Electronic Arts took over.
God of War March 22, 2005 32 million [166] [167] [168] [169]
God of War is an action-adventure game franchise created by David Jaffe. All of the main games have been developed by Sony's Santa Monica Studio, with the other entries being done by Ready at Dawn and Javaground/SOE-LA. The multimedia franchise is loosely based on Greek and Norse mythology and the central story revolves around the Spartan warrior, Kratos' quest for vengeance and later redemption.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell November 18, 2002 31 million [93]
Splinter Cell is a series of stealth video games part of the Tom Clancy-universe. The franchise is owned by Tom Clancy's company, Rubicon, and is licensed to Ubisoft who develops and publishes the games. It spawned a series of novels in 2004 written under the pseudonym David Michaels.
Gundam 1983 30.9044 million [n 16]
Gundam [lower-alpha 18] is a long-running anime series featuring giant robots or mecha, created by animation studio Sunrise in 1979. Video games based on the franchise have been released since 1983; games in the series are currently published by Namco Bandai Games.
James Bond 1982 30 million [173]
James Bond is a media franchise starring the titular James Bond, a fictional British agent, created in 1952 by British writer Ian Fleming. There are over 20 video games based on the franchise and it has been published by several companies including Nintendo and Electronic Arts. The license is currently held by Activision. The best-known game in the franchise is GoldenEye 007 , developed by Rare and published by Nintendo.
Kingdom Hearts March 28, 2002 30 million [174]
Kingdom Hearts [lower-alpha 19] is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix (previously by Square) and is owned by The Walt Disney Company. It is the result of a collaboration between Disney Interactive Studios and Square Enix, and is under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square Enix character designer.
Tony Hawk's September 30, 1999 30 million [175]
Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding video game series endorsed by the eponymous American professional skateboarder. The series was created by game developer Neversoft and was published by Activision from 1999 to 2015.
Command & Conquer September 26, 1995 30 million [176]
Command & Conquer is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game franchise, first developed by Westwood Studios. The first game was one of the earliest of the RTS genre, itself based on Westwood Studios' influential strategy game Dune II and introducing trademarks followed in the rest of the series.
The Walking Dead April 24, 2012 28 million [177]
The Walking Dead is an episodic adventure game series developed and published by Telltale Games, based on The Walking Dead comic book series.
Nintendogs April 21, 2005 27.95 million [155] [178]
Nintendogs is a real-time pet simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld game consoles, originally released in three versions, plus two additional versions, all differing only in the starting available dogs to play with.
Half-Life November 19, 1998 27.6 million
  • Half-Life: 9.3 million [179]
  • Half-Life standalone expansions: 1.9 million [180]
  • Half-Life 2: 12 million [181]
  • Half-Life 2: Episode One standalone: 1.4 million [182]
  • The Orange Box : 3 million [183]
Half-Life is a series of first-person shooter games developed and published by Valve. The games combine shooting combat, puzzles, and storytelling.
Kinect October 9, 2010 27 million [184] [185]
The Kinect series of games includes many different games which utilize motion controls by way of the motion sensing Kinect camera.
Souls February 5, 2009 29 million [lower-alpha 20]
Souls is a series of action role-playing games created and developed by FromSoftware.
Ratchet & Clank November 4, 2002 26 million [188]
Ratchet & Clank is a series of action platformer and third-person shooter video games. The franchise was created and developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation consoles.
Gears of War November 7, 2006 26 million [189] [190]
Gears of War is a video game franchise created by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Xbox Game Studios. The franchise consists of six third-person shooter video games, which has also been supplemented by comics and novels. It focuses on the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent.
Rayman September 1, 1995 26 million [93]
Rayman is a franchise of platform video games, published by Ubisoft. Created in 1995 by French graphic artist Michel Ancel, the main character of the series, Rayman, became an official mascot of its publisher, Ubisoft. The Rayman series does not include the Raving Rabbids series.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six August 21, 1998 26 million [93]
Rainbow Six is a media franchise created by American author Tom Clancy about a fictional international counter-terrorist unit called "Rainbow". The franchise began with Clancy's novel Rainbow Six , which was adapted into a series of tactical third-person shooter video games. Initially developed by Red Storm Entertainment, they were later acquired by Ubisoft, who currently develops and publishes the games.
Mario & Sonic November 6, 2007 25 million [132]
Mario & Sonic is a series of crossover sports games featuring characters from the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises.
BioShock August 21, 2007 25 million shipped [191]
BioShock is a retrofuturistic video game series published by 2K Games and developed by several studios, including Irrational Games which created the series. It is considered a spiritual successor to the System Shock series, on which many of Irrational's team had worked previously.
Marvel 1982 25 million [192]
Based on Marvel's comic book superheroes, the franchise includes games from Spider-Man and X-Men and is currently published by Activision.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon November 13, 2001 25 million [93]
Ghost Recon is a series of military tactical shooter video games created by Red Storm Entertainment, the game development studio founded by American author Tom Clancy, and published by Ubisoft.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 1998 25 million [193]
Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a series of golf video games developed and published by Electronic Arts and later their EA Sports sub-label, featuring professional golfer Tiger Woods, among others on the PGA Tour.
Age of Empires October 26, 1997 25 million [194]
Age of Empires is a series of historical real-time strategy video games originally developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios.
The Last of Us June 14, 2013 24 million [195] [196]
The Last of Us is a series of action-adventure games developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. In the first entry, players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. In Part II, players take over the role of a 19-year-old Ellie.
Petz 1995 24 million [93]
Petz (Dogz and Catz) is a series of games in which the player can adopt, raise, care for and breed their own virtual pets.
Power Pros 1994 22.7 million [68]
Power Pros [lower-alpha 21] is a traditionally Japan-only baseball video game series created by Konami. It is known for its super deformed characters and arcade-style gameplay.
Batman 1986 22 million
Batman is a series of video games based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
Devil May Cry August 23, 2001 22 million [153]
Devil May Cry is an action-adventure hack and slash video games series developed and published by Capcom and created by Hideki Kamiya.
