Top 10 Best-Selling Final Fantasy Titles in the US

Top 10 Best-Selling Final Fantasy Titles in the US - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2020 / 3,726 Views

NPD Group has revealed the list of the top 10 best-selling Final Fantasy titles in the US through February 2020. The figures includes physical and digital full game downloads, but not DLC sales. 

The highest numbered title in the series, Final Fantasy XV, is the best-selling game in the franchise in the US in terms of dollars. The most famous entry in the series, Final Fantasy VII, comes in second place, as its remake is set to get released at the end of this week.

Final Fantasy XIII is the third best-selling game in the franchise, while Final Fantasy X comes in fourth place, its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, comes in seventh place and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster comes in ninth place.

Here is the list of the top selling Final Fantasy Games in the US:

  1. Final Fantasy XV
  2. Final Fantasy VII
  3. Final Fantasy XIII
  4. Final Fantasy X
  5. Final Fantasy VIII
  6. Final Fantasy XII
  7. Final Fantasy X-2
  8. Final Fantasy IX
  9. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  10. Final Fantasy XI


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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22 Comments

V-r0cK (on 08 April 2020)

FFIX should be much higher!! What's wrong with everyone that hasn't played it??? xD


siebensus4 (on 08 April 2020)

It was released a month after PS2 launch in the US, which was a bit late in the life cycle of PS1. It actually was the last big title for the console. I think it's underrated.


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V-r0cK (on 09 April 2020)

In today's standard Square should've launched FFIX simultaneously on PS1 and remastered on PS2 lol


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DonFerrari (on 09 April 2020)

Well they don't know what they are missing, this is the game that should had been remade.


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Zenos (on 08 April 2020)

XV outsold VII? Now that's a surprise.


Doctor_MG (on 08 April 2020)

I don't like that it's based on dollar sales. Final Fantasy XV had an ultimate special edition ($270), deluxe edition ($90), and standard edition ($60) which all cost more than what PS1 games did at launch (which were typically $40) and PS2 games (which were typically $50). Even Final Fantasy XIII had a collectors edition and special edition. It doesn't really paint a picture of popularity accurately.


WoodenPints (on 08 April 2020)

I'm sure Final Fantasy XV loosing half it's value after 3 weeks and been a bargain bin priced game soon after more than outweighs the few who bought the collectors editions when it compares to $$ sales of older games in the series.


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StreaK (on 08 April 2020)

@Wooden: I hate that argument as FFXV was not strong enough of a game to buy at full - standard - price but when it quickly died down and wasn't selling consistently it shot down in price where more people would most likely take the plunge at $20-30 off.

FFVII, at the same time, didn't go down in price I think until it got to the greatest hits collection.


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Doctor_MG (on 08 April 2020)

@Wooden

What about when it was re-released as the Royal Edition for another $50 two years later, though? And that doesn't take into account the fact that a game from the PS1 era would have to sell 50% more to meet the same dollar amount that games do today at launch, not including special editions.

@StreaK

"FFXV was not strong enough of a game to buy at full - standard - price"

FFXV had a really strong launch, I'm not sure what you are talking about.


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DonFerrari (on 09 April 2020)

If it made more money because people were willing to buy 270 versions of the same 60 game, then that shows it really is popular.
And companies care about profit, so if it did it they are glad.


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Doctor_MG (on 09 April 2020)

@DonFerrari

That doesn't mean much. It means a single person has disposable income, but, back in 1997, they would have to buy the equivalent of almost 7 games. Why would someone have a desire to purchase 7 games for themselves? The special edition holds some other value aside from just the game.


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DonFerrari (on 09 April 2020)

And how many of these special editions do you really think were sold and you want to discount?
Even people with disposable income aren't dumb, they will buy something if they see the value in it, so wanting to discard the ranking because you don't like it and invent "reasons" don't change that the game was very popular.


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Doctor_MG (on 09 April 2020)

@DonFerrari

"And how many of these special editions do you really think were sold and you want to discount?"
I'm not sure, because they aren't transparent with how many special editions are made.

As for the rest of your comment, I don't care if someone with disposable income sees "value" in it. Heck, why not let them spend $5000 on a video game if they see the value, I don't care. What interests me are actual sales figures and, due to the above, ranked sales are skewed because they are going by dollars earned not by units sold.

Also, I quite enjoyed FFXV and XIII. Don't make assumptions.


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Shadow1980 (on 08 April 2020)

I hate ranked lists with no actual sales numbers. How many units separate each rank? It could be a million or twenty. Screw the NPD's secrecy.


Ljink96 (on 08 April 2020)

It's amazing to see some of the worst games in the series at the top. Man, times have changed.


DonFerrari (on 09 April 2020)

Just proved what we all know, XV and XIII are among the best FF ever =´p


The Last Belmont (on 09 April 2020)

This is misleading because it's based on money made, not copies sold. Final Fantasy 7 is still the bestselling FF of all time. That said it's probably the bestselling RPG of all time also.


Ashadelo (on 09 April 2020)

Does this count digital sales too? I heard XIV has sold really well over the years.


StreaK (on 08 April 2020)

Whoaaa, whut??? The worst FF game in the series is at number 1??? That hurts my stomach just thinking about it. Please, I hope the FFVIIR outsells it.


Otter (on 08 April 2020)

Does this take into account digital sales? If not its probably quite inaccurate As a whole it's clear the franchise exploded with VII, but gaming in general increased with later generations. There have only been 2 offline games in the last 10 years (XIII/XV) so I think they benefit somewhat from that too alongside bigger userbases. VII/VIII/IX/X/X-2/XII were all released in the same 10 year window.


Salnax (on 08 April 2020)

Surprised to see XV at the top, given that there seemed to be relatively little hubbub surrounding the game during and after release.


Spike0503 (on 08 April 2020)

I'm glad to see my favs, VII and VIII in the top 5.