Video games are absolute sources of entertainment for everyone beyond the boundaries of age, preferences, and interests. These games have fascinated players for over four decades and are available in enormous diversities of exciting genres.
From the retro era to the technologically modern times of today, the video game industry has witnessed a series of revolutions. The following article talks about 30 of the most loved and best-selling video game titles of all time.
Top 30 Best Sellers in Video Gaming History
Discussed below are some of the prominent players in the gaming market you would love to know about:
Topping the charts is the MultiVersus title that boasts of grabbing the highest sales as of July 2022. This game is published by Warner Brothers and earns the maximum bucks from its 'Founders Packs'.
The latter are premium packs you can buy to access an extra set of playable characters and a huge reserve of Gleamium, the in-game currency. The game's open beta release has made it the highest grosser in the contemporary gaming market.
2. Elden Ring
The Elden Ring video game holds the second spot, with a record sale of 16.6 million copies by June 2022. Created by FormSoftware in the action role-playing genre, the title is also credited with being the fastest-selling game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment to date.
The pivots behind such huge numbers in just four months of release are the game's exquisite setting, distributed exploration, and stunning gameplay systems. You can enjoy the game on PlayStation, Xbox, and Windows.
3. LEGO Star Wars Game Series
The Star Wars franchise has consistently performed well on the sales chart since it entered the gaming industry. The cumulative sales of all Star Wars titles surpass 50 million copies. Skywalker Saga, the franchise's latest release, bagged a huge 3.2 million sales within a mere 14 days of its launch on April 5, 2022. The game is a treat for action-adventure lovers, with development credits to the name of Traveller’s Tales.
Launched as a computer game around four decades ago, Tetris is still ruling the heart of gamers with the same fervor. The challenging puzzle game has made people addicted to its fun and entertainment, and the huge sales speak it aloud. Following the current statistics, the title has sold over 500 million copies. You can relish the game on almost any electronic gaming device, including smartphones, consoles, and browser versions on social media.
Living up to its name, the Minecraft title is dedicated to giving a boost to your creative imagination. The block-building game allows players to create amazing structures from brick pieces. The game broke sales records with huge margins on its release and claims to have sold more than 238 million copies by now.
The contributing factors were the game's soothing background music, stunning scenery, and panoramic views of skyscrapers, roller coasters, and castles.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is popular as a complete entertainment package among mainstream gamers. The title’s storyline takes you on an everlasting journey of action, adventure, combat, and open-world exploration.
The game sets a top-rated example of appreciable market performance, bagging over 150 million sales, and the number is still increasing. Other franchise titles, like GTA III, Vice City, GTA IV, etc., are also high-grossers, but GTA V outshines them all.
7. Wii Sports
The Wii Sports title was introduced as a revolution into the world of sports-based video gaming. The game introduced a virtual transformation of on-field sports by bringing them to mobile and console screens.
The title is credited with taking Nintendo to the top of the sales chart with enormously rising numbers. The game remains an all-time bestseller, with over 83 million copies being sold to date. Such huge success led to the development of many game editions later on.
Battle royale games have gained enough popularity in the current decade, but PUBG has surpassed the popularity scales with a record-breaking player response. The title's high rise preference is visible in the massive sales tally of more than 75 million copies by December 2021.
The game went on free access flexibility in January 2022 and boasts of a huge 1 billion mobile downloads by March 2021. PUBG is available for PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, and PS5.
Released in the hero shooting genre on May 24, 2016, Overwatch has ranked high on the sales chart, with more than 50 million copies sold to this date. The game's popularity is backed up by an excellent storyline, uninterrupted esports support, elegant game design, and thoughtful character crafting.
The game's free-playing sequel is all set to enter the gaming industry in October 2022. The game can be enjoyed on PS4, PC, Xbox, and Switch platforms.
10. Pokemon Generation I
The Pokemon franchise has been entertaining games for over five decades now. The leaders in the legacy are, however, the latter's first-generation games with astounding sales records.
The Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow editions have a cumulative sales tally of over 45 million. The figure rises to 47 million if the virtually available first-generation titles for the 3DS platform are taken into account. The franchise is evergreen and still a popular name in gaming history.
11. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Nintendo releases have been quite consistent in leading the gaming preferences. Carrying the legacy forward, Mario Kart 8 tops the sales figures as Nintendo's Wii U console game.
The major contributor to such big numbers is the game's Deluxe edition which set new standards for the gaming craze among Mario lovers. The title records a handsome sale of 37.08 million copies all alone. Adding up the Wii U sale of 8.45 million, the cumulative figure reaches 45.53 million.
12. Wii Fit & Wii Fit Plus
Credited as the second best-selling game of the Wii console after Wii sports; the Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus titles took exercising to the next level. These workout games were the perfect motivations to keep you fit through a strength training and yoga-centered gaming experience.
Bringing in fitness consciousness among gamers of their time, these games enjoyed enough popularity with a cumulative count of 43.8 million sales. The games could be enjoyed on Nintendo consoles.
13. Red Dead Redemption 2
Introduced to the gaming world by Rockstar Games, the title is known to be the developer's best creation to date. Talking about a breathtaking ride of action, adventure, and shootout, the game has everything to keep you addicted.
Packed with an excellent team of characters, exquisite and realizable storyline, and eye-catching animated transformations, the game takes a good spot on the sales chart. The title reports selling over 45 million copies to date.
14. Pac Man
Pac Man is the leading name in the best-selling retro games list. Launched in 1980 in the arcade genre, the title gained enough popularity to be released on various platforms over the years.
While the game has witnessed a series of version developments since its release, the original title is a true heart winner with a sale of 42.07 million copies. The chattering hockey pucks were a treat to watch, after all!