Yu-Gi-Oh! July 1998 [197] 21.8 million [197]
Yu-Gi-Oh! [lower-alpha 22] is a series of video games based on the Japanese anime and manga franchise created by Kazuki Takahashi. Games in the series have been developed and published by Konami.
Spider-Man 1982 21.2 million [198] [199] [200]
There have been numerous video games featuring the popular Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man have been released. To date, Spider-Man has made appearances on over 15 gaming platforms, which also includes mobile games on mobile phones.
Imagine February 21, 2007 21 million [93]
Imagine is a series of simulation video games published by Ubisoft, aimed primarily at girls aged 6 to 14 released from 2007 onwards.
Total War June 13, 2000 21 million [201] [202]
Total War is a series of strategy video games developed by Creative Assembly and owned and published by Sega for personal computers. Its games combine turn-based strategy and resource management, with real-time tactical control of battles.
Megami Tensei September 11, 198720.2 million [n 17]
Megami Tensei is a franchise of role-playing video games created by Atlus and owned by Sega. It includes the Persona sub-series.
Prince of Persia October 3, 1989 20 million [93]
Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner, originally developed and published by Brøderbund, then The Learning Company, and currently by Ubisoft. The franchise is built around a series of action-adventure games focused on various incarnations of the eponymous prince.
Castlevania September 26, 1986 20 million [205]
Castlevania is an action-adventure gothic horror video game series about vampire hunters created and developed by Konami. The franchise has also expanded into other media, including comic books, an animated TV series and several spin-off video games.
Frogger June 5, 1981 20 million [206]
Frogger is video game franchise created and developed by Konami and originally published by Sega and Gremlin Industries for arcade in 1981; it is currently owned, developed, and published by Konami. Frogger has seen numerous sequels and re-releases for a number of platforms including personal computers, video game consoles, and mobile devices. The given sales figure does not include arcade game sales.
J.B. Harold August 1986 20 million [207] [208]
J.B. Harold is a series of mystery adventure games. It began with J.B. Harold Murder Club , released by Riverhillsoft for the NEC PC-98 computer in 1986, and the series has since been released on various platforms.
Lemmings February 14, 1991 20 million [209]
Lemmings is a puzzle video game, originally developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) for the Commodore Amiga, and owned by Psygnosis (now Sony Computer Entertainment Liverpool) who published it in 1991.
Simple 1998 20 million [210]
The Simple series is a number of budget-priced video games, published by Japanese company D3 Publisher and developed by a variety of companies, covering many systems.
SingStar May 21, 2004 20 million [211]
SingStar is a competitive karaoke video game series for the PlayStation family, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and developed by London Studio. Fifteen English-language installments of the series have been released for the PlayStation 2, with recent versions also released for the PlayStation 3.
SpongeBob SquarePants March 15, 2001 20 million [212]
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series and media franchise. The games were formerly published by THQ and Activision; it is currently published by THQ's successor THQ Nordic.
Spyro September 10, 1998 20 million [213]
Spyro is a series of platform video games which feature the protagonist Spyro, a dragon. Originally owned by Universal Pictures and developed by Insomniac Games, the franchise has changed hands and developers numerous times before being acquired by Activision in 2008. The series spawned the toys-to-life spin-off, Skylanders.
Tales December 15, 1995 20 million [214]
The Tales [lower-alpha 23] series is a media franchise of role-playing video games created by Wolf Team and formerly published by Namco. The series is currently developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Mass Effect November 20, 2007 20 million [215] [216] [217]
Mass Effect is a third-person shooter, action role-playing video games series developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts.
SimCity February 2, 1989 20 million [218] [219]
SimCity is an open-ended city-building video game series originally designed by Will Wright. The first game in the series was published by Maxis, now a division of Electronic Arts.
Raving Rabbids November 14, 2006 20 million [99]
Raving Rabbids is a video game franchise spin-off of the Rayman series, developed and published by Ubisoft. The series consists mainly of party video games.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja October 23, 2003 20 million [220]
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is a video game franchise based on Naruto series, developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series consists mainly of fighting games.

At least 10 million copies

Franchise name Original release dateSales
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles February 1, 198919.1 million [221] [222]
A video game franchise based on the Media Franchise of the Same Name
Driver June 30, 1999 19 million [93]
Driver is a series of mission-based driving video games for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, mobile phones and PC. Developed by Reflections Interactive in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, it was originally published by GT Interactive, later by Atari, and currently by Ubisoft.
Warcraft January 15, 199419 million [223]
Warcraft is a fictional universe in which a series of games and books published by Blizzard Entertainment are set. The franchise also includes tabletop games, collectible card games and a film. Figure does not include World of Warcraft and Hearthstone .
Midnight Club October 26, 200018.5 million shipped [130]
Midnight Club is a series of free roam racing games within metropolitan areas developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games.
Football Manager November 5, 200418.1 million [224]
Football Manager is a series of association football management simulation games developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. The game began its life in 1992 as Championship Manager; however, following the break-up of their partnership with original publishers Eidos Interactive, Sports Interactive lost the naming rights and re-branded the game Football Manager with their new publishers Sega.
Dynasty Warriors February 28, 199718 million [225]
Dynasty Warriors [lower-alpha 24] is a series of tactical action video games created by Koei which began as a spin-off of Koei's turn-based strategy Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, based loosely around the Chinese epic of the same name.
Rock Band November 20, 200718 million [226]
Rock Band is a series of music video games developed by Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, and distributed by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Wii game consoles. The series expands upon Harmonix' earlier work on the Guitar Hero series, and allows for up to four players to virtually perform rock music songs on lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, and vocals using special controllers modeled after musical instruments.
StarCraft April 1, 1998 17.6 million [152] [227] [228] [229]
StarCraft is a science fiction media franchise created by Chris Metzen and Bill Roper and owned by Blizzard Entertainment. The series has grown to include a number of other games as well as eight novels, two Amazing Stories articles, a board game and other licensed merchandise such as collectible statues and toys.
