Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed franchise has been a fixture in the gaming world for many, many years, and thanks to the success of the latest installment, Need for Speed: Shift, the racing franchise has passed the 100 million units sold mark. That translates into over $2.7 billion in sales, which means it is now the best-selling racing franchise in gaming -- and Shift just came out and NFS: Nitro is still a few weeks away from release.
EA put together the following comparisons list to help illustrate just how successful the Need for Speed games have been:
- Launched 15 blockbuster titles across more than 14 platforms
- Released in 22 languages in over 60 countries
- Players have raced over 279 billion miles of roads & race tracks
- Generated over 17 trillion user-generated vehicle customizations
- Sold more games than all new passenger cars sales in the U.S since 1994 (According to internal EA data)
- If Need for Speed boxes were laid out end-to-end, it would span 173,609 football fields
- 100M units represents nearly every household in the United States and is 3x the population of Canada (93.8 Million according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
Impressive indeed; especially the bit about selling more games that three-times the population of Canada. You hear that neighbors to the north? You better pray game boxes never mysteriously come to life and decide to take over your country. Because if they do, there won’t be anything you’ll be able to do to stop them. Start stockpiling those annoying stickers you always have to peel off before you can open a game. They might just save your life someday.
On a less insane note: How many Need for Speed games have you owned/currently own? What has been your favorite installment in the series?