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This is a list of the best-selling video games of all-time. The best-selling video game of all-time is Tetris, a tile-matching puzzle video game designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. Originally released in the Soviet Union in 1984 for the Electronika 60, it was later popularised upon its release for the Game Boy in 1989.[1] The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms and sold in excess of 495 million units, 425 million of which are paid downloads on mobile phones.[2] The Game Boy version of Tetris is the best-selling game on the platform, with more than 35 million units sold worldwide.[3] Minecraft is the only other video game to have sold over 100 million units, with 122 million units sold as of February 2017.[4] Excluding mobile sales, the best-selling video game of all-time is Wii Sports with 82.81 million units sold,[5] followed by Minecraft with under 82 million units (excluding over 40 million mobile downloads),[6] while Tetris is the fourth best-selling with sales of 70 million units.[1]

Of the top 50 best-selling video games of all-time on all platforms, 21 were developed or published by Nintendo and originally released on a Nintendo platform, including six 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 eight titles from the Pokémon series included. The oldest game in the top 50 is Duck Hunt, which was originally released on April 21, 1984; the newest games in the top 50 are Nintendo 3DS titles Pokémon Sun and Moon, both of which were released on November 18, 2016.

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dagger Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Hash-tag Sales include paid mobile downloads
List of best-selling video games on all platforms
No. Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Sales Ref.
1 Tetris daggerHash-tag Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[b] June 6, 1984 495,000,000 [2]
2 Minecraft daggerHash-tag Mojang Mojang November 18, 2011 122,000,000 [4]
3 Wii Sports dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 19, 2006 82,810,000 [5]
4 Grand Theft Auto V dagger Rockstar North Rockstar Games September 17, 2013 80,000,000 [8]
5 Super Mario Bros. dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo September 13, 1985 40,240,000 [9]
6 Mario Kart Wii dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 10, 2008 36,950,000 [5]
7 Wii Sports Resort dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo June 25, 2009 33,040,000 [5]
8 Pokémon Red, Green and Blue Game Freak Nintendo February 27, 1996 31,380,000 [10]
9 New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo EAD Nintendo May 15, 2006 30,800,000 [11]
10 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 30,000,000 [12]
11 New Super Mario Bros. Wii dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 11, 2009 30,050,000 [5]
12 Diablo III Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment May 15, 2012 30,000,000[c] [13]
13 Duck Hunt dagger Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1984 28,300,000 [14]
14 Wii Play Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 2, 2006 28,020,000 [5]
15 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 26, 2004 27,500,000 [15]
16 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 dagger Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision November 8, 2011 26,500,000 [16]
17 Call of Duty: Black Ops Treyarch Activision November 9, 2010 26,200,000 [16]
18 Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games April 29, 2008 25,000,000 [17]
19 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Treyarch Activision November 12, 2012 24,200,000 [16]
20 Kinect Adventures! dagger Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios November 4, 2010 24,000,000 [18]
21 Nintendogs dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 21, 2005 23,960,000 [11]
22 Mario Kart DS dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 14, 2005 23,600,000 [11]
23 Pokémon Gold and Silver Game Freak Nintendo November 21, 1999 23,100,000 [19]
24 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 dagger Infinity Ward Activision November 10, 2009 22,700,000 [16]
25 Wii Fit Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2007 22,670,000 [5]
26 Wii Fit Plus Nintendo EAD Nintendo October 1, 2009 21,120,000 [5]
27 Super Mario World dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1990 20,610,000 [20]
28 Lemmings DMA Design Psygnosis February 14, 1991 20,000,000 [21]
29 Terraria Re-Logic Re-Logic May 16, 2011 20,000,000 [22]
30 Brain Age Nintendo SPD Nintendo May 19, 2005 19,010,000 [11]
31 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2013 19,000,000 [23]
32 Super Mario Land Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1989 18,140,000 [20]
33 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 28, 2006 17,670,000 [11]
34 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 27, 2002 17,500,000 [24]
35 Super Mario Bros. 3 dagger Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 23, 1988 17,280,000 [20]
36 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 21, 2002 16,220,000 [25]
37 Pokémon X and Y Game Freak The Pokémon Company October 12, 2013 16,110,000 [26]
38 The Sims Maxis Electronic Arts January 31, 2000 16,000,000 [27]
39 Need for Speed: Most Wanted EA Black Box Electronic Arts November 11, 2005 16,000,000 [28]
40 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2007 15,700,000 [16]
41 Call of Duty: World at War Treyarch Activision November 11, 2008 15,700,000 [16]
42 Pokémon Black and White Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 18, 2010 15,640,000 [11]
43 Pokémon Sun and Moon Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 18, 2016 15,440,000 [26]
44 Mario Kart 7 dagger Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2011 15,220,000 [26]
45 Sonic the Hedgehog dagger Sonic Team Sega June 23, 1991 15,000,000 [29]
46 Red Dead Redemption Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games May 18, 2010 15,000,000 [30]
47 Battlefield 3 EA DICE Electronic Arts October 25, 2011 15,000,000 [31]
48 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec dagger Polyphony Digital Sony Computer Entertainment April 28, 2001 14,890,000 [32]
49 Brain Age 2 dagger Nintendo SPD Nintendo December 29, 2005 14,880,000 [11]
50 Pokémon Yellow Game Freak Nintendo September 12, 1998 14,640,000 [19]

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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