Metroid August 6, 198617.47 million [230] [231]
The Metroid [lower-alpha 25] is a series of science fiction-based video games produced by Nintendo, spanning through several Nintendo systems like the Famicom Disk System, NES, Game Boy, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, and Wii. Metroid follows space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran, who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates and their attempts to harness the power of the parasitic Metroid creatures. Metroid combines the platforming of Super Mario Bros. and the adventure of The Legend of Zelda with a dark science fiction atmosphere and greater emphasis on nonlinear gameplay.
Zuma December 12, 200317 million [232]
Zuma is a fast-paced puzzle game developed by PopCap Games. It can be played for free online at several Web sites, and can be purchased for a number of platforms, including PDAs, mobile phones, and the iPod. An enhanced version, called Zuma Deluxe, is available for purchase in Windows and Mac OS X versions and as an Xbox Live Arcade download for the Xbox 360 and a PlayStation Network download for the PlayStation 3.
Professor Layton February 15, 200717 million [233]
The Professor Layton [lower-alpha 26] series is a puzzle adventure game series for the Nintendo DS, currently consisting of six games developed by Level 5, as well as a crossover title. Each title is based in a series of puzzles and mysteries given by the citizens of towns that the main characters visit. It is not necessary to solve all the puzzles to progress, but some are mandatory and at certain points in the game a minimum number of puzzles must be solved before the plot may continue.
Forza March 27, 2005≈16 million [234]
Forza is a semi-simulation racing video game franchise made for the Xbox brand of consoles owned by Microsoft Studios. A direct competitor to the PlayStation-exclusive Gran Turismo series, Forza is known for its high level of vehicle customization features, including a car vinyl editor. The series is divided between two series; the original track-focused Forza Motorsport developed by American developer Turn 10 Studios, and the 2012-debuted open world-focused Forza Horizon primarily developed by British developer Playground Games.
Super Robot Wars April 20, 199116 million [235]
Super Robot Wars is a series of tactical role-playing video games produced by Banpresto, a Japanese division of Bandai Namco Entertainment. Starting out as a spinoff of the Compati Hero Series, the main feature of the franchise is having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga and video games, allowing characters and mecha from different titles to team up or battle one another.
Bemani December 199715.84 million [n 18]
The Bemani franchise was created by Konami's music video game division. It began with Beatmania in 1997 and was then expanded with other arcade rhythm game series such as Dance Dance Revolution , Guitar Freaks , and Drum Mania .
Backyard Sports October 24, 1997 15 million [239]
Backyard Sports is a series of video games that play on both consoles and computers. The series is best known for starring kid-sized versions of popular professional sports stars, such as Albert Pujols, Paul Pierce, Barry Bonds, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tom Brady, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Thornton and Andy Macdonald. The Backyard Sports series is the only game brand licensed by all the leading professional US sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLS).
Famista December 10, 1986 15 million [240]
Famista [lower-alpha 27] , previously known as Family Stadium, is a baseball video game franchise published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series began with Pro Baseball: Family Stadium on the Nintendo Family Computer in 1986, and has since expanded onto several home consoles, handhelds and mobile phones, the latest being Pro Baseball: Famista Evolution for the Nintendo Switch in 2018.
Barbie 198415 million [241]
Based on the Barbie doll made by Mattel, the video games are currently published by Activision.
Burnout November 11, 200115 million [242]
Burnout is a series of high-speed racing games for game consoles. The game series was developed by Criterion Games, published by Acclaim and later Electronic Arts.
Gex November 16, 199415 million [243]
Gex is a platformer video game series, developed by Crystal Dynamics and owned formerly by Eidos Interactive and currently by Square Enix Europe. It details the adventures of an anthropomorphic gecko named Gex who travels through the media dimension to stop Emperor Rez.
Hitman November 2000 15 million [244]
Hitman is a video game franchise available on PC as well as several video game consoles, including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube, developed by the Danish company IO Interactive and formerly published by Eidos Interactive and Square Enix Europe. The plot focuses on an extremely skilled clone assassin who is sent to silently kill the world's most powerful criminals.
Soulcalibur December, 1995 15 million [245]
The Soulcalibur series (ソウルキャリバー シリーズ, Sōrukyaribā shirīzu), or commonly known as Soul series (ソウル シリーズ, Sōru shirīzu) is a weapon-based fighting video game franchise set in a historical fantasy version of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. There are seven main installments of video games and various media spin-offs, including music albums and a series of manga books. Originally released as the arcade game, Soul Edge , in 1995 and later ported to video game consoles, more recent versions have been released for consoles only and have evolved to include online playing modes. Developed by Namco until Soul Calibur II, then by Project Soul, and owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Just Cause September 22, 200615 million [246]
Just Cause is an action-adventure video game series created by Avalanche Studios. The series currently consists of four games, Just Cause , Just Cause 2 , Just Cause 3 , and Just Cause 4 . The games are open world and take place in tropical environments.
Ace Combat June 30, 1995 ≈14 million [247]
Ace Combat is an arcade-style combat flight simulation video game franchise published by the Japanese company Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly by Namco). Although typically set in a fictional universe, many details are similar to real-life wars, and the franchise features actual present-day aircraft in addition to fictional ones.
Splatoon May 18, 201514.75 million [42] [248]
Splatoon is a third-person shooter series developed by Nintendo. Gameplay centers around characters known as Inklings—beings that can transform between humanoid and squid forms, and hide or swim through colored ink sprayed on surfaces using gun, bucket, or brush-based weaponry.
Luigi January 21, 199414.42 million [20] [42]
The Luigi series is a spin-off of the Mario franchise, developed and published by Nintendo. It consists of action-adventure, platform and puzzle games and revolves around Luigi, Mario's brother.
RollerCoaster Tycoon March 31, 199914.4 million [249]
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a series of video games that simulate amusement park management. Each game in the series challenges players with open-ended amusement park management and development, and also allows players to construct and customize their own unique roller coasters.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon November 17, 200514.33 million [n 19]
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a roguelike spin-off series of Pokémon, with ten games across four platforms. It was first developed and published by ChunSoft and later Spike Chunsoft.
