[UPDATED] Top 5 Selling Video Games on Every Gaming Platform

[Updated May 23rd, 2008]
What makes video games successful? Is it the marketing, the gameplay or the name? While the correct answer is not known, what IS known is that Video Gamers know what they want. I’ve listed below the “Top 5 Selling Video Games on Every Gaming Platform” with how much revenue they’ve made. Did you know all of the games for PS2 begin with a letter “G”?

Atari 2600

1. Pac-Man (7 million)
2. Pitfall! (4 million)
3. Missile Command (2.5 million)
4. Demon Attack (2 million)
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1.5 million)

Nintendo Entertainment System

1. Super Mario Bros. (40.23 million)
– DuckHunt (28.31 million)
2. Super Mario Bros. 3 (18 million)
3. Super Mario Bros. 2 (7.46 million)
4. The Legend of Zelda (6.51 million)
5. Tetris (5.58 million)

Famicom Disk System

1. Super Mario Bros. 2 (2.66 million in Japan)
2. Volleyball (1.98 million in Japan)
3. The Legend of Zelda (1.69 million in Japan)
4. The Legend of Zelda II: Link’s Adventure (1.61 million in Japan)
5. Pro Wrestling (1.42 million in Japan)

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

1. Super Mario World (20 million)
2. Donkey Kong Country (8 million)
3. Super Mario Kart (8 million)
4. Street Fighter II (6.3 million)
5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (4.61 million)

Nintendo 64

1. Super Mario 64 (11 million)
2. Mario Kart 64 (8.47 million)
3. GoldenEye 007 (8 million)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (7.6 million)
5. Super Smash Bros. (4.9 million)

Nintendo GameCube

1. Super Smash Bros. Melee (7.09 million)
2. Super Mario Sunshine (5.5 million)
3. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (4.67 million)
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (3.07 million)
5. Luigi’s Mansion (2.53 million)


1. Wii Sports (23.19 million)
2. Wii Play (12.27 million)
3. Super Mario Galaxy (6.51 million)
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (5.29 million)
5. Mario Party 8 (5.16 million)

Game Boy and Game Boy Color

1. Tetris (33 million)
2. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green (20.08 million)

  • * Pokémon Red (4.83 million in US)
  • * Pokémon Blue (5.02 million in US)

3. Pokémon Gold and Silver (14.51 million)

  • * Pokémon Gold (7.15 million)
  • * Pokémon Silver (7.36 million)

4. Super Mario Land (14 million)
5. Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (8.26 million)

Game Boy Advance

1. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (13 million)
2. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (10.66 million)
3. Pokémon Emerald (6.32 million)
4. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (4.079 million)
5. Super Mario Advance (3.73 million)

Nintendo DS

1. Nintendogs (17.79 million)
2. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (14.17 million)
3. New Super Mario Bros. (13.14 million)
4. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (11.71 million)
5. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (9.84 million)

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (6 million)
2. Sonic the Hedgehog (4 million)
3. Aladdin (4 million)
4. NBA Jam (1.93 million in US)
5. Mortal Kombat 2 (1.78 million in US)


1. Sonic Adventure (2.5 million)
2. Crazy Taxi (1.22 million)
3. Shenmue (1.2 million)
4. Resident Evil Code: Veronica (1.14 million)
5. NFL 2K (1.13 million)


1. Gran Turismo (10.85 million)
2. Final Fantasy VII (9.8 million)
3. Gran Turismo 2 (9.37 million)
4. Tomb Raider II (8 million)
5. Metal Gear Solid (7 million)
5. Tomb Raider (7 million)

PlayStation 2

1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (17.5 million)
2. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.88 million)
3. Grand Theft Auto III (14.5 million)
4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (12 million)
5. Gran Turismo 4 (9.92 million)

PlayStation 3

1.Grand Theft Auto 4 (3.51million )
2. MotorStorm (3.28 million)
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warefare (3.18 million)
4. Resistance: Fall of Man (2.83 million)
5. Assasin’s Creed (2.64 million)

PlayStation Portable

1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (4.85 million)
2. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2.52 million)
3. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (2.18 million)
4. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (2.17 million)
5. Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition (1.94 million)


1. The Sims (50 million)
2. Lineage 2 (17 million players)
3. The Sims 2 (13 million)

  • * The Sims 2: Pets [expansion pack] (5.6 million)
  • * The Sims 2: Seasons [expansion pack] (1 million)

4. World of Warcraft (10 million subscribers)

  • * World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade [expansion pack] (3.5 million)

5. StarCraft (9.5 million, includes StarCraft: Brood War)


1. Halo 2 (8 million)
2. Halo: Combat Evolved (5 million)
3. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell (3.005 million)
4. Fable (3 million)
5. Project Gotham Racing (2.5 million)

Xbox 360

1. Halo 3 (7.84 million)
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (5.99 million)
3. Gears of War (5.18 million)
4. Grand Theft Auto 4 (4.88 million)
5. Forza Motorsport 2 (3.84 million)

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Readers Comments (30)

  1. Thanks, with Infinity Ward making a statement that they just sold over 9 million, I will have to update the list. 🙂

  2. Awesome post! The list of games on your article gave me a cool flashback of my childhood 🙂


  3. Exactly 6 million on xbox 360 and 3 million on ps3 🙂

  4. just for the record GTA4 is gonna is gonna sell the most ever even more than mario bros on super nintendo with 40 million 🙂 EH anything is possible!

