Computers were created to help humanity with calculations and other complex operations. In 1958, however, the very first video game was created. This unknowingly sparked a new phenomenon that would soon cover the entire world. Nowadays we have all kinds of different titles and genres. Do you like sports games? Or maybe sim-type games? Or even real-time strategies. There is a video game for everyone, even if they don’t realize it.
But have you ever wondered what are the most popular titles? Among the thousands of games, which ones have attracted the most attention? In this list, we take a look at ten of the best-selling video games of all time. This includes console titles, PC titles, and of course, cross-platform titles. So whatever device you prefer, you’ve probably played something included here. So let’s dive in!
Being one of the first games of a whole generation, Tetris changed the way we play. The Nintendo version of the game was released on June 14, 1989 and has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. It’s important to note that this number doesn’t include any of those old gray handheld consoles that a lot of us had back then so Tetris actually reaches a lot more people.
The satisfaction of putting together a few rows just to “knock them out” with a single falling block is almost impossible to replicate. It’s even better if you strap on a modern VR set and play the trippy and surreal Tetris effect.
Nintendo Wii offers many games that aim to get you moving while you play. Wii fit is one of the most popular of these, selling for over $ 43.8 million after its launch on December 1, 2007.
As you can guess by the name, the objective of the game is to get you in shape, while making the exercise fun. It also uses the Wii Balance Board device, which adds a new layer to the entire Wii experience. So if you were looking to do yoga, weight training, aerobics, and / or balance exercises as a game, Wii fit is the right solution for you and nearly 44 million other people!
Our eighth place in this list is dedicated to the eighth entry in the Mario kart series. This Party Racer episode was released on May 29, 2014 and has sold 45.53 million copies. The unparalleled fun gives the game a ridiculously wide appeal, and the simplicity of the controls helps it even more. Who doesn’t love throwing banana peels all over the track anyway?
The game was released for both Wii U and Switch, which made it popular as Nintendo Switch quickly became one of the most desired consoles. So whether you have the old Wii U or the newer Switch, you can ride in one of the fancy karts and Blue Shell your friends.
The different versions of Pokemon were released between February 27, 1996 and June 16, 2000, depending on the region. All combined have sold more than 47.52 million copies to the aspirant Pokemon mastery. The anime laid the foundation for the game’s popularity, embedding it deeply into the cultural zeitgeist for years to come.
Who doesn’t want to go out into the wild and hunt mystical animals to become the greatest trainer?
Whatever people say about the legendary Super Mario Bros. the game will not do justice to the influence of this franchise. Released on September 13, 1985, the game has sold over 58 million copies, making Mario and Luigi the most popular plumbers in the world.
Eating mushrooms and jumping all over the place trying to save the princess may not seem like the greatest storytelling for a game these days, but it was more than enough in 1985 to Super Mario Bros. to become one of the most revolutionary titles of all time. Everyone knew about shortcuts, jump patterns, and places with hidden bonuses after spending hundreds and hundreds of hours in front of the TV screen.
December 20, 2017 marks the day when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (also known as PUBG) launched on PC. The battle royale genre was a thing even before that, but PUBG was the reason it exploded in popularity. Seemingly bored of the saturated arena shooter genre, he felt like everyone had turned to this slower, more methodical shooter where every match is different from the last.
The game has sold over 70 million copies across multiple platforms and will forever remain in the gaming hall of fame.
Officially released on November 19, 2006, the fourth best-selling game of all time has reached over 82.9 million people worldwide. The five sports included in the pack are tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing, all controlled by swinging around the motion controllers, mimicking your avatar’s movements on the screen.
Everyone loves to throw a baseball and throw wild hooks in your living room – it’s all fun and playful until you tap your TV. For anyone looking to get a little fitter, Wii Sports offered a fun way to get your blood flowing.
The Electronic Arts version of Tetris was released on September 12, 2006, for mobile devices. It has sold 100 million copies, thanks to its accessibility and familiarity. It’s also Tetris – one of the best video games ever – on the go. It is a difficult proposition to refuse.
What better way to nibble on time while waiting for a date?
GTA 5 is an open world title developed by Rockstar Games, but you already knew that. It was released on September 17, 2013 and since then it has sold over 150 million on multiple platforms. The game features a story-driven single player campaign, but its boom in popularity has come from elsewhere: GTA Online.
GTA Online allowed players to assume their own personalities, complete complex missions, and show off their ill-gotten gains to friends and foes. It’s endless sandbox fun. GTA 5 is nothing less than a definition of the genre.
There probably isn’t even a single kid in the world who doesn’t like playing with one of these block building toys like Lego. Since November 18, 2011, anyone could play with virtual blocks in Minecraft. While also being a tough survival game, Minecraft offers unlimited creativity, where the only obstacle to creating anything is, literally, the limits of your imagination. People have even made functional phones that can call real phones in the real world. It is mind boggling.
Minecraft sold over 238 million copies since its initial launch. While some of the games on this list got here thanks to accessibility and wide appeal, Minecraft arrived here offering depth and possibility. There are many copies, but nothing is as good as the original. You know what those off-brand Lego blocks look like – garbage!
Written by Stoyan Trayanov on behalf of GL HF.