List of best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System video games

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Super Mario Bros. is the best-selling video game on the Nintendo Entertainment System and the fifth best-selling on all platforms, with over 40 million units sold.

The best-selling video game of all-time on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console, known as the Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan, is Super Mario Bros. First released in Japan on September 18, 1985, it went on to sell over 40 million units worldwide, making it the fifth best-selling video game of all-time.[1] The game's two sequels on the NES are also featured in the top five best-selling games on the platform – Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 7.46 million units to rank fourth, while Super Mario Bros. 3 sold in excess of 17 million copies to rank third.[2] Duck Hunt is the second best-selling game on the NES, selling over 28 million copies worldwide.[3]

A total of 74 NES/Famicom games have sold over a million units. Of those, 31 titles were developed by internal Nintendo development divisions. Aside from these, the developer with the most million-selling games is Capcom, with seven games in the list of 74. Nintendo published 40 of these 74 games. Other publishers with multiple million-selling titles include Capcom (seven games), Bandai, Hudson Soft (both five games), Enix and Namco (both four games). The most popular franchises on NES include Super Mario (67.63 million combined units), Dragon Quest (10.975 million combined units) and The Legend of Zelda (10.89 million combined units).

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Duck Hunt is the second best-selling NES game of all-time, with over 28 million units sold (many of which were bundled with the console).
Super Mario Bros. 3 sold over 17 million units, making it the third best-selling video game on the console.
Super Mario Bros. 2 sold over 7 million units worldwide, making it the fifth best-selling NES video game.
The Legend of Zelda, released in 1986, sold over 6.5 million copies on the NES.
The NES version of Tetris – the best-selling video game of all-time – shipped 5.58 million units.
Dr. Mario, the first puzzle game in the Mario series, is the seventh best-selling NES game with over 4.8 million units sold.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has sold over 4.3 million units worldwide, ranking it in the top ten on the NES.
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List of best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System/Family Computer video games
No. Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Sales Ref.
1 Super Mario Bros. dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo September 13, 1985 40,240,000 [1]
2 Duck Hunt dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1984 28,300,000 [3]
3 Super Mario Bros. 3 dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 23, 1988 17,280,000 [2]
4 Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 9, 1988 7,460,000 [2]
5 The Legend of Zelda Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo February 21, 1986 6,510,000 [4]
6 Tetris Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo December 22, 1988 5,580,000 [5]
7 Dr. Mario Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 27, 1990 4,850,000 [5]
8 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo January 14, 1987 4,380,000 [4]
9 Excitebike Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo November 30, 1984 4,160,000 [6]
10 Golf Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo May 1, 1984 4,010,000 [6]
11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dagger Konami Konami May 12, 1989 4,000,000 [7]
12 Dragon Quest III Chunsoft Enix February 10, 1988 3,895,000 [8]
13 Kung-Fu Master Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo October 18, 1985 3,500,000 [6]
14 Baseball Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo December 7, 1983 3,200,000 [9]
15 Dragon Quest IV Chunsoft Enix February 11, 1990 3,180,000 [8]
16 World Class Track Meet dagger TRY Co. Bandai December 23, 1986 3,080,000 [6]
17 Punch-Out!! Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo September 18, 1987 3,020,000 [6]
18 Metroid Nintendo R&D1[b] Nintendo August 6, 1986 2,730,000 [6]
19 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo June 3, 1986 2,650,000 [6]
