List of best-selling video game franchises

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This is a list of best-selling 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 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.

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

At least 100 million copies

Franchise name Original release date Sales
Mario July 9, 1981 528.534 million
Mario first appeared in 1981 in the original Donkey Kong,[12] 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.
Pokémon February 27, 1996 300 million[13]
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 a franchise merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, 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 Inc.
Grand Theft Auto October 1997 250 million[14]
Grand Theft Auto is an open world action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and primarily developed by Scottish developer Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games, including ten stand-alone games and two expansion packs for the original game and two for the ninth. It is the most successful video game the United Kingdom has produced and the best-selling action-adventure as well as open world series.
Call of Duty October 29, 2003 250 million[15][16]
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game series. 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 Guinness World Records as the best-selling first-person shooter game series.[16]
Wii November 19, 2006 201.8 million[n 4]
The Wii series of physical simulation video games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 2006 to help with the initial launch of Nintendo's Wii console. The first game in the series, Wii Sports, was included with the original Wii console.
The Sims February 4, 2000 200 million[21]
The Sims is a series of strategic life simulation computer and console video games 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 gaming franchise of all time.
Tetris June 6, 1984 170 million[22]
Tetris is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, created by Alexey Pajitnov 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.[23]
Need for Speed August 31, 1994 150 million[24]
Need for Speed is a series of racing video games published by Electronic Arts, and has been developed by multiple companies in the past such as EA Black Box and Criterion Games. The series is currently developed by Ghost Games with the games being released on multiple platforms. It is currently the most successful racing game franchise of all time.
Minecraft May 17, 2009/November 18, 2011 144 million[25]
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, there have been ports released for home consoles and mobile devices. It was bought by Microsoft Studios on September 15, 2014.
Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 130 million[26]
Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー, Fainaru Fantajī) is a media franchise created by Japanese game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix. The franchise encompasses fifteen signature video games alongside a number of spin-off video games, motion pictures, and other consumer products and interactive media.
Wii Sports November 19, 2006 115.12 million[n 4]
The Wii Sports series of physical sports games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo's 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 included with the original Wii Console.
Mario Kart August 27, 1992 110.77 million[2]
Mario Kart is a series of go-kart-style racing video games developed and published by Nintendo as a series of spin-offs from their trademark Super Mario series of platformer adventure-style video games. The series has spawned eight main games and three arcade games.
FIFA Christmas 1993 100 million[27]
A series of association football based sports games, released yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label, and the first to have an official licence from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), the international governing body of football.
Lego 1995 100 million[28]
The Lego franchise includes many different games, including original games such as Lego Island, Lego Racers and Lego Rock Raiders, as well as several different licensed properties like Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Lego Batman: The Video Game, and Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.
Madden NFL June 1, 1988 100 million[29]
Madden NFL is an American football video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. The game 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.
Assassin's Creed November 13, 2007 100 million[30]
Assassin's Creed is a historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game series developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.

At least 50 million copies

Franchise name Original release date Sales
Sonic the Hedgehog June 23, 1991 87.82 million (estimated)[31]
The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring and named after its mascot character Sonic, created by game designer Yuji Naka and character designer Naoto Ohshima. With time, it has expanded into several animated television series, manga and comic books.
Winning Eleven / Pro Evolution Soccer March 15, 2001 86.8 million[32]
Pro Evolution Soccer (officially abbreviated as PES and known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven in Japan) is a series of association football video games developed and published by Konami. The series has been produced under the guidance of Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka.
The Legend of Zelda February 21, 1986 82.58 million[n 5]
The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説) is a high fantasy action-adventure video game series created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, developed and published by Nintendo.
Tom Clancy's August 21, 1998 82 million[36][37]
Includes sales from Tom Clancy–sponsored games made by Ubisoft, including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and Splinter Cell.
Resident Evil March 22, 1996 82 million[38][39]
Resident Evil is a media franchise consisting of a survival horror video games series, comic books, novelizations, five Hollywood motion pictures, and a variety of collectibles, including action figures, strategy guides and publications, created by Shinji Mikami and developed by Capcom.
Gran Turismo December 23, 1997 76.8 million[40]
Gran Turismo (グランツーリスモ) is a series of racing video games produced by Kazunori Yamauchi for the Sony PlayStation gaming systems by Polyphony Digital.
Dragon Quest May 27, 1986 70 million[26]
Dragon Quest (ドラゴンクエスト), published as Dragon Warrior in North America until the 2005 release of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, is a series of role-playing video games created by Yuji Horii, with character design by manga artist Akira Toriyama and published by Square Enix (formerly Enix).
