13 best-selling games in history

13th place: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Release date: March 2020
  • Copies sold: 31 million.

Exclusive life simulator for Nintendo Switch. To date, the series includes 5 full games and 3 spin-offs. The essence of the game is to develop infrastructure and ennoble your own island to your liking: plant flowers, fish, build houses for new residents, craft and much more. An important feature is the synchronization of the in-game time with the real one. If you have a night in the real world, then the game will also have night. If it’s winter outside, then the game will also have a winter season.

12th place: Wii Sports Resort

  • Release date: 2009
  • Copies sold: 33 million.

Another Nintendo exclusive, this time for one of its most successful consoles, the Wii. The game is a sports simulator of a wide variety of sports. For control, the innovative Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers with player motion capture were used. Today the analogue of these controllers is the Joy-Con from Nintendo Switch. Shortly after its release, the game started shipping with the console.

11th place: Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Release date: 2018
  • Copies sold: 34 million.

The first multiplatform game in our collection. GTA in the Wild West from Rockstar Studios with a gripping storyline, cool quests and colourful, talented characters. Almost the only Western in the modern gaming industry is a prequel to the events of the original Red Dead Redemption. The hero from the first part is present here but as a minor character. Like GTA V, the game has multiplayer, but it doesn’t enjoy the same success.

10th place: Mario Kart Wii

  • Release date: April 2008
  • Copies sold: 37 million.

Another exclusive for Nintendo Wii, this time about kart racing. A viral series of games featuring Nintendo characters who take part in hilarious races along mind-blowing tracks. This is not a serious simulator, but entertainment with friends. Various objects are scattered along the tracks, which give certain advantages in the race. But although the game looks cartoonish, the gameplay mechanics in it are still deep and can be enjoyable for a long time.

9th place: Pac-Man

  • Release date: 1980
  • Copies sold: 39 million.

The legendary yellow gingerbread man-eating peas in a maze that has appeared on all possible gaming platforms. Along with the plumber Mario and the game “Tetris”, it is one of the gaming industry’s symbols.

8th place: Mario Kart 8: Delux

  • Release date: May 2014
  • Copies sold: 42 million.

The latest game in the kart racing series was released on two Nintendo consoles – Wii U and Switch. Moreover, an updated version has been released on Switch with new maps, graphical improvements and items. In this version, you can now have two objects with you at once and use them in turn.

7th place: Wii Fit

  • Release date: 2007
  • Copies sold: 43 million.

Exercise game for physical activity. Requires Wii Balance Board to play. Games of this format are generally top-rated on Nintendo consoles. Games are divided into four main categories: aerobics, exercise, yoga, and balance games—total practices 40. The developers recommend Wii Fit for those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

6th place: Pokemon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow

  • Release date: 1996
  • Copies sold: 47.5 million.

The first pokemon RPG in the jRPG genre. In the game, you need to travel around the region inhabited by Pokémon, catch them and fight with other Pokémon trainers to win the tournament. Aired exclusively on Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld console. The games in this series are released in pairs, with slight differences depending on the version. The games were originally called Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue but then expanded and improved versions of Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon Green were released.

5th place: Super Mario Bros.

  • Release date: 1985
  • Copies sold: 48 million.

A legendary platformer about a jumping moustachioed plumber was released on Nintendo’s legendary NES console (Dandy). It was then on other platforms and is familiar even to those who do not play video games.

4th place: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

  • Release date: 2017
  • Copies sold: 70 million.

The game that invented a new genre – battle royale. 100 players are thrown onto one card. There should be only one left in the end. Hundreds of types of weapons are available as an arsenal, both firearms and cold. And also a variety of ground vehicles. At first, for a long time, only one card was available in the game, today there are already four of them.

3rd place: Wii Sports

  • Release date: 2006
  • Copies sold: 82 million.

A set of 5 sports simulators consisting of tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing. For control, a Wii Remote controller was used, which read the player’s movements. The game was bundled with the console in almost all regions.

2nd place: Grand Theft Auto V

  • Release date: 2013
  • Copies sold: 120 million.

A legendary series of games, each new part of which tells a new crime story. For the first time in the series, the game features a full-fledged online mode with many modes, including story ones. The innovative heist mode, which is actively used in the singleplayer part of the game, feels great in multiplayer. With multiplayer updates, new heists are regularly added, and the latest update to date even added a new, tropical region. The game was released back in 2013 and is successfully re-released on a new generation of consoles, overgrown with improvements.

1st place: Minecraft

  • Release date: 2011
  • Copies sold: 200 million.

A sandbox game in which you can build your own world. The game looks strange, or rather, very square. But the main thing is fantasy. Millions of completely dissimilar worlds built by players confirm this. You can build in the game not only buildings but also mechanisms. The game allows you to create logic diagrams that make objects in the game interactive.

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