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MGS sales figures in Japan (JJSWiki)

Metal Gear, also known as Metal Gear Solid, is a stealth-action series created by Konami. The franchise has sold 56.1 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 data from Konami, Famitsu and NPD

Year Platform Title Japan[2][3] USA[4] Worldwide
Metal Gear 221,595+ 1,000,000+ 1,221,595+
1987 MSX2 Metal Gear
1987 NES Metal Gear 1,000,000[5] 1,000,000+
2005 PS2 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
2011 PS3
X360
PSV
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 221,595 221,595+
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 221,595+ 221,595+
1990 MSX2 Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
2005 PS2 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
2011 PS3
X360
PSV
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 221,595 221,595+
Metal Gear Solid 1,141,795 3,277,862+ 7,000,000+[6]
1998 PS1 Metal Gear Solid 1,000,000[7] 2,810,000 6,000,000[7]
1999 PS1 Metal Gear Solid: Integral 141,795 141,795
PS1 Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions 467,862[8] 467,862+
2000 PC Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2 1,558,438 2,310,000+ 7,417,149+
2001 PS2 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 1,141,289 2,310,000 7,000,000+[9]
2002 Xbox Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
PS2 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 195,554 195,554+
2003 PC Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
2011 PS3
X360
PSV
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 221,595 221,595+
Metal Gear Solid 3 1,430,805+ 1,420,000+ 4,300,879+
2004 PS2 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 1,129,926 1,420,000 4,000,000+[10]
2005 PS2 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
2012 3DS Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D 79,284 79,284+
2011 PS3
X360
PSV
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection 221,595 221,595+
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 71,592 71,592+
2004 NGC Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes 71,592 71,592+
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops 1,321,030 1,321,030+
2006 PSP Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops 926,685 926,685+
2007 PSP Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus 394,345 394,345+
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 998,429 6,000,000
2008 PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 998,429 6,000,000[11]
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 1,247,175 1,247,175+
2010 PSP Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 958,461 958,461+
2011 PS3
X360
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition 288,714 288,714+
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 500,000+ 1,247,832+
2013 PS3 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 500,000[12] 500,000+
2014 Steam Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 747,832[13]
Metal Gear Solid V 1,500,000 7,000,000+
2014 PS4
X1
PS3
X360
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 500,000[14] 1,000,000[15]
2015 PS4
X1
PS3
X360
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 1,000,000[16] 6,000,000+[17]

Metal Gear Solid sales[]

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 sales[]

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 sales[]

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 sales[]

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. https://www.konami.com/corporate/en/business/digitalentertainment.html
  2. Japan physical sales (Famitsu)
  3. Japan digital sales (Famitsu)
  4. US Platinum Videogame Chart (NPD)
  5. 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."
  6. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1191141/000119312509161518/d20f.htm
  7. 7.0 7.1 Keighley, Geoff (May 16, 2012). "The Final Hours of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty". GameSpot. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-final-hours-of-metal-gear-solid-2-sons-of-liberty/1100-6376810/.
  8. PlayStation US sales (NPD)
  9. 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.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/Metal-Solid-Snake-Eater-Limited/dp/B07NPV35DC
  11. https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/218234/Republique_and_the_fight_for_narrative_games_in_a_modern_market.php
  12. https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/12/03/playstation-awards-see-grand-theft-auto-v-take-home-the-platinum-prize/
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20180411214550/steamspy.com/app/235460
  14. https://asia.playstation.com/en-hk/events/playstation-awards/history/2014/
  15. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes ships one million copies. Gematsu (2014-04-25).
  16. https://www.konami.com/games/corporate/en/news/release/20151203/
  17. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Shipped Over 6 Million Copies. IGN. Retrieved on 30 January 2016.
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