Worms 1995 14 million [254]
Worms is a series of turn-based video games developed by Team17. Players control a small platoon of worms across a deformable landscape, battling other computer- or player-controlled teams. The game's concept was devised by Andy Davidson.
Yo-kai Watch July 11, 2013 14 million [255] [256]
Yo-kai Watch [lower-alpha 28] is a mixed-media franchise of role-playing video games and toys, created and developed by Level-5.
Everybody's Golf July 7, 199714 million [257]
Everybody's Golf [lower-alpha 29] , known as Hot Shots Golf in North America is a series of golf games published by Sony for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles.
Saints Row August 29, 2006 13 million [258]
Saints Row is a popular video game series created by Volition. The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure and driving and has gained controversy for its adult nature and violent themes. The games in the series are written as comedies that feature popular culture homages and parodies, as well as self-referential humor.
Myst September 24, 199313 million [259]
The Myst franchise consists of a series of adventure games and novels, centering on the storyline of Atrus and his family, who are descendants of the fallen D'ni civilization—a subterranean city whose people could link to other universes by writing a descriptive book about that world.
Dead Rising August 8, 200613 million [128]
Dead Rising [lower-alpha 30] is a series of survival horror action-adventure games developed by Capcom and produced by Keiji Inafune.
Persona September 20, 199613 million [204]
Persona is a subseries of the Megami Tensei role-playing game franchise created by Atlus and owned by Sega.
Cooking Mama March 23, 200612 million [260]
Cooking Mama [lower-alpha 31] is a series of cookery simulation-styled minigame compilation video games developed by Cooking Mama Limited (formerly known as Office Create) and published by Taito in Japan and for the iPhone OS, Majesco Entertainment in North America and 505 Games in Europe.
Europa Universalis October 20, 200012 million[ citation needed ]
Europa Universalis is a grand strategy game franchise that started in 2000 and has been one of paradox's leading franchises.
SOCOM August 27, 200212 million [261]
SOCOM is a series of third-person shooter video games created by Zipper Interactive. The games focus on various teams of United States Navy SEALs completing missions with occasional help from other special operations forces from around the world such as the SAS, SBS, and GROM.
Star Fox February 21, 1993 12 million [262]
Star Fox [lower-alpha 32] is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo during the early 1990s. The original game was a forward-scrolling 3D Sci-Fi rail shooter. Later sequels added more directional freedom as the series progressed. The game concept was inspired by a shrine to a fox god who could fly, which Shigeru Miyamoto visited regularly. The shrine was accessible through a series of arches, thus, inspiring the gameplay. [263]
Galaxian October 1979 12 million [n 20]
Galaxian [lower-alpha 33] is a series of fixed shooter video games developed by Namco, now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment. Beginning in arcades in 1979 with Galaxian , it has seen multiple sequels, spin-offs, and re-imaginings, as well as dozens of ports and inclusions in Namco game compilations. Galaxian and its sequel Galaga are listed among the most recognizable and popular games during the golden age of arcade video games, and are cited as being important and influential for the shoot'em up genre and industry as a whole.
Momotaro Dentetsu October 26, 198712 million [266]
Momotaro Dentetsu [lower-alpha 34] (also known by the abbreviated name Momotetsu) is a long-running board game-style video game series in Japan. The game mechanics are often compared to the board games sugoroku and Monopoly.
Jak and Daxter December 4, 200112 million [267]
Jak and Daxter is a series of open world 3D platform/shooter/racing video games. Originally developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, the franchise has appeared on the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 video game systems.
Yakuza December 8, 200512 million [268]
Yakuza is an open world action-adventure game franchise created and published by Sega.
Guild Wars April 28, 200511.5 million [271]
Guild Wars is an episodic series of multiplayer online role-playing games created by ArenaNet, a Seattle game development studio and a subsidiary of the South Korean game publisher NCsoft.
Left 4 Dead October 17, 200811 million shipped [272]
Left 4 Dead is a series of cooperative first-person shooter video games produced by Valve.
Tomodachi Collection June 9, 200910.21 million shipped [273] [274] [275] [276]
Tomodachi Collection is a life simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo, originally released in June 2009 for the Nintendo DS . The games are about players watching over the more-than-often ridiculous lives of their Mii characters, as they go about and perform daily activities, make friendships, and start romantic relationships. A sequel for the Nintendo 3DS called Tomodachi Life was released in 2013 in Japan, and 2014 worldwide.
One Piece July 19, 200010.16 million [277] [278] [279]
One Piece [lower-alpha 35] is a Japanese anime and manga series written by Eiichiro Oda, and has been adapted into several video games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Adventure Island September 12, 198610 million [280]
Adventure Island [lower-alpha 36] , also known as Hudson's Adventure Island, is a platform game series developed by Hudson Soft.
ARMA November 10, 200610 million [281]
ARMA is a series of first person tactical military shooters on with large elements of realism and simulation.
Asphalt November 21, 200410 million [282]
Asphalt Urban GT is a series of racing games developed by Gameloft and published by Ubisoft for portable platforms including Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and mobile phones.
Bomberman July 198310 million [283]
Bomberman is a strategic, maze-based computer and video game franchise originally developed and published by Hudson Soft and is currently owned by Konami. The original game was published in 1983.
Nobunaga's Ambition 1983 10 million [284]
Nobunaga's Ambition [lower-alpha 37] is a turn-based computerized wargame series by Koei that originated from Japan. The games are set during the Sengoku period of feudal Japan.
Taiko no Tatsujin February 21, 2001 10 million [285]
Taiko no Tatsujin [lower-alpha 38] is a series of rhythm video games developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, beginning in 2001 with the arcade game Taiko no Tatsujin. The player uses a taiko drum to play alongside the music, using two large sticks known as "bachi" to hit it. Several releases of the series were made for arcades, home game consoles, handheld systems and mobile phones, the latest being the Nintendo Switch title Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! , releases in 2018.
Buzz! October 21, 200510 million [286]
Buzz! is a series of video games originated by Sleepydog Ltd., developed by Relentless Software and published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the PlayStation 2 console. They are quiz games that sees the players answering trivia questions whilst competing in the fictional game show, Buzz.
