20 best-selling games in history

September 16, 2022  12:10

What games were and still are the most popular in the world? What games did people buy and still do? Here is a list of the best selling games on all platforms:

  1. Minecraft - 238 million copies sold
  2. Grand Theft Auto V - 165 million sold
  3. EA Tetris - 100 million sold
  4. Wii Sports - 82.9 million copies sold
  5. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) - 75 million copies sold
  6. Super Mario Bros. - 58 million copies sold
  7. Mario Kart 8 & Deluxe: 53.7 million copies sold
  8. Pokémon Red and Blue - 47.5 million copies sold
  9. Terraria: 44.5 million copies sold.
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2 - 44 million copies sold
  11. Wii Fit & Wii Fit Plus: 43.8 million copies sold
  12. Nintendo Tetris: 43 million copies sold.
  13. Pac-Man - 42 million copies sold
  14. The Witcher 3: 40 million copies sold
  15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 38.6 million copies sold 
  16. Mario Kart Wii - 37.3 million copies sold 
  17. Wii Sports Resort: 33.1 million copies sold
  18. New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS: 30.8 million copies sold
  19. New Super Mario Bros. Wii: 30.3 million copies sold
  20. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 30 million copies sold

The top-selling game on the list is Minecraft, an indie survival sandbox game with an open world. Everyone has probably heard about this game - even people who are very far from the gaming industry. 

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Minecraft was released in 2011 by Mojang and still it is one of the best-selling and the most popular games in the world. It is interesting, among other things, because it can be used not only for entertainment purposes, but also in the fields of education and even computer-aided design. Moreover, Minecraft has had a significant influence on the development of the game industry and has been the inspiration for many other games, including Terraria, which also made it to this list.

Not surprisingly, amid the growing number of people with overweight and health problems, several so-called fitness games - Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports - also made it to the top-selling list. The first two include balance and aerobics games, strength training and yoga exercises. The third consists of several sports simulators that work with the Wii Remote motion sensor and Nunchuk and give you the opportunity to virtually play tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing.

The popularity of Tetris can't surprise anyone, as well as the popularity of several Mario games: both of them have been played for decades, and they are still very popular, even though new modern games with beautiful graphics and thrilling plots are being released.

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Fans of good storytelling and RPGs will be happy that The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (the sequel to Morrowind, one of the most atmospheric RPGs released to date) made the list of best selling games. However, many may be disappointed by the fact that there aren't more RPGs on the list, and no strategy games at all.

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Among shooters, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Red Dead Redemption 2 quite expectedly made the list of the best selling games.

Which of these games have you already bought? Which ones have you already played, and which ones do you plan to play? 

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