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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 Minecraft , a sandbox video game originally released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 2011. The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms, selling over 176 million copies. Tetris 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.

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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 ownership, 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, with each of them have 1/3 of the shares of Pokémon Company due to this. 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 video game publisher

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


TitleSalesPlatform(s)Initial release dateDeveloper(s) [lower-alpha 1] Publisher(s) [lower-alpha 1] Bundled with a console?Ref.
Minecraft 176,000,000 [lower-alpha 2] Multi-platform November 18, 2011 [lower-alpha 3] Mojang Mojang Yes check.svg [2]
Tetris 170,000,000 [lower-alpha 2] Multi-platformJune 6, 1984 Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte [lower-alpha 4] Yes check.svg [4] [lower-alpha 5]
Grand Theft Auto V 110,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games Yes check.svg [8]
Wii Sports 82,870,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [9]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 50,000,000Multi-platformDecember 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation Yes check.svg [10]
Super Mario Bros. 48,240,000Multi-platformSeptember 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 6]
Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 47,520,000Multi-platformFebruary 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 7]
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus 43,800,000WiiDecember 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [9]
Mario Kart Wii 37,200,000WiiApril 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [9]
Wii Sports Resort 33,100,000WiiJune 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [9]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [17]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,260,000WiiNovember 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [9]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [18] 30,000,000Multi-platformNovember 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks Yes check.svg [19]
Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 30,000,000Multi-platformMay 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment Yes check.svg [20]
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 29,490,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 8]
Duck Hunt 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo Yes check.svg [22]
Wii Play 28,020,000WiiDecember 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo X mark.svg [9]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games X mark.svg [23]
Terraria 27,000,000 [lower-alpha 2] Multi-platformMay 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic X mark.svg [24]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 26,500,000Multi-platformNovember 8, 2011 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision Yes check.svg [25]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000Multi-platformNovember 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision X mark.svg [25]
Mario Kart 8/Deluxe 25,130,000Multi-platformMay 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [26] [27]
Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000Multi-platformApril 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games Yes check.svg [28]
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 24,730,000 Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 9]
Pokémon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon 24,520,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 10]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000Multi-platformNovember 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision X mark.svg [25]
FIFA 18 24,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts Yes check.svg [31]
Kinect Adventures! 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios Yes check.svg [32]
Red Dead Redemption 2 24,000,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games Yes check.svg [33]
Sonic the Hedgehog 23,982,960 [lower-alpha 2] Multi-platformJune 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 11]
Nintendogs 23,960,000Nintendo DSApril 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [17]
Mario Kart DS 23,600,000Nintendo DSNovember 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [17]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 22,700,000Multi-platformNovember 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision Yes check.svg [25]
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 22,540,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 12]
Super Mario World 20,972,500Multi-platformNovember 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 13]
Frogger 20,000,000Multi-platformJune 5, 1981 Konami Sega X mark.svg [40] [41]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000Multi-platformOctober 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games X mark.svg [42]
Lemmings 20,000,000Multi-platformFebruary 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis X mark.svg [43]
Borderlands 2 20,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 18, 2012 Gearbox Software 2K Games X mark.svg [44]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20,000,000Multi-platformMay 19, 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt X mark.svg [45]
Brain Age 19,010,000Nintendo DSMay 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo Yes check.svg [17]
Super Mario Bros. 3 19,000,000Multi-platformOctober 23, 1988 Nintendo Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 14]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000Multi-platformNovember 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision X mark.svg [47]
Super Mario Land 18,370,500Multi-platformApril 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo Yes check.svg [lower-alpha 15]
Mario Kart 7 18,260,000Nintendo 3DSDecember 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Yes check.svg [30]
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 17,770,000 [lower-alpha 2] Multi-platformJune 23, 2011 Sumo Digital Sega X mark.svg [lower-alpha 16]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000Multi-platformOctober 22, 2001 DMA Design Rockstar Games X mark.svg [54]
The Last of Us / Remastered 17,000,000Multi-platformJune 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment Yes check.svg [55]
Pokémon X and Y 16,390,000Nintendo 3DSOctober 12, 2013 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Yes check.svg [30]
The Sims 16,000,000Multi-platformJanuary 31, 2000 Maxis Electronic Arts X mark.svg [56]

See also


  1. 1 2 Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads
  3. Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009, [1] 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, therefore it started accumulating sales that year.
  4. 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. [3]
  5. Tetris sold 70 million physical retail units [5] (including 35 million Game Boy version sales) [6] and 100 million paid mobile game downloads. [7]
  6. Super Mario Bros. sold 40.24 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System [11] and 660,000 units on Wii Virtual Console, [12] Super Mario Bros. Deluxe version sold 5.07 million units on Game Boy Color, and Classic NES Series port sold 2.27 million units on Game Boy Advance. [13]
  7. Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy [14] [15] and 1.5 million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. [16]
  8. Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units [15] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color. [21]
  9. Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units, [17] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units. [29]
  10. Sun and Moon sold 16.15 million units [30] and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 8.37 million units. [30]
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis, [34] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade, [35] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008, [36] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016. [37]
  12. Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22 million units [38] and Emerald version sold 6.32 million units on Game Boy Advance. [39]
  13. Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console. [12]
  14. Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System [46] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console. [12]
  15. Super Mario Land sold 18.14 million units on Game Boy, [48] and 230,500 units on 3DS Virtual Console. [49]
  16. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing sold 16.7 million units on iOS [50] (where it was released as a paid download), [51] [52] and 1.07 million units on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS. [53]

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