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 loveable 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 could 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.
5. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
The game that started it all. The original side-scroller that captured the hearts and imaginations of kids everywhere. Released way back in 1985, who would have thought this obscure, moustachioed plumber would stand the test of time. Heralded as Miyamoto’s masterpiece, this seminal game has it all: a fun cast of characters, brilliant design, responsive controls and an unforgettable sound track. Not only did it play well but it sold well, incredibly well. It was the highest-selling game of all time on a single platform for more than three decades. It has moved a whopping 40.24 million units worldwide.
4. Grand Theft Auto V (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC)
It’s hard to find a more complete gaming experience than Grant Theft Auto V. Gamers were thrown into a living, breathing open world that begged for mischief to be done. It had a memorable cast of beautifully flawed characters, a cinematic storyline that drove players from one insane scenario to the next and a selection of sweaters at Ponsonby’s that had you choosing outfits for hours on end. While it did receive some criticism for its violent subject matter it didn’t stop people all over the world buying this game in the millions, in fact it became the fastest selling entertainment product of all time, earning an outrageous US$1 billion in its first three days. To date it has managed to push 45 million copies worldwide.
3. Minecraft (Windows, OS X, Linux, Java, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Mobile)
When the full version was released in 2011, this sandbox indie title amassed millions of raving fans and a heap of industry awards. Praised for its innovative gameplay this wacky game has seen players hording resources, building masterpieces and is responsible for more ‘let’s plays’ than Pewdiepie himself. In November 2014 Microsoft announced they were acquiring developer Mojang, including the Mindcraft IP, for a whopping US$2.5 billion. Microsoft most likely made their decision after taking a glance at the sheer amount of copies the game had sold which to date is a mind melting 65 million.
2. Wii Sports (Nintendo Wii)
This might come as a bit of surprise but Wii Sports is indeed the second best-selling video game of all time. It should be noted though that this game was bundled with the Nintendo Wii which contributed significantly to its sales figures. Released back in 2006, it was a launch title for the Nintendo Wii and was the flagship game to introduce the new motion-sensing technology of the console. It was received well critically and commercially, garnering a number of awards. It’s sales figures are astronomical with 82.69 million units sold worldwide.
1. Tetris (Mobile)
And the number one selling game of all time is… Tetris! Wait what? Oh this is bull. We had that already! Wait wait. Before you throw your hot dogs at the screen and down vote this article hear me out. The Tetris earlier in this list was for Game Boy, this one is for mobile. Ahem… yeah it still feels cheap doesn’t it? Either way, the winner is Tetris for Mobile. 100 million units. That’s it I’m outta here.
Well there you go, the best-selling video games of all time. Any surprises? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!