Colin McRae Rally July 199810 million [287]
Colin McRae Rally is a racing video game series developed and published by Codemasters. The series is named after the late World Rally Championship driver Colin McRae, who provided technical advice during development.
Deer Hunter December 31, 199710 million [288]
Deer Hunter is a first-person shooting game series of North American video games published by WizardWorks, a division of Infogrames.
The Lord of the Rings October 21, 200210 million [289]
Based on the series of movies The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson, the series include The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King , published by Electronic Arts.
Pitfall! April 20, 198210 million [290]
Pitfall! is a series of platform games developed by Activision.
The Settlers June 30, 199310 million [93]
The Settlers [lower-alpha 39] (also known as Serf City) is a slow-paced real time strategy video game by German developer Blue Byte.

At least 5 million copies

Franchise name Original release dateSales
SaGa December 15, 19899.9 million [291]
SaGa is a series of open world role-playing video games formerly produced by Square and is currently owned by Square Enix.
Dead or Alive November 26, 1996 9.7 million [292]
Dead or Alive [lower-alpha 40] is a video game series produced by Tecmo that comprises primarily fighting games. The story and characters are the creation of Tomonobu Itagaki, and the game was developed by Tecmo's Team Ninja development team.
Marvel vs. Capcom September 9, 19969.3 million [128]
Marvel vs. Capcom [lower-alpha 41] is a series of fighting games developed and published by Capcom featuring characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom's own video game franchises.
Namco Museum November 22, 1995 9.113 million [n 21]
Namco Museum [lower-alpha 42] is a series of video game compilations developed and published for home video game platforms by Bandai Namco Entertainment, formerly known as Namco. The series packages Namco arcade games developed by Namco, bundling them with bonus content, online leaderboards and customizable game options.
EA Sports NASCAR series October 31, 19979 million [297]
EA Sports NASCAR series was a series of NASCAR video games published by EA Sports. The series began with NASCAR 98 and NASCAR 99 in 1997 and 1998, respectively. EA Sports then released NASCAR Thunder 2002 in 2001, and ever since then, Jeff Gordon (2002), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2003), and Tony Stewart (2004) were on the cover. After NASCAR Kart Racing was released in 2009 for the Wii, EA's contract with NASCAR has since expired.
Payday: The Heist October 18, 2011 9 million [298]
Payday: The Heist is a downloadable cooperative first-person shooter video game developed by Overkill Software and published by Sony Online Entertainment. Payday 2 was released in 2013 and will continued to be supported by Overkill Software until 2019. [299]
Doom December 10, 19938.5 million [300]
Doom is a series of video games by id Software, and several licensed properties have been based on the series.
Onimusha January 25, 20018.3 million [128]
Onimusha [lower-alpha 43] is a series of action-adventure games by Capcom. The series makes use of the historic figures that shaped Japan's history, retelling their stories with supernatural elements.
Fire Emblem April 20, 19908.04 million [lower-alpha 44]
Fire Emblem [lower-alpha 45] is a fantasy tactical role-playing game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. First produced and published for the Family Computer (Famicom), the series consists of fifteen main games and three spin-offs. Described by its creators as a "role-playing game simulation", the gameplay revolves around tactical movement of characters across grid-based environments, while incorporating a story and characters similar to traditional role-playing video games.
Inazuma Eleven August 22, 20088 million [304]
Inazuma Eleven [lower-alpha 46] is a role-playing sports game franchise created by Level-5.
Cars June 6, 20068 million [305]
Cars is a video game based on the Disney/Pixar film, Cars , it serves as a non-canon sequel to it.
Zoo Tycoon October 17, 20018 million [306]
The Zoo Tycoon series is a video game series that began in 2001. All of the games in the series focus around building up a successful zoo and running it, although scenarios may have other goals. It was developed by Blue Fang Games.
Carnival Games August 27, 20078 million shipped [130]
Carnival Games is a video game franchise for Nintendo's Wii console, the Nintendo DS, and Microsoft's Kinect. It was published by Global Star Software, before GSS was absorbed into Take-Two Interactive (and what is now 2K Play). The games consists of various mini-games with a carnival theme.
Watch Dogs May 27, 2014 8 million shipped [93]
Watch Dogs (stylized as WATCH_DOGS) is an action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U in 2014. Set in a fictionalized version of Chicago, the plot follows hacker Aiden Pearce's search for revenge after the killing of his niece. The game is played from a third-person perspective, and the world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. An online multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to engage in cooperative and competitive gameplay.
Ninja Gaiden December 9, 1988 7.705 million [n 22]
Ninja Gaiden [lower-alpha 47] is a series of video games by Tecmo featuring the dragon ninja, Ryu Hayabusa. The series was originally known as Ninja Ryukenden [lower-alpha 48] in Japan, while the original arcade title and early home installments of the series were usually known as Shadow Warriors in the PAL region.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 10 December 1985 7.5 million [309] [310]
Romance of the Three Kingdoms [lower-alpha 49] is a turn-based computerized wargame series by Koei that originated from Japan. The games cover events of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
Max Payne July 25, 2001 7.5 million [130]
Max Payne is a third-person shooter video game series originally developed by the Finnish company Remedy Entertainment, produced by 3D Realms and published by Gathering of Developers. Later versions were published and developed by Rockstar Games. The Max Payne series has a major cinematic influence: the Hong Kong action movie genre, particularly the work of director John Woo, which features a great deal of slow-motion violence and gunfights, almost resembling ballet.
Ace Attorney October 11, 2001 7.3 million [128]
Ace Attorney, known as Turnabout Trial [lower-alpha 50] in Japan, is an adventure visual novel-style game series, by creator Shu Takumi. It is owned, developed and published by Capcom.
King's Quest 1980 7 million [311]
King's Quest is a graphic adventure game series created by the American software company Sierra Entertainment. It is widely considered a classic series from the golden era of adventure games. Following the success of its first installments, the series was primarily responsible for building the reputation of Sierra. Roberta Williams, co-founder and former co-owner of Sierra, designed all of the King's Quest games until the series' reboot in 2015.
