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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 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, 19 were developed or published by Nintendo, including over half of the top ten, and a further five titles were published by its subsidiary, The Pokémon Company. 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's 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 released in June 1981; while the most recent game in the top 50 is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which was released in December 2017.

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
No. Sales Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Platform(s) Ref.
1 170,000,000 Tetris Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[b] June 6, 1984 Multi-platform [2]
2 144,000,000 Minecraft Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads Mojang Mojang November 18, 2011[c] Multi-platform [5][10]
3 95,000,000 Grand Theft Auto V Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Rockstar North Rockstar Games September 17, 2013 Multi-platform [11]
4 82,850,000 Wii Sports Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 19, 2006 Wii [6]
5 50,000,000 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation December 20, 2017 Multi-platform [12]
6 40,240,000 Super Mario Bros. Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo Nintendo September 13, 1985 NES [13]
7 37,100,000 Mario Kart Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 10, 2008 Wii [6]
8 33,080,000 Wii Sports Resort Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo June 25, 2009 Wii [6]
9 31,380,000 Pokémon Red and Blue Game Freak Nintendo February 27, 1996 Game Boy [14]
10 30,800,000 New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo EAD Nintendo May 15, 2006 Nintendo DS [15]
11 30,200,000 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 11, 2009 Wii [6]
12 30,000,000 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks November 11, 2011 Multi-platform [16]
13 28,300,000 Duck Hunt Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1984 NES [17]
14 28,020,000 Wii Play Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 2, 2006 Wii [6]
15 27,500,000 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 26, 2004 Multi-platform [18]
16 26,500,000 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 [19]
17 26,200,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops Treyarch Activision November 9, 2010 Multi-platform [19]
18 25,000,000 Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games April 29, 2008 Multi-platform [20]
19 24,200,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Treyarch Activision November 12, 2012 Multi-platform [19]
20 24,000,000 Kinect Adventures! Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios November 4, 2010 Xbox 360 [21]
21 23,960,000 Nintendogs Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo April 21, 2005 Nintendo DS [15]
22 23,600,000 Mario Kart DS Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 14, 2005 Nintendo DS [15]
23 23,100,000 Pokémon Gold and Silver Game Freak Nintendo November 21, 1999 Game Boy Color [22]
24 22,700,000 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Infinity Ward Activision November 10, 2009 Multi-platform [19]
25 22,670,000 Wii Fit Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2007 Wii [6]
26 21,130,000 Wii Fit Plus Nintendo EAD Nintendo October 1, 2009 Wii [6]
27 20,610,000 Super Mario World Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo November 21, 1990 Super NES [23]
28 20,000,000 Frogger Konami Sega June 5, 1981 Multi-platform [24][25]
29 20,000,000 Lemmings DMA Design Psygnosis February 14, 1991 Multi-platform [26]
30 20,000,000 Terraria Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads Re-Logic Re-Logic May 16, 2011 Multi-platform [27]
31 19,010,000 Brain Age Nintendo SPD Nintendo May 19, 2005 Nintendo DS [15]
32 19,000,000 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2013 Multi-platform [28]
33 18,140,000 Super Mario Land Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo April 21, 1989 Game Boy [23]
34 17,670,000 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 28, 2006 Nintendo DS [15]
35 17,500,000 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar North Rockstar Games October 27, 2002 Multi-platform [29]
36 17,280,000 Super Mario Bros. 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo October 23, 1988 NES [23]
37 17,040,000 Mario Kart 7 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Nintendo EAD Nintendo December 1, 2011 Nintendo 3DS [30]
38 17,000,000 The Last of Us Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment June 14, 2013 Multi-platform [31]
39 16,290,000 Pokémon X and Y Game Freak The Pokémon Company October 12, 2013 Nintendo 3DS [30]
40 16,220,000 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 21, 2002 Game Boy Advance [32]
41 16,100,000 Pokémon Sun and Moon Game Freak The Pokémon Company November 18, 2016 Nintendo 3DS [30]
42 16,000,000 The Sims Maxis Electronic Arts January 31, 2000 Multi-platform [33]
43 16,000,000 Need for Speed: Most Wanted EA Black Box Electronic Arts November 11, 2005 Multi-platform [34]
44 15,700,000 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward Activision November 5, 2007 Multi-platform [19]
45 15,700,000 Call of Duty: World at War Treyarch Activision November 11, 2008 Multi-platform [19]
46 15,640,000 Pokémon Black and White Game Freak The Pokémon Company September 18, 2010 Nintendo DS [15]
47 15,000,000 Sonic the Hedgehog Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime Sonic Team Sega June 23, 1991 Sega Genesis [35]
48 15,000,000 Red Dead Redemption Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games May 18, 2010 Multi-platform [36]
49 15,000,000 Battlefield 3 EA DICE Electronic Arts October 25, 2011 Multi-platform [37]
50 15,000,000 Battlefield 1 EA DICE Electronic Arts October 21, 2016 Multi-platform [38]

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.

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