Gran Turismo Series Sales Reach Nearly 76.5 Million, Best-Selling Games Revealed

2001's Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec is most popular of all.

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Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital's website has been updated with new sales information about the racing series. As of September 30, the entire franchise has sold close to 76.5 million copies across ten major installments, according to data posted on the developer's website (via NeoGAF).

The best-selling game in the series to date is 2001's Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec for PS2, which has shifted 14.89 million copies. The worst-selling game, on the other hand, is Gran Turismo 4 Prologue, which sold 1.4 million copies following its launch in 2003 for the PS2. It's worth noting here that this was a smaller game and it was not released in North America. You can see sales numbers for the rest of the games in the chart below.

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Gran Turismo Series Sales (as of September 30, 2015):

  • Gran Turismo -- 10.85 million
  • Gran Turismo 2 -- 9.37 million
  • Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec -- 14.89 million
  • Gran Turismo Concept Series -- 1.56 million
  • Gran Turismo 4 Prologue -- 1.4 million
  • Gran Turismo 4 -- 11.76 million
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue -- 5.35 million
  • Gran Turismo PSP -- 4.66 million
  • Gran Turismo 5 -- 11.94 million
  • Gran Turismo 6 -- 4.7 million
  • Total -- 76.49 million

By comparison, the Halo series has sold 65 million copies (note that this figure was announced before the launch of Halo 5: Guardians), while game franchises like Mario, Pokemon, Need for Speed, Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto, Lego, and FIFA have all sold more than 100 million units each.

The next Gran Turismo game is Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4, which was announced at Paris Games Week in September and launches next year. This game will support the PlayStation VR headset.

What's your favorite entry in the Gran Turismo series? Let us know in the comments below!

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TheExxorcist

Hmm. Gran Turismo II was the best one in my opinion...

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Duke_Slade007

I came late to the party. I started with GT5. I loved it, and I love GT6. But then, I don't have any of the older versions to compare against. I bought the PS3 because I wanted to play Black Ops against a friend. He died, I got rid of Black Ops, found GT5, and have been racing ever since. I always said I'd never buy a PS4 when they come out because I'm not a hard core gamer. But now, having been hooked on GT5 & 6, I just may buy one once GT7 comes out - if it does. I guess that makes me a hard core gamer?

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TheExxorcist

@Duke_Slade007: GT7 is in the makes... GT games come out and last for years... unlike "competition" games (cough) who need a new title ever year and hose you for $60 and ask for $60 in DLC to get all the cars the original game should have came with....

Catch my drift lol?

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J-007

My favorite was probably GT2 after I took nicely to GT1 and remembering those were also the cherry on top. GT3 was a nice shift up on PS2 when as my first PS2 game. GT4 was great and the last I really enjoyed in the franchise. I'm waiting to see how GT7 works out

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DrunkenPunk800

The first two were great. I lost interest after that. GT3 was a huge step back as far as car selection, and GT4 had horribly dated graphics, even compared to PGR2, which was over a year old by then. The original Forza Motorsport absolutely blew it away.

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MeadeChrisr

@DrunkenPunk800: I respect your opinion but I love all of the first four GT games.Forza Motorsport is great too though and did have better graphics.

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jyml8582

GT6 is the HD version of GT5, that's what it is.

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Zzshock

@jyml8582: and arent all sports, racing and yearly released games just that!?!?!

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xOmniCloudx

GT6 came too late. PS4 was already on the market and PS3 was known by everybody as on the way out so software sales started dropping massively. Then the advertisement was basically non-existent and it came seemingly out of nowhere so many even now don't even know about it. You can also argue that GT5 turned some people off to make things even worse for its performance and maybe Forza having a XB1 release to draw in the market further shifted people away.

Seeing all that, it's not a shocker it massively underperformed for a GT game although I am shocked that it still sold nearly 5 copies in what I am guessing is just physical sales so it could be much higher with digital, despite Sony completely dropping the ball with GT6's release. There is no reason why GT6 and God of War Ascension couldn't have been multiplatform for PS3 and PS4. Both games would have did way better and it seems like a waste to have released them exclusively on PS3 at that point of the console's life with the PS4 staring right at PS3. Would have been killer apps for PS4 in its first year.

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Zzshock

@xOmniCloudx: if they ported 6 to ps4 i'd buy it. I bought gt6 and had a ps4 at the time. I spent more time playing gt6 than ps4 for a month when it came out

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FanboyMan

I'm surprise Gran Turismo 3 A-spec was the best selling in the series but I remember being excited for it! Played the hell out of GT at my friends house, bought 2 & 3 as soon as I could, skipped 4, eventually got GT5 prologue it was the last GT I bought, didn't care for it but it was cool to drive the GTR before it came out.

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Sandman338

man I used to love this series. But the last two really frustrated me. Enough with the old car models and the license tests, just let me tune and play.

