Over the years we have certainly seen many great gaming achievements. From Halo 2’s history-making debut in 2004, when it managed the most profitable 24 hours of any entertainment product to date, to the present day when gaming IPs have infiltrated other industries, such as Super Mario Bros. The film broke many box office records.
The world of video games has certainly seen many breakthroughs in that time, but few can compete with the massive one announced a few hours ago: Minecraft sales have exceeded 300 million.
This huge achievement, unprecedented in the gaming industry, is a testament to how much gaming is changing. Since 2004 when Halo 2 was a single console exclusive and which came full circle with the release of the sequel in 2007, Minecraft has set aside the traditional “console generations”, as a “platform” that has been released over the years for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS iPadOS, Xbox 360, Raspberry Pi, Windows Phone, PlayStation 3, Fire OS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Apple TV, tvOS, Nintendo Switch, New Nintendo 3DS, and ChromeOS.
On the occasion of this announcement, let’s see how the list of the ten best-selling games of all time is shaped today. Obviously the free versions have been excluded, since there is no sales concept there. From the chest-filled worlds of Minecraft to the Wild West of Red Dead Redemption 2, from the arenas of PUBG and Overwatch to the emotional storytelling of The Witcher, to the pure fun of Mario and Tetris.
Here are the 10 best-selling games of all time:
1. Minecraft – 300,000,000 sales
Minecraft was originally developed and released by Mojang in 2011. It is clearly a game that needs no special introduction. The immense freedom it offers players to build, explore and survive in its world has helped it become a cultural phenomenon. With its unlimited capabilities, it has built a huge community with many skilled builders and countless dedicated servers, YouTube channels, and modders. It’s certainly no surprise that Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, but its numbers are still impressive.
For the record, Minecraft’s sales statistics look pretty bad not only by gaming industry standards, but also compared to other entertainment media. For example, the best-selling music album of all time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” had sales of nearly 70 million!
2. Grand Theft Auto V – 185,000,000 sales
GTA V was released by Rockstar Games in 2013, and to this day offers one of the most immersive open world experiences we’ve seen in the medium. The game is known for its complex narrative, vivid graphics, freedom it gives players to do anything, and rich online experience. Not only is it a commercial success, but it is also a milestone in the history of video games, with the community looking forward to the sixth chapter.
3. Tetris (EA) – 100,000,000 sales
The modern version of the famous game comes from Electronic Arts, continuing the legacy of Alexey Pajitnov’s creation in 1984. Simple yet addictive, Tetris is a timeless game that everyone knows. For your information, the Tetris game released by Nintendo in 1989 sold 48 million copies, and there are other versions. If we put them all together, the puzzle title would probably be first on the list.
4. Wii Sports – 82,900,000 sales
Wii Sports was released in 2006 alongside the Nintendo Wii and was included with every sale of the console. It is an experience that revolutionized gaming thanks to its motion control mechanics. It did not take long for it to become – without exaggeration – a social phenomenon and played a major role in the success of the Wii and the establishment of motion controls for several years, with PlayStation and Xbox experimenting with similar projects later, with PS Move and Kinect.
5. PUBG: Battlegrounds – 75,000,000 sales
The latest addition to the following list, PUBG, is the game that helped popularize the battle royale genre. In it, 100 players parachute onto an island, scavenging for equipment and fighting to be the last person or team standing. When it was released in 2017, it required a regular purchase which is why it was included in this list.
6. Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe – 63,920,000 sales
Nintendo’s popular racing series continues to impress, with Mario Kart 8 for Wii U and Deluxe Edition for Nintendo Switch. This is the most successful racing/sports game of all time, and surprisingly, it is also the most successful Mario game in history! With distinctive characters, innovative paths, and exciting multiplayer, it remains a favorite for casual and competitive players alike.
7. Super Mario Bros. – 58,000,000 sales
Super Mario Bros. It debuted in 1985 for the NES and marked the beginning of Mario’s platforming adventures. With its simple yet exciting gameplay, it sets the standard for platform games and remains a beloved classic. It helped not only Nintendo establish itself in the market, but also helped the entire gaming industry get back on its feet after the “crash” of 1983!
8. Red Dead Redemption 2 – 55,000,000 sales
Another masterpiece from Rockstar Games, released in 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes the action to the Wild West of the late 19th century and tells a story of outlaws and redemption. The game received rave reviews for its storytelling, character building, attention to detail, graphics, NPC interactions, and the liveliness of its world. In addition to its status as one of the most commercial games of all time, it is also considered by many to be one of the highest quality games ever released.
9. Overwatch – 50,000,000 sales
The first Overwatch game marked the beginning of another giant series from Blizzard Entertainment. It arrived in 2016 and is a team-based first-person shooter featuring a variety of heroes. With its focus on the team element and eSports, it has quickly become a mainstay in the competitive gaming community, alongside giants like Call of Duty, League of Legends, CS:GO, and more.
10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 50,000,000 sales
The rise of The Witcher trilogy has made CD Projekt one of the leading game studios in the industry, as the jump from sequel to sequel has been massive. The game was released in 2015 and follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter, on his quest to find his missing adopted daughter. It was loved by players and critics alike for its rich narrative, world, and deep characters. It is often cited as one of the greatest games of its generation, as well as one of the best RPGs of all time.
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