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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 Minecraft, a sandbox video game originally released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 2011. The game has been ported to a wide range of platforms, selling over 176 million copies. Tetris 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 ownership, are not to be included; those belong on the list of most-played video games by player count instead.

List

Title Sales Platform(s) Initial release date Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Bundled with a console? Ref.
Minecraft 176,000,000[b] Multi-platform November 18, 2011[c] Mojang Mojang Green tickY [2]
Tetris 170,000,000[b] Multi-platform June 6, 1984 Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[d] Green tickY [4][e]
Grand Theft Auto V 110,000,000 Multi-platform September 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games Green tickY [8]
Wii Sports 82,870,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [9]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 50,000,000 Multi-platform December 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation Green tickY [10]
Super Mario Bros. 48,240,000 Multi-platform September 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo Green tickY [f]
Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 47,520,000 Multi-platform February 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo Green tickY [g]
Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus 43,800,000 Wii December 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [9]
Mario Kart Wii 37,200,000 Wii April 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [9]
Wii Sports Resort 33,100,000 Wii June 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [9]
New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [17]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,260,000 Wii November 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [9]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [18] 30,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks Green tickY [19]
Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 30,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment Green tickY [20]
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 29,490,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo Green tickY [h]
Duck Hunt 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo Green tickY [22]
Wii Play 28,020,000 Wii December 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo ?N [9]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games ?N [23]
Terraria 27,000,000[b] Multi-platform May 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic ?N [24]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 26,500,000 Multi-platform November 8, 2011 Infinity Ward
Sledgehammer Games
Activision Green tickY [25]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000 Multi-platform November 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision ?N [25]
Mario Kart 8/Deluxe 25,130,000 Multi-platform May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [26][27]
Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000 Multi-platform April 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games Green tickY [28]
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 24,730,000 Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Green tickY [i]
Pokémon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon 24,520,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Green tickY [j]
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000 Multi-platform November 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision ?N [25]
FIFA 18 24,000,000 Multi-platform September 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts Green tickY [31]
Kinect Adventures! 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios Green tickY [32]
Red Dead Redemption 2 24,000,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games Green tickY [33]
Sonic the Hedgehog 23,982,960[b] Multi-platform June 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega Green tickY [k]
Nintendogs 23,960,000 Nintendo DS April 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [17]
Mario Kart DS 23,600,000 Nintendo DS November 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [17]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 22,700,000 Multi-platform November 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision Green tickY [25]
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 22,540,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Green tickY [l]
Super Mario World 20,972,500 Multi-platform November 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [m]
Frogger 20,000,000 Multi-platform June 5, 1981 Konami Sega ?N [40][41]
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000 Multi-platform October 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games ?N [42]
Lemmings 20,000,000 Multi-platform February 14, 1991 DMA Design Psygnosis ?N [43]
Borderlands 2 20,000,000 Multi-platform September 18, 2012 Gearbox Software 2K Games ?N [44]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20,000,000 Multi-platform May 19, 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt ?N [45]
Brain Age 19,010,000 Nintendo DS May 19, 2005 Nintendo SPD Nintendo Green tickY [17]
Super Mario Bros. 3 19,000,000 Multi-platform October 23, 1988 Nintendo Nintendo Green tickY [n]
Call of Duty: Ghosts 19,000,000 Multi-platform November 5, 2013 Infinity Ward Activision ?N [47]
Super Mario Land 18,370,500 Multi-platform April 21, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo Green tickY [o]
Mario Kart 7 18,260,000 Nintendo 3DS December 1, 2011 Nintendo EAD Nintendo Green tickY [30]
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 17,770,000[b] Multi-platform June 23, 2011 Sumo Digital Sega ?N [p]
Grand Theft Auto III 17,500,000 Multi-platform October 22, 2001 DMA Design Rockstar Games ?N [54]
The Last of Us/Remastered 17,000,000 Multi-platform June 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment Green tickY [55]
Pokémon X and Y 16,390,000 Nintendo 3DS October 12, 2013 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Green tickY [30]
The Sims 16,000,000 Multi-platform January 31, 2000 Maxis Electronic Arts ?N [56]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads
  3. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[1] 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, therefore it started accumulating sales that year.
  4. ^ 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.[3]
  5. ^ Tetris sold 70million physical retail units[5] (including 35million Game Boy version sales)[6] and 100million paid mobile game downloads.[7]
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. sold 40.24million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[11] and 660,000 units on Wii Virtual Console,[12]Super Mario Bros. Deluxe version sold 5.07million units on Game Boy Color, and Classic NES Series port sold 2.27million units on Game Boy Advance.[13]
  7. ^ Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02million units on Game Boy[14][15] and 1.5million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[16]
  8. ^ Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1million units[15] and Crystal version sold 6.39million units on Game Boy Color.[21]
  9. ^ Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67million units,[17] and Platinum version sold 7.06million units.[29]
  10. ^ Sun and Moon sold 16.15million units[30] and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 8.37million units.[30]
  11. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15million units on Sega Genesis,[34] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade,[35] 8million paid mobile downloads up until 2008,[36] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016.[37]
  12. ^ Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22million units[38] and Emerald version sold 6.32million units on Game Boy Advance.[39]
  13. ^ Super Mario World sold 20.61million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console.[12]
  14. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[46] and 1million units on Wii Virtual Console.[12]
  15. ^ Super Mario Land sold 18.14million units on Game Boy,[48] and 230,500 units on 3DS Virtual Console.[49]
  16. ^ Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing sold 16.7million units on iOS[50] (where it was released as a paid download),[51][52] and 1.07million units on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS.[53]

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