The 10 Best Selling Video Games of All Time

Even though the most recent games tend to gain public attention more often, there are good old classics that never drop out of the top lists and steadily bring tons of money to their publishers year after year.

The 10 Best Selling Video Games of All Time
The 10 Best Selling Video Games of All Time

The gaming industry has been rapidly developing for over 40 years now, and for this period its products grew from primitive 2D arcades like Pong to VR and state-of-the-art video games with boundless open worlds and possibilities. Providing users with unique immersive experiences, games have become an integral part of life for many people.

Of course, not all video games are able to blow your mind with extraordinary graphics or twisted plot. But there are some, both older and newer, that still can be considered imperishable treasures of the industry for their innovativeness and nontriviality. And even though these games are invaluable as cultural objects, they still have their market price that millions of people all over the world are ready to pay to enjoy playing them.

10. Mario Kart Wii

Over 37 million – this is how many copies of the game Nintendo sold. Such a high number of purchases can be easily explained. The release of Wii in 2006 began a revolution in the world of gaming consoles. The introduction of the Nintendo motion controls became a huge step towards making gaming a physical experience. With the release of Mario Kart, the developers turned these new accessories into a steering device, and the players got an opportunity to actually feel themselves behind the wheel, which made the game extremely popular.

9. Red Dead Redemption 2

RDR 2 has been occupying the minds of millions of people for three years already since the moment it was released in 2018. Immersive gameplay, extra-realistic graphics, and enormous wild west open world setting have quickly won the hearts of players. The love of RDR 2 fans has already provided Rockstar Games with considerable revenue from over 38 million sold copies.

8. Super Mario Bros.

The real number of sales of this time-honored arcade are kept in secret, but the official information from Nintendo is quite impressive too – more than 40 million. However, there is no doubt that significantly more people have played this game, so there must have been much more purchases as well.

7. Mario Kart 8/Deluxe

With over 8,45 million purchases, Mario Kart 8 can be rightfully called the most successful game released on Wii U. Its Deluxe version saw light on the Nintendo Switch platform where it went off to 37,08 million users. Therefore, the overall number of sales of this game reaches 45,53 million.

6. Pokémon (First Generation)

It is considered that the game has been purchased 45 million times. However, the first generation of the Pokemon series is still available for sale in digital versions for 3DS. That’s why it can be suggested that currently there must be about 47 million copies sold.

5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

This shooter was acquired by over 70 million buyers in only four years since it has been released. Perhaps next year this number will get even bigger. 

4. Wii Sports

With this release, Nintendo has made another revolution demonstrating that playing sport video games can literally feel like doing sport. The developer’s innovative approach resulted in almost 83 million copies sold.

3. Grand Theft Auto V

The latest game of the GTA series has surpassed its predecessors in everything. Comfortable gameplay, fantastic design, interesting story, and enthralling open world exploration – all these features increased the demand for GTA 5, and consequently the number of orders has reached more than 150 million by now.

2. Minecraft

The favorite game of youngsters apparently became a burden on their parents’ budgets because the number of its paid downloads has reached 238 million and keeps growing. Fortunately, the gameplay videos on YouTube that kids love to watch and create so much are available for free viewing. Yet.

1. Tetris

We at Kevuru Games ourselves were surprised when it appeared that Tetris has become the leader of our list of best selling games. It is almost as old as the gaming industry itself. Nevertheless, it still thrills people, judging by the inconceivable number of purchases – more than half a billion. This figure clearly speaks that we can rest assured that even the most naive and simplest old-world video games won’t sink into oblivion anytime soon and will remain in demand. Regardless of how fantastic and mesmerizing our gaming experiences will be in the future.


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