Battlefield September 10, 2002 66 million[41][42][43]
The Battlefield franchise is a series of video games developed by Digital Illusions CE and Visceral Games, published by Electronic Arts. The games feature a focus on large maps and vehicle warfare over traditional first person shooters, including robust online capabilities.
Halo November 15, 2001 65 million[44]
Halo is a science fiction video game series created by Bungie Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, which was later adapted to eight novels, several comic series, a graphic novel, numerous action figures, and an anime series. After Bungie Studios gained independence from Microsoft in 2007, 343 Industries took control of the franchise.
The Oregon Trail December 3, 1971 65 million[45]
The Oregon Trail is an educational game developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971.
WWE 2K February 29, 2000 60 million shipped[46]
WWE 2K (formerly WWF SmackDown!, then WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, then WWE) is a series of professional wrestling video games released by 2K Sports (formerly by THQ). The franchise takes its name from World Wrestling Entertainment's weekly television programs SmackDown and Raw. The games are developed by the Japanese game developer Yuke's.
Just Dance November 17, 2009 59 million[36]
Just Dance is a series of dance and music video games that includes games like Just Dance and Just Dance 2, published by Ubisoft, and released on the Wii. It also includes games outside of the name Just Dance, such as Michael Jackson: The Experience. The games include modern hits such as Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" to older songs such as The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". Just Dance is the best-selling dance game franchise on home video game consoles.
Tomb Raider November 15, 1996 58 million[26]
Tomb Raider is a series of video games formerly developed by Core Design and currently developed by Crystal Dynamics, with publishing formerly by Eidos Interactive and currently 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.
Donkey Kong July 9, 1981 56.04 million[n 6]
Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング, Donkī Kongu) 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 arcade hit Donkey Kong led to the creation of both the Donkey Kong and Mario franchises.
Crash Bandicoot September 9, 1996 56 million+ (as of 2017) [51][52][53][54][55]
Crash Bandicoot is a Platform game series originally created and developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation.
The Elder Scrolls March 25, 1994 52 million[56]
The Elder Scrolls (abbreviated as TES) is an action role-playing open world video game series developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.
Bejeweled May 30, 2001 50 million[57]
Bejeweled is a puzzle game first developed as a browser game by PopCap Games in 2001. A sequel to this game, Bejeweled 2, was released by PopCap Games in 2004, with a third installment debuting in 2010 along with two spin-offs: Bejeweled Blitz and Bejeweled Twist.

At least 20 million copies

Franchise name Original release date Sales
Metal Gear July 12, 1987 49.2 million[58]
Metal Gear (メタルギア) is a series of stealth games created by Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. The series is known for its very serious and complicated story line but also has some hidden humor, camp, and running gags throughout the games. The franchise also includes a novel, a radio drama, comic books, and a toy line.
Tekken December 9, 1994 47.6 million[n 7]
Tekken (鉄拳, lit. Iron Fist) is a series of fighting games with development by Katsuhiro Harada and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly by Namco). Originally an arcade game, versions now exist for many consoles. Currently it is the most successful franchise in the fighting genre.
Monster Hunter September 21, 2004 45 million[60]
Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing video games released by Capcom, where players take the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and complete quests by seeking out monsters to hunt or capture.
Wii Fit November 19, 2006 43.7 million[n 4]
The Wii Fit series of physical sports games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo's Wii console in 2007. It is a sub-series of the Wii Series franchise.
Pac-Man May 22, 1980 43.243 million[n 8]
Pac-Man (パックマン Pakkuman) is an arcade maze chase game designed by Tōru Iwatani and released by Namco during the golden age of arcade video games, and is currently owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The franchise has spawned a series of ports, remakes, and sequels, in addition to numerous unauthorized clones.
Lineage September 3, 1998 43 million[61]
Lineage (Korean: 리니지) is a medieval fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing franchise by the South Korean video game developer NCsoft. It has become highly popular in South Korea with subscriptions counting into the millions, but is also available in Chinese, Japanese, and English language versions.
Uncharted November 20, 2007 41.7 million[62][63][64][65]
Uncharted is a series of action-adventure/platform/third-person shooter video games developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment about the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.
Dragon Ball September 27, 1986 41 million[66]
Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru), created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, is an internationally famous media franchise. It consists primarily of two manga series, five different anime, nineteen animated feature films, a collectible trading card game as well as other collectibles like action figures.
