List of best-selling video games

This is a list of video games that have sold the highest number of software units worldwide. The best-selling video game to date is Minecraft, a sandbox game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling more than 238 million copies across all platforms. Grand Theft Auto V and EA's Tetris are the only other known video games to have sold over 100 million copies. The best-selling game on a single platform is Wii Sports, with nearly 83 million sales for the Wii console.

Among the top 50 best-selling video games on this list, over half were developed or published by Nintendo, including four of the top ten; four Nintendo titles were published with their affiliate, The Pokémon Company. Other publishers with multiple entries in the top 50 include Activision and Rockstar Games with five games each, Electronic Arts with three games, and Namco Bandai with two games. Nintendo EAD is the developer with the most games in the top 50, with thirteen titles on the list, followed by Game Freak with six Pokémon games. The oldest game in the top 50 is Pac-Man, released in May 1980, while the most recent is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, released in March 2020.

Games reported on by player count instead of official sales figures, such as registered accounts, subscriptions, or free-to-play ownership, are included on the list of most-played video games by player count instead. For the best-selling video game franchises, see the list of best-selling video game franchises. Games reported on by gross revenue are included on the list of highest-grossing arcade games and list of highest-grossing mobile games.


RankTitleSalesSeriesPlatform(s)Initial release dateDeveloper(s)[a]Publisher(s)[a]Ref
1Minecraft238,000,000[b]MinecraftMulti-platform[c]November 18, 2011[d]Mojang StudiosXbox Game Studios[4][5]
2Grand Theft Auto V169,000,000Grand Theft AutoMulti-platformSeptember 17, 2013Rockstar NorthRockstar Games[6]
3Tetris (EA)100,000,000TetrisMulti-platform[e]September 12, 2006EA MobileElectronic Arts[7][8]
4Wii Sports82,900,000WiiWiiNovember 19, 2006Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
5PUBG: Battlegrounds75,000,000PUBG UniverseMulti-platformDecember 20, 2017PUBG CorporationPUBG Corporation[10]
6Super Mario Bros.58,000,000Super MarioMulti-platform[f]September 13, 1985Nintendo R&D4Nintendo[g]
7Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe55,280,000Mario KartWii U / SwitchMay 29, 2014Nintendo EADNintendo[h]
8Overwatch50,000,000OverwatchMulti-platformMay 24, 2016Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard Entertainment[16]
9Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow47,520,000PokémonGame Boy / ColorFebruary 27, 1996Game FreakNintendo[i]
10Red Dead Redemption 245,000,000Red DeadMulti-platformOctober 26, 2018Rockstar StudiosRockstar Games[6]
11Terraria44,500,000NoneMulti-platform[c]May 16, 2011Re-LogicRe-Logic / 505 Games[20]
12Wii Fit / Plus43,800,000WiiWiiDecember 1, 2007Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
13Tetris (1989)[j]43,000,000TetrisGame Boy / NESJune 14, 1989Nintendo R&D1Nintendo[k]
14Pac-Man42,071,635Pac-ManMulti-platform[c]May 22, 1980NamcoNamco[l]
15The Witcher 3 / Hearts of Stone / Blood and Wine40,000,000The WitcherMulti-platformMay 19, 2015CD Projekt RedCD Projekt[33]
16Animal Crossing: New Horizons39,380,000Animal CrossingNintendo SwitchMarch 20, 2020Nintendo EPDNintendo[15]
17Mario Kart Wii37,380,000Mario KartWiiApril 10, 2008Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
18Wii Sports Resort33,140,000WiiWiiJune 25, 2009Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
19New Super Mario Bros.30,800,000Super MarioNintendo DSMay 15, 2006Nintendo EADNintendo[34]
20New Super Mario Bros. Wii30,320,000Super MarioWiiNovember 11, 2009Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
21Call of Duty: Modern Warfare30,000,000Call of DutyMulti-platformOctober 25, 2019Infinity WardActivision[35]
Diablo III / Reaper of SoulsDiabloMulti-platformMay 16, 2012Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard Entertainment[36]
Human: Fall FlatNoneMulti-platformJuly 22, 2016No Brakes GamesCurve Digital[37]
The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe Elder ScrollsMulti-platformNovember 11, 2011Bethesda Game StudiosBethesda Softworks[38]
25Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal29,490,000PokémonGame Boy ColorNovember 21, 1999Game FreakNintendo[m]
26The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild28,840,000The Legend of ZeldaWii U / SwitchMarch 3, 2017Nintendo EPDNintendo[n]
27Super Smash Bros. Ultimate28,820,000Super Smash Bros.Nintendo SwitchDecember 7, 2018Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd.Nintendo[15]
28Duck Hunt28,300,000NoneNESApril 21, 1984Nintendo R&D1Nintendo[41]
29Wii Play28,020,000WiiWiiDecember 2, 2006Nintendo EADNintendo[9]
30The Walking Dead28,000,000The Walking DeadMulti-platformApril 24, 2012Telltale GamesTelltale Games[42]
31Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas27,500,000Grand Theft AutoMulti-platformOctober 26, 2004Rockstar NorthRockstar Games[43]
32Super Mario World26,662,500Super MarioMulti-platformNovember 21, 1990Nintendo EADNintendo[o]
33Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 326,500,000Call of DutyMulti-platformNovember 8, 2011Infinity Ward / SledgehammerActivision[45]
34Call of Duty: Black Ops26,200,000Call of DutyMulti-platformNovember 9, 2010TreyarchActivision[45]
35Borderlands 226,000,000BorderlandsMulti-platformSeptember 18, 2012Gearbox Software2K Games[46]
36Pokémon Sun / Moon / Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon25,370,000PokémonNintendo 3DSNovember 18, 2016Game FreakNintendo / The Pokémon Company[p]
37Grand Theft Auto IV25,000,000Grand Theft AutoMulti-platformApril 29, 2008Rockstar NorthRockstar Games[48]
38Pokémon Diamond / Pearl / Platinum24,730,000PokémonNintendo DSSeptember 28, 2006Game FreakNintendo / The Pokémon Company[q]
39Pokémon Sword / Shield24,500,000PokémonNintendo SwitchNovember 15, 2019Game FreakNintendo / The Pokémon Company[15]
40Super Mario Bros. 324,430,000Super MarioMulti-platformOctober 23, 1988Nintendo EADNintendo[r]
41Call of Duty: Black Ops II24,200,000Call of DutyMulti-platformNovember 12, 2012TreyarchActivision[45]
42FIFA 1824,000,000FIFAMulti-platformSeptember 29, 2017EA VancouverEA Sports[51]
Kinect Adventures!NoneXbox 360November 4, 2010Good Science StudioXbox Game Studios[52]
44Sonic the Hedgehog23,982,960Sonic the HedgehogMulti-platform[c]June 23, 1991Sonic TeamSega[s]
45Nintendogs23,960,000NoneNintendo DSApril 21, 2005Nintendo EADNintendo[34]
46Super Mario Odyssey23,930,000Super MarioNintendo SwitchOctober 27, 2017Nintendo EPDNintendo[15]
47Mario Kart DS23,600,000Mario KartNintendo DSNovember 14, 2005Nintendo EADNintendo[34]
48Red Dead Redemption23,000,000Red DeadPS3 / Xbox 360May 18, 2010Rockstar San DiegoRockstar Games[57]
49Super Mario 64 / DS22,960,000Super MarioNintendo 64 / DSJune 23, 1996 / November 21, 2004Nintendo EADNintendo[44]
50Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 222,700,000Call of DutyMulti-platformNovember 10, 2009Infinity WardActivision[45]

