Top 10 Best-Selling Video Games of All Time

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Who doesn’t like to play video games?

Show me anyone that says they’d never played a video game in their whole entire life and I will show you a big fat liar!

This top 10 list of the best-selling video games of all time, features popular old school video games from the 80’s, as well as the latest video games that are attracting hordes of new gamers across multiple platforms.

The video game industry is big business, it is a billionaire dollar industry that continues to grow larger every single year.

Rockstar Games, Nintendo, Electronic Arts and other big-name video game publishers are releasing new addictive smash hits on a regular basis to make sure their gaming junkies get their frequent fix.

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the 2nd best selling Nintendo video game of all time – Super Mario Bros.
The gaming industry grossed over $100 billion dollars in 2017…

…No wonder so many people are becoming aspiring YouTube gamers in order to jump onto the lucrative gravy train.

Nintendo dominates this top ten list with its most popular games.

I personally don’t understand why video console games are doing so well, a pc gamer once told me that all she needs is an internet connection, and she can have her pick of any video game or simulator, from the plethora of torrent sites on the net.

Don’t get me wrong though, I still love my PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to bits!


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Pokémon Red and Blue – (1996) – (31.4 Million Sold)

The Japanese love Pokémon like crazy!

Japanese nationals, both young and old, can’t get enough of Pokémon merchandise, movies and television series.

Pokémon has firmly ingrained itself into the Japanese cultural identity.

Pokémon Red and Blue was published by Nintendo for the Game Boy platform.

Its creator, Satoshi Tajiri, would have never in his wildest dreams, have imagined that the Pokémon franchise would be worth $15 billion dollars today.

Published on the 27th February 1996, Pokémon Red and Blue sold 31.4 million units and is the 10th best-selling video game of all time.

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Wii Sports Resort – (2009) – (33.1 Million Sold)

Wii Sports Resort, developed and published by Nintendo in 2009, has sold over 33.1 million copies.

This video sports game is a favorite among many families across the world and is usually must-have entertainment for any family vacation or holiday.

Created for the Wii game console, it is the first video game to use the Wii Motion Plus feature, which is powered by advanced motion sensor technology.

Wii Sports Resort became the 3rd best-selling game on the Wii console platform…

…And the 9th best-selling video game in the world.

In its first week of being published…

…It sold over 500,000 units in the United States alone…

…And it features a wide range of sporting selections, including: fencing, table tennis, cycling, basketball and archery.

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Overwatch – (2016) – (35 Million Sold)

With 35 million copies having been sold since its debut, Overwatch took the gaming world by storm and catapulted itself to the 8th spot on this top ten list.

It was released fully compatibility for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Overwatch is considered by many as the best first-person shooter game in the world.

In the first year of its release, this team-based multiplayer game earned a revenue of over US$1 billion dollars…

…And today it has over 40 million players all over the world.

Overwatch has received numerous game-of-the-year awards and has also become recognized as an eSport.

Developed and published in 2016 by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch assigns players into two opposing teams and each team consists of 6 members.

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Mario Kart Wii – (2008) – (37.1 Million Sold)

Mario Kart Wii was released on the 10th April 2008, exclusively for the Wii gaming console.

It has sold 37.1 million copies, making it the 7th best-selling video game of all time.

Mario Kart Wii is a video racing game that became insanely popular with Wii fanatics, mainly due to the Wii steering motion support that allows for a very realistic driving experience.

This feature also makes it very easy to overcome obstacles without being a skilled or experienced video gamer.

Mario Kart Wii is the first game, within the Mario Kart series, to feature the incredibly popular online multiplayer mode.

It was developed and published by Nintendo…

…As the 6th installation in the Mario Kart video game series.

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Super Mario Bros. – (1985) – (40.3 Million Sold)

Nintendo is at it again with another listing on this top 10 list.

This time they take the 6th spot with the ever-popular Super Mario Bros., which sold 40.3 million copies, making it one of the most influential games in the video game hall of fame.

This upgraded version of Super Mario Bros., released in 1985…

…Became a smash hit because of the introduction of multiplayer mode…

…Which featured his brother, Luigi.