Street Fighter August 30, 1987 40 million[39]
Street Fighter (ストリートファイター, Sutorīto Faitā), is a series of fighting games developed and published by Capcom, which eventually turned into a media franchise covering comic books, anime series and movies. The first game was designed by Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto in 1987 for the arcades.
Guitar Hero November 8, 2005 40 million[67]
Guitar Hero is a series of music 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 starting with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. However, it has been discontinued by Activision in 2011 until being rebooted in 2015.
Harry Potter November 15, 2001 40 million[68]
Based on the Harry Potter novels by British writer J. K. Rowling, the video game series (six games for the first six novels and two for the last one, a Quidditch simulation game, and four Lego games) has been developed and published by Electronic Arts. Lego Harry Potter was published by Warner Brothers.
Civilization September 1991 40 million[69]
Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy video games produced by Sid Meier. Basic gameplay functions are similar throughout the series, namely, guiding a civilization on a macro-scale from prehistory to the present day.
Mario Party December 18, 1998 39.6 million[3]
Mario Party is a multi-player party game featuring Mario series characters in which four human- and/or computer-controlled characters compete in a board game interspersed with minigames. Most of the Mario Party games have been developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo (though the arcade version was developed by Capcom).
Medal of Honor November 11, 1999 39 million[n 9]
Medal of Honor is the name of a series of first-person shooter games set in World War II, developed by DreamWorks Interactive (currently known as EA Los Angeles) and published by Electronic Arts. Medal of Honor spawned a series of follow-up games including multiple expansions spanning various console platforms and the PC and Apple Macintosh.
Super Smash Bros. January 21, 1999 39 million[n 10]
Super Smash Bros is a series of Nintendo fighting games created by Masahiro Sakurai that feature |characters from several other Nintendo franchises and a few third party franchises and is known for both its unique gameplay style and countless nods towards the company's history.
Star Wars May 1983 38 million[n 11]
Star Wars is a sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventure video game series based on the popular movie series. The series is published by LucasArts. Series within it includes LEGO Star Wars, Star Wars: Battlefront, and The Force Unleashed.
Diablo December 31, 1996 36.5 million[82]
Developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack and slash or "Dungeon Roaming" style.
Kirby April 27, 1992 35.78 million[83][84]
The Kirby (星のカービィ, Hoshi no Kābi) series is a fantasy video game series starring the character Kirby, developed by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo, and produced by Nintendo. The gameplay of the majority of the games in the series consists mainly of action, platformer and puzzle-solving elements.
Mario Sports May 1, 1984 35.498 million[n 1]
There have been numerous sports games in the Mario franchise by Nintendo. The first sports game featuring Mario was Golf in 1984.
Mortal Kombat October 8, 1992 35 million[91]
Created in 1992 Mortal Kombat is one of the best-selling fighting game series and is known for its graphic content.
NBA Live October 1994 35 million[92]
The NBA Live series of basketball video games is developed and published by EA Sports annually since 1995. After, an extended hiatus Nba Live made its 'comeback' with Nba Live 14
Brain Age May 19, 2005 33 million[93]
Based on the book Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain by Japanese neurologist Ryuta Kawashima and distributed under the Touch! Generations brand. The franchise includes two Nintendo DS games, 3 DSiWare titles and one game on the Nintendo 3DS.
Mega Man December 17, 1987 32 million[39]
Mega Man, known as Rockman (ロックマン, Rokkuman) in Japan, is a series of over 50 released video games from Capcom, usually starring the character Mega Man.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell November 18, 2002 31 million[36]
Splinter Cell is a series of video games endorsed by American author Tom Clancy which spawned a novel series in 2004 written under the pseudonym David Michaels. As a brand, it is owned by Tom Clancy's company, Rubicon, and is licensed to Ubisoft to make the games. The characters of the game, as well as "Third Echelon" itself, were created by Ubisoft writer J.T. Petty.
Fallout September 30, 1997 31 million[94]
Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic retrofuturistic role-playing video games. It was created by Interplay Entertainment.
Gundam 1984 30.9044 million[n 12]
Gundam (ガンダム, Gandamu) is a video game franchise based on one of the longest-running anime series featuring giant robots or mecha, created by animation studio Sunrise and currently published by Namco Bandai Games.
James Bond 1982 30 million[98]
The franchise based on James Bond 007, the fictional British agent created in 1952 by British writer Ian Fleming, consist of over 20 video games published through several companies like Nintendo and Electronic Arts. The license is currently handled by Activision. The best known game in the franchise is GoldenEye 007, developed by Rare and published by Nintendo.
