While games tend to sell a lot more nowadays thanks to a larger reach and better consumer approach, there’s no denying that there are some best-selling video game franchises that have managed to stand the test of time and deliver massive sales all the time. So with that in mind we have created a top 10 list that takes a look at the best selling video game franchises of all time!
10. Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy is one of the best-selling video game franchises that has managed to deliver some of the best video games in the industry. A JRPG at heart, this franchise has generated a ton of merchandise, great storylines and multiple remakes of the older games. It comes as no surprise that this franchise has sold 110 million units all over the world.
This shape ramming puzzler has caused heartache and countless gaming blisters as we vie for our fix of block vanishing goodness. Brandishing legendary status, this highly-addictive video game staple has managed to entertain generation after generation moving an incredible 140 million units world-wide.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the lovable hedgehog has seen players go fast and collect rings for generations. This powerhouse franchise has produced not only video games but toys, apparel, comic books and animations. While Sega’s iconic blue blur isn’t as popular as he once was in the 90s, he still holds a warm spot in gamer’s hearts the world over. It’s a testament to how loved Sonic really is as this franchise has sold over 140 million units across the globe.
7. Need for Speed
This is one of the oldest racing themed franchises out there. It has seen gamers the world over tear arse and burn rubber through gloriously detailed environments. The annualised marketing approach has proven a success as it appears players have an intense need for speed, year after year. This racing franchise has amassed 150 million in units sold.
6. The Sims
Scarcely an ear around the world has not heard of the Sims. This hugely popular life simulator began in February 2000 when players all over the world were given god-like omniscience over a family of Simlings. The addictive gameplay of this sandbox series has seen an enormous 175 million units sold world-wide.
5. Call of Duty
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter series that has become annualised, forcing hardcore fans to update every year. This shove-down-your-throat marketing ploy has proven to be a success as it seems players all over the world can’t get enough of this fast paced series. To date, the COD franchise has moved 175 million units.
The Wii series of physical simulation games were first kicked off with Wii Sports which was bundled with the Nintendo Wii at launch in 2006. Other titles in this series include Wii Play, Wii Fit and Wii Party. This franchise has proven to be an incredible hit for Nintendo as it has sold 200 million units to date.
3. Grand Theft Auto
GTA is one of the best open world games out there. It allows you to do what you want in a massive game world filled with mischief and possibilities. Each new game delivers better graphics, a larger and more diverse world as well as lots of new gameplay mechanics. The gaming community waits with baited breath to see what Rockstar has in store for us next. To date this franchise has moved an incredible 220 million units world-wide.
Pokemon was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. Since then this colossal RPG has evolved into its final form – a marketing machine that won’t stop till it’s consumed all the dollars on this planet. Originating on the Gameboy, it was praised for its innovative gaming experience and multiplayer features. Now a world-wide recognised brand, this franchise has pushed a mind-melting 270.8 million units.
Being the number one best-selling video game franchise means Mario needs no introduction. This fat little Italian plumber has put the world in a trance for generations. His voracious appetite for coins seems to know no boundaries as this franchise has amassed a boggling 509.49 million units sold. Here’s how the sub-series break down:
- Super Mario series: 297.88 million units
- Mario Kart series: 105.32 million units
- Mario Party series: 39.6 million units
- Mario Sports series: 35.498 million units
- Mario RPG series: 16.49 million units
- Other Mario games: 14.7042 million units
So there’s our countdown of the best-selling video game franchises ever. Did this top 10 list bring back any memories? Have you played most of these best-selling franchises? If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.