Samurai Warriors February 11, 2004 7 million [312]
Samurai Warriors [lower-alpha 51] is a series of hack and slash video games created by Koei. The franchise is set during the Sengoku period of Japanese history and has similar system of Dynasty Warriors series.
Moto Racer August 31, 1997 7 million [313]
Moto Racer is a sports video game franchise based on motorbikes developed and published by Nobilis.
Oddworld September 19, 1997 7 million [314]
Oddworld is a comprehensive fictional universe presented in video game form, created by game developers Oddworld Inhabitants under the direction of Lorne Lanning.
Project Gotham Racing November 9, 2001 7 million [315]
Project Gotham Racing is a franchise of racing video games developed by Bizarre Creations and is published by Microsoft Game Studios and Sega. This series is exclusive to the Dreamcast, Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles only. This series of racing games consists of Metropolis Street Racer , Project Gotham Racing , Project Gotham Racing 2 , Project Gotham Racing 3 , and Project Gotham Racing 4 .
Unreal May 22, 1998 7 million [316]
The Unreal series is a video game franchise developed by Epic MegaGames, now known as Epic Games and originally published by GT Interactive, later by Infogrames, Atari, and currently by Midway Games. It was powered by the Unreal Engine which had been in development for over three years before the game was released.
Trine July 3, 2009 7 million [317]
Trine is an action-platform and puzzle game developed by Frozenbyte that takes place in a medieval fantasy setting and allows players to take control of three separate characters who can battle enemies and solve environmental puzzles. It has a sequel that was first released in 2011.
Nancy Drew December 23, 1998 7 million [318]
Nancy Drew games follow the popular adventure game style of play. Players must move Nancy around in a virtual environment to talk to suspects, pick up clues, solve puzzles, and eventually solve the crime. They are usually published by Her Interactive.
Rugrats June 29, 1999 7 million [319]
Video game series based on the animated series of the same name, published by THQ.
EyeToy November 4, 2003 6.7 million [320]
The EyeToy is a color digital camera device, similar to a webcam, for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. Games on these series require the camera to input gestures in order to achieve certain goals in themselves.
MX vs. ATV March 16, 2005 6.5 million shipped [321]
MX vs. ATV is an offroad racing game franchise developed by Rainbow Studios and published by Nordic Games, who took control of the franchise's publishing rights from THQ after the latter's bankruptcy.
Baldur's Gate November 30, 1998 6.3 million [322] [323] [324] [325] [326]
Baldur's Gate is a series of role-playing video games that take place on Faerûn, the main continent from Dungeons & Dragons's Forgotten Realms campaign setting, set in the years following the cataclysmic Time of Troubles, originally developed by BioWare.
Lost Planet December 21, 2006 6.2 million [128]
Lost Planet is a third-person shooter video game series set on E.D.N III, a planet in the process of an ice age, developed and published by Capcom.
Mana June 8, 1991 6.122 million [291] [lower-alpha 52]
The Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu [lower-alpha 53] , is an action role-playing game series from Square Enix, created by Koichi Ishii. The series began as a handheld side story, Final Fantasy Adventure , to Square's flagship franchise Final Fantasy , though most Final Fantasy inspired elements were subsequently dropped, starting with the second installment, Secret of Mana .
Army Men April 30, 1998 6 million [331]
Army Men is a series of video games developed by 3DO and Global Star Software based around plastic army men.
Alone in the Dark 1992 6 million [332]
Alone in the Dark is a series of survival horror video games from Infogrames, based on the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, although later games in the series drew inspiration from other sources, including Voodoo, the Wild West, and the works of H.R. Giger.
Brothers in Arms March 1, 2005 6 million [93]
Brothers in Arms is a first-person shooter video game series created by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft, originally released in early 2005. The game takes place during World War II and focuses on team strategy rather than the faster paced run and gun tactics of the Medal of Honor series.
Carmen Sandiego 1985 6 million [333]
Carmen Sandiego was originally conceived in 1983 by ex-Disney artist Gene Portwood, Mark Iscaro, Dane Bigham and Lauren Elliott at Brøderbund Software. The concept for the product evolved from a game the Carlstons (founders of Brøderbund) played as kids, using the world almanac and maps to play quiz games. The franchise later developed into television series and books.
Championship Manager September 1, 1992 6 million [334]
The Championship Manager series is a series of British football-management simulation. It was one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. The Championship Manager brand and game was conceived by two brothers: Paul and Oliver Collyer. The series was split in two in 2005 as the Collyers decided that their vision of the game was at odds with that of publisher Eidos Interactive so they need to leave to continue making a game they could be proud of. The brothers lost their battle to keep the Championship Manager name, however, and so their series was rebranded as Football Manager while Eidos continued to develop the game their own way under the Championship Manager moniker. [335]
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA July 2, 2009 6 million [224]
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA [336] is a series of rhythm games created by Sega and Crypton Future Media consisting of 6 main titles and 3 spin-offs, based primarily on the virtual-diva Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku.
NBA Jam 1993 6 million [337]
NBA Jam is a series of basketball-based video games created by Midway and later Electronic Arts.
Test Drive 1987 6 million< [338]
Test Drive is the name of a racing game franchise originally published by Accolade, which was later bought by Infogrames. The Test Drive games are now published by Atari, the name which Infogrames renamed itself in 2003.
Turok February 28, 1997 6 million [339]
Turok is a first-person shooter video game series, set in a primitive world inhabited by dinosaurs and other creatures, published by Acclaim Entertainment.
Warhammer 40,000 August 2003 6 million [258]
Warhammer 40,000 is a series of video games based on the Games Workshop tabletop game Warhammer 40,000. Since being taken over by THQ in 2001, games in the franchise have included real-time strategy Dawn of War, its expansions and sequel for windows PCs; Squad Command, a turn-based tactics game for handheld systems; turn-based strategy game Glory in Death for the Nokia N-Gage and first person shooter Fire Warrior for Windows and PlayStation 2.
Conflict September 30, 2002 6 million shipped [334]
Conflict is a series of tactical third-person shooter developed by Pivotal Games and published by SCi.
