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.

 

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