The Final Fantasy series is one of the most successful franchises in video game history, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017. There are over 50 titles in total considering spinoffs, and to date the series has sold over 118 million copies. We’re going to highlight the best selling Final Fantasy games of all time, based on the number of copies sold, and not necessarily total revenue. Helpful websites like <a href=”http://www.vgchartz.com/” target=”_blank”>VGChartz</a> or
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The After Years isn’t necessarily a game you’d expect to be on a best selling list, but this followup to Final Fantasy IV netted a ton of sales at 3.12 million. It was originally released as a mobile title in Japan in 2008, with a western release following on mobile and WiiWare. The title also saw a release on PSP as a bundle with Final Fantasy IV, and on Steam. The mobile version allow saw a total sales count of over 3 million paid downloads. It wasn’t a full price game, but in terms of sheer sales it’s impressive.
Final Fantasy VII’s legacy is unquestionable, and it saw multiple spinoffs and the film Advent Children. Crisis Core, however, was the most successful spinoff selling 3.18 million copies. It’s even more surprising considering the game was only ever released on the PSP. It sold 1.35 million in North America, .8 in Japan, .59 in Europe, and .43 in the rest of the world.
Even with the muted reception to Final Fantasy XIII, the sequel XIII-2 still managed to be quite the seller. It was released on PS3 and Xbox 360, and eventually PC, selling 3.47 million in total. The title was overwhelmingly purchased for the PS3 though selling 2.63 million on the system, and .73 on Xbox 360. It also sold roughly 350,000 via Steam.
Final Fantasy XII took players back to the world of Ivalice from the Tactics games, and changed a few things up for the series like its MMO-style combat.The title has only been released on PS2 to date, but is getting a PS4 remaster called The Zodiac Age in 2017. The original title over time has sold 2.4 million in Japan, 1.7 million in North America, and 1.1 million in Europe.
Final Fantasy IX broke off from the darker more modern tones of VII and VIII, taking the series back to its magical fantasy roots. For years, the game was only available on PlayStation but it still carried over much of the successful sales of its predecessors with 5.3 million on PlayStation alone. A remastered version was released on mobile and Steam earlier this year, netting about another 200,000 sales.
Final Fantasy XIII had a lot of hype behind it before releases, being the first game released in the Fabula Nova Crstallis sub-series, which also included Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. To date the title has sold nearly 7.49 million and been released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. XIII sold a whopping 5.33 million on PS3, and 2.16 million on Xbox 360. The Steam version also pulled in about 590,000 copies.
Final Fantasy VII was a title that took the gaming world by storm when it was released, and you can see the hype people had for the series still holding in Final Fantasy VIII. The original PlayStation version has pulled in an incredible 8.15 million over time. The title was also released on Steam, pulling in another 560,000.
To this day Final Fantasy X remains one of the most successful titles in the series, being released on the PS2 and now with a remaster on PS3, PS4, PC, and Vita. The original title sold an incredible 8.02 million on the PS2, with the international version pulling in another 270,000. On top of this Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD has sold nearly another 2 million copies of the game.
It should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy VII is the best selling game in the series, since it’s once of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. The title was regarded as one of the very best on the original PlayStation, and sold and has sold nearly 10 million copies on the system to date. Since then, Final Fantasy VII has seen release on PS3, PS4, Vita, Steam, and mobile. It has wracked up another 2-3 million in sales in the process, and now has everyone eagerly awaiting the Final Fantasy VII Remake.