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List of Best-selling Video Games

The best-selling video game to date is Minecraft, a sandbox video game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling 200 million copies across all platforms. Grand Theft Auto V and EA's Tetris mobile game 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, half were developed or published by Nintendo, four of which they 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 and Sony with two games each. 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, which was released in July 1980.

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 this list. 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 Platform(s) Initial release date Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Ref(s).
1 Minecraft 200,000,000[b] Multi-platform November 18, 2011[c] Mojang Studios Xbox Game Studios [4]
2 Grand Theft Auto V 145,000,000 Multi-platform September 17, 2013 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [5]
3 Tetris (EA) 100,000,000 Mobile September 12, 2006 EA Mobile Electronic Arts [6]
4 Wii Sports 82,900,000 Wii November 19, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
5 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 70,000,000 Multi-platform December 20, 2017 PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation [8]
6 Super Mario Bros. 58,000,000 NES / Arcade September 13, 1985 Nintendo Nintendo [d]
7 Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow 47,520,000 Game Boy / Color February 27, 1996 Game Freak Nintendo [e]
8 Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe 43,840,000 Wii U / Switch May 29, 2014 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [f]
9 Wii Fit / Plus 43,800,000 Wii December 1, 2007 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
10 Tetris (Nintendo) 43,000,000 Game Boy / NES June 14, 1989 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [g]
11 Pac-Man 40,955,092 Multi-platform July 1980 Namco Namco [h]
12 Mario Kart Wii 37,380,000 Wii April 10, 2008 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
13 Red Dead Redemption 2 37,000,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2018 Rockstar Studios Rockstar Games [5]
14 Terraria 35,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2011 Re-Logic Re-Logic / 505 Games [26]
15 Wii Sports Resort 33,140,000 Wii June 25, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons 32,630,000 Nintendo Switch March 20, 2020 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [16]
17 New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 Nintendo DS May 15, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [27]
18 New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,320,000 Wii November 11, 2009 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
19 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 30,000,000 Multi-platform November 11, 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [28]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30,000,000 Multi-platform October 25, 2019 Infinity Ward Activision [29]
Diablo III / Reaper of Souls 30,000,000 Multi-platform May 16, 2012 Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment [30]
The Witcher 3 / Hearts of Stone / Blood and Wine 30,000,000 Multi-platform May 19, 2015 CD Projekt Red CD Projekt [31]
Human: Fall Flat 30,000,000 Multi-platform July 22, 2016 No Brakes Games Curve Digital [32]
24 Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal 29,490,000 Game Boy Color November 21, 1999 Game Freak Nintendo [i]
25 Duck Hunt 28,300,000 NES April 21, 1984 Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo [34]
26 Wii Play 28,020,000 Wii December 2, 2006 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [7]
27 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 27,500,000 Multi-platform October 26, 2004 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [35]
28 Super Mario World 26,662,500 Multi-platform November 21, 1990 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [j]
29 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 26,500,000 Multi-platform November 8, 2011 Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Activision [37]
30 Call of Duty: Black Ops 26,200,000 Multi-platform November 9, 2010 Treyarch Activision [37]
31 Pokémon Sun / Moon / Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon 25,090,000 Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [k]
32 Grand Theft Auto IV 25,000,000 Multi-platform April 29, 2008 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [39]
33 Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum 24,730,000 Nintendo DS September 28, 2006 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [l]
34 Super Mario Bros. 3 24,430,000 Multi-platform October 23, 1988 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [m]
35 Call of Duty: Black Ops II 24,200,000 Multi-platform November 12, 2012 Treyarch Activision [37]
36 Kinect Adventures! 24,000,000 Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Good Science Studio Xbox Game Studios [42]
FIFA 18 24,000,000 Multi-platform September 29, 2017 EA Canada Electronic Arts [43]
38 Sonic the Hedgehog 23,982,960 Multi-platform June 23, 1991 Sonic Team Sega [n]
39 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 23,970,000 Wii U / Switch March 3, 2017 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [o]
40 Nintendogs 23,960,000 Nintendo DS April 21, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [27]
41 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 23,840,000 Nintendo Switch December 7, 2018 Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd. Nintendo [16]
42 Mario Kart DS 23,600,000 Nintendo DS November 14, 2005 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [27]
43 Super Mario 64 / DS 22,960,000 Nintendo 64 / DS June 23, 1996 Nintendo EAD Nintendo [36]
44 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 22,700,000 Multi-platform November 10, 2009 Infinity Ward Activision [37]
45 Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald 22,540,000 Game Boy Advance November 21, 2002 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [p]
46 Borderlands 2 22,000,000 Multi-platform September 18, 2012 Gearbox Software 2K Games [51]
47 Pokémon Sword / Shield 21,100,000 Nintendo Switch November 15, 2019 Game Freak Nintendo / The Pokémon Company [16]
48 Super Mario Odyssey 20,830,000 Nintendo Switch October 27, 2017 Nintendo EPD Nintendo [16]
49 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 20,000,000 Multi-platform October 27, 2002 Rockstar North Rockstar Games [52]
The Last of Us / Remastered 20,000,000 PS3 / PS4 June 14, 2013 Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [53]

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 units, as of November 2019.[1]
  3. ^ 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]
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. sold more than units worldwide up until 1996.[9] 660,000 units were later sold on Wii Virtual Console,[10] Super Mario Bros. Deluxe version sold units on Game Boy Color, and Classic NES Series port sold units on Game Boy Advance.[11]
  5. ^ Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02million units on Game Boy,[12][13] and 1.5million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[14]
  6. ^ Mario Kart 8 sold units[15] and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold units.[16]
  7. ^ Tetris (Game Boy) sold cartridges.[17] Tetris (NES) sold cartridges.[18]
  8. ^ The Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man sold 7,956,413 cartridges by 1983.[19] The 1982 Coleco tabletop game sold units.[20] The Family Computer (Famicom) and Famicom Mini (Game Boy Advance) versions sold 598,679 copies in Japan,[21][22] and the 2004 Game Boy Advance re-release sold an additional 400,000 in North America.[23] Thunder Mountain's 1986 budget release for home computers sold over 500,000 copies.[24] The mobile phone version sold over 30 million units.[25]
  9. ^ Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1million units[13] and Crystal version sold 6.39million units on Game Boy Color.[33]
  10. ^ Super Mario World sold units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System[36] and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console,[10] and Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 sold units on Game Boy Advance.[36]
  11. ^ Sun and Moon sold 16.20million units and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 8.89million units.[38]
  12. ^ Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67million units,[27] and Platinum version sold 7.06million units.[40]
  13. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 sold units on Nintendo Entertainment System[41] and 1million units on Wii Virtual Console,[10] and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 sold units on Game Boy Advance.[11]
  14. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15million units on Sega Genesis,[44] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade,[45] 8million paid mobile downloads up until 2008,[46] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016.[47]
  15. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold units on Nintendo Switch,[16] and units on Wii U.[48]
  16. ^ Ruby and Sapphire versions sold 16.22million units[49] and Emerald version sold 6.32million units on Game Boy Advance.[50]

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