Mortal Kombat is the best-selling fighting game series: Mortal Kombat 11 at 12 million

Mortal Kombat is the best-selling fighting game series: Mortal Kombat 11 at 12 million

Mortal Kombat is the best-selling fighting game series

Mortal Kombat is confirmed, by a considerable margin, the best-selling fighting game series in history, at least according to what was reported by market analyst Daniel Ahmad on the occasion of the 12 million copies sold announced for Mortal Kombat 11.

Just as NetherRealms closes support in view of its new game, it turns out that Mortal Kombat 11 has totaled over 12 million copies sold, in addition to those of the previous chapters for a total of about 73 million copies. This result makes the Warner Bros. series the most popular fighting game in history, at least according to the data collected by ZhugeEX, which in any case should be based on official sources.

In a rather surprising way, Mortal Kombat manages to surpass even Smash Bros. and finds himself considerably higher than Tekken and Street Fighter, representing the most profile blockbuster in the fighting genre, especially thanks to the chapters more recent apparently, given the huge sales also of Mortal Kombat 11.

This would be the ranking of the best-selling fighting games in history, based on the data made public on the most famous series updated between March and April 2021:

Mortal Kombat - 73 million copies Smash Bros. - 65.1 million copies (data updated to March 31, 2021) Tekken - 51 million copies (data updated to April 2021) Street Fighter - 46 million copies ( data updated to March 31, 2021)

As Ahmad also points out, Mortal Kombat has made a significant leap thanks to the last two chapters released, since the previous Mortal Kombat X has also surpassed the 10 million copies previously, giving an impressive boost to the popularity of the series.

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Mortal Kombat franchise is now the best-selling fighting series

The Mortal Kombat franchise has now sold 73 million units worldwide, making it gaming's best-selling fighting franchise of all time.


Today WB Games announced some big milestones for Mortal Kombat. Total series sales are now 73 million, beating out the runner up Super Smash Bros. by some 8 million units, and Mortal Kombat 11 will soon beat MKX as the best-selling MK of all time. WB says that Mortal Kombat 11 is now up to 12 million sales thanks in no small part to multiple re-releases, and re-confirms the game is the fastest-selling in franchise history. While MK might be the king of fighters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has decimated MK11 with nearly 200% more sales.

The publisher also confirms the Mortal Kombat mobile game has hit a whopping 138 million installs and has millions of DAUs.

Netherealm is currently working on its next project and we think its Mortal Kombat 12, not Injustice 3.

'When Mortal Kombat launched nearly 30 years ago, I never dreamed it would grow into the franchise it is today with more than 73 million games sold,' said Ed Boon, Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios and Co-Creator of Mortal Kombat. 'We have some of the most passionate fans in the world and we appreciate the support they have shown us over the years.'