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This is a list of the best-selling video games of all time. The best-selling video game to date is Tetris, a tile-matching puzzle video game originally released for the Electronika 60 in 1984 and then popularised upon its Game Boy release in 1989.[1] The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms and sold in excess of 170 million units,[2] including 100 million paid downloads on mobile phones[3] and 35 million as sales for the Game Boy version.[4] Minecraft is the only other video game to have sold over 100 million units, with 122 million units sold as of February 2017.[5] Excluding mobile sales, the best-selling video game of all time is Grand Theft Auto V with 85 million units sold,[6] while Tetris is the fourth best-selling with sales of 70 million units.[1]

Of the top 50 best-selling video games, 19 were developed or published by Nintendo, including seven of the top ten. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision (seven titles, all in the Call of Duty franchise), Rockstar Games (five titles, four of which are Grand Theft Auto releases) and Electronic Arts (three games in three different series). Aside from Nintendo internal development divisions, Game Freak is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with seven titles from the Pokémon series included. The oldest game in the top 50 is Frogger, which was originally released on June 5, 1981; the newest game in the top 50 is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which is to be fully released in December 2017.

Video games

Key
Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads Sales figure includes expansion pack sales Sales figure includes expansion pack sales
List of best-selling video games on all platforms
No. Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Platform(s) Sales Ref.
1 Tetris Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[b] June 6, 1984 Multi-platform 170,000,000 [2]
2 Minecraft Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads Mojang Mojang November 18, 2011 Multi-platform 122,000,000 [5]
3 Grand Theft Auto V Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Rockstar North Rockstar Games September 17, 2013 Multi-platform 85,000,000 [8]
4 Wii Sports Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 19, 2006 Wii 82,830,000 [6]
5 Super Mario Bros. Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo September 13, 1985 NES 40,240,000 [9]
6 Mario Kart Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 10, 2008 Wii 37,020,000 [6]
7 Wii Sports Resort Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo June 25, 2009 Wii 33,060,000 [6]
8 Pokémon Red, Green and Blue Game Freak Nintendo February 27, 1996 Game Boy 31,380,000 [10]
9 New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo EAD Nintendo May 15, 2006 Nintendo DS 30,800,000 [11]
10 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 11, 2009 Wii 30,110,000 [6]
11 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 Multi-platform 30,000,000 [12]
12 Diablo III Sales figure includes expansion pack sales Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment May 15, 2012 Multi-platform 30,000,000[c] [13]
13 Duck Hunt Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1984 NES 28,300,000 [14]
14 Wii Play Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 2, 2006 Wii 28,020,000 [6]
15 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 26, 2004 Multi-platform 27,500,000 [15]
16 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision November 8, 2011 Multi-platform 26,500,000 [16]
17 Call of Duty: Black Ops Treyarch Activision November 9, 2010 Multi-platform 26,200,000 [16]
18 Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games April 29, 2008 Multi-platform 25,000,000 [17]
19 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Treyarch Activision November 12, 2012 Multi-platform 24,200,000 [16]
20 Kinect Adventures! Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios November 4, 2010 Xbox 360 24,000,000 [18]
21 Nintendogs Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 21, 2005 Nintendo DS 23,960,000 [11]
22 Mario Kart DS Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 14, 2005 Nintendo DS 23,600,000 [11]
23 Pokémon Gold and Silver Game Freak Nintendo November 21, 1999 Game Boy Color 23,100,000 [19]
24 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Infinity Ward Activision November 10, 2009 Multi-platform 22,700,000 [16]
25 Wii Fit Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2007 Wii 22,670,000 [6]
26 Wii Fit Plus Nintendo EAD Nintendo October 1, 2009 Wii 21,130,000 [6]
27 Super Mario World Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1990 Super NES 20,610,000 [20]
28 Frogger Konami Sega June 5, 1981 Multi-platform 20,000,000 [21]
29 Lemmings DMA Design Psygnosis February 14, 1991 Multi-platform 20,000,000 [22]
30 Terraria Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads Re-Logic Re-Logic May 16, 2011 Multi-platform 20,000,000 [23]
31 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Bluehole Bluehole March 23, 2017 (Early access) Microsoft Windows 20,000,000 [24]
32 Brain Age Nintendo SPD Nintendo May 19, 2005 Nintendo DS 19,010,000 [11]
33 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2013 Multi-platform 19,000,000 [25]
34 Super Mario Land Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1989 Game Boy 18,140,000 [20]
35 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 28, 2006 Nintendo DS 17,670,000 [11]
36 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 27, 2002 Multi-platform 17,500,000 [26]
37 Super Mario Bros. 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 23, 1988 NES 17,280,000 [20]
38 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 21, 2002 Game Boy Advance 16,220,000 [27]
39 Pokémon X and Y Game Freak The Pokémon Company October 12, 2013 Nintendo 3DS 16,200,000 [28]
40 The Sims Maxis Electronic Arts January 31, 2000 Multi-platform 16,000,000 [29]
41 Need for Speed: Most Wanted EA Black Box Electronic Arts November 11, 2005 Multi-platform 16,000,000 [30]
42 Mario Kart 7 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2011 Nintendo 3DS 15,950,000 [28]
43 Pokémon Sun and Moon Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 18, 2016 Nintendo 3DS 15,910,000 [28]
44 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2007 Multi-platform 15,700,000 [16]
45 Call of Duty: World at War Treyarch Activision November 11, 2008 Multi-platform 15,700,000 [16]
46 Pokémon Black and White Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 18, 2010 Nintendo DS 15,640,000 [11]
47 Sonic the Hedgehog Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Sonic Team Sega June 23, 1991 Sega Mega Drive 15,000,000 [31]
48 Red Dead Redemption Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games May 18, 2010 Multi-platform 15,000,000 [32]
49 Battlefield 3 EA DICE Electronic Arts October 25, 2011 Multi-platform 15,000,000 [33]
50 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment April 28, 2001 PlayStation 2 14,890,000 [34]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. ^ Tetris was originally licensed and published by Spectrum HoloByte, although other publishers of early ports of the game included Mirrorsoft, Infogrames and Bullet-Proof Software. In 1996, the license to Tetris was officially transferred to The Tetris Company, which would publish later releases of the title with Blue Planet Software.[7]
  3. ^ The 30 million unit sales of Diablo III include copies of the Reaper of Souls expansion pack in addition to the base game.[13]

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