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Kyelo

I have the fondest memories of GT3:A-Spec, I played that game so damn much. Remember the massive races where I'd play at night, then go to school expecting to come back and continue it...but my mum had decided to clean my room and switch the damn thing off, le RAGE! Ah yes, being older is far superior!

GT Sport cannot come soon enough! I missed 6, never even knew the damn game was out until I'd got rid of my PS3.

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StonerDemon

For me, GT1 was the most creative and GT3 the most fun. I played the hell out of those games.

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lvsolja

used to love gran turismo,but their idea of sim racing is kinda boring and repetative after so many games,and just too many restrictions!...dirt2 felt like a better balance of sim than gan turismo's bore fest..then they refuse to let u customize the cars to hearts content or have damage on the vehicles..booooo!!!

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Moonco

Is the Gran Turismo series considered a sim or arcade racer?

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Moonco

@Moonco: Thanks xOmniCLoudx and nikon133

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xOmniCloudx

@Moonco: Sim. Most of the Ridge Racer and Need for Speed games are Arcade style.

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nikon133

@Moonco: Simcade. It is definitively above NFS and DriveClub in physics - in fact, GT6 has new physics engine (improved over the one in GT5 and older) that is quite well done... but it is not as hardcore as GP Legends, on even Project Cars on full sim settings.

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Andycreep1

gt6 is dog shit stutter and fps drop galore

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boardsport311

They need to quit using old gen cars in their new games to tout the number of car models. It's tacky and looks like garbage, especially when you have their main competitor building all their models from the ground up.

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Zzshock

@boardsport311: yeah but, the main competitor also makes you pay an extra $45 to get all the cars and unlock the whole online portion of the game...and then sometimes releases more cars not included in the vip or car pass...

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TheExxorcist

@Zzshock: exactly.... I bought Forza 6 with my Xone... the day i installed it, had a popup stating if I wanted extra cars and tracks I had to pay more... no thanks... why not just include them in the game i shelled out $60 for.... fk off MS lol

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stage4saiyan

GT6 should've sold more than 5. GT5 was a huge disappointment after how long it took to make. GT6 was a step in the right direction, albeit a small step. Still needs better lobbies, matchmaking options, ENGINE SOUNDS, vehicle diversity, and the standard cars have got to go.

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Duke_Slade007

@stage4saiyan I don't know about that. Sometimes I like to get out and race with the "family sedan" just to see how it would be. You know, take mom's four door Honda for a spin on the Nurburgring . . .

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chechak7

i hope they ported Gran Turismo to PC but GOOD PORT ..i love this game ....all pc car game sucks except "ultimate paradise"

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analgrin

@chechak7: Project Cars, Assetto Corsa, iRacing, or Dirt Rally are great driving sims, If you fancy something more arcadey you've got Grid 2 (briefly tried 3 but prefer 2). Split Second - a game that seemed to go under the radar a few years back but still looks good maxed out which is easily done on any modern PC. Racing with lots of explosions and destructible scenery, great fun.

Then of course most (if not all) the need for speed games are on PC. Then you've got the option of emulators.

Just the other day I was playing PS2's GranTurismo 4 on PC rendered at 1080p with improved shaders and better texture filtering and FXAA to smooth everything off. Looked good and played flawlessly once I'd got my xbox controller set up properly with the emulator.

There's PLENTY of decent racing games I've left out. The games I miss most on PC are fighting games. MK, and SF are okay but I really want fight night on PC, or maybe even UFC. And before you ask the original ps2's fight night works well via emulation but I couldn't get the superior FN2 to work without glitching.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@chechak7: How's Project CARS?

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nikon133

@girlusocrazy: Good but too limited, for me at least. 80 cars, many unattractive (for me, again) niche racing categories... not even remotely enough street cars for my liking. But... driving/racing difficulty is highly adjustable, physics, assistance and AI... so you can tune game that will give you right dose of challenge but not frustrate you. And it looks really nice.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@nikon133: Agreed, would be a blast to have street cars in and more point to point tracks. Here's hoping CARS 2 fleshes it out.

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bigruss730

I spent many hours playing Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, I had it during a lengthy jail sentence (2001 to 2008) With nothing but time to kill, I'd play through the endurance events in real time.

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Attitude2000

@bigruss730: I did an endurance race once on Gran Turismo 2. It wasn't timed, though, just 80 laps or something. Kind of hard figuring out when to pit if you aren't a diehard motorsports fan.

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ketsuhige

@bigruss730: Not to sound insensitive, but you could've used that time to get a really good degree or expand your knowledge.

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bigruss730

@ketsuhige: Truthfully, not setting myself up for release has always been one of my big regrets, but looking back in hindsight I made a lot of bad life decisions. I didn't realise I had caused anyone to get into an argument, everyone has an opinion and I respect that. Yes I still use games as an escape, but my life is in a considerably better place than it was back then.

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ketsuhige

@bigruss730: good to hear that, buddy. Everyone makes mistakes.