Xeno February 11, 1998 5.775 million shipped [lower-alpha 54]
Xeno is a Japanese science fiction video game meta series created by Tetsuya Takahashi. The first entry was developed by SquareSoft, and subsequent entries have been developed by Monolith Soft.
Major League Baseball 2K March 1, 20045.5 million [358]
Major League Baseball 2K is a series of Major League Baseball video games, developed by Visual Concepts and Kush Games, and published by 2K Sports. Visual Concepts called the series World Series Baseball in years prior to 2004 for the Dreamcast, with Pedro Martínez as the cover athlete.
Virtua Fighter December 1993 Over 5.4 million [n 23]
Virtua Fighter is a 3D fighting game series created by Yu Suzuki and developed and published by Sega.
Chrono March 11, 19955.4 million [291]
The Chrono [lower-alpha 55] series is a video game franchise formerly developed by Square and is currently owned by Square Enix. It began in 1995 with the time travel role-playing video game Chrono Trigger , which spawned two continuations, the visual novel Radical Dreamers and the role-playing game Chrono Cross .
Drakengard September 11, 2003 5.33 million [lower-alpha 56]
Drakengard is a series of action role-playing video games. It was conceived by Takamasa Shiba and Takuya Iwasaki as a gameplay hybrid between Ace Combat and Dynasty Warriors 2 . The story was created by Shiba, Iwasaki, Yoko Taro and Sawako Natori, who were influenced by European folklore and popular anime series and movies of the day. Shiba, Yoko, and Sawako have had involvement in every entry of the series since its debut. The setting of the main series is a Northern European-style dark fantasy world where humans and creatures from myth and legends live side by side, while the spin-off game is set in an alternative reality leading from one of the first game's possible endings. The world has been described by Anime News Network as "a warped version of medieval Europe".
Anno September 24, 1998 5 million [93] [368]
Anno is a series of games with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Germany-based Sunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software company.
Asterix 1983 5 million [369]
Based on The Adventures of Asterix, [lower-alpha 57] a series of French comic books by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). The video game franchise has been handled by Infogrames since 1993.
Chessmaster 1986 5 million [370]
Chessmaster is a chess playing video game franchise by Ubisoft initially developed by The Software Toolworks. It includes numerous tutorials by International Master Joshua Waitzkin for players of all skill levels.
Stronghold October 21, 20015 million [371]
Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy (RTS) game franchise developed by Firefly Studios starting from 2001. The game focuses primarily on conquest and expansion through military pursuits, but also provides space for economic strategy and development.
Tecmo Bowl December, 1987 5 million [307]
Tecmo Bowl is an arcade video game franchise of American Football released by Tecmo, Inc.
The Matrix May 14, 2003 5 million [372]
The Matrix is a media franchise spawned from the 1999 film The Matrix , and has several video game adaptations starting with the 2003 title Enter the Matrix .
TOCA Touring Car November, 1997 5 million [373]
TOCA is a racing video game franchise developed and published by Codemasters, initially focusing specifically on touring car racing but more recently expanding to cover a wide variety of motorsport.
Twisted Metal November 5, 19955 million in North America [374]
Twisted Metal is a vehicular combat series made for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP. The series is published by Sony and developed by the game studio Incognito Entertainment.
V-Rally July 1998 5 million [375]
V-Rally is a racing video game franchise originally developed by Eden Studios and published by Infogrames and later published by Bigben Interactive.
Mafia August 28, 20025 million shipped [130]
Mafia is a third-person shooter series made for Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One that is set in the 1930s through 1960s and focuses on fictional American Mafia families of that era. The series is currently published by 2K Games and developed by 2K Czech, previously known as Illusion Softworks and currently developed by Hangar 13.

See also


  1. Combined with worldwide and European sales.
  2. The release date of the first Tetris games sold commercially. [31] Earlier games were given out for free. [32] [33]
  3. Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー Hepburn: Fainaru Fantajī
  4. Japanese: バイオハザード
  5. Japanese: ゼルダの伝説 Hepburn: Zeruda no Densetsu
  6. Japanese: ドラゴンクエスト
  7. Japanese: グランツーリスモ
  8. Japanese: ドンキーコング Hepburn: Donkī Kongu
  9. Japanese: メタルギア
  10. Japanese: ドラゴンボール Hepburn: Doragon Bōru
  11. Japanese: マリオパーティー Hepburn: Mario Pātī
  12. Japanese: 鉄拳, lit. Iron Fist
  13. Japanese: ストリートファイター Hepburn: Sutorīto Faitā
  14. Japanese: パックマン Pakkuman
  15. Japanese: 星のカービィ Hepburn: Hoshi no Kābi
  16. Japanese: ロックマン Hepburn: Rokkuman
  17. Japanese: どうぶつの森 Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Mori, Animal Forest
  18. Japanese: ガンダム Hepburn: Gandamu
  19. Japanese: キングダムハーツ Hepburn: Kingudamu Hātsu
  20. Total sales of Souls franchise- 26.7 million
    • Demon's Souls- 1.7 million copies [186]
    • Dark Souls series- 27+ million copies [187]
  21. Japanese: 実況パワフルプロ野球 Hepburn: Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū
  22. Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王 Hepburn: Yūgiō, lit. "Game King"
  23. Japanese: テイルズ Hepburn: Teiruzu
  24. Japanese: 真・三國無双 Hepburn: Shin Sangokumusō, lit. "True – Unrivaled Three Kingdoms"
  25. Japanese: メトロイド Hepburn: Metoroido
  26. Japanese: レイトン教授シリーズ Hepburn: Reiton-kyōju
  27. Japanese: ファミスタ
  28. Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi
  29. Japanese: みんなのGOLF Hepburn: Minna no Golf
  30. Japanese: デッドライジング Hepburn: Deddo Raijingu
  31. Japanese: クッキング ママ Hepburn: Kukkingu Mama
  32. Japanese: スターフォックス Hepburn: SutāFokkusu
  33. Japanese: ギャラクシアン Hepburn: Gyarakushian
  34. Japanese: 桃太郎電鉄 Hepburn: Momotarō Dentetsu, Momotarō Electric Railway