Tony Hawk's September 30, 1999 30 million[99]
The Tony Hawk's series is a skateboarding video game series endorsed by American professional skater Tony Hawk, created by game developer Neversoft and published by Activision.
Nintendogs April 21, 2005 27.46 million[6][100]
Nintendogs is a real-time pet simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld video game consoles, originally released in three versions, plus two additional versions, all differing only in the starting available dogs to play with.
Borderlands October 20, 2009 26 million[101]
Borderlands is a series of action role-playing first-person shooter video games produced by Gearbox Software.
Ratchet & Clank November 4, 2002 26 million[102]
Ratchet & Clank is a series of 3D platform/shooter video games. The franchise has been developed primarily by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita,and the PlayStation 4 video game systems.
Rayman September 1, 1995 26 million[36]
Created in 1995 by French graphic artist Michel Ancel, the main character of the series, Rayman, became the official mascot of the video game publisher Ubisoft. The Rayman series does not include the Raving Rabbids series.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six August 21, 1998 26 million[36]
Initially developed by Red Storm Entertainment while the Rainbow Six novel was being written by Tom Clancy, the tactical shooter franchise soon spawned a number of sequels and expansion packs. Red Storm was later acquired by Ubisoft, who currently develops and publishes the games.
Animal Crossing April 14, 2001 25.25 million[6][100][103]
Animal Crossing, known in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori (どうぶつの森, lit. "Animal Forest"), is a video game series developed by Nintendo, in which the player lives his/her own virtual life in real time.
Counter-Strike November 8, 2000 25 million[104]
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 Corporation, and published by Sierra Entertainment and Valve.
BioShock August 21, 2007 25 million shipped[105]
BioShock is a video game series developed by Irrational Games—the first under the name 2K Boston/2K Australia— and designed by Ken Levine.
Marvel 1982 25 million[106]
Based on comic book superheroes, the franchise includes games from Spider-Man and X-Men published by Activision.
The Witcher October 26, 2007 25 million[107]
The Witcher is an Action RPG based on the book series 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.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon November 13, 2001 25 million[36]
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.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 1998 25 million[108]
Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a series of video games developed and published by Electronic Arts featuring professional golfer Tiger Woods, among other professionals on the PGA Tour.
Puyo Puyo October 25, 1991 25 million[109]
Puyo Poyo Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ), previously localized as Puyo Pop, is a series of computer puzzle games created in 1991 by Compile for various video game systems. Sega acquired the rights to the franchise with development currently by Sonic Team.
Petz 1995 24 million[36]
Petz (which includes brands like Dogz and Catz) is a series of games in which the player can adopt, raise, care for and breed their own virtual pets.
Mario & Sonic November 6, 2007 22.28 million[n 13]
Mario & Sonic is a crossover sports game series featuring characters from the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises.
Kingdom Hearts March 28, 2002 22 million[110]
Kingdom Hearts (キングダムハーツ, Kingudamu Hātsu) 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.
Gears of War November 7, 2006 22 million[111]
Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios, revolving about a war between humans and creatures known as Locust in the fictional planet Sera.
Batman 1986 22 million
Batman is a series of video games based on the DC Comics character, and developed by Ocean Software, Atari, Sunsoft, Acclaim, EA and Rocksteady.
Yu-Gi-Oh! July 1998[112] 21.8 million[112]
Based on the Japanese anime and manga franchise Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王, Yūgiō, lit. "Game King") created by Kazuki Takahashi. All related video games are produced by Konami.
God of War March 22, 2005 21.65 million[113]
God of War is a series of action-adventure video games loosely based on Greek mythology originally created by David Jaffe and developed by SCE Santa Monica Studio (main installments), as well as Ready at Dawn (portable installments) and Javaground (mobile installment). The multimedia franchise's central story revolves around the Spartan warrior, Kratos, who is on a path of vengeance to rid himself of the nightmares of murdering his wife and child and the betrayal by his father, Zeus and the Olympian Gods.
Imagine February 21, 2007 21 million[36]
Imagine is a series of video games by Ubisoft, aimed primarily at girls released from 2007 onwards.
Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū 1994 20.5 million[114]
Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū (実況パワフルプロ野球), known as Live Powerful Pro Baseball to non-Japanese speakers, is a traditionally Japan-only baseball series created by Konami. It is known for its big-headed characters and arcade-style gameplay.
Prince of Persia October 3, 1989 20 million[36]
Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner, originally developed and published by Brøderbund, then The Learning Company, and currently Ubisoft. The franchise is built around a series of action-adventure games focused on various incarnations of the eponymous prince.
