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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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
|Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime||Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads|
| Tetris ||170,000,000||Multi-platform||June 6, 1984||Elektronorgtechnica||Spectrum HoloByte|
| Minecraft ||154,000,000||Multi-platform||November 18, 2011||Mojang||Mojang|
| Grand Theft Auto V ||100,000,000||Multi-platform||September 17, 2013||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
| Wii Sports ||82,860,000||Wii||November 19, 2006||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ||50,000,000||Multi-platform||December 20, 2017||PUBG Corporation||PUBG Corporation|
|Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow||47,520,000||Multi-platform||February 27, 1996||Game Freak||Nintendo|
|Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus||43,800,000||Wii||December 1, 2007||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Super Mario Bros. ||40,900,000||Multi-platform||September 13, 1985||Nintendo||Nintendo||[ citation needed ]|
| Mario Kart Wii ||37,140,000||Wii||April 10, 2008||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Wii Sports Resort ||33,090,000||Wii||June 25, 2009||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|New Super Mario Bros.||30,800,000||Nintendo DS||May 15, 2006||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| New Super Mario Bros. Wii ||30,220,000||Wii||November 11, 2009||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||30,000,000||Multi-platform||November 11, 2011||Bethesda Game Studios||Bethesda Softworks|
|Diablo III and Reaper of Souls||30,000,000||Multi-platform||May 16, 2012||Blizzard Entertainment||Blizzard Entertainment|
|Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal||29,490,000||Multi-platform||November 21, 1999||Game Freak||Nintendo|
| Duck Hunt ||28,300,000||NES||April 21, 1984||Nintendo R&D1||Nintendo|
|Wii Play||28,020,000||Wii||December 2, 2006||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||27,500,000||Multi-platform||October 26, 2004||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
| Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ||26,500,000||Multi-platform||November 8, 2011|| Infinity Ward |
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||26,200,000||Multi-platform||November 9, 2010||Treyarch||Activision|
| Grand Theft Auto IV ||25,000,000||Multi-platform||April 29, 2008||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
| Terraria ||25,000,000||Multi-platform||May 16, 2011||Re-Logic||Re-Logic|
|Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum||24,730,000||Nintendo DS||September 28, 2006||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
|Pokémon Sun and Moon||24,420,000||Nintendo 3DS||November 18, 2016||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops II||24,200,000||Multi-platform||November 12, 2012||Treyarch||Activision|
|FIFA 18||24,000,000||Multi-platform||September 29, 2017||EA Canada||Electronic Arts|
| Kinect Adventures! ||24,000,000||Xbox 360||November 4, 2010||Good Science Studio||Microsoft Studios|
| Sonic the Hedgehog ||23,982,960||Multi-platform||June 23, 1991||Sonic Team||Sega|
| Nintendogs ||23,960,000||Nintendo DS||April 21, 2005||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Mario Kart DS ||23,600,000||Nintendo DS||November 14, 2005||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Mario Kart 8/Deluxe ||23,440,000||Multi-platform||May 29, 2014||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Red Dead Redemption 2 ||23,000,000||Multi-platform||October 26, 2018||Rockstar Studios||Rockstar Games|
| Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ||22,700,000||Multi-platform||November 10, 2009||Infinity Ward||Activision|
|Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald||22,540,000||Multi-platform||November 21, 2002||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
| Super Mario World ||20,972,500||Multi-platform||November 21, 1990||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|Frogger||20,000,000||Multi-platform||June 5, 1981||Konami||Sega|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||20,000,000||Multi-platform||October 27, 2002||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
|Lemmings||20,000,000||Multi-platform||February 14, 1991||DMA Design||Psygnosis|
|Brain Age||19,010,000||Nintendo DS||May 19, 2005||Nintendo SPD||Nintendo|
| Super Mario Bros. 3 ||19,000,000||Multi-platform||October 23, 1988||Nintendo R&D4||Nintendo||[ citation needed ]|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts||19,000,000||Multi-platform||November 5, 2013||Infinity Ward||Activision|
|Super Mario Land||18,370,500||Multi-platform||April 21, 1989||Nintendo R&D1||Nintendo|
| Mario Kart 7 ||18,110,000||Nintendo 3DS||December 1, 2011||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
| Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing ||17,770,000||Multi-platform||June 23, 2011||Sumo Digital||Sega|
|Grand Theft Auto III||17,500,000||Multi-platform||October 22, 2001||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
| The Last of Us ||17,000,000||Multi-platform||June 14, 2013||Naughty Dog||Sony Computer Entertainment|
| Pokémon X and Y ||16,370,000||Nintendo 3DS||October 12, 2013||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
|The Sims||16,000,000||Multi-platform||January 31, 2000||Maxis||Electronic Arts|
|Need for Speed: Most Wanted||16,000,000||Multi-platform||November 11, 2005||EA Black Box||Electronic Arts|
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