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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 copies,[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 copies, with 144 million units sold as of January 2018.[5] The best-selling game on a single platform is Wii Sports, with nearly 83 million sales for the Wii console.[6]

Of the top 50 best-selling video games on this list, over 20 were developed or published by Nintendo, including over half of the top ten. A further five games were published by their affiliate, The Pokémon Company. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision, Rockstar Games, and Electronic Arts. Aside from Nintendo's internal development teams, Game Freak is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with seven from the Pokémon series. The oldest game in the top 50 is Frogger, which was released in June 1981; the most recent entry is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which released in December 2017. Games reported by player count instead of official sales figures, such as registered accounts, subscriptions, or owners of a free-to-play game, are not to be included; those belong on the list of video games by player count instead.

List

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
Title Sales Platform(s) Release date Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Ref.
Tetris Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads 170,000,000 Multi-platform June 6, 1984 Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[b] [2]
Minecraft Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads 154,000,000 Multi-platform November 18, 2011[c] Mojang Mojang [10]
Grand Theft Auto V Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 95,000,000 Multi-platform September 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [11]
Wii Sports Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 82,850,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 50,000,000 Multi-platform December 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation [12]
Super Mario Bros. Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 40,240,000 NES September 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo [13]
Mario Kart Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 37,100,000 Wii April 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Wii Sports Resort Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 33,080,000 Wii June 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Pokémon Red and Blue 31,380,000 Game Boy February 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [14]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [15]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 30,200,000 Wii November 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 30,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [16]
Duck Hunt Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [17]
Wii Play 28,020,000 Wii December 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [18]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 26,500,000 Multi-platform November 8, 2011 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision [19]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000 Multi-platform November 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [19]
Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000 Multi-platform April 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [20]
Terraria Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads 25,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic [21]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000 Multi-platform November 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [19]
FIFA 18 24,000,000 Multi-platform September 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts [22]
Kinect Adventures! Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios [23]
Nintendogs Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,960,000 Nintendo DS April 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [15]
Mario Kart DS Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,600,000 Nintendo DS November 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [15]
Pokémon Gold and Silver 23,100,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [24]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 22,700,000 Multi-platform November 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision [19]
Wii Fit 22,670,000 Wii December 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Wii Fit Plus 21,130,000 Wii October 1, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [6]
Super Mario World Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 20,610,000 Super NES November 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [25]
Frogger 20,000,000 Multi-platform June 5, 1981 Konami Sega [26][27]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000 Multi-platform October 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [28]
Lemmings 20,000,000 Multi-platform February 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis [29]
Brain Age 19,010,000 Nintendo DS May 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo [15]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000 Multi-platform November 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision [30]
Mario Kart 8 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 18,770,000 Multi-platform May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [31][32]
Super Mario Land 18,140,000 Game Boy April 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [25]
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 17,670,000 Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo [15]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000 Multi-platform October 22, 2001 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [33]
Super Mario Bros. 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 17,280,000 NES October 23, 1988 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo [25]
Mario Kart 7 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 17,210,000 Nintendo 3DS December 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [34]
The Last of Us Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 17,000,000 Multi-platform June 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [35]
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads 16,700,000 iOS June 23, 2011 Sumo Digital Sega [36][d]
Pokémon X and Y 16,310,000 Nintendo 3DS October 12, 2013 Game Freak Nintendo [34]
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire 16,220,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo [39]
Pokémon Sun and Moon 16,120,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo [34]
The Sims 16,000,000 Multi-platform January 31, 2000 Maxis Electronic Arts [40]
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 16,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2005 EA Black Box Electronic Arts [41]
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 15,700,000 Multi-platform November 5, 2007 Infinity Ward Activision [19]
Call of Duty: World at War 15,700,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2008 Treyarch Activision [19]
Pokémon Black and White 15,640,000 Nintendo DS September 18, 2010 Game Freak Nintendo [15]

See also

Notes

  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 Bullet-Proof Software.[7]
  3. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[8] and the 1.0 version on November 18, 2011, the first version of Minecraft which required a paid account was first publicly available on December 23, 2009,[9] therefore it started accumulating sales on that year.
  4. ^ Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing was released as a paid download on iOS.[37][38]

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