  5. I’ll go out on the record to say GTA IV will have a stronger first week than Halo 3 did. Now I’m also using the fact that it will be released on 2 systems. 😉

  6. I find it interesting that halo 2 and halo 3 have similar sales. The same type of gamer would buy Gears as well. So if you look at that as the big draws of the xbox, then you look at Gran Turismo, MGS, and Final Fantasy as big draws for the PS3……it truly does look like the xbox is going to slow down and the PS3 is going to pick up considering the PS3 system sellers are starting to hit now til early 2009. Even if you split GTA down the middle of the two systems, things look great this year for the PS3.

    Also, I can’t believe the Sega Genesis had such low numbers compared to Nintendo and that the Sega Dreamcast had number even that high……..

    This is an eye opening list.

  7. Loved seeing all the gaming platforms! They sure have came a long way!

  8. I think GTAIV will sell more than Halo3 did on it’s first week launch! Check up there Grand Theft Auto on ps2 sold more than 17 million..GTAIV is bigger than that and much more hyped..it’ll pass 30 million worldwide at the end of 2008 maybe even more…Although Predictions say IV will sell more on Microsoft’s system..it’s the lead system for developing GTAIV.

  9. I’m predicting about 15 to 19 million sales for GTA IV.. maybe even more, but those will probably be split 60% for 360 version, 40% for PS3. So while it probably will sell more than Halo 3, the sales will be split between two systems.

  10. No Sega Saturn <3 🙁 I would also ask for the Sega 32x but that was just an enhancement to the Sega Genesis, a hardware upgrade, not a full blown console.

  11. anybody here know of a good site to find more info on Super Mario Games? I’ve got this site bookmarked and im gonna keep checking it out, but i still would like to find a site that covers Super Mario Games a little more thoroughly..thanks

  12. I remember when i had Nintendo 64 with The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, That’s the best game i have ever played and it’s the only game i know which got a 10/10

  13. E.T. for Atari was in no way anywhere near the most wanted game.

    It was so hated, it is blamed for being the boulder that finished off Atari.

    That is why they bought back all the games they could and buried them in a desert. Then dug them up, crushed them, and buried them again. Then poured concrete over it. It’s quite possible one of the most extreme measures taking ever in gaming history to destroy a horrible game.


  14. Nobody sees it interesting that the first nintendo has been the most successful console even till this day? Also that, Super Mario sales is the best till this day?

  15. well..Nintendo has really been in the game longer. With Sega and Atari being knocked out, they obviously have the advantage. I’m not so sure Nintendo will continue their same level of success in the future, but I am sure they aren’t going anywhere. There will probably always be a Nintendo console each generation.

  16. I don’t believe your sales figures for PC. I’m sure that either Doom or one of the Half-Life games should be up there.

  17. @NeoAkirs: Well.. it’s actually very logical that Doom and Half-Life are not on the top 5 list for PC games. It’s because they are both more of a niche game. Stuff like the Sims, WoW etc have much larger fan bases. For example, Doom and Doom 2 sold a combined total of slightly over 4 million copies (PC) (combined). Back in the 1990s, that basically put the Doom series as one of the top sellers for the decade.

  18. Upper-case that ‘t’ in ‘the’ for Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and 2. Sonic’s middle name is The and the titles of the games are his full name.

  19. “Sonic the Hedgehog®” is precisely how SEGA originally registered the original game. Capitalizing the ‘t’ would actually be the wrong way to do it.

  20. I found your site via Google while searching for pokemon online games to play and your post regarding elling Video Games on Every Gaming Platform | Kezins.com looks very interesting to me.

  21. YAY for Pokemon! I think I have all the games that will fit in my Nintendo DS. 😀

  22. Wow Jenny, I’m very happy to see another poster with their gravatar pic next to their comment. The simple things in life…

    Pokemon really owns the portable gaming niche. They just have so many colors. I never understood where the naming convention for the Pokemon series came from.

  23. Where is the Sega Master System? Alex the Kid?

  24. I understand not listing all the different ataris. But you totally forgot the Sega CD and Panasonic 3DO. Personally, Sega CD sucked balls, and 3DO was just too ahead of its time. But you cant say “every gaming platform” without listing these and others.

  25. your pc gaming list is wrong.
    should be the sims -> diablo 2 -> world of warcraft

    in terms of top sellings, unless you’re switching back to top subscribers.

  26. Hum….. Yeah unfortunatly Lineage 2 is played by only 17millions of players and Wow,more than 30millions

  27. We own call of duty and my son flips over it. The kids in the neighborhood all come to our house just to play it…Theres ussually a fight over it! How apporpriate!

  28. To exa, Wow doesn’t have 30 million.

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