The following sales figures are derived from official figures from developers and publishers, along with figures from analyst firms Famitsu, Media Create, NPD and Steam Spy. See the individual franchise articles for more details on the sales figures. Individualy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the best selling RPG of all time.[1]

Franchises[edit | edit source]

  1. Pokémon - 368 million
    1. Final Fantasy - 154.5 million
    2. Dragon Quest - 81 million[2]
    3. Dragon Quest - 81 million[3]
      1. The Elder Scrolls - 52 million
      2. Borderlands - 48 million[4]
      3. Lineage - 43 million
        1. The Witcher - 40 million
        2. Fallout - 38 million
        3. Mario RPG - 28.7 million
        4. Mario RPG - 28.7 million
        5. Kingdom Hearts - 25 million[5]
        6. Megami Tensei - 23.5 million[6]</nowiki>[7]
        7. Tales - 20 million[8]
          1. Dragon Ball RPG - 17.2 million
          2. Mass Effect - 16.5 million
            1. Super Robot Wars - 16 million
            2. World of Warcraft - 14 million
            3. Souls - 14.7 million
            4. Yo-kai Watch - 13 million[9]
            5. Mana - 12.3 million[10]
            6. Fable - 12 million[11][12]
            7. Guild Wars - 11.5 million
            8. Persona - 11.1 million[13]
            9. SaGa - 9.9 million[14]
            10. Inazuma Eleven - 8 million[15]
            11. Chrono - 5.4 million[16]
            12. Baldur's Gate - 5 million[17]
            13. Nier - 5 million<ref>Nier 1 - 500k - SourceNier Automata - 4.5 million Source </ref>

Individual Entries[edit | edit source]

This list only counts entries above 3 million.

  1. Pokémon Red / Blue / Yellow - 59.52 million
    1. Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal - 42.21 million
    2. Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald - 36.6 million
    3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 30 million[18]
    4. Diablo III and Reaper of Souls expansion - 30 million
    5. The Witcher 3 and expansions (Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine) - 28 million[19][20]
    6. Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum - 25.27 million
    7. Pokémon Sun and Moon /Ultra sun/Ultra moon - 25.09 million
    8. Borderlands 2 - 22 million
    9. Pokémon X and Y - 16.49 million
    10. Pokémon Sword and Shield- 19.02 million
    11. Pokémon Black and White - 15.64 million
    12. World of Warcraft - 15 million subscribers ,
    13. ”Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire” - 14.34 million
    14. Fallout 4 - 14 million
    15. Final Fantasy VII - 13.26 million
    16. Fallout 3 - 12.4 million
      1. ''Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee’’ - 12.49 million
    17. Fallout: New Vegas - 11 million[21]
    18. Final Fantasy XIV - 10.9 million subscribers
    19. Final Fantasy VI - 10.18 million (including SNES Classic bundles)
    20. Dark Souls 3 - 10 million[22]
    21. Final Fantasy VIII - 9.65 million
    22. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - 9.5 million
      1. ''Final Fantasy X'' - 9.34 million
    23. Final Fantasy XV - 8.9 million
      1. ''The Elder Scrolls Online'' - 8.5 million subscribers
    24. Secret of Mana - 7.89 million (including SNES Classic bundles)[23]
      1. ''Final Fantasy XIII'' - 7.7 million
    25. Super Mario RPG - 7.42 million
    26. Final Fantasy XII - 7.4 million
    27. Yo-kai Watch 2 - 7.30 million
    28. Final Fantasy X-2 - 7.24 million
    29. Dragon Quest III - 6.45 million
    30. Dragon Quest V - 6.22 million
    31. Mass Effect 2 - 6 million[24]
    32. Dragon Quest IV - 5.97 million
    33. Final Fantasy IX - 5.93 million
    34. Kingdom Hearts - 5.9 million
    35. Dragon Quest VIII - 5.81 million
    36. Dragon Quest VII - 5.57 million
    37. Dragon Quest IX - 5.35 million
    38. Xeno - 5.27 million
    39. Diablo II - 5.2 million[25]
      1. Final Fantasy I - 5.19 million
      2. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - 5.06 million
      3. Fable II - 5 million[26]
      4. Kingdom Hearts III - 5 million[27] #''Final Fantasy VII Remake'' - 5 million
      5. Middle-earth: Shadow of War - 3 million(year one sales only)[28]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefferygardiner/
  2. https://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/361513/FINAL_FANTASY_VII_REMAKE_SHIPMENTS_AND_DIGITAL_SALES_SURPASS_35_MILLION_WORLDWIDE_IN_THREE_DAYS.php
  3. https://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/361513/FINAL_FANTASY_VII_REMAKE_SHIPMENTS_AND_DIGITAL_SALES_SURPASS_35_MILLION_WORLDWIDE_IN_THREE_DAYS.php
  4. https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-08-05-borderlands-2-has-sold-22-million-units-to-date
  5. https://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/skrillex-hikaru-utada-kingdom-hearts-iii-1202961236/
  6. https://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/ir/library/pdf/printing_annual/2018/ssh_ar18e_web.pdf<nowiki>
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Persona
  8. https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS/status/1125946469188419585
  9. https://www.4gamer.net/games/297/G029753/20160727078/
  10. Best selling Square-Enix games
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20100313175010/http://www.joystiq.com/2010/03/11/fable-2-sold-3-5-million-copies-lionhead-needs-5-million-for/
  12. https://twitter.com/bogorad222/status/1233306835475685377
  13. https://www.gematsu.com/2019/12/persona-5-worldwide-shipments-top-3-2-million-persona-5-royal-japanese-shipments-top-400000
  14. http://web.archive.org/web/20160105145838/www.hd.square-enix.com/eng/group/index.html
  15. http://gematsu.com/2016/07/inazuma-eleven-ares-announced
  16. http://www.hd.square-enix.com/eng/group/index.html
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20071023215138/www.xboxgamers.com/index.php?do=viewarticle&id=1889
  18. https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/interviews/skyrim-creator-todd-howard-talks-switch-vr-and-elder-scrolls-wait-w451761
  19. https://www.cdprojekt.com/en/wp-content/uploads-en/2020/04/management-board-report-on-activities-of-cd-projekt-group-and-cd-projekt-s-a-in-2019.pdf#page=51
  20. https://twitter.com/DarkDetectiveNL/status/1247931336238731266
  21. https://twitter.com/bogorad222/status/742936567715659776
  22. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/dark-souls-3-has-sold-over-10-million-copies-pushi/1100-6477468/
  23. Secret of Mana, Wiki of Mana
  24. https://twitter.com/bogorad222/status/1232581257688731649
  25. https://web.archive.org/web/20120215003616/www.statisticbrain.com/blizzard-entertainment-statistics/
  26. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named :04
  27. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/kingdom-hearts-3-breaks-franchise-sales-records/1100-6464815/
  28. https://twitter.com/bogorad222/status/1345046470458830848
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