  35. Japanese: ワンピース Hepburn: Wan Pīsu
  36. Japanese: 高橋名人の冒険島 Hepburn: Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima, lit. "Master Takahashi's Adventure Island"
  37. Japanese: 信長の野望 Hepburn: Nobunaga no Yabō
  38. Japanese: 太鼓の達人
  39. German: Die Siedler
  40. Japanese: デッドオアアライブ Hepburn: Deddo oa Araibu
  41. Japanese: マーヴルVSカプコン Hepburn: Māburu bāsasu Kapukon
  42. Japanese: ナムコミュージアム Hepburn: Namuko Myūjiamu
  43. Japanese: 鬼武者, lit. "Oni Warrior"
  44. Fire Emblem:
    • Total sales of Fire Emblem franchise in Japan - 2,250,741 [301]
      • DS Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo August 2008- 252 309 [301]
      • DS Fire Emblem hero - a mystery - light and shadow of New coat of arms Nintendo 2010/07/15- 250 592 [301]
      • GBA Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Nintendo 2004/10/07- 233 280 [301]
      • GBA Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Nintendo 2002/03/29- 345 574 [301]
      • GBA Fire Emblem Flame Sword Nintendo 2003/04/25- 265 286 [301]
      • GC Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Nintendo 2005/04/20- 156 413 [301]
      • SFC Fire Emblem Thrace 776 Nintendo 1999/08/28- 145 600 [301]
      • SFC Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Nintendo 1996/05/14- 429 763 [301]
      • Wii Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Nintendo 2007/02/22- 171 924 [301]
    • 3DS Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 2012/04/19- 1.9M [302]
    • 3DS Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 2015/06/15- 1.6M [302]
    • Switch Fire Emblem: Three Houses Nintendo 2019/07/26- 2.29M [303]
  45. Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム Hepburn: Faiā Emuburemu
  46. Japanese: イナズマイレブン Hepburn: Inazuma Irebun
  47. Japanese: 忍者外伝
  48. Japanese: 忍者龍剣伝 Hepburn: Ninja Ryūkenden, lit. "Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword"
  49. Japanese: 三國志 Hepburn: Sangokushi
  50. Japanese: 逆転裁判 Hepburn: Gyakuten Saiban
  51. Japanese: 戦国無双 Hepburn: Sengoku Musō
  52. Mana series:
  53. Japanese: 聖剣伝説, lit. "Holy Sword Legend"
  54. Xeno franchise:
  55. Japanese: クロノ
  56. Drakengard franchise:
  57. French: Astérix


  1. 1 2 Super Mario series:
  2. 1 2 Mario Kart series:
  3. 1 2 Mario Party:
  4. 1 2 Mario Sports series:
    • Mario & Sonic series: 25 million [132]
    • Mario Tennis Aces : 2.75 million [42] [4]
    • Mario Strikers Charged : 1.77 million [6]
    • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 : 1.3 million [133]
    • Mario Super Sluggers : 1.26 million [56]
    • Super Mario Strikers : 1.2 million [134]
    • Japan sales: [11]
    • "Japan sales of Mario sports games (based on Famitsu data)". Garaph. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 16 March 2012.:
    • United States sales: [14]
    • "US Top 10 Best Selling Console Games in 2000". The Magic Box. 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  5. Mario RPG series:
    [9] [10] [lower-alpha 1]
  6. 1 2 Donkey Kong series:
  7. Other Mario games:
  8. 1 2 3 Wii Series:
  9. The Legend of Zelda series:
  10. 1 2 Star Wars Battlefront series:
  11. Star Wars franchise:
  12. Super Smash Bros. series:
  13. Pac-Man series:
  14. Red Dead franchise:
  15. Medal of Honor series:
  16. Gundam series:
    • Sales through to March 2004: 20 million [170]
    • Sales from March 2004 to March 2012: 10.9044 million [171] [172]
  17. Megami Tensei franchise:
    • Megami Tensei main series – 7.2 million [203]
    • Persona sub-series – 13 million [204]
  18. Bemani franchise sales:
    • Dance Dance Revolution sales as of June 2009: 11 million [236]
    • Bemani franchise sales from July 2009 to March 2011: 3.61 million
    • Bemani franchise sales from April 2011 to March 2012: 1.2 million [238]
    • Total Bemani franchise sales as of March 2012: 11 million + 3.61 million + 1.2 million = 15.81 million
    • Franchise sales from April 2012 to June 2012: 0.03 million
    • Total Bemani franchise sales as of June 2012: 15.81 million + 0.03 million = 15.84 million
  19. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series:
  20. Galaxian series:
    • Galaxian3 sales: 66,770 units (JP) [264]
    • SD Gundam: Over Galaxian sales: 27,905 (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 1 sales: 1.65 million units (US), [157] 167,786 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 3 sales: 2.24 million units (US), [157] 148,758 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum 64 sales: 1.04 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum (GBA) sales: 2.96 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum (PS2) sales: ≈1.80 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum Battle Collection sales: 79,527 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PSP) sales: 24,934 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum DS sales: 33,393 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Museum Virtual Arcade sales: 5,912 units (JP) [264]
    • Namco Arcade downloads: 2 million [265]
    • Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions sales: 10,785 units (JP) [264]
  21. Namco Museum series:
    • Namco Museum Vol. 1 sales: 1.65 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 3 sales: 2.24 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum 64 sales: 1.04 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum (GBA) sales: 2.96 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum (PS2) sales: ≈1.80 million units [157]
    • Namco Museum Battle Collection Japan sales: 79,527 units [293]
    • Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PSP) sales: 24,934 units [294]
    • Namco Museum DS Japan sales: 33,393 units [295]
    • Namco Museum Virtual Arcade Japan sales (first week): 5,912 units [296]
  22. Ninja Gaiden series:
    • Series sales as of June 2007: 5.5 million [307]
    • Sales from June 2007 to December 2008: 2.205 million [308]
  23. Over 5.4 million for the Saturn/PS2 ports of Virtua Fighter , Virtua Fighter 2 and Virtua Fighter 4 (excluding Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution) [359] [360] [361] [362]

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