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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.
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.
Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang in 2011. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple game modes that change gameplay are available, including—but not limited to—a survival mode, in which players must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, and a creative mode, where players have unlimited resources to build with. The Java Edition of the game allows players to modify the game with mods to create new gameplay mechanics, items, textures and assets.
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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 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, 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 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.
|Title||Sales||Platform(s)||Initial release date||Developer(s)||Publisher(s)||Bundled with a console?||Ref.|
|Minecraft||176,000,000||Multi-platform||November 18, 2011||Mojang||Mojang|
|Tetris||170,000,000||Multi-platform||June 6, 1984||Elektronorgtechnica||Spectrum HoloByte|
|Grand Theft Auto V||110,000,000||Multi-platform||September 17, 2013||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
|Wii Sports||82,870,000||Wii||November 19, 2006||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds||50,000,000||Multi-platform||December 20, 2017||PUBG Corporation||PUBG Corporation|
|Super Mario Bros.||48,240,000||Multi-platform||September 13, 1985||Nintendo||Nintendo|
|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|
|Mario Kart Wii||37,200,000||Wii||April 10, 2008||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|Wii Sports Resort||33,100,000||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||30,260,000||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||Game Boy Color||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|
|Terraria||27,000,000||Multi-platform||May 16, 2011||Re-Logic||Re-Logic|
|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|
|Mario Kart 8/Deluxe||25,130,000||Multi-platform||May 29, 2014||Nintendo EAD||Nintendo|
|Grand Theft Auto IV||25,000,000||Multi-platform||April 29, 2008||Rockstar North||Rockstar Games|
|Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum||24,730,000||Nintendo DS||September 28, 2006||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
|Pokémon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon||24,520,000||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|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||24,000,000||Multi-platform||October 26, 2018||Rockstar Studios||Rockstar Games|
|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|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||22,700,000||Multi-platform||November 10, 2009||Infinity Ward||Activision|
|Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald||22,540,000||Game Boy Advance||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|
|Borderlands 2||20,000,000||Multi-platform||September 18, 2012||Gearbox Software||2K Games|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||20,000,000||Multi-platform||May 19, 2015||CD Projekt Red||CD Projekt|
|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||Nintendo|
|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||18,260,000||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||DMA Design||Rockstar Games|
|The Last of Us / Remastered||17,000,000||Multi-platform||June 14, 2013||Naughty Dog||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Pokémon X and Y||16,390,000||Nintendo 3DS||October 12, 2013||Game Freak||Nintendo / The Pokémon Company|
|The Sims||16,000,000||Multi-platform||January 31, 2000||Maxis||Electronic Arts|
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