Before I took a look at Wikipedia’s “List of best-selling video games,” I tried to guess what the top 10 would be. I only got 3 of 10 right. So before you take a look at this top 10 list, see how many you can guess right.
Diablo III – 30 Million Copies Sold
Diablo III is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third installment in the Diablo franchise and was released in the Americas, Europe, South Korea, and Taiwan on May 15, 2012, and Russia on June 7, 2012, for Microsoft Windows and OS X. A console version was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3, 2013. Versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released on August 19, 2014.
New Super Mario Bros – 30.79 Million Copies Sold
New Super Mario Bros. is a 2006 side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. The game was released in North America and Japan in May 2006, and in Australia and Europe in June 2006. It was the first original side-scrolling platform game starring Mario since Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins in 1992, and the first game to be a part of the main Super Mario series since Super Mario Sunshine in 2002.
Wii Sports Resort – 32.80 Million Copies Sold
Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console, and is the successor to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which was bundled with the game. Wii Sports Resort was first announced at E3 2008 and was released in Japan on June 25, 2009 and in nearly all other regions in the following month. While the game was originally released only as a stand-alone title, as of 2009 the game was bundled with newer Wii consoles, along with Wii Sports.
Tetris – 35 Million Copies Sold
Tetris is a Russian tile-matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow. He derived its name from the Greek numerical prefix tetra- (all of the game’s pieces contain four segments) and tennis, Pajitnov’s favorite sport.
Mario Kart Wii – 36.38 Million Copies Sold
Mario Kart Wii is a racing video game developed and published by Nintendo, and released worldwide for the Wii video game console in April 2008. Mario Kart Wii was originally announced at E3 2007 by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé.
Super Mario Bros. – 40.24 Million Copies Sold
Super Mario Bros. is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer on September 13, 1985, and later that year for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and Europe on May 15, 1987, and Australia later in 1987. It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.
Grand Theft Auto V – 60 Million Copies Sold
Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, on 18 November 2014 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on 14 April 2015 for Microsoft Windows. The game is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. The open world design lets players freely roam San Andreas’s open countryside and fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles.
Minecraft – 72 Million Copies Sold
Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players, and a spectator mode where players can fly around and clip through blocks, but cannot place or destroy any. The PC version of the game is renowned for its third-party mods, which add various new items, characters, worlds, and quests to the game.
Wii Sports – 82.72 Million Copies Sold
Wii Sports is a 2006 sports game developed and published by Nintendo as a launch title for the Wii video game console (and the first title for this console), and part of the Touch! Generations. The game was first released in North America along with the Wii on November 19, 2006, and was released in Japan, Australia, and Europe the following month. It was included as a pack-in game with the Wii console in all territories except Japan and South Korea, making it the first game included with the launch of a Nintendo system since Mario’s Tennis for the Virtual Boy in 1995. Wii Sports is now available on its own as part of the Nintendo Selects collection of games and is no longer a pack-in game for the Wii.
Tetris (Mobile) – 425 Million Copies Sold
Tetris is a puzzle video game developed by EA Mobile and published by Electronic Arts for the iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Windows Phone. It was first released on September 12, 2006. The game featured gameplay like other Tetris titles, but with a new soundtrack. The game had reached 100 million paid downloads by 2010, at a price of $0.99 per download. As of 2014, it reached 425 million paid downloads, making it the best-selling paid mobile game of all time.
|Title||Release year||System(s)||Copies sold /
|Tetris||2006||Mobile, iOS, BlackBerry OS, PlayStation Portable, Windows Phone, Android, PlayStation 3||425 million|
|Wii Sports||2006||Wii||82.72 million|
|Minecraft||2009||Windows, OS X, Linux, Java, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Mobile, Java applet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Amazon Fire TV, Raspberry Pi, PlayStation Vita, Wii U||72 million|
|Grand Theft Auto V||2013||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows||60 million|
|Super Mario Bros.||1985||Nintendo Entertainment System||40.24 million|
|Mario Kart Wii||2008||Wii||36.38 million|
|Tetris||1989||Game Boy||35 million|
|Wii Sports Resort||2009||Wii||32.80 million|
|New Super Mario Bros.||2006||Nintendo DS||30.79 million|
|Diablo III||2012||Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4||30 million|