Best Selling Video Games 1979 – 2020

This data visualization video shows the best selling video games since 1979. It includes all their ports for newer systems such as for Super Mario Bros for the Wii, Wii U, etc. It does not include Free-to-Play video games, I will include those in a different video.

For top selling I selected those with 1 million in sales units for the first few years, then those with 5 million in sales for the next few years, then 10 million, etc. This was to avoid crowding the chart and to avoid adding games that don’t even peek out for a single year.

These stats come from Wikipedia, articles and from Google Books searches. Some of the data includes approximate numbers as the data available skipped years.

In the video I included quick clips of how the games looked.

50 Comments

  1. Swan265WP on July 29, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    We can all agree Nintendo makes the best games



  2. Nezuko on July 29, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Fortnite ?



  3. Snoop dog 2.0 Smith on July 29, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I was wondering why i didn’t see fortnite on this list but then i remembered that most of these where retro games.



  4. Draezz on July 29, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    You telling me fortnite didn’t come up in this list?



  5. Chicken Wings on July 29, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    No call of duty is awesome.
    Look at all the Nintendo made games
    Tetris wii sports super mario bros pokemon
    mario kart wii mario kart 8 and wii sports resort.



  6. RazLit on July 29, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Where’s pokemon red/blue/yellow for gameboy? Also there’s no way Tetris is still top around 2000 with all those better games



  7. Anky Pendragon on July 29, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Recipe of game to success : Blocks



  8. Steven on July 29, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Where is halo 2



  9. Todo Es Posible. on July 29, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Fornite?????????????



  10. Carlos Andre on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Cade fortnite cade r6



  11. Jessika D on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I am surprised there isn’t Undertale 😮



  12. Entertainment Fan on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Tetris probably made more money than the entire film industry does in 1 year. Unless it’s 2020 and 2021, then the film industry is still trying to catch up.

    Though I’m curious how much money has Tetris made? It may have sold a lot of units, but it has no add on content like DLCs to make extra money and it’s a relatively cheap game.



  13. Sunil Patel on July 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Eherr is among us



  14. fuyon on July 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    The soviet pride once again was crushed by the capitalists… T



  15. EvanInnit on July 29, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Where’s Fortnite



  16. Seizure Yoshi on July 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Super Mario bros and tetris are the only clascics left



  17. Barsuk90 on July 29, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    В США боятся русских хакеров, просто они не знают что Алексей Пажитнов взломал весь мир создав «Тетрис» 36 лет назад.



  18. Soledad Gómez on July 29, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Crash bandicoot? Rayman?



  19. stoltobot on July 29, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Anything with “Wii” in the title is just statistical noise



  20. FusionGamerElite on July 29, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    No final fantasy or COD entries? Yeah right…



  21. Lagiftor on July 29, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I love to think that there’s still some people buying Frogger until 2004.



  22. Davwekamel32 on July 29, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Good video!



  23. Lobster 1234 on July 29, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Mortal combat,nfs, Warcraft 3,Wow? Video very shit.



  24. Akbar on July 29, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Where’s Mortal Combat?



  25. Peter Valderrama on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Nice to see Pac-Man staying on the list from 1980 till the end of the video



  26. Syed Uzair on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Where is Snake Xenzia? in Nokia? 😮



  27. Mr. Op on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    can’t forget how much fun i had playing 1970’s games when i was a kid.



  28. Emma Sels on July 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    uhm??? roblox???



  29. MD George on July 29, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    To be honest, we were all expecting Mario and Sonic



  30. Silvana Lušić on July 29, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Where s fortnite?



  31. AIUYT8 on July 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Where is fortnite



  32. Gattsu on July 29, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Fuck casul games nintendo



  33. Sudip Shrestha on July 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    You Missed COC and Freefire 😪



  34. Blitzkrieg 2.0 on July 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Gta san Andreas ❤❤



  35. Ra_NicoYT on July 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    And fortnite?
    ?????



  36. FusionGamerElite on July 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    When GTA6 drops you gonna need a bigger chart 🙂



  37. Sandeep Kumar on July 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament as well as Codename Eagle were complete failure



  38. ZLR VIRAL MEME on July 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Where is mini militia



  39. corgiplays on July 29, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Wheres roblox?



  40. NBMSCH on July 29, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Not the best selling though, but the best playable games and my favorite of all time: Tekken(Arcade & Playstation), Mortal Kombat( Arcade & Sega Mega drive / Genesis), Killer Instinct(Arcade & Nintendo 64)… OLD BUT GOLD!



  41. Ganesh Ghutugade on July 29, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Fortnight



  42. Dipen Terang on July 29, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Were is free fire?



  43. Sandeep Kumar on July 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    To all those 200 millions who still playing Tetris… I don’t know who you are but… Keep it up!



  44. Chocola on July 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Cs go no?



  45. Marko Zec on July 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Doom games, Civ games, Mortal Kombat games, Fifa games?



  46. emam fan on July 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Where is igi



  47. Looney TunesⓋ on July 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Gada ML? Skipp Skipp



  48. BigBlue Game on July 29, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Minecraft is a legend.



  49. Darth Kermit on July 29, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    tetris mine craft and terraria: *B L O C K*
    gamers:AMAZING



  50. RM on July 29, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Duck hunt in the list till 2017! I know it was free with nes at one point but still.