Some video games might have the best quality or intrigues but this may not be in line with sales success. This is because a list of the best 100 games in history according to Metacritic, shows that not all that made it to that list have exactly been a commercial success. With the changing times, what happens is that the sales of a game no longer mean that it will be a source of income for a company, since over time we have discovered new business models such as free to play, downloadable content, micropayments and many more.
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In this article which contains the list of the 10 best-selling games in history, it is important to highlight here that, when talking about sales, free games are not included, and titles like Fortnite or League of Legends don’t fit in the criteria for it. It should also be noted that games included in bundles with a console are included, thus we can find the tremendous success of Wii Sports.
A peculiar case is that of Tetris, since it would have 70 million copies sold in physical format – half of them with its version included in a bundle with the Game Boy -, but this figure would exceed 500 million if the downloads of the paid version on mobile phones are included. With this, Aleksei Pajitnov’s legendary game would rank as the best-selling game in history, although it’ll be a bit of a cheat, since there are different versions of the same game.
Here is a list of the 10 best-selling games in history with data updated to 2023:
- Tetris (1984) – 520 million
- Minecraft (2009) – 238 million
- GTA V (2013) – 175 million
- Wii Sports (2006) – 82.9 million
- PUBG (2017) – 75 million
- Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2014) – 60.46 million
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) – 50 million
- Overwatch (2016) – 50 million
- Super Mario Bros. (1985) – 48 million
- Pokémon Generation 1 (1996) – 47 million
These are the video games that have made in the business line as the most successful of all time in terms of sales.