Everyone seems to dabble with video games today. From the competitive genre to casuals:
With so many games available, the big question is, what are the best selling video games of all time?
(Disclaimer: Data is based on reported numbers only)
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 30 Million Copies
The iconic franchise of Call of Duty is a first-person shooter, which has fragmented into different best-selling spinoffs and sequels. Modern Warfare is the 2019 variant.
Modern Warfare follows British, U.S. spy agents, and Special Forces against Russian soldiers who have invaded the fictional country of Urzkistan.
9. New Super Mario Bros. – 31 Million Copies
This famous franchise from Nintendo has sold over 31 million copies worldwide:
It was released on May 15, 2006, family-friendly, and saw Mario again platforming his way through 80 levels to recuse Princess Peach.
(Get ready to see a lot of Nintendo on this list, they have 4 out of the 10 best selling video games of all time).
8. Red Dead Redemption 2 – 36 Million Copies
The second installment of the Red Dead video game franchise was released in North America on October 26, 2018, and has sold over 36 million copies worldwide:
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, with the game following outlaw Arthur Morgan. A member of the Van der Linde gang that is on the run at the end of the American Wild West era.
7. Mario Kart Wii – 37 Million Copies
Mario Kart Wii was released in North America on April 27, 2008, and has since sold over 37 million copies worldwide:
Mario Kart Wii added 16 new courses and included updates to the previous 16 courses from earlier Mario Kart video games.
In this iteration of Mario Kart, players were also able to ride motorbikes.
6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 40 Million Copies
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released in North America on August 21, 2012, and has sold over 40 million copies:
Published by Valve, this multi-player tactical first-person shooter was the first Counter-Strike game to be released on the Xbox 360 console.
The game involves going on military missions and fighting in teams to complete various missions.
5. Super Mario Bros. – 40 Million Copies
It is surprising that a game released on October 18, 1985, still continues to be one of the best-selling video games of all time. Super Mario Bros., published by Nintendo, has sold over 40 million copies worldwide:
(Making it the oldest best selling video game of all time).
This is the first of the iconic Super Mario video games to have been launched. The story of the game revolves around a plumber named Mario, who goes through various obstacles to save the Princess.
4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – 70 Million Copies
Popularly known only as PUBG, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has gained massive popularity across the world. Over 70 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide since it was released on December 17, 2017:
Published by PUBG Corporation, this is an online multiplayer battle royale game. In the game, 100 players use their shooting and strategic skills to fight against each other. The last person standing is the winner of the game.
3. Wii Sports – 83 Million Copies
Wii Sports released on November 19, 2006, and has sold over 83 million copies of the game. Making it one of the top-3 best selling video games of all time.
In Wii Sports, players swing, shake, and wobble the Wii Remote motion controls to play baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, boxing, or golf.
2. Grand Theft Auto V – 140 Million Copies
Anyone who considers themselves a gamer must have played at least a few games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Grand Theft Auto V is a story-driven action-adventure game set in the world of crime:
Published by Rockstar Games on September 17, 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 140 million copies worldwide. And even years after its launch, this game continues to enjoy success, thanks to the game’s online mode.
1. Minecraft – 200 Million Copies
Released in 2011, Minecraft has since sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Making it the best selling video game of all time.
This sandbox game revolves around creating your own worlds, manufacturing weapons and tools to fight against mobs, and exploring for resources.
Players have gone on to build amazing things, with videos dominating YouTube. The game had so much success and coverage, Microsoft purchased Mojang, the company behind it for a staggering $2.5-billion in 2014.