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This is a list of the best-selling video games of all time. The best-selling video game to date is Tetris , a tile-matching puzzle video game originally released for the Electronika 60 in 1984 and then popularised upon its Game Boy release in 1989. The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms and sold in excess of 170 million copies, including 100 million paid mobile game downloads and 35 million Game Boy version sales. [1] Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V are the only other games to have sold over 100 million copies. The best-selling game on a single platform is Wii Sports , with nearly 83 million sales for the Wii console.

Video game electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.

<i>Tetris</i> tile-matching puzzle video game

Tetris is a tile-matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Soviet Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov. The first playable version was completed on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the Soviet Union in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- and tennis, Pajitnov's favorite sport.

Tile-matching video game type of puzzle video game

A tile-matching video game is a type of puzzle video game where the player manipulates tiles in order to make them disappear according to a matching criterion. In many tile-matching games, that criterion is to place a given number of tiles of the same type so that they adjoin each other. That number is often three, and these games are called match-three games.

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Of the top 50 best-selling video games on this list, over 20 were developed or published by Nintendo, including over half of the top ten. A further five games were published by their affiliate, The Pokémon Company. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision, Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, and Sega. Aside from Nintendo's internal development teams, Game Freak is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with six from the Pokémon series. The oldest game in the top 50 is Frogger , which was released in June 1981. Games reported on by player count instead of official sales figures, such as registered accounts, subscriptions, or free-to-play game owners, are not to be included; those belong on the list of most-played video games by player count instead.

Nintendo Japanese video game company

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto. Nintendo is one of the world's largest video game companies by market capitalization, creating some of the best-known and top-selling video game franchises, such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon.

The Pokémon Company Japanese brand management, production, and marketing company

The Pokémon Company is a Japanese company that is responsible for brand management, production, marketing and licensing of the Pokémon franchise, consisting of video game software, a trading card game, anime television series, films, manga, home entertainment products, merchandise, and other ventures. It was established through a joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. It began operating in 1998 and adopted the moniker Pokémon Ltd. in October 2000. The company is headquartered in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo.

Activision American computer- and video game publisher

Activision Publishing, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in Santa Monica. It currently serves as the publishing business for its parent company, Activision Blizzard, and consists of several subsidiary studios. As of January 2017, Activision is one of the largest third-party video game publishers in the world and was the top publisher for 2016 in the United States.

