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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
Electronika 60
in 1984 and then popularised upon its Game Boy
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
Game Boy
version.[4] Minecraft
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
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. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision
Activision
(seven titles, all in the Call of Duty
Call of Duty
franchise), Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(five titles, four of which are Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
releases) and Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
(three games in three different series). Aside from Nintendo
Nintendo
internal development divisions, Game Freak
Game Freak
is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with seven titles from the Pokémon
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

Sales figure includes paid mobile downloads

Sales figure includes expansion pack sales

No. Sales Title Developer(s)[a] Publisher(s)[a] Release date Platform(s) Ref.

1 170,000,000 Tetris
Tetris
Elektronorgtechnica Spectrum HoloByte[b] 000000001984-06-06-0000June 6, 1984 Multi-platform [2]

2 144,000,000 Minecraft
Minecraft
Mojang Mojang 000000002011-11-18-0000November 18, 2011[c] Multi-platform [5][10]

3 90,000,000 Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
V Rockstar North Rockstar Games 000000002013-09-17-0000September 17, 2013 Multi-platform [11]

4 82,830,000 Wii Sports
Wii Sports
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002006-11-19-0000November 19, 2006 Wii [6]

5 40,240,000 Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
Nintendo Nintendo 000000001985-09-13-0000September 13, 1985 NES [12]

6 37,020,000 Mario Kart Wii
Wii
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002008-04-10-0000April 10, 2008 Wii [6]

7 35,000,000 Overwatch Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 000000002016-05-24-0000May 24, 2016 Multi-platform [13]

8 33,060,000 Wii Sports
Wii Sports
Resort Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002009-06-25-0000June 25, 2009 Wii [6]

9 31,380,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Red and Blue Game Freak Nintendo 000000001996-02-27-0000February 27, 1996 Game Boy [14]

10 30,800,000 New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002006-05-15-0000May 15, 2006 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

11 30,110,000 New Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
Wii
Wii
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002009-11-11-0000November 11, 2009 Wii [6]

12 30,000,000 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks 000000002011-11-11-0000November 11, 2011 Multi-platform [16]

13 30,000,000[d] Diablo III
Diablo III
Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 000000002012-05-15-0000May 15, 2012 Multi-platform [17]

14 29,000,000 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation 000000002017-12-20-0000December 20, 2017 Multi-platform [18][19]

15 28,300,000 Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt
Nintendo
Nintendo
R&D1 Nintendo 000000001984-04-21-0000April 21, 1984 NES [20]

16 28,020,000 Wii
Wii
Play Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002006-12-02-0000December 2, 2006 Wii [6]

17 27,500,000 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar North Rockstar Games 000000002004-10-26-0000October 26, 2004 Multi-platform [21]

18 26,500,000 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Infinity Ward Sledgehammer Games Activision 000000002011-11-08-0000November 8, 2011 Multi-platform [22]

19 26,200,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops Treyarch Activision 000000002010-11-09-0000November 9, 2010 Multi-platform [22]

20 25,000,000 Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games 000000002008-04-29-0000April 29, 2008 Multi-platform [23]

21 24,200,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Treyarch Activision 000000002012-11-12-0000November 12, 2012 Multi-platform [22]

22 24,000,000 Kinect Adventures!
Kinect Adventures!
Good Science Studio Microsoft Studios 000000002010-11-04-0000November 4, 2010 Xbox 360 [24]

23 23,960,000 Nintendogs
Nintendogs
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002005-04-21-0000April 21, 2005 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

24 23,600,000 Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002005-11-14-0000November 14, 2005 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

25 23,100,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Gold and Silver Game Freak Nintendo 000000001999-11-21-0000November 21, 1999 Game Boy
Game Boy
Color [25]

26 22,700,000 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Infinity Ward Activision 000000002009-11-10-0000November 10, 2009 Multi-platform [22]

27 22,670,000 Wii
Wii
Fit Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002007-12-01-0000December 1, 2007 Wii [6]

28 21,130,000 Wii
Wii
Fit Plus Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002009-10-01-0000October 1, 2009 Wii [6]

