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U.S Creates Six of Top 20 Game Franchises

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http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?op...=4508&Itemid=2 The Independent in London has published a list of the all-time best-selling game franchises, with U.S originated product making up only six of the top 20. Image Mario, with sales of 193 million worldwide is at number one, followed by Pokemon (155m) and Final Fantasy (68m). EA’s Madden is the top-ranked US product (56m) followed by The Sims (54m). Crash Bandicoot at 13 is the next highest (35m) with James Bond, Command & Conquer and Mortal Kombat filling out the lower places. Japan dominates the list with 11 of the top 20. British-originated products Grand Theft Auto and Tomb raider are also included at places six and 16 with Korea’s Lineage at 11. Here’s the list. 1. 'Mario': 193 million. 2. 'Pokémon': 155 million 3. 'Final Fantasy': 68 million 4. 'Madden NFL': 56 million 5. 'The Sims': 54 million 6. 'Grand Theft Auto': 50 million 7. 'Donkey Kong': 48 million (centre) 8. 'The Legend of Zelda': 47 million 9. 'Sonic the Hedgehog': 44 million 10. 'Gran Turismo': 44 million 11. 'Lineage': 43 million 12. 'Dragon Quest': 41 million 13. 'Crash Bandicoot': 34 million 14. 'Resident Evil': 31 million 15. 'James Bond': 30 million 16. 'Tomb Raider': 30 million 17. 'Mega Man': 26 million 18. 'Command & Conquer': 25 million 19. 'Street Fighter': 25 million 20. 'Mortal Kombat': 20 million I think some of these numbers are bunk, they seem to have been taken from a Wikipedia article