Variety of genres, proven entertainment and media coverage. These are some of the constants that we manage to distinguish in the ranking of the video game sagas that have sold the most copies throughout history. This is a peculiar list in which the lucky titles haven’t always belonged to successful franchises or consoles, but have risen to the top of the podium on their own merits, either through flawless gameplay or by posing challenges that invite progression. Below, in ascending order, are the four highest-grossing games to date.
Developped by nintendo and launched in 2006 under a theme based on multi-sports, Wii Sports comes in fourth place with stunning numbers. This video game first arrived on the market in the packs offered by the Nintendo Wii. He also did it with a pretty clear intention: to make his audience able to box, play tennis, golf, baseball and bowling through a very simple operation, accessible to all kinds of skills and based on a command with motion sensors, known as Wiimote. This allowed you to put yourself in the shoes of an athlete without using a complex combination of buttons, but using only body movement to perform the action. This was its peculiarity compared to other proposals, which over time have resulted in an activity of more than 82 million copies sold.
In third place we find the renewal of the always modern classic Tetris. Electronic Arts Mobile released Tetris EA in 2006, a title that overhauled the original arcade game and added a new soundtrack as a distinctive addition, among other things. At first it was designed for iPod, but after two years it began to be available for all kinds of mobile devices, reaching even the mythical PSP and PS3. The proposal incorporated two game modes, the Marathon and the Magic, both with fifteen levels of difficulty but with important differences between them. The lack of online compatibility was perhaps one of the causes that ended up causing the escalation of the game to explode. Already in 2020 EA decided to put an end to the mobile mode of this famous adventure, so from that moment no one has access to it, not even users who have purchased the full version. Despite everything, the 100 million paid downloads have been exceeded. To make up for the absence, there are several real-money slot machines that incorporate their own Tetris. In fact, some web platforms like Time2play.com
Grand Theft Auto V
The second in the ranking comes from the Scottish studio Rockstar North, which started in 2013 with the aim of releasing the fifth installment of Grand Theft Auto for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. today. To date, this GTA can boast of 8K graphics, 120 frames per second and keep its online mode active. To understand the magnitude of this title, just focus on the numbers: twenty-four hours after it went on sale, it managed to make a box of eight hundred million dollars, figures that in the space of a decade have been multiplied by nine, which translates into more than 175 million copies sold.
The lead goes to a genre that’s literally always on the move: open-world building. Minecraft rose to the top spot after it was released for mobile devices in 2011 by Mojang Studios, although it was originally created by Swede Markus Persson, better known as Notch. In 2012, it made the leap to video consoles and kept pace until it reached virtually every existing platform. The central idea of the game is based on the placement and destruction of blocks, thus forming structures of all kinds, such as villages, temples, pyramids, etc., on an infinite territory in which the player moves freely. According to the latest data, Minecraft has managed to release more than 238 million copies.