1. Minecraft (2011)
To date, Minecraft has sold a whopping 180 million copies, A figure that is only continuing to grow. With that, it’s probably not very tricky either that Microsoft bought the studio for an impressive $24 billion. That’s quite a tad bit more than your average coupon site would sell for.
2. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
120 million copies sold over seven years is so impressive that the mere thought makes you drop your jaw. The fact that GTA V also continues to sell really well, today, is even more insane. By utilizing amazing Character Concept Art, Rockstar has really proven that they are champions of locking players into a world where they get stuck and then can’t get rid of it.
3. Wii Sports (2006)
82.8 (!) Million copies have been sold by this small hysterically boring game, which just as in the case of Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii is clear proof of how successful Wii was as a game console. Everyone would suddenly play fan-tennis and fan-bowling and afterwards this is a fantastic achievement.
4. PUBG (2017)
“Brendan Green’s home-arm Arma mod is one of those projects in this wonderful game world that fascinates beyond all reasonableness. For it was not just a one-man project, from the start, but also a game that the creator himself doubted on several occasions. Today it has been sold in 60 million copies and paved the way for a whole sub-genre.” says Phil from personal seasoned tradelines.
5. Super Mario Bros (1985)
Sure, there is some injustice in this placement considering that for most years Nintendo bundled NES together with Super Mario Bros (a couple of years after the machine’s international premiere), but we thought about ignoring this. Super Mario Bros, the first game, has been sold today in 48 million copies.
6. Pokémon (1996)
For Nintendo to dominate this entire list, there is no need for a college degree to notice. Nintendo has sold so many games over the past 30 years that it almost solidifies as the numbers start to add up. 47 million Pokémon Red / Blue have been sold, in total.
7. Wii Fit (2007)
3, 8 million copies were sold by Wii Fit before it was finally time for Wii to leave room for Wii-U, and it is of course amazing that one of the best-selling video games of the time is actually a training tool. Given that Nintendo also sold that training plate to the Wii Fit, it would be hysterically exciting to know exactly how big the profits from this particular title really were. Of course, it is about many, many billions of kronor.
8. Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Nintendo managed to sell over 37 million copies of Mario Kart to the Nintendo Wii in just over two years. Impressive.
9. Tetris (1989)
Without Tetris, the Game Boy wouldn’t have even come near the success that the machine ultimately became. Because that was the perfect marriage. The monochrome machine without hardware mess and an extremely easy-to-drive, graphic and game-like super-simple puzzle based on one of the best ideas in game history. How many copies were sold then? 35 million.
10. Wii Sports Resort (2009)
Nintendo managed to cram a breathtaking 33 million copies of this highly meaningless game. It is remarkable in many ways. On the other hand, it is cool to note in retrospect that Wii was an incredible success for Nintendo, but it is at least as refreshing to think how broad Nintendo achieved with Wii Sports. As many pensioners played as children. And not many game publishers have succeeded over the years.