See also


  1. ^ a b Only developers and publishers for the original release of each game are listed, except where noted otherwise.
  2. ^ The original PC version sold over 33 million units, as of November 2019.[1]
  3. ^ a b c d Including paid mobile game downloads.
  4. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[2] and the full release on November 18, 2011, the game first accepted pre-orders on June 13, 2009, so it started accumulating sales at that time.[3]
  5. ^ Mobile, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
  6. ^ Originally released on NES and arcade platforms.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. sold more than 50 million units worldwide up until 1996.[11] 660,000 units were later sold on Wii Virtual Console,[12] Super Mario Bros. Deluxe version sold 5.07 million units on Game Boy Color, and Classic NES Series port sold 2.27 million units on Game Boy Advance.[13]
  8. ^ Mario Kart 8 sold 8.46 million units[14] and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 46.82 million units.[15]
  9. ^ Red, Green, Blue and Yellow versions sold 46.02 million units on Game Boy,[17][18] and 1.5 million units on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.[19]
  10. ^ Tetris (NES) / Tetris (Game Boy)
  11. ^ Tetris (Game Boy) sold 35 million cartridges.[21] Tetris (NES) sold 8 million cartridges.[22]
  12. ^ Pac-Man:
  13. ^ Gold and Silver versions sold 23.1 million units[18] and Crystal version sold 6.39 million units on Game Boy Color.[39]
  14. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold 27.14 million units on Nintendo Switch,[15] and 1.70 million units on Wii U.[40]
  15. ^ Super Mario World sold 20.61 million units on Super Nintendo Entertainment System[44] and 362,500 units on Wii Virtual Console,[12] and Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 sold 5.69 million units on Game Boy Advance.[44]
  16. ^ Sun and Moon sold 16.28 million units and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 9.09 million units.[47]
  17. ^ Diamond and Pearl versions sold 17.67 million units,[34] and Platinum version sold 7.06 million units.[49]
  18. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 18 million units on Nintendo Entertainment System[50] and 1 million units on Wii Virtual Console,[12] and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 sold 5.4 million units on Game Boy Advance.[13]
  19. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog sold 15 million units on Sega Genesis,[53] 482,960 units on Xbox Live Arcade,[54] 8 million paid mobile downloads up until 2008,[55] and over 500,000 paid Android downloads between 2013 and 2016.[56]