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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. The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms and sold in excess of 170 million copies, including 100 million paid mobile game downloads and 35 million Game Boy version sales.[1] Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V are the only other 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.

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, Electronic Arts, and Sega. Aside from Nintendo's internal development teams, Game Freak is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with six from the Pokémon series. The oldest game in the top 50 is Frogger, which was released in June 1981. Games reported on by player count instead of official sales figures, such as registered accounts, subscriptions, or free-to-play game owners, are not to be included; those belong on the list of most-played 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) Initial 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] [3][c]
Minecraft Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads 154,000,000 Multi-platform November 18, 2011[d] Mojang Mojang [9]
Grand Theft Auto V Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 100,000,000 Multi-platform September 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [10]
Wii Sports Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 82,860,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
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]
Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 47,520,000 Multi-platform February 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [e]
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus 43,800,000 Wii December 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Super Mario Bros. Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 43,170,000 Multi-platform September 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo [f]
Mario Kart Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 37,140,000 Wii April 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Wii Sports Resort Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 33,090,000 Wii June 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [19]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 30,220,000 Wii November 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 30,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [20]
Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 30,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment [21]
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 29,490,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [g]
Duck Hunt Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [23]
Wii Play 28,020,000 Wii December 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [11]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [24]
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 [25]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000 Multi-platform November 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [25]
Grand Theft Auto IV Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 25,000,000 Multi-platform April 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [26]
Terraria Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads 25,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic [27]
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 24,730,000 Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [h]
Pokémon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon 24,420,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [i]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000 Multi-platform November 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [25]
FIFA 18 24,000,000 Multi-platform September 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts [30]
Kinect Adventures! Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios [31]
Sonic the Hedgehog Game was shipped with a console during its lifetimeSales figure includes paid mobile downloads 23,982,960 Multi-platform June 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega [j]
Nintendogs Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,960,000 Nintendo DS April 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [19]
Mario Kart DS Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,600,000 Nintendo DS November 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [19]
Mario Kart 8/Deluxe Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,440,000 Multi-platform May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [36][37]
Red Dead Redemption 2 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 23,000,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games [38]
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 [25]
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 22,540,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [k]
Super Mario World Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 20,972,500 Multi-platform November 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [l]
Frogger 20,000,000 Multi-platform June 5, 1981 Konami Sega [41][42]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000 Multi-platform October 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [43]
Lemmings 20,000,000 Multi-platform February 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis [44]
Brain Age 19,010,000 Nintendo DS May 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo [19]
Super Mario Bros. 3 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 19,000,000 Multi-platform October 23, 1988 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo [m]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000 Multi-platform November 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision [46]
Super Mario Land 18,370,500 Multi-platform April 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [n]
Mario Kart 7 Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 18,110,000 Nintendo 3DS December 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [29]
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads 17,770,000 Multi-platform June 23, 2011 Sumo Digital Sega [o]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000 Multi-platform October 22, 2001 DMA Design Rockstar Games [53]
The Last of Us/Remastered Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 17,000,000 Multi-platform June 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [54]
Pokémon X and Y Game was shipped with a console during its lifetime 16,370,000 Nintendo 3DS October 12, 2013 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [29]
The Sims 16,000,000 Multi-platform January 31, 2000 Maxis Electronic Arts [55]
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 16,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2005 EA Black Box Electronic Arts [56]
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 15,700,000 Multi-platform November 5, 2007 Infinity Ward Activision [25][citation needed]

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.[2]
  3. ^ Tetris sold 70 million physical retail units[4] (including 35 million Game Boy version sales)[5] and 100 million paid mobile game downloads.[6]
  4. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[7] 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,[8] therefore it started accumulating sales that year.
  5. ^ Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy[13][14] and 1.5 million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[15]
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. sold 40.24 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[16] and 660,000 units on Wii Virtual Console,[17] and Classic NES Series port sold 2.27 million units on Game Boy Advance.[18]
  7. ^ Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units[14] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color.[22]
  8. ^ Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units,[19] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units.[28]
  9. ^ Sun and Moon sold 16.14 million units[29] and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 8.28 million units.[29]
  10. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis,[32] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade,[33] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008,[34] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016.[35]
  11. ^ Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22 million units[39] and Emerald version sold 6.32 million units on Game Boy Advance.[40]
  12. ^ Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console.[17]
  13. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[45] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console.[17]
  14. ^ Super Mario Land sold 18.14 million units on Game Boy,[47] and 230,500 units on 3DS Virtual Console.[48]
  15. ^ Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing sold 16.7 million units on iOS[49] (where it was released as a paid download),[50][51] and 1.07 million units on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS.[52]

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