Put into the simplest words, Super Mario is a synonym of popularity in itself. While the exact sales count of the title never had an exact estimate, the official data claims around 58 million copies are being sold. The count is much less than what the actual figure would be. The title proudly secures a spot in the evergreen and best-selling video games list. The latter's merchandise sales are alone worth billions of dollars.
16. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Released during the unwelcoming expanse of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Horizons edition of the Animal Crossing franchise became the favorite pastime of gaming freaks.
The title gained much popularity in a quick span with its amazing storyline and the awesome tropical island setting. Gamers had a great time sharing islands while exploring new regions. The title is the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game, with a global sale of 39.38 million copies.
17. Mario Kart Wii
Wii consoles have always attracted bestselling numbers to their credit. Nintendo intelligently worked upon the factor to transform the Mario Kart franchise. The developers changed the Wii remote into a steering device and paved the way for a welcoming response.
The physical steering accessory allowed players to control the game in actual realization. Such innovation helped the game to bag appreciable sales figures, with more than 37.38 million copies being sold.
Terraria has enjoyed an unmatched worldwide preference ever since its launch in 2011. The action-adventure title has received maximum praise for its PC version, which alone accounts for a handsome sale of over 14 copies. Journey's End, the game's latest and final edition, has recently been launched with the integration of Terraria mods. The inclusion has further shot up the sales to cross 44 million copies according to the May 2022 statistics.
The Wii Sports Resort title is better known as the expansion of the already popular Wii Sports edition of Nintendo’s Wii games. The game bagged consistently rising sales after the developers updated the Wii controller to include the Wii MotionPlus accessory.
Interested gamers could get the utility bundled up with the game's demo disc. The flexibility brought in huge sales of 33.4 million copies, as the title landed among the most appreciated Wii games of all time.
Launched in 2006, the New Super Mario Bros. edition is an evergreen name in gaming history. The title proudly takes the credit for being the all-time best selling Nintendo DS game, recording a remarkable sales tally of around 30 million copies. The game’s bundling with Nintendo DS was a significant reason behind such high sales. The game carries forward the legacy of its predecessors in being widely acclaimed as a 2D platforming title to the present day.
Released as a single-platform title in 2009 for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U consoles, this title set new records of popularity in adventure gaming. The game is reportedly bagged the maximum sales among stand-alone Super Mario titles, with over 30 million copies in 10 years. The rising sales count was again the result of limited-edition red Wii console bundling; launched as a commemoration of Nintendo's 25 years in the gaming industry.
22. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim was released as a role-playing game in the Elder Scrolls franchise and has witnessed a host of remasters and re-releases. While the exact sales figure is not precisely estimated, the title claims to have sold more than 30 million copies by 2016. The number has witnessed a significant rise as of now, thanks to the game's virtual reality editions bundled with the Nintendo Switch port. The title's Alexa version is also quite popular.
23. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Launched in 2012, the Diablo III title is an amazing role-playing game created by Blizzard Entertainment. The game, together with its Reaper of Souls expansion, bagged a sales record of more than 30 million copies within three years of release in August 2015.
There are, however, no sales statistics for the game since the developers ported it to the Nintendo Switch platform. It is estimated that the game must have sold many more copies since 2015.
24. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Wild Hunt edition of the Witcher franchise was more of a surprise than an expectation. The exquisite gameplay broke contemporary sales records, packed with an elegant open-world setting and smart character selection.
The title bagged in over 28 million sales by April 2020, while crossing 30 million as of now with the inclusion of Witcher 2 mods. You can enjoy the gaming adventure on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
25. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The Modern Warfare edition is fondly remembered as the renovating pivot for the Call of Duty franchise that broke contemporary sales records in 2019. Set in an increasingly dark theme with a more realistic arrangement of characters, the game conveniently sold over 30 million copies.
The game motivated COD fans to switch back with such appealing records. The title has integrated with the franchise's Warzone edition through a shared progression system to entertain gamers till today.
26. Human: Fall Flat
Launched in July 2016, Human: Fall Flat entered the video-gaming world as a puzzle-platform game. The title rose to achieve global popularity through a sales tally of more than 30 million copies by July 2021.
The flexibility to play puzzle quests the desired number of times, along with the humorous animations, is enough to keep you glued to the games. You can relish the game on PS4, PS5, Google Stadia, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, etc.
27. Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
The Ultimate edition of the Super Smash Bros. franchise was launched as a crossover fighting game in 2018. The title received enough acclaim from critics and gamers and has recorded an appreciable sales tally of 28.17 million copies to March 2022.
Major attractions of the title include a diversity of gaming modes and character choices; single and multi-player campaigns, among many others. The game can be enjoyed on the Nintendo and Nintendo Switch platforms.
28. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda franchise is a known name in the world of action-adventure games, grossing remarkable sales for the Nintendo platform. The tradition is well adopted by the franchise’s Breath of the Wild edition. The title has brought in over 28 million sales as of 2022, and the number is still rising. The game proudly entered the list of bestselling titles of all time with a record sale of 26.55 copies on the Switch platform alone.
29. The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead draws inspiration from its corresponding movie title, whose popularity was responsible for the game's development. Following the legacy, the title secured a spot on the bestselling chart with a decent sale of 28 million copies by 2014.
The game is widely appreciated for notably transforming the reception of adventure-centered video games. The game's chief assets are intense character development and quick time actions. The title is compatible with Android, iOS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 platforms.
Introduced to the gaming world in 2004, this game was launched as the 5th edition into the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The latter was a promising and critically acclaimed title in the action-adventure genre, bagging a decent sale of 27.5 million copies.
The major attraction of the game was its open world setting that allowed players to explore the regions, along with mutual interaction. Other appeals of the title were burglary adventures, car modifications, money quests, and a host of minigames.