Legendary video game developer, Shigeru Miyamoto, designed, directed and produced the evergreen Super Mario Bros, making it easy to play but hard to master.

Surprisingly for a 1980’s pixelated video game, it hasn’t gone out of fashion, as millions of gamers still play it today and it has a massive fan following spread all around the world.

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds – (2017) – (50 Million Sold)

Now, we get a much deserved break from all these Nintendo games that are dominating this list, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) takes the 5th spot, with 50 million copies having been sold since its release on the 20th December 2017.

This online multiplayer battle royale game, was developed and published by a South Korean company through its subsidiary, the PUBG Corporation.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a multi-platform video game created and directed by Brendan Greene.

It is a favorite of many YouTube gamers and the Windows platform version of the game holds an all-time high…

…Peak record count of over 3 million concurrent players on Steam.

It has won numerous awards and other accolades in the gaming industry.

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Wii Sports – (2006) – (82.9 Million Sold)

Nintendo is back with vengeance, as it takes another spot on the top 10 list of the best-selling video games of all time.

This time, it takes the 4th slot with another Wii console game, Wii Sports.

It was released on the 19th November 2006…

And sold 82.9 million copies worldwide, making Wii Sports the best-selling Nintendo video game of all-time…

…Outselling the likes of Donkey Kong, Mario and Zelda!

Nintendo video game developer, Katsuya Eguchi, created Wii Sports with the intention to attract mass appeal from both regular gamers and non-gamers alike.

No wonder so many families from different parts of the world are busy swinging their Wii remotes daily, indulging themselves…

…While playing boxing, golf, bowling, baseball or tennis on their Wii consoles.

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Grand Theft Auto V – (2013) – (95 Million Sold)

Grand Theft Auto V is the 3rd best-selling video game of all time.

This multi-platform game was developed by a team at Rockstar North, that…

…Comprised of over 1000 members and cost $272 million to create.

This makes Grand Theft Auto V the most 2nd expensive game to develop, right behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which cost $279 million to produce.

GTA 5 was published on the 17th September 2013, by Rockstar Games and sold 95 million copies to-date.

GTA 5 earned over $1 billion dollars in its 1st three days on sale.

It is fully compatible with PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms.

It is an open-world shooter, action and adventure video game, that is known for its excessive graphic displays of violence.

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Minecraft – (2011) – (144 Million Sold)

This multi-platform indie game has sold 144 million copies since its release on the 18th November 2011, making it the 2nd best-selling video game of all time.

Minecraft has turned a lot of broke YouTube gamers into millionaire gaming superstars!

After the success of its initial release on PC in 2011, it soon found success on mobile and console platforms, turning its founder, Markus Persson, into a billionaire!

Developed and published by Mojang, Minecraft is a sandbox game where players can create a wide array of different structures, essentially creating their own fantasy world.

This widely renowned video game has since been purchased by Microsoft…

…And has also been released for the Nintendo Switch platform.

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Tetris – (1984) – (170 Million Sold)

Published and released by Spectrum HoloByte on the 6th June 1984, the number ONE best-selling video game of all time, Tetris…

Had its beginnings in Russia.

It was created by Alexey Pajitnov at the Soviet Union’s Academy of Science…

…And it was the first game that the United States imported from the USSR.

With having sold 170 million copies, this classical video game has sold more units, than the bottom 4 games on this list combined.

Scientific experiments conducted on video gamers playing Tetris, have proven that…

…Tetris boosts processing skills, critical thought and increases brain activity.

So…video games are all not that bad, maybe we blame society’s ills on video games a tad bit too much.

And there you have it folks…humble and modest Tetris…is the world’s number 1 best-selling video game on this top 10 list!

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References

Wikipedia.org > Pokémon Red and Blue
Wikipedia.org > Wii Sports Resort
Wikipedia.org > Overwatch (video game)
Wikipedia.org > Mario Kart Wii
Wikipedia.org > Super Mario Bros.
Wikipedia.org > PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Wikipedia.org > Wii Sports
Wikipedia.org > Grand Theft Auto V
Wikipedia.org > Minecraft
Wikipedia.org > Tetris (disambiguation)
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