Age of Empires October 26, 1997 20 million[115]
Age of Empires is a series of real-time strategy video games developed by now-defunct Ensemble Studios and Gas Powered Games, and published by Microsoft Studios. There are eight titles in the series (four of which are expansions) and a spin-off titled Age of Mythology.
Castlevania September 26, 1986 20 million[116]
Castlevania is a video game series created and developed by Konami originally released as Akumajō Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ, Akumajō Dorakyura, lit. "Devil's Castle Dracula"). The franchise spawned a number of action figures and a future movie.
Far Cry March 23, 2004 20 million[36]
Far Cry is a first-person shooter video games originally developed by Crytek for the Microsoft Windows and later by Ubisoft Montreal for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii, and published by Ubisoft.
Frogger June 5, 1981 20 million[117]
An arcade franchise developed and currently owned by Konami. The first entry in the series was released worldwide by Sega and Gremlin Industries in 1981. Frogger has seen numerous sequels for a number of systems including computers and video game consoles. The given sales figure does not include arcade game sales.
J.B. Harold August 1986 20 million[118][119]
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.
Lego Star Wars April 5, 2005 20 million[80]
A platform-based video game series where the player takes the role of characters from the films, in minifigure form.
Lemmings February 14, 1991 20 million[120]
Lemmings is a puzzle video game, developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and owned by Psygnosis (now Sony Computer Entertainment Liverpool) who published it in 1991, originally for the Commodore Amiga.
Simple 1998 20 million[121]
The Simple series are a number of series 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[122]
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 2001 20 million[123]
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series and media franchise. The games were formerly published by THQ and currently published by Activision.
Spyro the Dragon September 10, 1998 20 million[124]
Spyro the Dragon is a platform game series, with development by Insomniac Games before handling development duties to alternate developers. Publishing was provided by Universal Interactive before being transferred over to Sierra Entertainment, and currently owned and published by Activision. The series stars the video game character Spyro, a purple European dragon. The franchise expanded to several other platforms including portable and mobile applications.
Total War June 13, 2000 20 million[125]
Total War is a computer strategy game series developed by the Creative Assembly and owned and published by Sega. Its games combine turn-based strategy and resource management, with real-time tactical control of battles.

At least 10 million copies

Franchise name Original release date Sales
Driver June 30, 1999 19 million[36]
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, 1994 19 million[126]
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, 2000 18.5 million shipped[127]
Midnight Club is a series of free roam racing games within metropolitan areas developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles February 1, 1989 18 million[128]
Video Game series based on the Media Franchise of the Same Name
Dynasty Warriors February 28, 1997 18 million[129]
Dynasty Warriors (真・三國無双, Shin Sangokumusō, lit. "True – Unrivaled Three Kingdoms") 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.
SimCity February 1989 18 million[130]
SimCity is an open-ended city-building video game series and the brainchild of developer Will Wright. It was published by Maxis (now a division of Electronic Arts).
Rock Band November 20, 2007 18 million[131]
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.
Metroid August 6, 1986 17.44 million[47][132]
The Metroid (メトロイド, Metoroido) 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.
StarCraft April 1, 1998 17 million[82]
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.
Zuma December 12, 2003 17 million[133]
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.
NBA 2K November 10, 1999 17 million shipped[127]
NBA 2K is a basketball video game series that was initially exclusive for the Dreamcast starting in 1999. The series was originally published by Sega, under the label Sega Sports, now published by 2K Sports and developed by Visual Concepts.
Forza Motorsport March 27, 2005 ≈16 million [134]
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. It 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.
Half-Life November 19, 1998 16 million[135]
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter computer series developed and published by Valve Corporation.
Devil May Cry August 23, 2001 16 million[39]
Devil May Cry is a series of video games set in the modern day, created by Hideki Kamiya and developed by Capcom.
Jak and Daxter December 4, 2001 15.92 million[136]
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, and PlayStation 3 video game systems.
Bemani December 1997 15.84 million[n 14]
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.
Red Dead May 18, 2010 15.35 million shipped[127]
Red Dead is a Western video game franchise published by Rockstar Games. It began as a cancelled Capcom production, Red Dead Revolver, which was later completed by Rockstar and expanded into a franchise.
Backyard Sports October 24, 1997 15 million[140]
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).
Barbie 1984 15 million[141]
Based on the Barbie doll made by Mattel, the video games are currently published by Activision.
