Top 10 in Sales - PlayStation

by William D'Angelo, posted on 30 October 2012 / 10,796 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 bestselling games on the PlayStation. Last week we looked at the top 10 bestselling games on Gameboy Advance and the week before that the top 10 bestselling games in September 2012. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games on the PlayStation, one game was released in 1996, three were released in 1997, three were released in 1998, and three were released in 1999.

The top 10 bestselling games on the PlayStation sold a combined 79.08 million games. Only one game, Gran Turismo, sold 10 million or more units. However all 10 games did sell six million or more units.

When you compare first party to third party, there are five first party games and five third party games. The five first party games sold a combined 42.04 million units or 53.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The five third party games sold a combined 37.04 million units or 46.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy and Crash Bandicoot are the three franchises to have more than one game in the top 10. The two Gran Turismo games in the top 10 sold a combined 20.51 million units or 25.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Final Fantasy games in the top 10 sold a combined 17.58 million units or 22.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three Crash Bandicoot games in the top 10 sold a combined 21.53 million units or 27.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling games on the PlayStation as a graph really shows how important three franchises were to the success of the PlayStation. Final Fantasy VII is known for being one of the main reasons the PlayStation outsold the Nintendo 64, since the series up until that point had been on Nintendo platforms.

As a quick note here are other software sales for the PlayStation: The top 18 games sold five million or units and the top 66 games sold two million or more units. 206 games sold one million or more units and 383 games sold 500,000 or more units.

730.73 million games were sold on the PlayStation. First party games, published by Sony, sold a combined 212.51 million units.

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Argh_College (on 30 October 2012)

Amazing Console! Crash was so good.

think-man (on 30 October 2012)

Ahhh I have such fond memories of the ps1:)

Otacon (on 31 October 2012)

We couldn't have found this info ourselves by simply clicking on PS1 in the Game DB? Pointless feature.

ganoncrotch (on 31 October 2012)

crazy to see this list and not see a single Ridge racer game on there, for me that was probably the most iconic Psone game since it was exactly the same as the Arcade version of the game.... was pretty much the console that killed arcades outright with it's amazing ports of arcade games.

jadakiss1217 (on 30 October 2012)

I had every last one of those games.Good times

sethnintendo (on 30 October 2012)

Never even heard that much of Driver. Then I looked it up and saw on the front game case it says made by the creators of Destruction Derby 1 & 2. Shame that I somehow missed that game back in the day. Looks like Burnout and a few other games got a decent amount of influence from this game.

mafiogee (on 30 October 2012)

Driver took the World by storm back then. Nobody had experienced such a rich Crime world with luscious ambience and great 3d gameplay (we knew GTA 1 back then, but no comparison)
They had the GTA kind of genre by the throat but gave it away.....Driv3r anyone???

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walsufnir (on 30 October 2012)

driver was a lot of fun back then, when you managed to get past the first mission ;)

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sethnintendo (on 30 October 2012)

It can't be as bad as the Superman 64 first level, can it?

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green_sky (on 31 October 2012)

Interesting tidbit. The upcoming Watch Dogs started as a Driver game.

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DieAppleDie (on 01 November 2012)

So the best selling game of that gen was SM64 Justice exist

goddog (on 30 October 2012)

driver, man that free roam with camera video edit was mind blowing back then. lots of other kickass games... still kick my self for getting rid of most of my collection to go next gen back then ... its cost me more to buy them back than it did up front in most cases... now i keep all my games

MANUELF (on 30 October 2012)

From the list I only had Gran Turismo and I still have it unwrapped, the same with Grand Theft Auto

BradleyJ (on 30 October 2012)

What about the Tomb Raider games?

thewastedyouth (on 30 October 2012)

the first one sold like 7 million

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ganoncrotch (on 01 November 2012)

well clearly this site doesn't think it sold more than 6million otherwise it would be on this list.

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