Although sales aren’t the only metric relevant to how good a game is, it’s a decent measurement of how influential certain titles have been over time The top selling video games of all time will be listed in this list.
Almost all of the titles below were included as part of a hardware bundle at some point. Only seven of the games are exclusive to one console, and six of them are on Wii. There are multiple platforms for the other games. Many of the sales figures for the games are a couple of years old and are likely higher today.
Wii Play is part of a bundle but not a console. Instead, all copies of Wii Play were bundled with a Wii Remote. Even non-gamers could play the game.
This is one of the Wii’s most popular games, even if it isn’t its best.
19 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third highest grossing game of all time.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out of the blue. Not many were expecting the follow-up to be as popular as it was. An amazing open world, interesting characters, and an excellent loop made it hard to put down. You can use the mod to enhance the game.
Some of the side missions were more engaging than the main one. As of April 2020, it had sold over 28 million units nation creator. It was launched across PC, PS4 and XBOX One, reaching a huge audience in as many places as possible.
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18. Pokémon generation 2 — 29.49 million
Following in the footsteps of the wildly popular Pokémon games, generation two was bound to be successful. The games launched to an audience that was hungry for more and went on to sell over 30 million units.
Quality of life has been improved with the addition of generation two. You have a soft spot for these games if you are a fan of Pokémon.
After only three years, the 30 million sales of Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls was the most ever. There aren’t any reported figures for sales of the Nintendo Switch version of the game. It is likely that there have been many more copies of Diablo III.
The game has sold more than 30 million copies, though it is not certain where it is now. If you liked this one, keep an eye out for the next one.
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It’s difficult to say how many copies of the game have been sold. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Todd Howard reported that the game had sold more than 30 million copies. The average player spends more than 150 hours in the game, according to Howard.
The report came out before the releases of both games. There is more than one skill to mention. Take a look at these tips if you are just starting.
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15. Terraria — 30.3 million
Millions of copies of Terraria were sold worldwide after its launch in 2011. As of April 2020, it had sold 30 million copies, making it one of the most popular games of all time. Fourteen million copies were sold on the PC platform. It is worth playing on the PC with the ability to integrate Terraria mod.
The final expansion of the game, called Journey’s End, was recently released by its developer, and now they are working on something new. Is it as successful as Terraria? We need to see.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first single platform title. Nintendo says it has sold 30.28 million copies. It is the highest-selling stand-alone game on the Wii.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii was bundled with a red Wii console in celebration of Nintendo’s 25th anniversary
13. New Super Mario Bros. — 30.8 million
New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS is the best selling DS game of all time. It was the top selling game by a long shot, selling around 24 million copies.
New Super Mario Bros. was the first in a series of games that continued to this day. It was bundled with a Nintendo DS, which accounted for a decent portion of the sales.
12. Red Dead Redemption 2 — 32 million
Red Dead Redemption 2 gives us one of the best living, breathing open worlds we have ever seen. You will come across a cast of characters with realistic motives. The details are the real shining force and they are there a lot.
The environment, the animations, and the way other people react to you are all factors that affect the way the main character, Arthur Morgan, is portrayed. The game is slow and deliberate, but players still buy it. It sold over 32 million copies, which is incredible.
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The Wii Sports demo disc is included with every Wii console. The Wii controller was updated in 2009. The Wii MotionPlus accessory plugs into the Nunchuck port on the Wii controller.
The high sales volume is due to Nintendo’s clever bundling of games and accessories, which will be seen with other entries moving forward. One of the best Wii games of all time was created because players who wanted the Wii Motion Plus could buy it with Wii Sports Resort at no extra cost.
Mario Kart 8 didn’t do well, moving just over 8 million units. The lack of Wii U sales likely caused the lower than average figures, as the Nintendo Switch port of Mario Kart 8 is the top selling game so far.
This is a trend with other first-party titles. The Wii U version of New Super Mario Bros. U sold over 5 million copies. The Wii U version of New Super Mario Bros. U has sold more than 5 million units, despite being released nine years later. We have a beginner’s guide for tips and tricks, or you can take a look at where all of the Mario Kart 8 shortcuts are.
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9. Mario Kart Wii — 37.24 million
Another case of a console-bundled, accessory-bundled game has sold over 40 million copies. The Wii controller could fit inside the specially designed wheel. A black Wii bundle was sold by Nintendo, which included the game, a built-in Wii MotionPlus controller, and a special black wheel.
It is difficult to say how many copies of Mario Kart Wii were sold. Nintendo bundled the game with an exclusive red Wii mini, as well as a normal Wii and black Wii bundle. The base game has a wheel.
You can see how popular Wii Fit was by walking down the electronics aisle of a thrift store. Wii Fit included exercise into a video game, with a variety of yoga positions and strength training exercises. Wii Fit was a great addition to the family because it made everyone get off the couch and exercise.
Wii Fit sold 22 million units, making it the best-selling toy of all time. Wii Fit Plus, an enhanced version of the game, sold over 21 million copies. Wii Fit is the second most popular game on the Wii.
7. Pokémon Gen. 1 — 47.52 million
The Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green games are the most popular of the first-gen games. The first generation of Pokémon reached over 50 million players, with the original Japanese releases of Red and Green as well as the American releases of Red, Blue, and Yellow.
Around 46 million of those sales were from the Game Boy. Half of the sales of 1.5 million were from American customers.
6. Super Mario Bros. — 48.24 million
In the early days of home gaming, Super Mario Bros. was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Despite the smaller market, the game sold over 40 million copies. The Wii Virtual console, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance sold the most.
The 48 million includes both physical and digital sales. The number of people who have played Super Mario Bros. is likely to be higher. The game was one of the first titles to be released for Nintendo’s new console, Nintendo Switch Online.
5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — 70 million
As of 2020, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold over 70 million copies. The figure only includes PC and Xbox One sales. The number is likely higher since the game was released on PS4.
The number of players is more than 70 million. The game has over 400 million players, according to the sales announcement. Around 350 million of those players are on mobile devices.
4. Wii Sports — 82.9 million
Wii Sports is a way to get in. Even if the players did not want a copy, the game sold as many units as the Wii. Wii Sports sold more than 80 million units, making it the most successful product in Nintendo history.
The Wii sold 100 million units, but the last 20 million or so may be attributed to the Wii Mini.
3. Grand Theft Auto V — 135 million
15 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V have been sold so far in 2020, according to Take-Two. All sales of the game across generations are taken into account. The main reason for its success is due to Grand Theft Auto Online.
The goal of the component is to have the most luxurious life you can imagine. In-game purchases allow you to spend real world money on items in the game. You can either buy currency in the form of Shark cash, or you can buy a new copy of the game for a lower price. Players double or triple dip to get discounts on in-game cash.
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2. Minecraft — 200 million
We will get to next, but sales of the game aren’t clear. For sure, the number is high. The game has reached over 200 million people. The mobile title has a player base of nearly 500 million.
The game was free when it was first released. Within a few months, the game was pre-ordered and made money. The game can be downloaded for free with a subscription. It is worth it since it is one of the best games.
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1. Tetris — 495 million+
It’s difficult to track the sales of tchotchkes. The Game Boy release sold 35 million copies of the game. It rises quickly to the top when we consider the profits that are made from the paid app.
There are free versions of the game. The downloads of the game are only a small part of the total downloads.
The final point is that the figures are old and the game is still going strong. The best-selling game of all time is Tetris.
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