List of best-selling video games by software sales figures

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This is the list of best-selling video games by software sales figures. It is a list of games across all console and computer platforms (excluding arcade coin drops, mobile downloads, and online subscriptions) that have sold at least 15 million units.

For alternative sales criteria, see List of best-selling video games by gross revenues (including arcades, consoles, computers, mobiles, and online transactions) and List of best-selling console games by sales revenues (covering only console games).

Best-selling video games by software sales figures[edit | edit source]

Title Release year Genre Original release platform(s) Sales
(million units)
Source(s)
Japan Wii Sports
(incl. bundled copies)
2006 Sports Japan Wii 82.78 [1]
Japan Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 1996 RPG Japan Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console 59.52 [n 2]
United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Action Adventure Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, United States Xbox 360, Xbox One 45 [4][5][6]
Japan Wii Fit 2007 Fitness Japan Wii 43.79 [n 3]
Soviet Union Tetris
(incl. bundled copies)
1989 Puzzle Japan Game Boy, NES 43 [n 4]
Japan Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 1999 RPG Japan Game Boy ColorNintendo DS 42.21 [n 5]
Japan Super Mario Bros. (incl. bundled copies) 1985 Platform Japan NES 40.24 [12][13]
Japan Mario Kart Wii 2008 Racing Japan Wii 36.75 [14]
Japan Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 2002 RPG Japan GBA, 3DS 34.38 [15]
Sweden Minecraft 2009 Sandbox PC, Java, United States OS X, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 33 [16][17][18]
Japan Wii Sports Resort 2009 Sports Japan Wii 32.95 [19]
Japan New Super Mario Bros. 2006 Platform Japan Nintendo DS 30.8 [11][20]
Japan New Super Mario Bros. Wii 2009 Platform Japan Wii 29.79 [1]
Japan Duck Hunt 1984 Lightgun Shooter Japan NES 28.31 [10]
Japan Wii Play 2006 Party Japan Wii 28.02 [1]
United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Action Adventure PC, Japan PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (PSN), United States Xbox, Mac OS X, Xbox 360 (XBLM) 27.5 [21]
United States Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 2011 FPS PC, United States Xbox 360, Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 26.5 [22][23]
Japan Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 2006 RPG Japan Nintendo DS 25.23 [15]
United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Action Adventure PC, Japan PlayStation 3, United States Xbox 360 25 [24][25]
United States Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010 FPS PC, Japan PlayStation 3, United States Xbox 360, Japan Wii, Japan Nintendo DS 25 [26][27][28]
United StatesKinect Adventures 2010 Sports United States Xbox 360 24 [29]
United States Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012 FPS PC, Japan PlayStation 3, United States Xbox 360 24 [30]
Japan Nintendogs 2005 Sim Japan Nintendo DS 23.96 [31]
Japan Mario Kart DS 2005 Racing Japan Nintendo DS 23.6 [31]
United States Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 FPS PC, United States Xbox 360, Japan PlayStation 3 22 [26]
Japan Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Platform Japan Mega Drive/Genesis, Master System 20.96 [n 6][33]
Japan Super Mario World 1990 Platform Japan Super NES 20.6 [13][34]
Japan Frogger 1981 Action Arcade, Various 20 [35]
United States The Sims 2 2004 Sim PC, Various 20 [36]
United States The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Action RPG PC, United StatesXbox 360JapanPlayStation 3 20 [37]
Japan Brain Age 2005 Puzzle Japan Nintendo DS 19.01 [11]
United States Call of Duty: Ghosts 2013 FPS PC, United States Xbox 360, Xbox One, Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U 19 [38]
Japan Super Mario Land 1989 Platform Japan Game Boy, Game Boy Color 18.06 [13]
Japan Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Platform Japan NES 18 [39]
United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Action Adventure PC, Japan Playstation 2, United States Xbox 17.5 [40]
Japan Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec 2001 Racing Sim Japan Playstation 2 16.45 [41]
Japan Gran Turismo 5 2007 Racing Sim Japan Playstation 3 16.01 [41]
United States The Sims 2000 Life Sim PC, United States Mac OS 16 [42]
United States Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 FPS PC, United States Xbox 360, Mac OS X, Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 15.7 [22][43]
United States Call of Duty: World at War 2008 FPS PC, United States Xbox 360, Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 15.7 [22]
Japan Pokémon Black and White 2010 RPG Japan Nintendo DS 15.6 [11]
United States Diablo III 2012 RPG PC, United States Mac OS X, Xbox 360, Japan PlayStation 3 15 [44]
Japan Street Fighter II 1991 Fighting Japan Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 3 (PSN), United States Xbox 360 (XBLM) 14.9 [n 7]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. List of best-selling video games: Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Encyclopedia Gamia
  2. Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow sales:
  3. Wii Fit sales:[1]
  4. Tetris sales:
    • Game Boy: 35 million copies (including bundles)[7]
    • NES: 8 million[8]
  5. Pokémon Gold & Silver sales: Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal sales:
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (incl. bundled copies) revenue:
    • Mega Drive / Genesis - $1029.41 million
      • Total 15 million units sold [1]
      • Non-bundled copies: 4.34 million units = $271.41 million[32]
      • Bundled copies: 10.66 million units at average mean price (between US, UK and Japan) price of $71.10 each[32] = $758 million
    • Master System - 5.96 million units at £29.99 ($60) each = $358 million
      • Master System console bundles in Europe, for £99.99 each, from 1992 to 1994 [2][3] [4] (since Sonic the Hedgehog was bundled from October 1991 onwards) - 2.96 million units
        • France: 600,000 units
        • Germany: 330,000 units
        • Italy: 180,000 units
        • Netherlands: 100,000 units
        • Spain: 350,000 units
        • United Kingdom: 750,000 units
        • Rest of Western Europe: 650,000 units
      • Master System console bundles in Brazil - Packaged with consoles since late 1991. During 1996-2012, at least 3 million Master System bundles including Sonic the Hedgehog have been sold.
  7. Street Fighter II sales:[45]

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    • 360: 10 million
    • PS3: 1 million
    • Mobile: 10 million
  18. Mobile downloads of Minecraft: Pocket Edition excluded
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