29 20,610,000 Super Mario World
Super Mario World
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000001990-11-21-0000November 21, 1990 Super NES [26]

30 20,000,000 Frogger Konami Sega 000000001981-06-05-0000June 5, 1981 Multi-platform [27]

31 20,000,000 Lemmings DMA Design Psygnosis 000000001991-02-14-0000February 14, 1991 Multi-platform [28]

32 20,000,000 Terraria
Terraria
Re-Logic Re-Logic 000000002011-05-16-0000May 16, 2011 Multi-platform [29]

33 19,010,000 Brain Age Nintendo
Nintendo
SPD Nintendo 000000002005-05-19-0000May 19, 2005 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

34 19,000,000 Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward Activision 000000002013-11-05-0000November 5, 2013 Multi-platform [30]

35 18,140,000 Super Mario Land Nintendo
Nintendo
R&D1 Nintendo 000000001989-04-21-0000April 21, 1989 Game Boy [26]

36 17,670,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Diamond and Pearl Game Freak The Pokémon
Pokémon
Company 000000002006-09-28-0000September 28, 2006 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

37 17,500,000 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar North Rockstar Games 000000002002-10-27-0000October 27, 2002 Multi-platform [31]

38 17,280,000 Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
3 Nintendo
Nintendo
R&D4 Nintendo 000000001988-10-23-0000October 23, 1988 NES [26]

39 16,760,000 Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7
Nintendo
Nintendo
EAD Nintendo 000000002011-12-01-0000December 1, 2011 Nintendo
Nintendo
3DS [32]

40 16,260,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
X and Y Game Freak The Pokémon
Pokémon
Company 000000002013-10-12-0000October 12, 2013 Nintendo
Nintendo
3DS [32]

41 16,220,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Ruby and Sapphire Game Freak The Pokémon
Pokémon
Company 000000002002-11-21-0000November 21, 2002 Game Boy
Game Boy
Advance [33]

42 16,050,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Sun and Moon Game Freak The Pokémon
Pokémon
Company 000000002016-11-18-0000November 18, 2016 Nintendo
Nintendo
3DS [32]

43 16,000,000 The Sims Maxis Electronic Arts 000000002000-01-31-0000January 31, 2000 Multi-platform [34]

44 16,000,000 Need for Speed: Most Wanted EA Black Box Electronic Arts 000000002005-11-11-0000November 11, 2005 Multi-platform [35]

45 15,700,000 Call of Duty
Call of Duty
4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward Activision 000000002007-11-05-0000November 5, 2007 Multi-platform [22]

46 15,700,000 Call of Duty: World at War Treyarch Activision 000000002008-11-11-0000November 11, 2008 Multi-platform [22]

47 15,640,000 Pokémon
Pokémon
Black and White Game Freak The Pokémon
Pokémon
Company 000000002010-09-18-0000September 18, 2010 Nintendo
Nintendo
DS [15]

48 15,000,000 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Team Sega 000000001991-06-23-0000June 23, 1991 Sega
Sega
Mega Drive [36]

49 15,000,000 Red Dead Redemption Rockstar San Diego Rockstar Games 000000002010-05-18-0000May 18, 2010 Multi-platform [37]

50 15,000,000 Battlefield 3 EA DICE Electronic Arts 000000002011-10-25-0000October 25, 2011 Multi-platform [38]

See also

List of video games considered the best Lists of best-selling video games by platform List of best-selling video game franchises List of best-selling game consoles

Notes

^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise. ^ Tetris
Tetris
was originally licensed and published by Spectrum HoloByte, although other publishers of early ports of the game included Mirrorsoft, Infogrames
Infogrames
and Bullet-Proof Software. In 1996, the license to Tetris
Tetris
was officially transferred to The Tetris
Tetris
Company, which would publish later releases of the title with Bullet-Proof Software.[7] ^ Although Minecraft
Minecraft
was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[8] and the 1.0 version on November 18, 2011, the first version of Minecraft
Minecraft
which required a paid account was first publicly available on December 23, 2009,[9] therefore it started accumulating sales on that year. ^ The 30 million unit sales of Diablo III
Diablo III
include copies of the Reaper of Souls expansion pack in addition to the base game.[17]

