List of best-selling Game Boy video games

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Game Boy (original) and Game Boy Color

The best-selling video game of all-time on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color is Tetris. First released in Japan on June 14, 1989, Tetris was often released as a pack-in game for the original Game Boy, and went on to sell in excess of 35 million units worldwide.[1] The second best-selling Game Boy games are Pokémon Red, Green and Blue, which sold over 31 million units combined, followed by the best-selling Game Boy Color games Pokémon Gold and Silver, which sold over 23 million units in total.[2][3] The top five is rounded out by the platform's first Super Mario title, Super Mario Land, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide,[4] and Pokémon Yellow, which has sold over 14 million units in total.[3]

A total of 53 Game Boy and Game Boy Color games sold one million units or more. Of those, 19 titles were developed by internal Nintendo divisions. Aside from these, the developers with the most million-selling titles are Game Freak, Rare and Tose, with five games each in the top 53. Nintendo published 44 of these 53 games. Other publishers with multiple million-selling entries include Konami (three games), Bandai and Enix (two games each). The most popular franchises on Game Boy are Pokémon (84.54 million combined units), Tetris (38.12 million combined units), Super Mario (34.39 million combined units), Donkey Kong (12.55 million combined units) and Kirby (10.91 million combined units).

Video games[edit]

Key
dagger Game was shipped with Game Boy or Game Boy Color consoles during its lifetime
List of best-selling Game Boy/Game Boy Color video games
No. Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Platform Release date Sales Ref.
1 Tetris dagger Bullet-Proof Software Nintendo GB June 14, 1989 35,000,000 [1]
2 Pokémon Red, Green and Blue Game Freak Nintendo GB February 27, 1996 31,380,000 [2]
3 Pokémon Gold and Silver Game Freak Nintendo GBC November 21, 1999 23,100,000 [3]
4 Super Mario Land Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB April 21, 1989 18,140,000 [4]
5 Pokémon Yellow Game Freak Nintendo GB September 12, 1998 14,640,000 [3]
6 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB October 21, 1992 11,180,000 [4]
7 Pokémon Crystal Game Freak Nintendo GBC December 14, 2000 6,390,000 [3]
8 Dr. Mario Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB July 27, 1990 5,340,000 [5]
9 Pokémon Pinball Jupiter Nintendo GBC April 14, 1999 5,310,000 [6]
10 Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB January 21, 1994 5,190,000 [6]
11 Kirby's Dream Land HAL Laboratory Nintendo GB April 27, 1992 5,130,000 [6]
12 Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Nintendo EAD Nintendo GBC May 1, 1999 5,070,000 [6]
13 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Flagship Nintendo GBC February 27, 2001 3,960,000 [7]
14 Donkey Kong Land Rare Nintendo GB June 26, 1995 3,910,000 [6]
15 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo GB June 6, 1993 3,830,000 [8]
16 Pokémon Trading Card Game Creatures Inc.
Hudson Soft
Nintendo GBC December 18, 1998 3,720,000 [6]
17 F-1 Race Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB November 9, 1990 3,410,000 [6]
18 Yoshi Game Freak Nintendo GB December 14, 1991 3,120,000 [6]
19 Donkey Kong Nintendo EAD
Pax Softnica
Nintendo GB June 14, 1994 3,070,000 [6]
20 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 4: Battle of Great Duelists Konami Konami GBC December 7, 2000 2,500,000 [9]
21 Kirby's Dream Land 2 HAL Laboratory Nintendo GB March 21, 1995 2,360,000 [6]
22 Dragon Warrior Monsters Tose Enix GB September 25, 1998 2,350,000 [10]
23 Donkey Kong Land 2 Rare Nintendo GB September 23, 1996 2,350,000 [6]
24 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Nintendo EAD Nintendo GBC December 12, 1998 2,220,000 [8]
25 Wario Land 3 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GBC March 21, 2000 2,200,000 [6]
26 Kirby's Pinball Land HAL Laboratory Nintendo GB November 27, 1993 2,190,000 [6]
27 Donkey Kong Country Rare Nintendo GBC November 4, 2000 2,190,000 [6]
28 Golf Nintendo Nintendo GB November 28, 1989 2,120,000 [6]
29 Tennis Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB May 29, 1989 1,990,000 [6]
30 Alleyway Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
Nintendo GB April 21, 1989 1,940,000 [6]
31 Tetris DX Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GBC October 21, 1998 1,880,000 [6]
32 Metroid II: Return of Samus Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB November 1991 1,720,000 [6]
33 Baseball Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB April 21, 1989 1,610,000 [6]
34 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Konami Konami GB December 16, 1998 1,600,000 [9]
35 Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 Tose Enix GBC March 9, 2001 1,570,000 [10]
36 Yoshi's Cookie Bullet-Proof Software Nintendo GB November 21, 1992 1,530,000 [6]
37 Wario Land II Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo GB March 1, 1998 1,480,000 [6]
38 Tamagotchi Bandai Bandai GB 1997 1,450,000 [9]
39 Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi 2 Bandai Bandai GB 1997 1,450,000 [9]
40 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters II: Dark Duel Stories Konami Konami GBC July 8, 1999 1,450,000 [9]
41 DuckTales Capcom Capcom GB September 21, 1990 1,430,000 [11]
42 The Final Fantasy Legend Square Square GB December 15, 1989 1,370,000 [10]
43 Yakuman Intelligent Systems Nintendo GB April 21, 1989 1,280,000 [6]
44 Tetris 2 Nintendo R&D1
Tose
Nintendo GB December 1993 1,240,000 [6]
45 Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Nintendo R&D2 Nintendo GBC August 23, 2000 1,230,000 [6]
46 Game & Watch Gallery 2 Tose Nintendo GB September 27, 1997 1,220,000 [6]
47 Game & Watch Gallery 3 Tose Nintendo GBC April 8, 1999 1,220,000 [6]
48 SolarStriker Minakuchi Engineering Nintendo GB January 26, 1990 1,200,000 [6]
49 Mario Tennis Camelot Software Planning Nintendo GBC November 1, 2000 1,180,000 [6]
50 Qix Minakuchi Engineering Nintendo GB April 13, 1990 1,150,000 [6]
51 Super R.C. Pro-Am Rare Nintendo GB June 1991 1,140,000 [6]
52 Donkey Kong Land III Rare Nintendo GB October 27, 1997 1,030,000 [6]
53 Game & Watch Gallery Tose Nintendo GBC February 1, 1997 1,000,000 [6]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wynne-Jones, Jonathan (June 6, 2009). "Computer game Tetris celebrates 25 years". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "'Pokken Tournament' and Pokemon's $1.5 Billion Brand". The Huffington Post. AOL. March 19, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Top 10 of Everything 2017. London, England: Hachette UK. October 6, 2016. p. 115. ISBN 978-0600633747. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Malley, James (September 11, 2015). "30 Best-Selling Super Mario Games of All Time on the Plumber's 30th Birthday". Gizmodo. Univision Communications. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Top 10 of Everything 2017. London, England: Hachette UK. October 6, 2016. p. 118. ISBN 978-0600633747. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
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  11. ^ "Platinum Titles". Capcom. Archived from the original on January 16, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 

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