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This is the list of best-selling video games by software sales figures. It is a list of games across all console and computer platforms (excluding arcade coin drops, mobile downloads, and online subscriptions) that have sold at least 15 million units.

For alternative sales criteria, see List of best-selling video games by gross revenues (including arcades, consoles, computers, mobiles, and online transactions) and List of best-selling console games by sales revenues (covering only console games).


Best-selling video games by software sales figures

Title Release year Genre Original release platform(s) Sales
(million units)
Source(s)
Flag of Japan Wii Sports
(incl. bundled copies)
2006 Sports Flag of Japan Wii 82.78 [1]
Flag of Japan Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 1996 RPG Flag of Japan Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console 59.52 [n 2]
Flag of the United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Action Adventure Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Xbox One 45 [4][5][6]
Flag of Japan Wii Fit 2007 Fitness Flag of Japan Wii 43.79 [n 3]
Flag of the Soviet Union Tetris
(incl. bundled copies)
1989 Puzzle Flag of Japan Game Boy, NES 43 [n 4]
Flag of Japan Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal 1999 RPG Flag of Japan Game Boy ColorNintendo DS 42.21 [n 5]
Flag of Japan Super Mario Bros. (incl. bundled copies) 1985 Platform Flag of Japan NES 40.24 [12][13]
Flag of Japan Mario Kart Wii 2008 Racing Flag of Japan Wii 36.75 [14]
Flag of Japan Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald 2002 RPG Flag of Japan GBA, 3DS 34.38 [15]
Flag of Sweden Minecraft 2009 Sandbox PC, Java, Flag of the United States OS X, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 33 [16][17][18]
Flag of Japan Wii Sports Resort 2009 Sports Flag of Japan Wii 32.95 [19]
Flag of Japan New Super Mario Bros. 2006 Platform Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 30.8 [11][20]
Flag of Japan New Super Mario Bros. Wii 2009 Platform Flag of Japan Wii 29.79 [1]
Flag of Japan Duck Hunt 1984 Lightgun Shooter Flag of Japan NES 28.31 [10]
Flag of Japan Wii Play 2006 Party Flag of Japan Wii 28.02 [1]
Flag of the United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Action Adventure PC, Flag of Japan PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (PSN), Flag of the United States Xbox, Mac OS X, Xbox 360 (XBLM) 27.5 [21]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 2011 FPS PC, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 26.5 [22][23]
Flag of Japan Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 2006 RPG Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 25.23 [15]
Flag of the United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Action Adventure PC, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Flag of the United States Xbox 360 25 [24][25]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010 FPS PC, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Flag of Japan Wii, Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 25 [26][27][28]
Flag of the United StatesKinect Adventures 2010 Sports Flag of the United States Xbox 360 24 [29]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012 FPS PC, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Flag of the United States Xbox 360 24 [30]
Flag of Japan Nintendogs 2005 Sim Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 23.96 [31]
Flag of Japan Mario Kart DS 2005 Racing Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 23.6 [31]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 FPS PC, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3 22 [26]
Flag of Japan Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 Platform Flag of Japan Mega Drive/Genesis, Master System 20.96 [n 6][33]
Flag of Japan Super Mario World 1990 Platform Flag of Japan Super NES 20.6 [13][34]
Flag of Japan Frogger 1981 Action Arcade, Various 20 [35]
Flag of the United States The Sims 2 2004 Sim PC, Various 20 [36]
Flag of the United States The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Action RPG PC, Flag of the United StatesXbox 360Flag of JapanPlayStation 3 20 [37]
Flag of Japan Brain Age 2005 Puzzle Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 19.01 [11]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: Ghosts 2013 FPS PC, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Xbox One, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U 19 [38]
Flag of Japan Super Mario Land 1989 Platform Flag of Japan Game Boy, Game Boy Color 18.06 [13]
Flag of Japan Super Mario Bros. 3 1988 Platform Flag of Japan NES 18 [39]
Flag of the United Kingdom Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Action Adventure PC, Flag of Japan Playstation 2, Flag of the United States Xbox 17.5 [40]
Flag of Japan Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec 2001 Racing Sim Flag of Japan Playstation 2 16.45 [41]
Flag of Japan Gran Turismo 5 2007 Racing Sim Flag of Japan Playstation 3 16.01 [41]
Flag of the United States The Sims 2000 Life Sim PC, Flag of the United States Mac OS 16 [42]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 FPS PC, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Mac OS X, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 15.7 [22][43]
Flag of the United States Call of Duty: World at War 2008 FPS PC, Flag of the United States Xbox 360, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3, Wii 15.7 [22]
Flag of Japan Pokémon Black and White 2010 RPG Flag of Japan Nintendo DS 15.6 [11]
Flag of the United States Diablo III 2012 RPG PC, Flag of the United States Mac OS X, Xbox 360, Flag of Japan PlayStation 3 15 [44]
Flag of Japan Street Fighter II 1991 Fighting Flag of Japan Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 3 (PSN), Flag of the United States Xbox 360 (XBLM) 14.9 [n 7]

Notes

  1. List of best-selling video games: Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Encyclopedia Gamia
  2. Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow sales:
  3. Wii Fit sales:[1]
  4. Tetris sales:
    • Game Boy: 35 million copies (including bundles)[7]
    • NES: 8 million[8]
  5. Pokémon Gold & Silver sales: Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal sales:
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (incl. bundled copies) revenue:
    • Mega Drive / Genesis - $1029.41 million
      • Total 15 million units sold [1]
      • Non-bundled copies: 4.34 million units = $271.41 million[32]
      • Bundled copies: 10.66 million units at average mean price (between US, UK and Japan) price of $71.10 each[32] = $758 million
    • Master System - 5.96 million units at £29.99 ($60) each = $358 million
      • Master System console bundles in Europe, for £99.99 each, from 1992 to 1994 [2][3] [4] (since Sonic the Hedgehog was bundled from October 1991 onwards) - 2.96 million units
        • France: 600,000 units
        • Germany: 330,000 units
        • Italy: 180,000 units
        • Netherlands: 100,000 units
        • Spain: 350,000 units
        • United Kingdom: 750,000 units
        • Rest of Western Europe: 650,000 units
      • Master System console bundles in Brazil - Packaged with consoles since late 1991. During 1996-2012, at least 3 million Master System bundles including Sonic the Hedgehog have been sold.
  7. Street Fighter II sales:[45]

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    • 360: 10 million
    • PS3: 1 million
    • Mobile: 10 million
  18. Mobile downloads of Minecraft: Pocket Edition excluded
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