List

Key
Dagger-14-plain.pngGame was shipped with a console during its lifetimeHash-transbg.svgSales figure includes paid mobile downloads
TitleSalesPlatform(s)Release dateDeveloper(s) [lower-alpha 1] Publisher(s) [lower-alpha 1] Ref.
Tetris Dagger-14-plain.pngHash-transbg.svg170,000,000 Multi-platform June 6, 1984 Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte [lower-alpha 2] [3] [lower-alpha 3]
Minecraft Dagger-14-plain.pngHash-transbg.svg154,000,000Multi-platformNovember 18, 2011 [lower-alpha 4] Mojang Mojang [9]
Grand Theft Auto V Dagger-14-plain.png100,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [10]
Wii Sports Dagger-14-plain.png82,860,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Dagger-14-plain.png50,000,000Multi-platformDecember 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation [12]
Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 47,520,000Multi-platformFebruary 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [lower-alpha 5]
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus 43,800,000WiiDecember 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Super Mario Bros. Dagger-14-plain.png40,900,000Multi-platformSeptember 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo [ citation needed ] [lower-alpha 6]
Mario Kart Wii Dagger-14-plain.png37,140,000WiiApril 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Wii Sports Resort Dagger-14-plain.png33,090,000WiiJune 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Dagger-14-plain.png30,220,000WiiNovember 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 30,000,000Multi-platformNovember 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [19]
Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 30,000,000Multi-platformMay 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment [20]
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 29,490,000Multi-platformNovember 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [lower-alpha 7]
Duck Hunt Dagger-14-plain.png28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [22]
Wii Play 28,020,000WiiDecember 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [23]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Dagger-14-plain.png26,500,000Multi-platformNovember 8, 2011 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision [24]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000Multi-platformNovember 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [24]
Grand Theft Auto IV Dagger-14-plain.png25,000,000Multi-platformApril 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [25]
Terraria Hash-transbg.svg25,000,000Multi-platformMay 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic [26]
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 24,730,000Nintendo DSSeptember 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [lower-alpha 8]
Pokémon Sun and Moon [lower-alpha 9] 24,420,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [28]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000Multi-platformNovember 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [24]
FIFA 18 24,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts [29]
Kinect Adventures! Dagger-14-plain.png24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios [30]
Sonic the Hedgehog Dagger-14-plain.pngHash-transbg.svg23,982,960Multi-platformJune 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega [lower-alpha 10]
Nintendogs Dagger-14-plain.png23,960,000Nintendo DSApril 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
Mario Kart DS Dagger-14-plain.png23,600,000Nintendo DSNovember 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
Mario Kart 8/Deluxe Dagger-14-plain.png23,440,000Multi-platformMay 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [35] [36]
Red Dead Redemption 2 Dagger-14-plain.png23,000,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games [37]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Dagger-14-plain.png22,700,000Multi-platformNovember 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision [24]
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 22,540,000Multi-platformNovember 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [lower-alpha 11]
Super Mario World Dagger-14-plain.png20,972,500Multi-platformNovember 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [lower-alpha 12]
Frogger 20,000,000Multi-platformJune 5, 1981 Konami Sega [40] [41]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000Multi-platformOctober 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [42]
Lemmings 20,000,000Multi-platformFebruary 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis [43]
Brain Age 19,010,000Nintendo DSMay 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo [18]
Super Mario Bros. 3 Dagger-14-plain.png19,000,000Multi-platformOctober 23, 1988 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo [ citation needed ] [lower-alpha 13]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000Multi-platformNovember 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision [45]
Super Mario Land 18,370,500Multi-platformApril 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [lower-alpha 14]
Mario Kart 7 Dagger-14-plain.png18,110,000Nintendo 3DSDecember 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [28]
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Hash-transbg.svg17,770,000Multi-platformJune 23, 2011 Sumo Digital Sega [lower-alpha 15]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000Multi-platformOctober 22, 2001 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [52]
The Last of Us Dagger-14-plain.png17,000,000Multi-platformJune 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [53]
Pokémon X and Y Dagger-14-plain.png16,370,000Nintendo 3DSOctober 12, 2013 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [28]
The Sims 16,000,000Multi-platformJanuary 31, 2000 Maxis Electronic Arts [54]
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 16,000,000Multi-platformNovember 11, 2005 EA Black Box Electronic Arts [55]

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. Tetris was originally licensed and published by Spectrum HoloByte, although other publishers of early ports of the game included Mirrorsoft, Infogrames and Bullet-Proof Software. In 1996, the license to Tetris was officially transferred to The Tetris Company, which would publish later releases of the title with Bullet-Proof Software. [2]
  3. Tetris sold 70 million physical retail units [4] (including 35 million Game Boy version sales) [5] and 100 million paid mobile game downloads. [6]
  4. Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009, [7] and the 1.0 version on November 18, 2011, the first version of Minecraft which required a paid account was first publicly available on December 23, 2009, [8] therefore it started accumulating sales that year.
  5. Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy [13] [14] and 1.5 million units on Wii Virtual Console. [15]
  6. Super Mario Bros. sold 40.24 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System, [16] and 660,000 units on Wii Virtual Console, [17]
  7. Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units [14] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color, [21]
  8. Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units, [18] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units. [27]
  9. Including Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon versions.
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis, [31] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade, [32] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008, [33] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016. [34]
  11. Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22 million units [38] and Emerald version sold 6.32 million units on Game Boy Advance, [39]
  12. Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console. [17]
  13. Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System [44] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console. [17]
  14. Super Mario Land sold 18.14 million units on Game Boy, [46] and 230,500 units on 3DS Virtual Console. [47]
  15. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing sold 16.7 million units on iOS [48] (where it was released as a paid download), [49] [50] and 1.07 million units on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS. [51]

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