SEGA has just announced that it has sold more than a billion units of its Sonic franchise. A performance to be put into perspective given that it includes mobile downloads and that these are often free.
In a recent report intended for its shareholders, but which we are allowed, very kindly and free of charge, to consult in Japanese , the publisher and developer SEGA updates the performance of its various franchises. And it is the best known of all that is illustrated today since with 1.14 billion units totaled all games and media combined, Sonic has reached a milestone.
This score may appear logical given the longevity and number of license registrations, but it should be added that mobile downloads are included in the figure. NintendoSoup even specifying that Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces Speed Battle (translated into French “Sonic Forces – Game of running and battle!”), Accessible for free, have been downloaded 350 and 50 million times respectively.
Sonic, Puyo Puyo and Yakuza, sure values for SEGA
This billion units takes into account all Sonic titles sold since 1991 and the release of Sonic the Hedgehog on Mega Drive. Note that the now famous blue hedgehog made his first arcade appearance in the racing game Rad Mobile . Three years later, the title had a Saturn portage renowned Gale Racer and unseen so far in the West.
Besides the first installment of Sonic the Hedgehog , several episodes of Mario & Sonic at the Olympics are among the best commercial performances of the franchise. Going back to the list of the most profitable SEGA own licenses to date, far behind Sonic, we find Puyo Puyo and around 32 million units having found a buyer. A franchise was also born in 1991.
The Sakura Taisen series totals 4.1 million copies delivered. We remember that the West was recently entitled to a PS4 episode having certainly made the painful bet of tactical phases replaced by less fine action, but still retaining some of the charm of past episodes. Let's add that the Yakuza franchise (Ryu ga Gotoku in Japan) has sold 14 million units since 2015, compared to 22 million for the free-to-play Chain Chronicle series launched in 2013.