Best Selling Video Games 1979 - 2020 -

Best Selling Video Games 1979 – 2020

Captain Gizmo
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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.


  1. Two of the lamest games ever created are sitting at the top..

  2. Tbh not so sure about this one and also the methodology should be more consistent when determining how to count sales for franchises, i.e tetris vs GTA.

  3. For me gtav is all time great. The no of units sold by it despite being late and costly is incredible.

  4. Amazedhow they didn’t include counter strike

  5. Doom and quake very small games?

  6. When roblox isn't on the list: my dissapointment is unmeasurable, and my day is ruined

  7. I wish that 2000 year would come back I miss those days 😢 😞 😢

  8. where is counter strike 1.6 ?
    world's most papuler game ever from 1999 to till today

  9. This is wrong.
    I watch the craze of stret fightet 1 and 2.riger,wonder boy, final fight, etc. In 1995 to 2000

  10. Super Mario bros. Is the no.1 and it made history.

  11. I was very confused. Is it right that Diablo 3 sold more copies than WOW?

  12. Counter strike and contra be like
    Whaaat? 😳

  13. Who all waited till end for GTA series arrival?

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