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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 200 million copies, including cheaper paid mobile game downloads. Grand Theft Auto V and the Tetris (EA) mobile game are the only other video 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 half were developed or published by Nintendo, including most of the top ten. Several games were published by Nintendo and their affiliate, The Pokémon Company. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision, Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games and Sega. Aside from Nintendo's internal development teams, Game Freak is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with five 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 included on the list of most-played video games by player count instead. Games reported on by gross revenue are included on the list of highest-grossing arcade games, list of highest-grossing mobile games and list of highest-grossing video game franchises.

List

TitleSalesPlatform(s)Initial release dateDeveloper(s) [lower-alpha 1] Publisher(s) [lower-alpha 1] Ref.
Minecraft 200,000,000Multi-platformNovember 18, 2011 [lower-alpha 2] Mojang Studios Mojang Studios [3]
Grand Theft Auto V 130,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [4]
Tetris (EA) 100,000,000 Mobile September 12, 2006 EA Mobile Electronic Arts [5]
Wii Sports 82,900,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 60,000,000Multi-platformDecember 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation [7]
Super Mario Bros. 48,240,000Multi-platformSeptember 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo [lower-alpha 3]
Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow 47,520,000Multi-platformFebruary 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [lower-alpha 4]
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus 43,800,000WiiDecember 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Tetris (Nintendo) 43,000,000 Game Boy / NES June 14, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [lower-alpha 5]
Mario Kart Wii 37,320,000WiiApril 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe 33,220,000 Wii U / Switch May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [lower-alpha 6]
Wii Sports Resort 33,130,000WiiJune 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Red Dead Redemption 2 31,000,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games [4]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
Terraria 30,300,000Multi-platformMay 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic / 505 Games [19]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,300,000WiiNovember 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 30,000,000Multi-platformNovember 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [20]
Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 30,000,000Multi-platformMay 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment [21]
Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal 29,490,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [lower-alpha 7]
Duck Hunt 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [23]
Wii Play 28,020,000WiiDecember 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
The Witcher 3 / Hearts of Stone / Blood and Wine 28,000,000Multi-platformMay 19, 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt [24] [25]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000Multi-platformOctober 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [26]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 26,500,000Multi-platformNovember 8, 2011 Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Activision [27]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000Multi-platformNovember 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [27]
Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000Multi-platformApril 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [28]
Pokémon Sun / Moon / Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon 24,950,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [lower-alpha 8]
Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum 24,730,000Nintendo DSSeptember 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [lower-alpha 9]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000Multi-platformNovember 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [27]
Kinect Adventures! 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Xbox Game Studios [31]
FIFA 18 24,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts [32]
Sonic the Hedgehog 23,982,960Multi-platformJune 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega [lower-alpha 10]
Nintendogs 23,960,000Nintendo DSApril 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
Mario Kart DS 23,600,000Nintendo DSNovember 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [18]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 22,700,000Multi-platformNovember 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision [27]
Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald 22,540,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [lower-alpha 11]
Borderlands 2 22,000,000Multi-platformSeptember 18, 2012 Gearbox Software 2K Games [39]
Super Mario World 20,972,500Multi-platformNovember 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [lower-alpha 12]
Frogger 20,000,000Multi-platformJune 5, 1981 Konami Sega [40] [41]
Lemmings 20,000,000Multi-platformFebruary 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis [42]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000Multi-platformOctober 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [43]
The Last of Us 20,000,000 PS3 / PS4 June 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [44]
Brain Age 19,010,000Nintendo DSMay 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo [18]
Super Mario Bros. 3 19,000,000Multi-platformOctober 23, 1988 Nintendo Nintendo [lower-alpha 13]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000Multi-platformNovember 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision [46]
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 18,910,000Switch / Wii UMarch 3, 2017 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [lower-alpha 14]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 18,840,000 Nintendo Switch December 7, 2018 Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd. Nintendo [17]
Mario Kart 7 18,710,000Nintendo 3DSDecember 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [29]
Super Mario Land 18,370,500Multi-platformApril 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [lower-alpha 15]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000Multi-platformOctober 22, 2001 DMA Design Rockstar Games [43]

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009, [1] and the full release on November 18, 2011, the game first accepted pre-orders on June 13, 2009, so it started accumulating sales at that time. [2]
  3. Super Mario Bros. sold 40.24 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System [8] and 660,000 units on Wii Virtual Console, [9] 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. [10]
  4. Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy [11] [12] and 1.5 million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. [13]
  5. Tetris (Game Boy) sold 35 million cartridges. [14] Tetris (NES) sold 8 million cartridges. [15]
  6. Mario Kart 8 sold 8.45 million units [16] and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 24.77 million units. [17]
  7. Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units [12] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color. [22]
  8. Sun and Moon sold 16.18 million units and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 8.77 million units. [29]
  9. Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units, [18] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units. [30]
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis, [33] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade, [34] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008, [35] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016. [36]
  11. Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22 million units [37] and Emerald version sold 6.32 million units on Game Boy Advance. [38]
  12. Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console. [9]
  13. Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System [45] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console. [9]
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 17.41 million units on Nintendo Switch [17] and 1.5 million units on Wii U. [47]
  15. Super Mario Land sold 18.14 million units on Game Boy, [48] and 230,500 units on 3DS Virtual Console. [49]

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