Nowadays, games are everywhere and we can find them anywhere. By playing games, we can have fun. Games have many types ranging from adventure, competition, racing, and many more.
We may have many games that are played by many people today. But away from all that, there are some games that were released long ago and are still selling even today.
These games are called the best-selling games of all time because even though they are old, they can still sell well until now. What are the games? Let’s take a look at the list below.
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1. Tetris – 520 Million (Best-Selling Game of All Time)
The best-selling game of all time at number one is Tetris, the most timeless game ever made with 520 million copies sold.
According to The Tetris Company, this number includes all available platforms. The majority came from mobile device users. The managing director of The Tetris Company, Henk Rogers said that Tetris had 425 million downloads on paid mobile devices in 2014.
Tetris was first released on the Soviet-developed electronic computer 60. At the time, there were many variations of the classic puzzle that had been created for over 50 different platforms. It eventually sold 35 million copies on Nintendo handheld consoles.
Release Date: June 6, 1984
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Mobile, Nintendo, and more
2. Minecraft – 238 Million
Minecraft has sold 238 million copies as of April 2021, with the company noting that the figure includes total sales across 22 available platforms. Then with movies, Netflix, education, toys, and other projects that have been completed or are in the works. Minecraft has transcended the medium in a way that few have before.
The concept of Minecraft may sound as simple as playing with a virtual Lego. Players can take blocks and build them into whatever they want. But something much bigger happened in the game. The music is both pleasant and relaxing, making many people very interested in playing it.
Release Date: May 17, 2009
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Switch, Wii U, 3DS, VR, Mobile and More
3. Grand Theft Auto 5 – 170 Million
Grand Theft Auto 5 is the best-selling games of all time even today. Rockstar’s most ambitious GTA sales have surpassed 170 million units as of September 2022. That figure is combined with the game’s total sales from three generations of consoles and PCs.
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, PS3, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Xbox 360
4. Wii Sports – 83 Million
According to the company Nintendo, Wii Sports is the best-selling game of all time ever. Most of the parts on this list were bundled with the console at some point, Wii Sports was bundled in almost all regions at launch. With sales of nearly 83 million copies, Wii Sports became Best Selling Nintendo Game on Console.
Release Date: November 19, 2006
5. PUBG – 75 Million
The game was instrumental in popularizing Battle Royale gaming over the past five years. No wonder PUBG is still one of the best-selling games of all time today. Krafton’s creative director Dave Curd told The Verge that they had sold 75 million copies of PUBG by December 2021.
Although downloads to free mobile devices don’t factor into overall revenue, it’s worth noting that PUBG Mobile was downloaded more than 1 billion times in 2021.
Release Date: March 23, 2017
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Stadia
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 57 Million
As of September 2022, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has become one of the best-selling games of all time ever with 48 million copies. But it didn’t stop there, the sales managed to increase to 57 million in a short period of time.
Most of the additional content released in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is simply DLC for the original Wii U game, meaning that any player still using a Wii U can massively upgrade the game through Nintendo’s EShop.
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Platforms: Switch, Wii U
7. Overwatch – 50 Million
According to a report published by Bloomberg in April 2022, Overwatch has successfully sold 50 million copies. Overwatch is an FPS genre with a very unique game design, carefully crafted characters, and continuous esports support. In October 2022, Overwatch released its follow-up sequel game, Overwatch 2.
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch
8. Super Mario Bros – 48 Million
Total sales of Super Mario Bros have reached over 48 million units, according to CESA. It is the best-selling NES game ever, with an estimated 48 million-plus sales sold on the console and several other versions also factored into the total sales.
The actual sales figures and the number of gamers who actually played Super Mario Bros. were significantly higher than the official sales. It’s important to remember that this number is combined with Super Mario games for the SNES, which sold millions of copies. Plus, it is currently free-to-play for anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online account.
Release Date: September 13. 1985
Platforms: NES/Famicom, Game Boy, and VR Console (Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Pokemon First Generation – 47 Million
The original era-defining Pokemon was available in two versions at launch before coming to other regions as Red, Blue and Green Pokemon. Meanwhile, the Yellow version (aka Special Pikachu Edition) started to make waves in 1998 and 2000.
Based on existing data, sales of Pokemon games have reached a total of 45 million copies, around 31.05 million for Red, Blue, and Green, and 14.64 million for Yellow. 1.5 million copies were also sold on 3DS via Virtual Console, according to Nintendo, bringing the total estimated first-generation Pokemon games to 47 million copies.
Release Date: February 27, 1996
Platforms: Game Boy and 3DS (Virtual Console)
10. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games’ latest game, Red Dead Redemption, comes in last on the list of best-selling games of all time. The game managed to score sales of 46 million copies in September 2022.
This game allows players to embark on missions and side quests in a huge open world. Players can explore the vast world, and play train chases and shootouts. All of it is a perfect gaming experience and has a huge leap in graphics from the original game.
Release Date: October 28, 2018
Platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One