Sonic the Hedgehog – 15,000,000 Copies
Welcome to the 2D fantasy world of Sonic the Hedgehog. Chase after golden rings, weave through outrageously annoying obstacles, and face down mechanical bosses with nothing more than the power of spinning really fast. The Sonic Team delivered just what gamers were looking for.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted – 16,000,000 Copies
When this game first came out, it offered some of the best graphics and allowed gamers the opportunity to get behind the wheels of cars that most will never have the pleasure of owning. To master the drifts, tracks, and different driving styles, it took actual work.
The Sims – 16,000,000 Copies
How many people could possibly want to live a second life in video game form? Apparently more than 16,000,000. The Sims gave gamers the unique opportunity to take an alternate route through life to see what could have been…in the game of course. With nothing else quite like it at the time, sales soared.
Terraria – 20,000,000 Copies
This amazing pixelated adventure stole the hearts of millions. With the single mission of getting as far into the ground as you could, not much else was needed to dedicate hours upon hours of playtime. The mentality of digging “just a little deeper” either lead to a worthwhile reward or imminent death.
Pokemon Gold & Silver – 23,100,000 Copies
It’s really not hard to understand why Pokemon Gold & Silver made this list. They satisfied the craving of millions of gamers by unveiling new regions and new Pokemon to catch. Ho-Oh and Lugia should be proud.
Nintendogs – 23,960,000 Copies
We all remember this game, and as much as you don’t want to admit it, you either played it or really wanted to. It’s hard to believe this simple game about a virtual pet dog would catch on like wildfire. Hats off to you Nintendo, you’ve revealed that the demand for Tamagotchis is still alive!
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – 24,200,000 Copies
The Call of Duty games had the shooter genre on lockdown for some time. Black Ops II was one of the titles released during the Call of Duty heydays, and the numbers reflect that. Addicting fast paced multiplayer matches and endless waves of Nazi zombies are a great selling point.
Wii Play – 28,020,000 Copies
Back when the Nintendo Wii was first released and the public was being introduced to this strange new concept of motion controllers, Wii Play made its debut. Aimed at new Wii users to help them get acquainted with the system through 9 addicting mini-games was a genius play.
Duck Hunt – 28,300,000 Copies
That’s a lot of dead virtual ducks. Between the simple gameplay mechanics that drew out even the most dormant competitive natures, this game flew off the shelves. Luckily for actual ducks, the majority of people that played this game never went on to become real duck hunters.
Diablo III – 30,000,000 Copies
Diablo III had the mountainous burden of following up after Diablo II. At first, it seemed as though the game was going to fall horrifically short of the goal, but after release on PS4, the game caught fire. Old and new players alike were getting their fixes of demon slaying across the battlefields of hell.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 30,050,000 Copies
Here we are with yet another Wii title. Nintendo manages to knock it out of the park again with the New Super Mario Bros. by combining revolutionary graphics with the retro gameplay everyone knows and loves from the Marios Bros.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – 30,100,000 Copies
Bethesda shocked the gaming community with this powerful addition to the Elder Scrolls series. Sporting cutting-edge graphics, a massive open world for exploring, and enough content to keep players occupied for 80+ hours, Skyrim is a game that will always be near and dear to our hearts.
Pokemon Red, Green & Blue – 31,380,000 Copies
Of course, the original Pokemon games make their appearance as well. When these games first came out, who didn’t want to be a Pokemon master like Ash Ketchum. One can only imagine the number of hours collectively sunk into these addicting games.
Mario Kart Wii – 36,950,000 Copies
Mario Kart with better graphics and a fun new steering wheel controller? Sign me up, and 36,950,000 others too! Giving players the same fun filled experience they’ve come to expect in Mario Kart games in conjunction with the new Wii system equals a gold mine.
Minecraft – 122,000,000 Copies
Yea, you read that number correctly. It said 122,000,000. That’s a lot of block fortresses, creepers, spiders, and just about anything else you can do in Minecraft. Mojang had no idea what they were about to discover when they released Minecraft. This game is still topping the charts in game popularity even 6 years after its initial release.
Tetris – 495,000,000 Copies
Is Tetris the game you were expecting to take the number one spot? Neither were we, but here it is. After its original release in 1984, this behemoth of a game mountains over all others with its whopping sales. Whether you played it on the PC, Gameboy, console or mobile device, Tetris has permeated pretty much every gaming platform to rake in these kinds of numbers.