Burnout November 11, 2001 15 million[142]
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, 1994 15 million[143]
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[144]
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.
Professor Layton February 15, 2007 15 million[n 15][147]
The Professor Layton series ("Reiton-kyōju series" (レイトン教授シリーズ)) 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.
Ace Combat June 30, 1995 ≈14 million[148]
Ace Combat is an arcade style combat flight simulation video game series 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 series features actual present-day aircraft in addition to fictional ones.
Souls February 5, 2009 14.7 million[149]
Souls is an action role-playing game series created and developed by FromSoftware.
RollerCoaster Tycoon March 31, 1999 14.4 million[150]
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.
Raving Rabbids November 14, 2006 14 million[36]
Raving Rabbids is a Party video games and a spin-off to Rayman developed and published by Ubisoft.
Worms 1995 14 million[151]
Worms is a series of turn-based video games developed by Team17 Software. 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.
Mass Effect November 20, 2007 14 million[152][153]
Mass Effect is a series of sci-fi third-person action role-playing games developed by the Canadian company BioWare Edmonton.
Guild Wars April 28, 2005 13.8 million[157]
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.
Tales December 15, 1995 13.77 million[158]
The Tales (テイルズ, Teiruzu) 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.
Soulcalibur December, 1995 13.38 million[159]
The Soulcalibur series is a weapon based fighting game series of arcade games. Each installment has its own version on a home console formerly by Namco and currently by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon November 17, 2005 13.07 million[n 16]
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.
Saints Row August 29, 2006 13 million[164]
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, 1993 13 million[165]
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.
Cooking Mama March 23, 2006 12 million[166]
Cooking Mama (クッキング ママ, Kukkingu Mama) 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.
SOCOM August 27, 2002 12 million[167]
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[168]
Star Fox (スターフォックス, SutāFokkusu) 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.[169]
Dead Rising August 8, 2006 12 million[39]
Dead Rising (デッドライジング, Deddo Raijingu) is a series of survival horror action-adventure games developed by Capcom and produced by Keiji Inafune.
Left 4 Dead October 17, 2008 11 million shipped[170]
Left 4 Dead is a series of cooperative first-person shooter video games produced by Valve Corporation.
Yakuza December 8, 2005 10.5 million[109]
Yakuza is an open world action-adventure game franchise created and published by Sega.
Adventure Island September 12, 1986 10 million[171]
Adventure Island (高橋名人の冒険島, Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima, lit. "Master Takahashi's Adventure Island"), also known as Hudson's Adventure Island, is a platform game series developed by Hudson Soft.
ARMA November 10, 2006 10 million[172]
ARMA is a series of first person tactical military shooters on with large elements of realism and simulation.
Asphalt November 21, 2004 10 million[173]
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 1983 10 million[174]
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.
Buzz! October 21, 2005 10 million[175]
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 1998 10 million[176]
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, 1997 10 million[177]
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, 2002 10 million[178]
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.
Momotaro Dentetsu October 26, 1987 10 million[174]
Momotaro Dentetsu (桃太郎電鉄, Momotarō Dentetsu, Momotarō Electric Railway) (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.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja October 23, 2003 10 million[179]
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (NARUTO-ナルト- ナルティメットヒーロー, Naruto: Narutimetto Hīrō) is a series of 3D computer graphics fighting games, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto. They are developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly by Bandai).
Pitfall! April 20, 1982 10 million[180]
Pitfall! is a series of platform games developed by Activision.
The Settlers June 30, 1993 10 million[36]
The Settlers (also known as Serf City, original German title Die Siedler) is a slow-paced real time strategy video game by German developer Blue Byte.
Star Wars: Battlefront September 21, 2004 10 million[81]
The Star Wars: Battlefront series is a group of first-person/third-person shooters based on the Star Wars films by George Lucas. Pandemic Studios developed the first two installments, while Renegade Squadron and Elite Squadron were developed by Rebellion Developments. LucasArts was behind the entire series’ publishing. The latest installments is published by EA and developed by EA DICE
Chain Chronicle July 26, 2013 10 million[109]
Chain Chronicle is an tower defense role-playing franchise created and published by Sega.

At least 5 million copies

Franchise name Original release date Sales
SaGa December 15, 1989 9.9 million[110]
SaGa is a series of open world role-playing video games formerly produced by Square and is currently owned by Square Enix.
Scooby-Doo December 15, 1983 9.9 million
Scooby-Doo, a series of video games based on the series of the same name.
Splatoon May 18, 2015 9.82 million[181][182]
Splatoon is a third-person shooter series developed by Nintendo.