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PS2fweak

@ketsuhige: Unrealistic, not insensitive. It's simply not set up that way. It's strange because people want jail and prison to be punishment, but they also want it to be used as "rehabilitation". We can't have it both ways. Make it a nicer, more positive place and people will "use it". Make it a shittier, more negative place and people will "escape it".

The reality is jail is pretty shitty. 7 years in jail is really shitty. GT3 A-Spec is one of the greatest games of all time and you have access to it. You're a Gamespot member and I have a feeling you know what you would be doing. Any gamer knows how perfectly video games allow you to escape whatever situation you're currently in. Could you imagine being locked up, but you also get to drive all those awesome cars on different race tracks? Driving would probably be in my top 3 of things to do once released.

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ketsuhige

@PS2fweak: so you're saying getting an education in jail is unrealistic, but playing GT3 A-Spec for 7 years is accessible? You lost me. Maybe I'm misreading your comment.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@ketsuhige: You could do that instead of masturbating and playing games. Not hatin' just sayin'.

Who can say what anyone should do with their time, it seems a little condescending, you don't know his IQ. 7 years a long time, let him play some games.

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ketsuhige

@girlusocrazy: 1) I have 2 college degrees and a few designations, so I have done that and then some. 2) it's actually more condescending of you to say "you don't know his IQ". That's very insulting! Are you calling him stupid? I don't believe in that BS. You could find a field in the academic world that fits your interests regardless of educational weaknesses & challenges (some people can't do math). I know 2 people IRL who were in prison before and got degrees. The outside world would've been so much harder for them had they not gotten an education on the inside. That's why I made that remark.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@ketsuhige: I think you completely misread what I was saying. I'm basically saying you're assuming he hasn't done any learning in jail. You're assuming he doesn't need to decompress or use any of his time for entertainment. He has certain rights and desires even if in jail.

You basically assume he wasted his time and that time and that the time spent playing games could have been used to learn when perhaps shit happening in real life was making it hard to be in that frame of mind all the time.

Sure it could be good advice on a personal level if you know someone but a little crass to mention in passing.

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ketsuhige

@girlusocrazy: sorry if I misread your statement, but here's his original statement: "I spent many hours playing Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, I had it during a lengthy jail sentence (2001 to 2008) With nothing but time to kill, I'd play through the endurance events in real time."

That very much suggests that he didn't focus on other things. Maybe he did, but the way his original statement was phrased said he pretty much spent his sentence trying to kill time. If you use time wisely, you would go out of your way to clarify that you didn't waste (or kill) time. I hope that clarifies why I said what I said.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@ketsuhige: Fair enough but it's a figure of speech, maybe forgivable considering it's 7 years?

Anyway I just am not gonna throw my hat in the ring of telling someone how to best use their time unless you walk a mile in their shoes. I don't know you and maybe you have.

Guess I'll be stepping away from this.

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ketsuhige

@girlusocrazy: ditto.

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Domiddian

@ketsuhige: @girlusocrazy What a civil argument. Well done guys. That's a rare thing on this site these days. Kudos to you both.

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xantufrog

Ouch, GT6 did pretty poorly compared to some of its comparable predecessors. I haven't bought it myself - but have been tempted.

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nikon133

@xantufrog: It's a shame, it's my favorite one so far.

I think most people saw it as GT5 with some slapped polish... or maybe not even a polish, but just a different make-up... and lack of marketing didn't help much, either.

For me - after playing GT5 - improvements in physics were absolutely worth it.

With that being said... Sony/Polyphony would have done Playstation gamers a favor if they have dropped PS3 GT6 and started developing PS4 GT6 earlier. We'd have it on PS4 by now... and with no marketing campaign, PS3 GT6 was a bit of wasted effort. Almost like if they just wanted to test new physics engine on old platform and tune it before migrating to PS4.

Since there is still not a single screenshot from GT7 - let alone trailer or demo - I'm really going to be surprised if we see it in 2016. Considering promises from Polyphony - earlier being that GT7 might even be released in 2014, but 2015 is more likely - and slow development of GT5... I fear a bit that they have become too much self-indulgent, self-important... and are loosing their edge... for some time now, really. Which, in return, makes me very keen to add X1 to my "garage" for some extra driving fix (and other exclusives). I'm enjoying Project Cars and still revisiting DriveClub on occasion, but I'm missing variety of street cars that GT and Forza are offering.

Funny thing is, even with slow and troubled start of PS3, I was not really too fuzzed about getting X360. When I got PS3 in 2009, we already had well reviewed Ridge Racer, Motorstorm 1 and 2, Burnout Paradise, Grid, Midnight Club, Dirt 1 and 2... at least one F1 title... and handful of NFS titles. Plenty to choose for all tastes.

Now PS4 has just entered it's 3rd year... and we have, what? DriveClub (poorly reviewed, though I did enjoy it), Project Cars (good but limited), The Crew (poorly reviewed)... two NFS... a few more titles but nothing attention catching, for me at least.

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