Final Fantasy Franchise Sales Revealed

Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, whose moniker belies its endless encores, now has a sales number explaining why. While it's not the first time the figure's been published, there's more ballyhoo following the Square Enix's acquisition of Eidos and this "corporate strategy meeting" PDF detailing the lifetime sales of the company's various fantasy franchises.

Dragon Quest? 47 million units. Kingdom Hearts? 12 million units.

Final Fantasy's share of the pot? An impressive 85 million units. Go-go super-deformed dramatis personae and Aimee Mann Til' Tuesday hair.

Let's put that figure in context. Eidos's Tomb Raider franchise has sold around 30 million units. The Halo trilogy figures around 25 million worldwide, and the Gears of War franchise is up past 11 million. The Resident Evil franchise? 34 million. The most popular video game franchise on any platform ever? The Sims, with some 100 million copies plus expansion packs sold to date.

Well, "most popular...ever" unless you also count Mario and Pokemon in all their supernumerary incarnations, with over 201 and 186 million respectively.

Next sales scrimmage? The Sims 3 (PC) coming in June, vs. Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360, PS3) coming late this year, or early next...we hope.

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