EA Sports NASCAR series October 31, 1997 9 million[183]
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 Wii, EA's contract with NASCAR has since expired.
Payday: The Heist October 18, 2011 9 million[184]
Payday: The Heist is a downloadable cooperative first-person shooter video game developed by Overkill Software and published by Sony Online Entertainment. PAYDAY2 was released in 2013 and will continued to be supported by Overkill Software until 2017.[185]
Marvel vs. Capcom September 9, 1996 8.6 million[39]
Marvel vs. Capcom (マーヴルVSカプコン, Māburu bāsasu Kapukon) is a series of fighting games developed and published by Capcom featuring characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom's own video game franchises.
Doom December 10, 1993 8.5 million[186]
Doom is a series of video games by id Software, and several licensed properties have been based on the series.
Persona September 20, 1996 8.5 million[109]
Persona is a subseries of the Megami Tensei role-playing game franchise created by Atlus.
Onimusha January 25, 2001 8 million[39]
Onimusha (鬼武者, lit. "Oni Warrior") 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.
Cars June 6, 2006 8 million[187]
Cars is a video game based on the Disney/Pixar film, Cars, it serves as a non-canon sequel to it.
Spider-Man 1982 8 million[188]
Numerous electronic 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 cellphones.
Zoo Tycoon October 17, 2001 8 million[189]
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, 2007 8 million shipped[127]
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).
Watch Dogs May 27, 2014 8 million shipped[36]
Watch Dogs is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal.
Dead or Alive November 26, 1996 7.95 million[n 17]
Dead or Alive (デッドオアアライブ, Deddo oa Araibu) 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.
Ninja Gaiden December 9, 1988 7.705 million[n 18]
Ninja Gaiden (忍者外伝) is a series of video games by Tecmo featuring the dragon ninja, Ryu Hayabusa. The series was originally known as Ninja Ryukenden (忍者龍剣伝, Ninja Ryūkenden, lit. "Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword") in Japan, while the original arcade title and early home installments of the series were usually known as Shadow Warriors in the PAL region.
Everybody's Golf July 7, 1997 7.5 million[193]
Everybody's Golf (みんなのGOLF, Minna no Golf), 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.
Max Payne July 25, 2001 7.5 million[127]
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.
Megami Tensei September 11, 1987 7.2 million[109]
Megami Tensei is a franchise of role-playing video games created by Atlus and owned by Sega.
Football Manager November 5, 2004 7 million[194]
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.
Moto Racer August 31, 1997 7 million[195]
Moto Racer is a sports game based on motorbikes developed and published by Nobilis.
Oddworld September 19, 1997 7 million[196]
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[197]
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.
Just Cause 22 September 2006 7 million[n 19]
Just Cause is an action-adventure video game series created by Avalanche Studios. The series currently consists of three games, Just Cause, Just Cause 2, and Just Cause 3. The games are open world and take place in tropical environments.
Unreal May 22, 1998 7 million[200]
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[201]
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 1998 7 million[202]
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[203]
Video game series based on the animated series of the same name, published by THQ.
EyeToy November 4, 2003 6.7 million[204]
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.
Ace Attorney October 11, 2001 6.7 million[39]
Ace Attorney, known as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, "Turnabout Trial") in Japan, is an adventure visual novel-style game series, by creator Shu Takumi. It is owned and published by Capcom.
MX vs. ATV March 16, 2005 6.5 million shipped[205]
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.
Tomodachi Collection June 18, 2009 6.32 million[206][207]
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.
Lost Planet December 21, 2006 6.1 million[39]
Lost Planet is a third-person shooter video game series, developed and published by Capcom.
Mana June 8, 1991 6 million[110]
The Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu (聖剣伝説, lit. "Holy Sword Legend"), 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 1998 6 million[208]
Army Men is a series of video games developed by 3DO and Global Star Software.
Alone in the Dark 1992 6 million[209]
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[36]
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[210]
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[211]
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.[212]
NBA Jam 1993 6 million[213]
NBA Jam is a series of basketball-based video games created by Midway and later Electronic Arts.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 10 December, 1985 6 million[214]
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國志, Sangokushi) 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.
Test Drive 1987 6 million[215]
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[216]
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[164]
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[211]
Conflict is a series of tactical third-person shooter developed by Pivotal Games and published by SCi.
Major League Baseball 2K March 1, 2004 5.5 million[217]
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 for the Saturn/PS2 ports of Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 2 and Virtua Fighter 4 (excluding Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution)[218][219][220][221]
Virtua Fighter is a 3D fighting game series created by Yu Suzuki and developed and published by Sega.
