If you thought that the lack of a new Sonic game (or news one) has dented the popularity of SEGA’s long-running franchise, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. In SEGA Sammy’s latest financial call, the company revealed that the Sonic the Hedgehog series remains the best-selling of all of the publisher’s titles.
Taking into account full game sales for the last fiscal year (2021), Sonic legacy and spinoff titles have contributed to a franchise total of 4,400,000 units. That smashes the total SEGA’s second-strongest IP, Total War which topped out at 4 million units. Showcasing the strength of SEGA’s European/Western IP, Football Manager comes a close third with 3.8m games sold, while Atlus’ Persona series clocks in at around 3 million.
What’s interesting here is the list of titles SEGA has outlined as ‘Major Titles’ in its Investor Relations deck – suggesting that these particular Sonic the Hedgehog games contributed heavily towards the series’ 4.4m unit total. Of these, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo and Team Sonic Racing are the two most recent entries in the franchise, while Sonic Mania continues to sell well based on critical and fan acclaim.
Sonic Generations also makes the list. This was a game released in November 2011 (December in Japan) to celebrate Sonic’s 20th Anniversary. It seems fitting that it appears here, contributing to sales on the cusp of Sonic’s 30th Anniversary. Perhaps fans are revisiting notable games in the series to get ready for whatever SEGA has planned to announce for the big 3-0. Who knows? All we know is that Sonic’s still on top, baby!
Source: SEGA Sammy