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Metal Gear, also known as Metal Gear Solid, is a stealth-action series created by Konami. The franchise has sold 61.5 million copies worldwide,[1] making it one of the best-selling franchises of all time. With high development costs, certain Metal Gear titles are also among the most expensive games ever made.

Sales[]

Sales data from Konami, Famitsu, NPD, and PlayStation and Steam trackers

Main series[]

Title Year Platform(s) Sales Market Ref
Metal Gear 3,643,339
Metal Gear 1987 MSX2 Unknown JP / EU
NES 1,000,000 USA [2]
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence 2005 PS2 133,339 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection 2011 PS3
X360
PSV
1,210,000 Worldwide [4]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 2,643,339
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 1990 MSX2 Unknown Japan
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence 2005 PS2 133,339 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection 2011 PS3
X360
PSV
1,210,000 Worldwide [4]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear Solid 8,300,000
Metal Gear Solid 1998 PS1
PC
7,000,000 Worldwide [6]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions 1,909,657
Metal Gear Solid: Integral 1999 PS1 141,795 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions 1999 PS1 467,862 USA [7]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 229,810
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 2004 GameCube 71,592 Japan [3]
158,218 USA [8][9][10]
Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel 201,219+
Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel 2006 PSP 21,219 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Bonus Content 2023 Steam 180,000 Worldwide [11]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Trial Edition 361,742+
Zone of the Enders 2001 PS2 120,658 Japan [3]
241,084 USA [12]
Metal Gear Solid 2 9,898,684
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 PS2 7,000,000 Worldwide [13]
The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 2002 PS2 31,125 JP / USA [3][12]
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 2002 Xbox 162,005 USA [12]
PS2 195,554 Japan [3]
2003 PC Unknown NA / EU
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection 2011 PS3
X360
PSV
1,210,000 Worldwide [4]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear Solid 3 7,553,339
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 PS2 4,000,000 Worldwide [14]
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence 2005 PS2 133,339 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D 2012 3DS 910,000 Worldwide [15][4]
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection 2011 PS3
X360
PSV
1,210,000 Worldwide [4]
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection 2023 PC
PS4
PS5
Switch
XBS
1,300,000 Worldwide [1][5]
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops 1,321,030+
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops 2006 PSP 926,685
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus 2007 PSP 394,345
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 7,000,000
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 PS3 7,000,000
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 3,488,714
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 2010 PSP 1,990,000
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition 2011 PS3
X360
288,714
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection 2011 PS3
X360
PSV
1,210,000
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 6,550,000
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2013 PS3
X360
3,150,000
2014 Steam 3,400,000
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 5,362,867
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 2014 PS4
X1
PS3
X360
2,862,867
Steam 2,500,000
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 9,665,940
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 PS4
X1
PS3
X360
5,165,940
Steam 4,500,000

Spin-offs[]

Title Year Platform(s) Sales Market Ref
Snake's Revenge 180,000+
Snake's Revenge 1990 NES Unknown NA / EU
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Bonus Content 2023 Steam 180,000 Worldwide [11]
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel 57,801+
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel 2000 GBC 57,801 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Acid series 169,496
Metal Gear Acid 2004 PSP 118,553 Japan [3]
Metal Gear Acid 2 2005 PSP 50,943
Metal Gear Survive 712,047+
Metal Gear Survive 2018 PS4 71,047 Japan [3][16]
Steam 641,000 Worldwide [17]

Information[]

Mgs japan sales

MGS sales figures in Japan (JJSWiki)

Metal Gear Solid[]

Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation was a commercial success, shipping over 6 million copies worldwide. Upon release, it topped sales charts in the United Kingdom and sold 316,833 units in Japan.

Metal Gear Solid 2[]

The sequel was released in November of 2001 on the PS2, it sold over 7 million copies worldwide and 798K in Japan alone. First week sales in the Eastern Land were 456,747 units.

Metal Gear Solid 3[]

This prequel released in late 2004 managed 3.6 million sales globally and 819K in Japan. First week sales were 487,156.

Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes[]

A MGS1 remake for the Nintendo GameCube, the game failed to sell more than a million copies. Only 46,906 units were sold in Japan

Metal Gear Solid 4[]

Metal Gear Solid 4 is a Playstation 3 exclusive game released worldwide on June 12, 2008. The game earned perfect 10 reviews from reputable sources and analysts expected the game to lift PS3 sales.

In the UK, the Konami title charted at #1 and became the 2nd fastest selling PS3 game (following GTA IV) and 2K ahead of GT5: Prologue. MGS4 beat MGS3 by 24,000 units, but fell 14,000 units short of overturning the launch week sales of the now legendary MGS2.[1] Despite these high sales, the game only had a minimal effect on PS3 sales.[2] Week one's sales figures was 122K followed by 50K for the second week. One million units were sold in Europe after one week.[3]

In Japan, MGS4 had one of the highest weekly totals by selling 476,334 copies in 4 days and 300K alone on its first day, including bundles and collector's editions. In just 4 days, the game became the best selling title in Japan, beating out Minna No Golf 5 which had almost 400K LTD. The launch attach rate is a little over 0.2 (1/5 of PS3 owners purchased the game). In contrast to the UK's release (and GTA4's monstrous sales), the game boosted PS3 sales by 700% to 77K units for the week.[4] Sales dropped to 67K in its second week.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 https://www.konami.com/corporate/en/business/digitalentertainment.html
  2. Hideo Kojima (March 14, 2006), Metal Gear Saga, Vol. 1, Konami, "Konami decided to develop a NES version of Metal Gear, but I had absolutely nothing to do with this game. The game launched worldwide and became a huge hit, selling one million copies in the U.S."
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Japan physical sales (Famitsu)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://web.archive.org/web/20150618060017/www.konami.co.jp/en/ir/ir-data/meeting/2012/0202.pdf
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 https://web.archive.org/web/20231104004848/www.konami.com/corporate/en/business/digitalentertainment.html
  6. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1191141/000119312509161518/d20f.htm
  7. PlayStation US sales (NPD)
  8. NPD (March 2004)
  9. NPD (April 2004)
  10. NPD (May 2004)
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://playtracker.net/insight/game/86677
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 January 2003. The Onion Ring (NPD). Toy Retail Survey Tracking (TRST). Archived from the original on 2003-04-18.
  13. Konami of America and Sony Computer Entertainment America Announce That Metal Gear Solid 3 Will Be Available Exclusively for PlayStation 2. Contact Music (2003-05-21). Retrieved on 2006-11-26.
  14. Konami Kabushiki Kaisha (Konami Corporation) Annual Report. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (March 31, 2010).
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20120617080419/www.konami.co.jp/en/ir/ir-data/meeting/2012/0510.pdf
  16. Japan digital sales (Famitsu)
  17. https://steamspy.com/app/543900
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