Chrono March 11, 1995 5.4 million[110]
The Chrono (クロノ) 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.
Anno September 24, 1998 5 million[36][222]
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[223]
Based on The Adventures of Asterix (French: Astérix), 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.
Baldur's Gate November 30, 1998 5 million[224]
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.
Chessmaster 1986 5 million[225]
Chessmaster is a chess playing video game series 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, 2001 5 million[226]
Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy (RTS) game series 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[190]
Tecmo Bowl is an arcade video game series of American Football released by Tecmo, Inc.
TOCA Touring Car November, 1997 5 million[227]
TOCA is a racing video game series 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, 1995 5 million in North America[228]
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[229]
V-Rally is a racing game franchise originally developed by Eden Studios and published by Infogrames and later by Electronic Arts.
Mafia August 28, 2002 5 million shipped[127]
Mafia is a third-person shooter series made for Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, and Xbox 360 that is set in the 1930s through 1950s 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. ^ a b Mario Sports series:
  2. ^ Mario RPG series:
  3. ^ Other Mario games:
  4. ^ a b c Wii Series:
  5. ^ The Legend of Zelda series:
  6. ^ Donkey Kong series:
  7. ^ Tekken series:
  8. ^ Pac-Man series:
    • Atari 2600 version: 7 million cartridges (Buchanan, Levi (August 26, 2008). "Top 10 Best-Selling Atari 2600 Games". IGN. Retrieved July 15, 2009. )
    • Coleco Mini-Arcade version: 1.5 million tabletop units ("Coleco Mini-Arcades Go Gold" (PDF). Arcade Express. 1 (1): 4. August 15, 1982. Retrieved 3 February 2012. )
    • Sega Genesis / Mega Drive version of Ms. Pac-Man: 1 million cartridges (Cifaldi, Frank. "Retronauts Episode 91: A Tengen Family Reunion". Frank Cifaldi talks to rebellious NES game developers Franz Lanzinger (Toobin', Ms. Pac-Man), Steve Woita (Super Sprint, Police Academy) and Mark Morris (Hard Drivin', 007: License to Kill) about the old days. Retrieved 2010-09-27. )
    • United States sales:[9]
    • BREW mobile versions: 30 million downloads in the US ("Namco Networks' Pac-Man Franchise Surpasses 30 Million Paid Transactions in the United States on Brew". 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012. )
    • "Famicom Mini: Pac-Man (Japan sales)". Garaph (based on Famitsu data). 2005-07-28. Retrieved 17 March 2012. :
    • "Namco (Japan sales, 2000-2006)". Garaph (based on Famitsu data). 2005-07-28. Retrieved 17 March 2012. :
  9. ^ Medal of Honor series:
  10. ^ Super Smash Bros. series:
  11. ^ Star Wars franchise - 38 million
  12. ^ Gundam series:
    • Sales through to March 2004: 20 million[95]
    • Sales from March 2004 to March 2012: 10.9044 million[96][97]
  13. ^ Mario & Sonic series:
    • Series sales as of April 2011: 19 million ("London's Calling Mario & Sonic" (Press release). Sega/Nintendo. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-04-21. )
    • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as of March 2012: 3.28 million[86]
      • 2.4 million of Wii version in US & Europe as of February 3, 2012 (Rose, Mike (February 3, 2012). "Sega Sammy profits hit by weak game sales". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-03-16. )
      • 265,932 in Japan as of March 19, 2012 ("Japan sales of Mario sports games (based on Famitsu data)". Garaph. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 10 April 2012. )
  14. ^ Bemani franchise sales:
    • Dance Dance Revolution sales as of June 2009: 11 million[137]
    • Bemani franchise sales from July 2009 to March 2011: 3.61 million
      • Bemani franchise sales from April 2009 to June 2009: 0.16 million ("FY 2010 1st Quarter Financial Results: April 1 - June 30, 2009" (PDF). Konami. August 6, 2009. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-04-20. [permanent dead link])
      • Bemani franchise sales from April 2009 to March 2011: 3.77 million[138]
    • Bemani franchise sales from April 2011 to March 2012: 1.2 million[139]
    • 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
  15. ^ Professor Layton series:
  16. ^ Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series:
  17. ^ Dead or Alive series:
  18. ^ Ninja Gaiden series:
    • Series sales as of June 2007: 5.5 million[190]
    • Sales from June 2007 to December 2008: 2.205 million[192]
  19. ^ Just Cause series:


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