Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021)

Videogames are one of the most significant cultural advances of our time. The early 20th century had movies, radio sets, and Television. The late 20th and early 21st centuries have the internet , PCs, and video games.

Over the past ten years, video game development has progressed, impressing players with realistic graphics, gripping storylines, and in-game features. It is not startling that the artists are much more attracted to pursue a career in the video game industry.

Technologies such as 3D graphics, 4K video resolutions, and motion sensors allow creating new game genres and more realistic game interfaces. Today, game designers can pack numerous features into one game, and it will not take up all the memory of your hard drive. 

But which video games have affected us the most? One technique to answer this question is by looking at bestsellers. Which games have reached the most people? Games have always existed in a figure-obsessed industry. With such obstinate stress on performance, one of the industry’s major questions has always been, what are the best-selling video games of all time? The following is the list of the ten best-selling video games of all time, as of April 2021.

Best-Selling Video Games of All Time

10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 33.41 million sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo. It holds Mario Kart series game mechanics, where players control Mario franchise characters in kart racing, gathering various items to slow down  opponents or gain advantages in the race. Mario Kart 8 presents anti-gravity driving on walls or ceilings and lets players bump into each other for a short boost.

9. Red Dead Redemption 2 – 36 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a 2018 action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. The narrative is set in 1899, in a fictionalized illustration of the Western, Midwestern, and Southern United States, and follows fugitive Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. Arthur must deal with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to continue to stand against government forces, rival gangs, and other enemies. The fiction also follows associate John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption.

8. Mario Kart Wii – 37.38 million sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii is a 2008 kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo. It includes game characters who participate in kart races on 32 diverse race tracks using special items to slow down opponents or increase advantages. 

7. Super Mario Bros. – 40 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo. Players control Mario, or his brother Luigi in the multiplayer mode, as they travel the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser (King Koopa). They must pass through side-scrolling phases while dodging dangers such as opponents and pits with the help of power-ups such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Starman.

6. Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow – 45 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow

Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow is 1996 role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy. The player controls the character from an overhead perspective and pilots him through the fictional region of Kanto in a pursuit to ace Pokémon battling. The game’s objective is to become the victor of the Indigo League by beating the eight Gym Leaders and then the top four Pokémon trainers in the land, the Elite Four. Another purpose is to complete the Pokédex, an in-game encyclopaedia, by acquiring the 151 existing Pokémon.

5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 70 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021):PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. In the game, up to one hundred players chute onto an island and search for arms and gears to kill others while preventing getting killed themselves. The accessible safe area of the game’s map declines in size over time, leading remaining players into tighter areas to force encounters. The ultimate player or team surviving wins the round.

4. Wii Sports – 82.90 million sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Wii Sports

Wii Sports is a 2006 sports simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console.  The game is an assortment of five sports mock-ups intended to exhibit the motion-sensing abilities of the Wii Remote. The five sports incorporated are tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. Players use the Remote to impersonate actions performed in real-life sports, such as swinging a tennis racket. The guidelines for each game are shortened to make them more user-friendly. The game also includes training and fitness modes that monitor players’ growth in sports.

3. Grand Theft Auto V – 140 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021):Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. Set in the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story trails three protagonists—retired bank robber Michael De Santa, street gangster Franklin Clinton, and drug dealer and arms smuggler Trevor Philips—and their attempts to commit robberies while under pressure from a shady government agency and influential convicts. The open-world design lets players freely roam San Andreas’ countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos.

2. Minecraft – 200 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): MInecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang.  In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with infinite land and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, and items and build structures or earthworks. Depending on the game mode, players can fight computer-controlled “mobs” as well as collaborate with or strive against other players in the same world. Game modes include a survival mode, in which players must obtain resources to build the world and maintain health, and a creative mode, where players have unlimited resources. 

1. Tetris – 500 million+ sales

Best-Selling Video Games of All Times (2021): Tetris

Tetris is a tile-matching video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. In Tetris, players complete lines by moving differently shaped pieces that descend onto the playing field. The completed lines vanish and give the player points, and the player can continue to fill the empty spaces. The game ends when the playing field gets jammed. The longer the player can delay this predictable conclusion, the higher their score will be.

The video game business continues to grow ever larger, each year delivering new epic hits. But when we are looking at the best-selling games of all time, it is a blend of classics and current-generation staples. Some have stood the test of time; others very much seem to be products of their era. But all have reached tens or even hundreds of millions in sales and are unlikely to be overthrown any time soon.

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Ashpreet Kaur
Ashpreet Kaur

Ashpreet Kaur is an intern at Arcane Lost. Ashpreet is a Postgrad student majoring in Literature. She is a freelance writer. She prefers reading Mystery/thriller novels. Apart from this, she loves binge-watching shows and movies on a lazy day.

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