List of best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System video games

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The list of best-selling Nintendo Entertainment System video games totals 75 games with sales or shipments of at least one million copies. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game console was first packaged as the Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan. Its best-selling game is Super Mario Bros., first released in Japan on September 13, 1985, with sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-best-selling video game of all time. Two sequels are within the top five best-selling NES games: Super Mario Bros. 2 ranks fourth at 7.46 million units, and Super Mario Bros. 3 ranks third at 18 million units. The remaining top five are Duck Hunt with 28 million units, Super Mario Bros. 3 with 18 million units, Super Mario Bros. 2 with 7.46 million units, and The Legend of Zelda with 6.5 million units.

Of these 75 games, 31 were developed by internal Nintendo development divisions, and 41 were published by Nintendo. Other developers with the most million-selling games include Capcom with seven games, and Konami, Hudson Soft, and Tose, with six games each. Other publishers include Capcom with seven games, Konami with six games, Bandai and Hudson Soft with five games each, and Enix and Namco with four games each. The most popular franchises on NES include Super Mario with 67.63 million combined units, Dragon Quest with 11.475 million combined units, and The Legend of Zelda with 10.89 million combined units.

Games[edit]

Key
dagger Pack-in games bundled with NES consoles
Game Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date[b] Sales Ref
Super Mario Bros. dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo September 13, 1985 40,240,000 [1]
Duck Hunt dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1984 28,310,000 [2]
Super Mario Bros. 3 dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 23, 1988 18,000,000 [3]
Tetris Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo November 1989 8,000,000 [4]
Super Mario Bros. 2 (international version) Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 9, 1988 7,460,000 [3]
The Legend of Zelda Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo February 21, 1986 6,510,000 [5]
Dr. Mario Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 27, 1990 4,850,000 [6]
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo January 14, 1987 4,380,000 [5]
Excitebike Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo November 30, 1984 4,160,000 [2]
Golf Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo May 1, 1984 4,010,000 [2]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dagger Konami May 12, 1989 4,000,000 [7]
Dragon Quest III Chunsoft Enix February 10, 1988 3,895,000 [8]
Kung Fu Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo October 18, 1985 3,500,000 [2]
Baseball Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo December 7, 1983 3,200,000 [9]
Dragon Quest IV Chunsoft Enix February 11, 1990 3,180,000 [8]
World Class Track Meet dagger TRY Co. Nintendo December 23, 1986 3,080,000 [2]
Punch-Out!! Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo September 18, 1987 3,000,000 [10]
Metroid Nintendo R&D1[c] Nintendo August 6, 1986 2,730,000 [2]
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japanese version) Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo June 3, 1986 2,650,000 [2]
Dragon Quest II Chunsoft Enix January 26, 1987 2,550,000 [8]
Ice Hockey Nintendo R&D2 Nintendo January 21, 1988 2,420,000 [11]
Pro Wrestling Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo October 13, 1986 2,400,000 [2]
Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo September 9, 1983 2,280,000 [2]
Tennis Nintendo R&D1[d] Nintendo January 14, 1984 2,170,000 [2]
Volleyball Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo July 21, 1986 2,150,000 [2]
Mahjong Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 27, 1983 2,140,000 [2]
R.C. Pro-Am Rare Nintendo February 1988 2,140,000 [2]
Pro Yakyū Family Stadium (R.B.I. Baseball) Namco Namco December 10, 1986 2,050,000 [12][13]
Dragon Quest Chunsoft May 27, 1986 2,000,000 [14]
Top Gun Konami Konami November 1987 2,000,000 [15]
Soccer Intelligent Systems Nintendo April 9, 1985 1,960,000 [2]
Rad Racer Square August 7, 1987 1,960,000 [2]
Pinball Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo February 2, 1984 1,850,000 [2]
Kid Icarus Nintendo December 19, 1986 1,760,000 [2]
Yoshi Game Freak Nintendo December 14, 1991 1,750,000 [2]
Kirby's Adventure HAL Laboratory Nintendo March 23, 1993 1,750,000 [2]
DuckTales Capcom Capcom September 14, 1989 1,670,000 [16]
Ghosts 'n Goblins Capcom June 13, 1986 1,640,000 [17]
Bases Loaded Tose Jaleco June 26, 1987 1,580,000 [18]
Donkey Kong Classics Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo October 1988 1,560,000 [2]
F-1 Race HAL Laboratory Nintendo November 2, 1984 1,520,000 [2]
Mega Man 2 Capcom Capcom December 24, 1988 1,510,000 [17]
Lode Runner Hudson Soft July 31, 1984 1,500,000 [19]
Xevious Namco November 8, 1984 1,500,000 [20]
Ice Climber Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo January 30, 1985 1,500,000 [2]
Ninja Hattori-kun Hudson Soft Hudson Soft March 5, 1986 1,500,000 [13]
Mighty Bomb Jack Tecmo Tecmo April 24, 1986 1,500,000 [21]
Nintendo World Cup Technōs Japan May 18, 1990 1,480,000 [2]
4 Nin Uchi Mahjong Hudson Soft Nintendo November 2, 1984 1,450,000 [2]
Final Fantasy III Square Square April 27, 1990 1,400,000 [22]
Gyromite dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 13, 1985 1,320,000 [2]
Final Fantasy Square Square December 18, 1987 1,300,000 [23]
Pro Yakyū Family Stadium '87 Namco Namco December 22, 1987 1,300,000 [13]
Hogan's Alley Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo June 12, 1984 1,270,000 [2]
Ninja Kid Tose Bandai April 17, 1986 1,250,000 [13]
Dragon Power Tose Bandai November 27, 1986 1,250,000 [13]
TwinBee Konami Konami January 7, 1986 1,200,000 [13]
Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū Konami Konami July 30, 1986 1,200,000 [13]
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Capcom Capcom June 8, 1990 1,200,000 [16]
Doraemon Hudson Soft Hudson Soft December 12, 1986 1,150,000 [13]
Commando Capcom Capcom September 27, 1986 1,140,000 [17]
Donkey Kong Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,130,000 [2]
Yoshi's Cookie Tose Nintendo November 21, 1992 1,120,000 [2]
Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,110,000 [2]
Popeye Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo July 15, 1983 1,100,000 [2]
Pro Yakyū Family Stadium '88 Namco Namco December 20, 1988 1,080,000 [13]
Mega Man 3 Capcom Capcom September 28, 1990 1,080,000 [17]
Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden Tose Bandai February 15, 1989 1,060,000 [13]
Tag Team Match: MUSCLE Tose Bandai November 8, 1985 1,050,000 [13]
Adventure Island Hudson Soft Hudson Soft September 12, 1986 1,050,000 [13]
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Jaleco November 15, 1985 1,000,000 [24]
1942 Capcom December 11, 1985 1,000,000 [25]
Bomberman Hudson Soft Hudson Soft December 20, 1985 1,000,000 [26]
Hydlide T&E Soft March 18, 1986 1,000,000 [27]
Gradius Konami Konami April 25, 1986 1,000,000 [13]
Tiger Heli Micronics December 5, 1986 1,000,000 [28]
Metal Gear Konami December 22, 1987 1,000,000 [29]
NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo R&D2 Nintendo September 20, 1991 1,000,000 [2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed.
  2. ^ Only the initial release date on this platform is listed.
  3. ^ Intelligent Systems worked as additional developers on Metroid.
  4. ^ Intelligent Systems worked as additional developers on Tennis.

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