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Dragon Ball is a multimedia franchise debuting in the 1980s as a manga written by Akira Toriyama and published by Shueisha. There have been over 40 titles, with software sales of over 40 million units by 2014,[1] and 53.5 million units as of 2018, making it one of the best-selling fighting game franchises, one of the best-selling RPG franchises, and one of the best-selling licensed video game franchises.

The series was initial published by Banpresto and Bandai before they combined into Bandai Namco. In the West, the series did not see a proper game release until Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, and the series was under Atari until 2006, when Bandai Namco claimed the worldwide license. Certain sub-series have shown great results, like the Budokai series which has sold millions, and Bandai Namco has announced that the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series (Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2) have surpassed 10 million sales worldwide on all platforms. This figure includes both physical and digital copies.

The Japanese sales are sourced from Media Create, Famitsu,[2] and Shueisha.[3]

Year Title Platforms Sales Sales
breakdown
Gross
(million US$)
Ref
1986 Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo NES 1,250,000 JP sales only
1988 Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu NES 530,000
1989 Dragon Ball 3: Goku Den NES 760,000
1990 Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan NES 900,000
1991 Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Frieza!! NES 790,000
1992 Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu SNES 730,000
Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budokai NES 330,000
Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen NES 610,000
1993 Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Transmission / Super Butōden SNES 1,450,000
Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku NES 300,000
Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Transmission 2 / Super Butōden 2 SNES 1,200,000
1994 Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3 NES 910,000
Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu PCE 40,000
1995 Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-hen SNES 420,000
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 PS1 320,000
Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitouden GB 9,494
Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden: Kakusei-hen SNES 56,000
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butoden SAT 110,000
1996 Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension SNES 220,000
Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu /
Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
PS1

SAT

320,000
1997 Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout PS1 245,000
2002 Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors GBC 68,049 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku GBA 1,400,000 NA sales only [4]
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai PS2

GC

3,500,000
  • NA PS2: 2,040,000
  • JP: 591,000
[5][4]
2003 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu GBA 608,000 NA sales only [6]
Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II GBA 687,000
  • NA: 621,000
  • JP: 66,702
[6]
2004 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 PS2

GC

2,010,000
  • NA PS2: 1,500,000
  • JP: 507,200
[4]
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors GBA 196,000 JP: 195,587
Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure GBA 186,000 JP: 185,800
2005 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 PS2 1,820,000
  • NA PS2: 1,140,000
  • JP: 675,600
[4]
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi PS2 1,552,000
  • JP: 551,900
  • NA/EU: 1,000,000+
[7]
Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 DS 313,505 JP sales only
2006 Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai PSP 415,000 JP: 140.9k [8]
Super Dragon Ball Z PS2 446,000 JP: 198,074 [8]
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 PS2

Wii

1,996,000
  • PS2: 1.18
  • EU 2007: 650,000
  • JP Wii: 166,000
[8][9]
2007 Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu DS 150,724 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road PSP 98,000 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 PS2

Wii

1,040,000 JP: 469,103 [9]
2008 Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit PS3

360

188,061 JP sales only
Dragon Ball: Origins DS 219,103 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World PS2 200,000 JP sales only
2009 Dragon Ball: Evolution PSP 7,513 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans DS 192,200 JP sales only
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Wii 44,160 JP sales only
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast PS3

360

700,000 JP: 140,504 [10]
2010 Dragon Ball: Origins 2 DS 67,000 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team PSP 82,160 JP sales only
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 PS3

360

580,000 JP: 98,448 [11]
2011 Dragon Ball: Ultimate Fighter DS 90,000 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi PS3

360

700,000 JP: 86,000 [12]
2013 Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 3DS 299,001 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
  • PS3
  • 360
  • PSV
620,000 JP: 98,897
2014 Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 3DS 220,000 JP sales only
2015 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 5,000,000 JP: 193,190 [13]
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden 3DS 155,000 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
  • Android
  • iOS
1,000 [14]
2016 Dragon Ball Fusions 3DS 202,488 JP sales only
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 5,000,000
  • JP PS4: 139,303
  • Switch: 400,000+
[15]
2017 Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X 3DS 219,200 JP sales only
2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • PS4
  • XB1
  • PC
  • Switch
3,500,000
  • JP PS4: 118,010
  • JP Switch: 62,418
  • Overseas: 3,319,572
  • Steam: 500,000+
240 [16][n 1]
Dragon Ball Legends
  • Android
  • iOS
65 [24]
Total 53,500,000 [25]

See also Edit

NotesEdit

  1. Dragon Ball FighterZ prices:
    • Japan – ¥8208[17] = $77.40[18]
    • Overseas – $68.03 average
      • EU – €59.99[19] = $74.10[20]
      • United Kingdom – £49.99[21] = $70[22]
      • United States – $59.99[23]


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.thecnl.com/FunimationNov2014Catalog.pdf
  2. Search "Dragon Ball" https://sites.google.com/site/gamedatalibrary/game-search
  3. 30th ANNIVERSARY ドラゴンボール 超史集
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 NA sales: http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-USPlatinum.shtml
  5. Total: http://worthplaying.com/article/2003/6/25/news/10852/
  6. 6.0 6.1 https://www.neogaf.com/threads/current-generation-titles-500k-as-of-sep-2005-npd.67375
  7. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-06-dragon-ball-z-tenkaichi-2-preshow-hands-on/1100-6148657/
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 https://www.gamespot.com/articles/namco-bandai-annual-profit-up-71-percent/1100-6170355/
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/releases/images/3/44275.pdf
  10. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/ir/library/pdf/en_20100507_1Result.pdf
  11. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/ir/library/pdf/en_20110510_1Result.pdf
  12. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/files/2012E69CACE6B1BAE7AE97E8A39CE8B6B3E8B387E69699EFBC_2.pdf
  13. https://twitter.com/bk2128/status/925695824213848066
  14. https://sensortower.com/blog/dragon-ball-z-dokkan-battle-revenue-1-billion
  15. Total: https://twitter.com/bk2128/status/925696086445928448 Switch: https://twitter.com/mochi_wsj/status/928192553286901760
  16. https://gematsu.com/2018/10/dragon-ball-fighterz-shipments-and-digital-sales-top-3-5-million
  17. https://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=34822
  18. http://fxtop.com/en/historical-exchange-rates.php?A=8208&C1=JPY&C2=USD&MA=1&DD1=01&MM1=03&YYYY1=2018&B=1&P=&I=1&DD2=31&MM2=03&YYYY2=2018
  19. https://www.steamprices.com/uk/app/678950/dragon-ball-fighterz
  20. http://fxtop.com/en/historical-exchange-rates.php?A=59.99&C1=EUR&C2=USD&MA=1&DD1=01&MM1=02&YYYY1=2018&B=1&P=&I=1&DD2=31&MM2=02&YYYY2=2018
  21. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/dragon-ball-fighterz/bzrk5c951kk7
  22. http://fxtop.com/en/historical-exchange-rates.php?A=49.99&C1=GBP&C2=USD&MA=1&DD1=01&MM1=02&YYYY1=2018&B=1&P=&I=1&DD2=31&MM2=03&YYYY2=2018
  23. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/dragon-ball-fighterz/bzrk5c951kk7
  24. https://www.pocketgamer.biz/asia/news/69105/dragon-ball-legends-strikes-up-over-65-million-in-revenue-worldwide/
  25. Funimation December 2014 Catalog. Retrieved on February 13, 2017.