Here are the 10 best-selling video games of all time. It’s almost certain that many of these titles and the characters in them have graced your screens, from that lovable moustachioed plumber to the unsettling antics of Trevor in GTA V, join us as we take a look at the highest-selling video games of all time.
Notes and provisos: this list of best-selling video games was compiled according to sales data from Wikipedia and VGsales. If you don’t particularly like Nintendo then this list will make you cringe but please remember it’s based on sales figures and in no way represents our opinion.
10. New Super Mario Bros. (Wii)
This title saw a return to form with some good ole fashion side-scrolling mayhem. Released in 2009 it was the first side-scroller Mario game to feature 4 player simultaneous gameplay. You and three friends can team up and traverse through nine magical worlds, totalling an impressive 80 levels. Greeted with commercial and critical success this entry into the franchise amassed 29.32 million units sold.
9. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS)
Following on from the previous entry is its predecessor New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS. Released in 2006, this was the first Mario game to return to its side-scrolling roots since Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins in 1992. It had great gameplay and improved on many of the shortcomings of earlier titles however many critics suggested it was still too similar to previous games in the franchise. Nevertheless, players loved it and it sold in droves, moving 30.79 million units.
8. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo Wii)
Released in 2009 Wii Sports Resort for the Nintendo Wii had players all over the world looking like possessed maniacs as they pranced about their living rooms pretending to play golf, throw Frisbees, swing swords and competitively canoe. This game was a lot of fun, especially with a few friends around. It picked up some high review scores with a commendable 80% on Metacritic which lead to an incredible 32.8 million units sold.
7. Tetris (Game Boy, Game Boy Colour)
Released in 1998, this block ramming puzzler caused heartache and countless gaming blisters as we tried rearranging those pesky Tetriminos. It was all about seeing two and three moves ahead until that shit of a zig-zag brick brought it all crashing down. Brandishing legendary status, this highly-addictive video game staple has managed to move a mind bending 35 million units world-wide.
6. Mario Kart Wii (Nintento Wii)
If you played the old-school Mario Karts, no doubt you did, there was just something so satisfying about spinning your friends out with blue shells and banana peels and this 2008 addition to the franchise is no different. While it didn’t bring anything revolutionary, it did come with some sleek visuals, solid driving mechanics, devious items and a classic cast of characters. After receiving a positive response from fans and critics alike the 6th instalment in the series mushroom boosted its way to the best-selling racing game of all time, with a staggering 36.38 million copies sold worldwide.
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