Top Selling Video Games of All Time
Practically everyone plays video games to some degree in today’s society. Whether it be smartphone apps, console games or even the old fashioned snake on older devices, you’ll struggle to find people who don’t take part.
But let’s look back and take a look at some of the defining games that outsold the rest.
The data used for the following graph and list and table was obtained here.
From the graph it’s clear that Tetris reins supreme. In fact Tetris has sold so well since it’s publishing in 1984 that it alone has sold more units then the next 9 games trailing it on the list put together. This is due to it’s wide availability and timeless demeanor.
Following Tetris is Minecraft, Wii Sports and Grand Theft Auto V. These 3 games all revolutionized gaming and have been played by the majority of gamers. To get a better look at the games then trailing these 3 and what publishers have reined supreme over the years lets take a look at the exact list.
|Ranking||Game Title||Publisher||Release Date||Units Sold|
|1||Tetris||Spectrum HoloByte||June 6, 1984||495,000,000|
|2||Minecraft||Mojang||November 18, 2011||122,000,000|
|3||Wii Sports||Nintendo||November 19, 2006||82,810,000|
|4||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||September 17, 2013||80,000,000|
|5||Super Mario Bros.||Nintendo||September 13, 1985||40,240,000|
|6||Mario Kart Wii||Nintendo||April 10, 2008||36,950,000|
|7||Wii Sports Resort||Nintendo||June 25, 2009||33,040,000|
|8||Pokémon Red, Green and Blue||Nintendo||February 27, 1996||31,380,000|
|9||New Super Mario Bros.||Nintendo||May 15, 2006||30,800,000|
|10||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Bethesda Softworks||November 11, 2011||30,000,000|
|11||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||November 11, 2009||30,050,000|
|12||Diablo III||Blizzard Entertainment||May 15, 2012||30,000,000|
|13||Duck Hunt||Nintendo||April 21, 1984||28,300,000|
|14||Wii Play||Nintendo||December 2, 2006||28,020,000|
|15||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Rockstar Games||October 26, 2004||27,500,000|
|16||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Activision||November 8, 2011||26,500,000|
|17||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Activision||November 9, 2010||26,200,000|
|18||Grand Theft Auto IV||Rockstar Games||April 29, 2008||25,000,000|
|19||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Activision||November 12, 2012||24,200,000|
|20||Kinect Adventures!||Microsoft Studios||November 4, 2010||24,000,000|
|21||Nintendogs||Nintendo||April 21, 2005||23,960,000|
|22||Mario Kart DS||Nintendo||November 14, 2005||23,600,000|
|23||Pokémon Gold and Silver||Nintendo||November 21, 1999||23,100,000|
|24||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Activision||November 10, 2009||22,700,000|
|25||Wii Fit||Nintendo||December 1, 2007||22,670,000|
As can be seen the big top 4 games on the list the trailing games are all closer together in sales, however what’s interesting is the publishers. Before even seeing the list most people would know of the dominance Nintendo has had over gaming and even though they aren’t as popular today, their history is incredible.
13 out of the 25 listed games were published by Nintendo and who knows with the new Nintendo Switch console selling better then expected, they could start adding more titles to this list. Following Nintendo there are no other really dominant companies in this list, Activision claim 4 spots in the list whilst Rockstar claim 3, then the other 5 spots are filled by other individual companies.