TOP 10 best-selling games of all time

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Published on 27/03/2020

There are many great games out there and some of the best-selling games were made a long time ago but ever since, they are keeping their position right where they belong to, on the TOP. Some of these classic games are Mario, Pokemon and Tetris. Can you guess who holds the lead in 2020?

10. Diablo III (30 million)




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Release date: 15th of May 2012

Diablo III is obviously one of the TOP best-selling games in the world. Its previous version, Diablo II was a large success and a milestone in every gamers’ life, however between the two version, there are more than 12 years difference which kept people waiting until the 15th of May 2012 when it was finally released and not more than 3 years after the initial release, more than 30 million of copies was sold. The action-RPG game was initially released on PC before it became available on last-gen consoles in 2013 – 2014.

9. Wii Sport Resort (33.15 million)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Release date: 25th of June 2009

Wii Sports Resort is the 3rd best-selling game of Nintendo, yet it is pretty underrated, in fact it is one of Nintendo’s lowest-ranked game. It was released on the 25th of June 2009 on one platform only, the Wii console. More than 33 million of copies has been sold which makes Wii Sports Resort the TOP 9 best-selling games of all times.

8. Mario Kart Wii (37.25 million)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Release date: 10th of April 2008

The official figures are origination from Nintendo itself which makes Mario Kart Wii the second most selling game on Wii platform. It was released on the 10th of April 2008, and since then, over 37 million of copies has been sold which makes it the 8th most selling games ever.

7. Super Mario Bros (40 million)

Platforms: Game Boy NES/Famicom Wii U 3DS Nintendo Wii
Release date: 13th of September 1985

Super Mario Bros is one of the old players which is very well known, and which was released on the 13th of September 1985. The total amount of pieces sold are reaching more than 40 million, however the virtual consoles such as Nintendo, Wii or 3DS are not counted into this figure which could potentially move it up a position but without the sufficient data, it is on the 7th place of the TOP selling games in 2020.

6. Pokemon Blue/Red/Green/Yellow (45.52 million)

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS Game Boy
Release date: 27th of February 1996

When Pokemon was initially released, there were two versions at that time, Red and Green which were released on the 27th of February 1996, but not long after, the Pokemon Red and Blue came out depending on territory. The latest edition of Pokemon was the Yellow, the special Pikachu edition around 1998 – 2000, again depending on where you lived. Pokemon was a big success and even until nowadays with over 45 million of copies sold over the decades. As of 2020, 1.5 million of copies have been sold on virtual machines according to Nintendo. The franchise has collectively sold over 300 million copies in total!

5. Playerunknown's battlegrounds (51 million)

Platforms: PS4 Xbox One Mobile PC
Release date: 23rd of March 2017

Playerunknown's battlegrounds also known as PUBG was initially released on the 23rd of March 2017 in early access. By June 2018, only a year after the release, it had sold over 50 million of copies which makes this game the 5th TOP best-selling games of all time (free downloads are not counted). It is staggering because it is such a new player in the field, yet it captures a big chunk of players worldwide. PUBG and PUBG Mobile combined together has a staggering 400 million of registered players.

4. Wii Sports (83 million)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Release date: 19th of November 2006

Wii Sports is a fantastic creation of Nintendo which attracts people from all ages. As the official sale figure shows, it is Nintendo’s most selling game ever that has over 82 million of sales in total. Wii is favoured by many people and it is because Wii was one of the first who introduced the idea of using motion controllers. Their main objective was to create something that people can use for entertainment purposes as well as actually experiencing physical advantages of doing so.

3. GTA 5 (110 million)

Platforms: PS4 PS3 Xbox One Xbox 360 PC
Release date: 17th of September 2013

Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the best games ever due to the wide range of aspects the game has. In 2018, GTA 5 became the third game reaching more than 100 million of copies but as it is today, more than 110 million of copies has been sold until now. Overall, it generated over $6 billion in revenue which is way more than any game or movie. The expectations were high upon the release because there were about 5 years between GTA 4 and GTA 5.

2. Minecraft (176 million)

Platforms: PS4 PS3 Xbox One Xbox 360 Nintendo Switch PC Nintendo Wii U Nintendo Wii PS Via Nintendo 3DS
Release date: 17th of May 2009

Minecraft is a very unique game with its iconic graphics that seems to be very popular in all ages. It is the 2nd TOP selling game that has reached over 176 million of copies sold with another 200 million free users registered in China. Minecraft is popular across many platforms and it is one of the greatest success stories of all time. Minecraft was released on the 17th of May 2009, which was the classic version and since then, there are tons of extensions, upgrades and all sort of mods available.

1. Tetris (500 million+)

Platforms: available on most platforms
Release date: 6th of June 1984

Tetris is a classic puzzle game well known by everybody. It was released on the 6th of June 1984. This is the oldest game in our TOP 10 best-seller games list and probably will remain the same for a good while as it is one of the timeless video games that has ever been created. In total, it has been made for more than 50 different platforms with more than 500 million copies sold worldwide!

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