In a press release for Mortal Kombat 1's official announcement, NetherReal and WB Games confirm that the legendary ultra-violent fighting franchise has surpassed 80 million sales worldwide in the last 30 years.
So how does Mortal Kombat stack up against the top fighting game competitors? The enthusiast fighting scene is typically dominated by three big names: Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Street Fighter, but Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series is actually the second best-selling fighting franchise of all time. While we don't have perfect figures or updated sales data for each franchise, including older ones like Soul Calibur or Virtua Fighter, it does look like Mortal Kombat is on the top spot.
Here's a list of the top fighting game franchise sales:
Mortal Kombat - 80 million
Super Smash Bros. - 72.39 million
Tekken - 54 million+
Street Fighter - 49 million
Soul Calibur* - 17 million
Dead or Alive* - 11.7 million
Marvel vs Capcom - 10 million
Virtua Fighter* - 5.5 million
*data may be incomplete and/or outdated
2023 looks to be one of the best years for fighting games in recent memory, with Street Fighter 6 dropping in June, Mortal Kombat 1 releasing in September, and Tekken 8 possibly launching throughout the year as well.
NetherRealm confirms its Mortal Kombat franchise has sold over 80 million copies in the last 30 years, and here's how it competes against other fighters.