Best Selling Video Games 1979 – 2020

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.

49 Comments

  1. ルータン on March 27, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    "Graphics make the game popular"
    Minecraft, Tetris, Wii Sports: Are you sure about that.

  2. Snichel Sticks on March 27, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    june 2013 6:25 im sad now

  3. tr1p1ea on March 27, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Counting very different versions of Tertris as the same game….

  4. Michael Jhon Alava on March 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Many games here in the Philippines are popular in game but not in the ranking of sales because of piracy 😆 . Real talk

  5. Life Present on March 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Minecraft looks like the most stupid f@###&- game in the world. How did it make #1? DUMB!!

  6. AlexthEjustin55 on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    How about roblox

  7. Mahedi VAI on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Free Fire

  8. ShaxTonyn on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    and the others games minecraft fortnite outlast 2 1 where they are

  9. RealtR on March 27, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    where the hell is roblox?

  10. Autotrope on March 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    This is effectively just a list of games given away free with console or system purchases. They probably shouldn’t have even been included. Can you really say there were "sales" of Wii Sports and stuff like that?

  11. James B on March 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    And today I learned there was a "Mario brothers" before "super Mario brothers"

  12. Zatiel.D LaBrie on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    It’s noteworthy that sales may be a good indicator for "best" games, but sometimes it’s not, Doom was an extreme success, but sold not too much due to freeware release

  13. Amir Wahforstake on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Amazing vids I subbed

  14. Thomas Ireton on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Huge achievement when Minecraft passed Tetris

  15. ImpHax0r on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Kinda surprised to not find a single game from the Zelda and the Warcraft franchise in here, considering these have been widely successful for decades.

  16. Chris Lin on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Where is league of legends?

  17. Wisetuwo on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Alien shooter??
    Mortal kombat??

  18. Wajahat Ali on March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Why playstation and xbox games not included

  19. Scott campbell on March 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I call BS on this list. Where GTA or Witcher 3 bull butter lol

  20. Stormchasin7 on March 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Glad to see Minecraft up there(:

  21. Alan Aguilar on March 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Increíble que Tetris sea el mayor no imaginé para nada

  22. Angel Hernandez on March 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I’m glad PUBG is on here and higher than call of duty 😉

  23. Neo Anderson on March 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    No first place without blocks

  24. Bols1k on March 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Where world of Warcraft ?

  25. Spartan-1337 on March 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I’m convinced Tetris is all played by our elders

  26. Peter Tolhurst on March 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    didnt need to watch it to find out minecraft is best!

  27. Game Wizard on March 27, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    It’s amazing to me that there are no games originally released on PS1 or N64 on this list at any time.

  28. Reeanna S on March 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Current Ukrainian favourite game: _Zeldensky_ 😂🇺🇦😀

  29. Amir Wahforstake on March 27, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Minecraft dominates

  30. leozavr on March 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I have a dvd with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, but Resort was shown in this video only in 2018 section, it was unexpectedly late appearance

  31. AmbiguOus on March 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I have mobile horror games in my channel☠💀

  32. Mr Imperial cj on March 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    NFS?

  33. CYCUMP on March 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Fortnite battle pass

  34. Sean McAulay on March 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Im actually really surprised that the only Diablo game was D3.. also games like WOW didnt make an appearance..

  35. Trazan Apansson on March 27, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    How the hell could Frogger still be selling through the 90s?

  36. Stan Libuda on March 27, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    If I remember correctly, Tetris was invented by a russian. He hasn’t seen a penny for his game.

  37. SUVENDU MANDAL on March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    6:42 entry of legend…

  38. Γιάννης Γεωργίου on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    minecraft is 1st? really?

  39. A K on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I’m pretty sure if we include pirated copies in the count this list would look entirely different. Back during school days there didn’t exist a computer that didn’t have DOOM on it.

  40. ImpHax0r on March 27, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    3:45 That footage is not from Pokémon R/B/Y, but from Mystery Dungeon, which came out much later.

  41. Narkız Akbaba on March 27, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Where roblox?

  42. Leland Clayton on March 27, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I could of sworn that Ms. Pacman out sold Pacman.

    I should make a block game.

    I hear people complain about game prices. Back when Super Mario Bros 3 came out for the NES it was 60 bucks. Games cost about the same price today is not cheaper.

  43. Gambie DWf on March 27, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I really, really hate Minecraft.

  44. Raushan Kumar on March 27, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    This is wrong data where is clash of clans

  45. Jesus Antonio Sosa Herrera on March 27, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thought I was watching the most boring video games through the years.

  46. Unknown on March 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Wtf is tetris🤔 lol

  47. Quinceps on March 27, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Admin’s definitely a Minecraft fan.

  48. Robert Salgado on March 27, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I wonder what the numbers would be if we removed all of the underaged players on GTA and other similar games.

  49. Andrés Sánchez on March 27, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Buenos videos pero la letra muyyyy y pequeña

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