References

^ Sparkes, Matthew (June 6, 2014). " Tetris
Tetris
at 30: a history of the world's most successful game". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ a b Gera, Emily (May 21, 2014). "This is how Tetris
Tetris
wants you to celebrate for its 30th anniversary". Polygon. Retrieved August 23, 2017.  ^ " Tetris
Tetris
sells 100 million on mobile devices". GameSpot. January 21, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2017.  ^ Wynne-Jones, Jonathan (June 6, 2009). "Computer game Tetris celebrates 25 years". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ a b Horti, Samuel. " Minecraft
Minecraft
had 74 million active players in December, a new record for the game". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 21, 2018.  ^ a b c d e f g h "Sales Data - Top Selling Title Sales Units - Wii Software". Nintendo. September 30, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.  ^ " Tetris
Tetris
Inventor Gets His Due in Historic Russia/US Joint Venture". PR Newswire. April 25, 1996. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Persson, Markus (May 17, 2009). " Minecraft
Minecraft
0.0.11a for public consumption : The Word of Notch". Tumblr. Retrieved April 1, 2018.  ^ Minecraft
Minecraft
Wiki's contributors (January 19, 2014). "Version history/Indev - Minecraft
Minecraft
Wiki". Minecraft
Minecraft
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Duck Hunt
- The Best Selling Video Game Of Every Year Since 1977". Complex. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ "From 1997- 2013: How the Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
series has evolved". ITV. September 13, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ a b c d e f "Call of Duty: A Short History". IGN. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Vincent, James (October 7, 2013). "GTA 5 has already beaten GTA 4's lifetime sales". The Independent. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Weinberger, Matt (September 9, 2015). "The downfall of Kinect: Why Microsoft gave up on its most promising product". Business Insider. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Top 10 of Everything 2017. London, England: Hachette UK. October 6, 2016. p. 115. ISBN 978-0600633747. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ a b c O'Malley, James (September 11, 2015). "30 Best-Selling Super Mario Games of All Time on the Plumber's 30th Birthday". Gizmodo. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ "New Frogger
Frogger
game arrives on mobiles". Gamesindustry.biz. February 24, 2006.  "10 things you didn't know about Frogger". Digital Spy. June 5, 2016.  ^ Plunkett, Luke (August 12, 2011). "What do Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
and Lemmings Have In Common?". Kotaku. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ " Terraria
Terraria
Passes 20 Million Units Sold, Future Plans Teased". GameSpot. February 18, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Briers, Michael (November 19, 2015). "Where Will Activision
Activision
Take the Call of Duty
Call of Duty
Franchise Next?". PlayStation LifeStyle. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ "Videos, leaks and rumours: The inside track to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V". ITV. September 12, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ a b c "Sales Data - Top Selling Title Sales Units - Nintendo
Nintendo
3DS Software". Nintendo. December 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2018.  ^ Rose, Mike (October 15, 2013). "Pokemon X & Y sell 4M copies in first weekend". Gamasutra. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ "The Sims Franchise Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary and Continues to Break Records". Business Wire. February 7, 2005. Retrieved April 26, 2017.  ^ Totu, Florian (October 22, 2009). "100 million Need for Speed
Need for Speed
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Battlefield 3
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Best-selling video game hardware and software

General

Video games Video game
Video game
franchises

longest-running

Console hardware

by region

Arcade games

Best-selling video games by platform

Atari

Atari 2600

Microsoft

Xbox Xbox 360 Xbox One

Nintendo

Nintendo
Nintendo
Entertainment System Super Nintendo
Nintendo
Entertainment System Nintendo
Nintendo
64 GameCube Wii Wii
Wii
U Nintendo
Nintendo
Switch

Game Boy
Game Boy
and Game Boy
Game Boy
Color Game Boy
Game Boy
Advance Nintendo
Nintendo
DS and DSi Nintendo
Nintendo
3DS and New 3DS

Sega

Sega
Sega
Genesis/Mega Drive

Sony

PlayStation PlayStation 2 PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4

Ot

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