While computers were created to help humanity in calculations and other complex operations, its side effect was video games that have garnered significant eyeballs since. The first-ever video game was created in the year 1958. A trend was set that would soon engulf the entire globe. These days we have video games of all kinds and genres. Be it, sports games, sim-type games, or games of real-time strategies; there is a video game for everyone. But have you ever wondered which are the most popular video games?
There are thousands of games and only a few out of these have had the most mainstream appeal. In this section, we look at ten of the best-selling video games of all time. We have included console titles, PC titles, and multi-platform titles. Whatever your preferred device maybe, you’ve probably played something mentioned here. So let’s roll on.
List of most popular video games
10. Tetris (Nintendo)
Tetris is one of the first games for a whole generation that has changed the way video games are played. Its Nintendo version was released in June of 1989 and has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide since. It must be noted that this number does not include any of these old grey hand-held consoles. So in essence Tetris actually reached a lot more people. The high of setting up a few rows only to ‘eliminate’ with a single falling block is near impossible to recreate. And it gets even better if you strap on a modern VR set.
9. Wii Fit
Wii Fit was launched on Dec. 1, 2007, and has sold more than 44 million copies since then. As is evident by the name, the game’s focus is getting users in shape while making exercising fun. It also makes use of the Wii Balance Board peripheral that adds a new layer to the whole Wii experience. You may look to do yoga, aerobics, strength training, or balance exercise in the form of a game and Wii Fit is the right fit for you and millions of others.
8. Mario Kart 8
The eighth entry in the Mario Kart series is holding eighth place on our list. Since its release on May 29, 2014, this instalment of the party racer has sold 45.53 million copies. The game is widely appealing due to the unmatched fun it gives, and the simplicity of the controls helps it along even more.
The game was launched both for Wii U and Switch, which made it popular as Nintendo Switch swiftly became one of the most desired consoles. So whether you have the newer Switch or the older Wii U, you can enjoy one of the fancy karts and Blue Shell your friends.
7. Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow
Depending upon the regions, the different versions of Pokémon were released between Feb. 27, 1996, and June 16, 2000. Combined together, all of them sold more than 47.52 million copies to the aspiring Pokémon masters. The game became popular due to its anime and embedded it deep in the cultural zeitgeist for years to come.
6. Super Mario Bros.
Compared to how influential this franchise is, no commentary will do justice to the legendary Super Mario Bros. phenomenon. It was released on Sept. 13, 1985, and sold more than 58 million copies. It made Mario and Luigi the most popular plumbers in the entire world.
Eating mushrooms and jumping around in trying to save the princess may seem not a great plot in hindsight but it sufficed around in 1985 for Super Mario Bros and made it one of the most groundbreaking titles ever.
Contenders for Top 5 Most Popular Video Games
5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds–PUBG
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (also known as PUBG) was launched on PC on Dec. 20, 2017. There was a precedent to the battle royale generation before it, but PUBG was the reason it exploded in popularity. This slower-paced, more methodical shooter was lapped up by everyone where every match feels different from the last. The game shall forever remain in the hall of fame of gaming and has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.
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4. Wii Sports
Released on Nov. 19, 2006, the fourth best-selling game of all time reached over 82.9 million people. The bundle includes five sports of tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. Mimicking your avatar’s on-screen movements all of them are controlled by swinging around the motion controllers. Everyone loves launching a baseball and throwing wild hooks while sitting in the room. For anyone looking to get a little leaner, Wii Sports offered a fun and easy way to get your blood pumping.
3. Tetris (EA)
The Electronic Arts version of Tetris for mobile devices was released on Sept. 12, 2006. And thanks to its accessibility and familiarity, it has sold 100 million copies. It being Tetris, one of the best video games of all time, is a hard proposition to turn down.
2. Grand Theft Auto 5
GTA was developed by Rockstar Games and is an open-world title. Since its release on September 17, 2013 it has sold over 150 million copies on multiple platforms worldwide. There is a single-player, story-driven campaign in the game. It however became popular due to GTA Online. GTA Online empowered players to take on their own personalities, complete complex missions, and show off their gains to their friends and enemies. Sandbox fun. GTA 5 is a genre-defining idea.
1. Minecraft – The most Popular of them all
Every child in the world likes to play with one of these block-building toys such as Lego. Minecraft was launched on Nov. 18, 2011, and thus everybody could play with virtual blocks. Minecraft offers boundless creativity. People have even made working phones that can call real phones in the real world outside. Since its launch, Minecraft has sold more than 238 million copies. Minecraft offers depth and possibility. Its original version is a killer. Compared to its original avatar, those off-brand Lego blocks are like-rubbish.