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This is a list of video games that have sold the highest number of software units worldwide. The best-selling video game to date is Minecraft, a sandbox game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling more than 238 million copies across all platforms. Grand Theft Auto V and EA's Tetris are the only other known video games to have sold over 100 million copies. The best-selling game on a single platform is Wii Sports, with nearly 83 million sales for the Wii console.

Among the top 50 best-selling video games on this list, over half were developed or published by Nintendo, including four of the top ten; four Nintendo titles were published with their affiliate, The Pokémon Company. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision and Rockstar Games with five games each, Electronic Arts with three games, and Namco Bandai with two games. Nintendo EAD is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with thirteen titles on the list, followed by Game Freak with six Pokémon games. The oldest game in the top 50 is Pac-Man, released in May 1980, while the most recent is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released in March 2020.

Games reported on by player count instead of official sales figures, such as registered accounts, subscriptions, or free-to-play ownership, are included on the list of most-played video games by player count instead. For the best-selling video game franchises, see the list of best-selling video game franchises. Games reported on by gross revenue are included on the list of highest-grossing arcade games and list of highest-grossing mobile games.

List

Rank Title Sales Series Platform(s) Initial release date Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Ref
1 Minecraft 238,000,000[b] Minecraft Multi-platform[c] November 18, 2011[d] Mojang Studios Xbox Game Studios [4][5]
2 Grand Theft Auto V 169,000,000 Grand Theft Auto Multi-platform September 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [6]
3 Tetris (EA) 100,000,000 Tetris Multi-platform[e] September 12, 2006 EA Mobile Electronic Arts [7][8]
4 Wii Sports 82,900,000 Wii Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
5 PUBG: Battlegrounds 75,000,000 PUBG Universe Multi-platform December 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation [10]
6 Super Mario Bros. 58,000,000 Super Mario Multi-platform[f] September 13, 1985 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo [g]
7 Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe 55,280,000 Mario Kart Wii U / Switch May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [h]
8 Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow 47,520,000 Pokémon Game Boy / Color February 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [i]
9 Red Dead Redemption 2 45,000,000 Red Dead Multi-platform October 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games [6]
10 Terraria 44,500,000 None Multi-platform[c] May 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic / 505 Games [19]
11 Wii Fit / Plus 43,800,000 Wii Wii December 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
12 Tetris (1989)[j] 43,000,000 Tetris Game Boy / NES June 14, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [k]
13 Pac-Man 42,071,635 Pac-Man Multi-platform[c] May 22, 1980 Namco Namco [l]
14 The Witcher 3 / Hearts of Stone / Blood and Wine 40,000,000 The Witcher Multi-platform May 19, 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt [32]
15 Animal Crossing: New Horizons 39,380,000 Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch March 20, 2020 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [15]
16 Mario Kart Wii 37,380,000 Mario Kart Wii April 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
17 Wii Sports Resort 33,140,000 Wii Wii June 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
18 New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Super Mario Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [33]
19 New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,320,000 Super Mario Wii November 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
20 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30,000,000 Call of Duty Multi-platform October 25, 2019 Infinity Ward Activision [34]
Diablo III / Reaper of Souls Diablo Multi-platform May 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment [35]
Human: Fall Flat None Multi-platform July 22, 2016 No Brakes Games Curve Digital [36]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Elder Scrolls Multi-platform November 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [37]
24 Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal 29,490,000 Pokémon Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [m]
25 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 28,830,000 The Legend of Zelda Wii U / Switch March 3, 2017 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [n]
26 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 28,820,000 Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch December 7, 2018 Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd. Nintendo [15]
27 Duck Hunt 28,300,000 None NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [40]
28 Wii Play 28,020,000 Wii Wii December 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [9]
29 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000 Grand Theft Auto Multi-platform October 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [41]
30 Super Mario World 26,662,500 Super Mario Multi-platform November 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [o]
31 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 26,500,000 Call of Duty Multi-platform November 8, 2011 Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Activision [43]
32 Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000 Call of Duty Multi-platform November 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [43]
33 Borderlands 2 26,000,000 Borderlands Multi-platform September 18, 2012 Gearbox Software 2K Games [44]
34 Pokémon Sun / Moon / Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon 25,370,000 Pokémon Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [p]
35 Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000 Grand Theft Auto Multi-platform April 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [46]
36 Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum 24,730,000 Pokémon Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [q]
37 Pokémon Sword / Shield 24,500,000 Pokémon Nintendo Switch November 15, 2019 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [15]
38 Super Mario Bros. 3 24,430,000 Super Mario Multi-platform October 23, 1988 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [r]
39 Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000 Call of Duty Multi-platform November 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [43]
40 FIFA 18 24,000,000 FIFA Multi-platform September 29, 2017 EA Vancouver EA Sports [49]
Kinect Adventures! None Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Xbox Game Studios [50]
42 Sonic the Hedgehog 23,982,960 Sonic the Hedgehog Multi-platform[c] June 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega [s]
43 Nintendogs 23,960,000 None Nintendo DS April 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [33]
44 Super Mario Odyssey 23,930,000 Super Mario Nintendo Switch October 27, 2017 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [15]
45 Mario Kart DS 23,600,000 Mario Kart Nintendo DS November 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [33]
46 Red Dead Redemption 23,000,000 Red Dead PS3 / Xbox 360 May 18, 2010 Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games [55]
47 Super Mario 64 / DS 22,960,000 Super Mario Nintendo 64 / DS June 23, 1996 / November 21, 2004 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [42]
48 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 22,700,000 Call of Duty Multi-platform November 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision [43]
49 Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald 22,540,000 Pokémon Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [t]
50 New Super Mario Bros. U / Deluxe / Luigi U 22,200,000 Super Mario Wii U / Switch November 18, 2012 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [58][59]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. ^ The original PC version sold over 33 million units, as of November 2019.[1]
  3. ^ a b c d Including paid mobile game downloads.
  4. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[2] and the full release on November 18, 2011, the game first accepted pre-orders on June 13, 2009, so it started accumulating sales at that time.[3]
  5. ^ Mobile, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
  6. ^ Originally released on NES and arcade platforms.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. sold more than 50 million units worldwide up until 1996.[11] 660,000 units were later sold on Wii Virtual Console,[12] Super Mario Bros. Deluxe version sold 5.07 million units on Game Boy Color, and Classic NES Series port sold 2.27 million units on Game Boy Advance.[13]
  8. ^ Mario Kart 8 sold 8.46 million units[14] and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 46.82 million units.[15]
  9. ^ Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy,[16][17] and 1.5 million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[18]
  10. ^ Tetris (NES) / Tetris (Game Boy)
  11. ^ Tetris (Game Boy) sold 35 million cartridges.[20] Tetris (NES) sold 8 million cartridges.[21]
  12. ^ Pac-Man:
  13. ^ Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units[17] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color.[38]
  14. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 27.14 million units on Nintendo Switch,[15] and 1.69 million units on Wii U.[39]
  15. ^ Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System[42] and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console,[12] and Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 sold 5.69 million units on Game Boy Advance.[42]
  16. ^ Sun and Moon sold 16.28 million units and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 9.09 million units.[45]
  17. ^ Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units,[33] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units.[47]
  18. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[48] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console,[12] and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 5.4 million units on Game Boy Advance.[13]
  19. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis,[51] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade,[52] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008,[53] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016.[54]
  20. ^ Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22 million units[56] and Emerald version sold 6.32 million units on Game Boy Advance.[57]

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