20 Ice Hockey Nintendo R&D2 Nintendo January 21, 1988 2,420,000 [10]
21 Pro Wrestling Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo October 13, 1986 2,400,000 [6]
22 Dragon Quest II Chunsoft Enix January 26, 1987 2,400,000 [11]
23 Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo September 9, 1983 2,280,000 [6]
24 Tennis Nintendo R&D1[c] Nintendo January 14, 1984 2,170,000 [6]
25 Volleyball Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo July 21, 1986 2,150,000 [6]
26 Mahjong Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 27, 1983 2,140,000 [6]
27 R.C. Pro-Am Rare Nintendo February 1988 2,140,000 [6]
28 R.B.I. Baseball Namco Namco December 10, 1986 2,050,000 [12]
29 Soccer Intelligent Systems Nintendo April 9, 1985 1,960,000 [6]
30 Rad Racer Square Nintendo
Square
August 7, 1987 1,960,000 [6]
31 Pinball Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo February 2, 1984 1,850,000 [6]
32 Kid Icarus Nintendo R&D1
Tose
Nintendo December 19, 1986 1,760,000 [6]
33 Yoshi Game Freak Nintendo December 14, 1991 1,750,000 [6]
34 Kirby's Adventure HAL Laboratory Nintendo March 23, 1993 1,750,000 [6]
35 DuckTales Capcom Capcom September 14, 1989 1,670,000 [13]
36 Ghosts 'n Goblins Capcom Capcom June 13, 1986 1,640,000 [14]
37 Bases Loaded Tose Jaleco June 26, 1987 1,580,000 [15]
38 Donkey Kong Classics Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo October 1988 1,560,000 [6]
39 F-1 Race HAL Laboratory Nintendo November 2, 1984 1,520,000 [6]
40 Mega Man 2 Capcom Capcom December 24, 1988 1,510,000 [14]
41 Lode Runner Broderbund Hudson Soft July 31, 1984 1,500,000 [16]
42 Ice Climber Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo January 30, 1985 1,500,000 [6]
43 Ninja Hattori-kun Hudson Soft Hudson Soft March 5, 1986 1,500,000 [12]
44 Dragon Quest Chunsoft Enix, Nintendo May 27, 1986 1,500,000 [11]
45 Nintendo World Cup Technōs Japan Nintendo
Technōs Japan
May 18, 1990 1,480,000 [6]
46 4 Nin Uchi Mahjong Hudson Soft Nintendo November 2, 1984 1,450,000 [6]
47 Final Fantasy III Square Square April 27, 1990 1,400,000 [11]
48 Gyromite dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 13, 1985 1,320,000 [6]
49 Pro Yakyū Family Stadium '87 Namco Namco December 22, 1987 1,300,000 [12]
50 Hogan's Alley Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo June 12, 1984 1,270,000 [6]
51 Xevious Namco Namco November 8, 1984 1,260,000 [12]
52 Ninja Kid Tose Bandai April 17, 1986 1,250,000 [12]
53 Dragon Power Tose Bandai November 27, 1986 1,250,000 [12]
54 TwinBee Konami Konami January 7, 1986 1,200,000 [12]
55 Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū Konami Konami July 30, 1986 1,200,000 [12]
56 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Capcom Capcom June 8, 1990 1,200,000 [13]
57 Doraemon Hudson Soft Hudson Soft December 12, 1986 1,150,000 [12]
58 Commando Capcom Capcom September 27, 1986 1,140,000 [14]
59 Donkey Kong Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,130,000 [6]
60 Yoshi's Cookie Home Data, Tose Nintendo November 21, 1992 1,120,000 [6]
61 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,110,000 [6]
62 Popeye Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,100,000 [6]
63 Pro Yakyū Family Stadium '88 Namco Namco December 20, 1988 1,080,000 [12]
64 Mega Man 3 Capcom Capcom September 28, 1990 1,080,000 [14]
65 Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden Tose Bandai February 15, 1989 1,060,000 [12]
66 Tag Team Match: MUSCLE Tose Bandai November 8, 1985 1,050,000 [12]
67 Adventure Island Hudson Soft Hudson Soft September 12, 1986 1,050,000 [12]
68 1942 Capcom Capcom December 11, 1985 1,000,000 [17]
69 Bomberman Hudson Soft Hudson Soft December 20, 1985 1,000,000 [18]
70 Hydlide T&E Soft T&E Soft
FCI
March 18, 1986 1,000,000 [19]
71 Gradius Konami Konami April 25, 1986 1,000,000 [12]
72 Tiger Heli Toaplan
Micronics
Pony Canyon
Acclaim Entertainment
December 5, 1986 1,000,000 [20]
73 Metal Gear Konami Konami
Ultra Games
December 22, 1987 1,000,000 [21]
74 NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo R&D2 Nintendo September 20, 1991 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.
  2. ^ Intelligent Systems worked as additional developers on Metroid.
  3. ^ Intelligent Systems worked as additional developers on Tennis.

References[edit]

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