The 50 Best Selling Console Games of this Decade (So Far)

by Jacob Mazel, posted on 08 April 2009 / 153,927 Views

Jacob Mazel

 

The ‘millennial’ decade, starting on January 1, 2000 at 12:00 AM ends this December 31 at 11:59 PM. With 9.25 years of the decade already concluded, it is time to look at what the top selling games for the decade were, are and will be. In the chart below, sales are listed in millions, and the date represents when the game released in its first videogame market. The sales figures are not necessarily the total of the game but rather the total it sold in the 2000s. In the case of a few games with long tails which released late in the 1990s but sold well enough to make the chart the totals listed are not “lifetime to date totals” but totals from January 1 2000 to March 28, 2009. All games bundled with hardware are included as well. Games with a squiggly line by the sales total have totals between the title above and the title below, but the exact figure in the 2000s was estimated. Outside the top fifty, another four games have sold 5m units this decade.

 

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World Sales in 2000-2009

Publisher

Platform

Debut

Sales

1

Wii Sports

Nintendo

Wii

Nov-06

44.50m

2

Wii Play

Nintendo

Wii

Dec-06

22.70m

3

Nintendogs

Nintendo

DS

Apr-05

22.09m

4

New Super Mario Brothers

Nintendo

DS

May-06

18.47m

5

Wii Fit

Nintendo

Wii

Dec-07

17.89m

6

GTA: San Andreas

Take Two

PS2

Oct-04

17.78m

7

Brain Training

Nintendo

DS

May-05

17.33m

8

Pokemon Gold/Silver

Nintendo

GB

Nov-99

~17.00m

9

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Nintendo

DS

Sep-06

16.79m

10

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire

Nintendo

GBA

Nov-02

15.40m

11

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo

Wii

Apr-08

15.38m

12

Gran Turismo 3: A Spec

Sony

PS2

Apr-01

14.87m

13

Mario Kart DS

Nintendo

DS

Nov-05

14.56m

14

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Take Two

PS2

Oct-02

14.20m

15

Brain Age 2

Nintendo

DS

Dec-05

13.87m

16

Grand Theft Auto III

Take Two

PS2

Oct-01

11.60m

17

Animal Crossing: Wild World

Nintendo

DS

Nov-05

10.67m

18

Pokemon Yellow

Nintendo

GB

Sep-98

~10.60m

19

Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green

Nintendo

GBA

Jan-04

10.49m

20

Gran Turismo 4

Sony

PS2

Dec-04

9.65m

21

Halo 3

Microsoft

X360

Sep-07

9.40m

22

Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Nintendo

Wii

Jan-08

8.51m

23

Halo 2

Microsoft

Xbox

Nov-04

8.46m

24

Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo

Wii

Nov-07

8.01m

25

Final Fantasy X

Square-Enix

PS2

Jul-01

7.95m

26

Super Mario 64 DS

Nintendo

DS

Nov-04

7.31m

27

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Activision

X360

Nov-07

7.21m

28

Super Smash Brothers Melee

Nintendo

GC

Dec-01

7.08m

29

Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

Sega

Wii

Nov-07

6.97m

30

Mario Kart: Double Dash

Nintendo

GC

Nov-03

6.96m

31

Grand Theft Auto IV

Take Two

X360

Apr-08

6.95m

32

Need for Speed: Underground

EA

PS2

Nov-03

6.49m

33

Mario Party 8

Nintendo

Wii

May-07

6.47m

34

Halo: Combat Evolved

Microsoft

Xbox

Nov-01

6.43m

35

Pokemon Crystal

Nintendo

GB

Dec-00

6.39m

36

Need for Speed: Undergr.  2

EA

PS2

Nov-04

6.38m

37

Pokemon Emerald

Nintendo

GBA

Sep-04

6.34m

38

Super Mario Sunshine

Nintendo

GC

Jul-02

6.28m

39

Big Brain Academy

Nintendo

DS

Jun-05

6.09m

40

Gears of War

Microsoft

X360

Nov-06

5.87m

41

Mario Party DS

Nintendo

DS

Nov-07

5.59m

42

Grand Theft Auto: LCS

Take Two

PSP

Oct-05

5.58m

43

Metal Gear Solid 2

Konami

PS2

Nov-01

5.58m

44

Grand Theft Auto IV

Take Two

PS3

Apr-08

5.53m

45

Kingdom Hearts

Square-Enix

PS2

Mar-02

5.50m

46

Super Mario Advance

Nintendo

GBA

Mar-01

5.49m

47

Super Mario Advance 2: SMW

Nintendo

GBA

Dec-01

5.46m

48

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Nintendo

GBA

Jul-01

5.45m

49

Final Fantasy IX

Square-Enix

PS1

Jul-00

5.30m

50

The Legend of Zelda: TP

Nintendo

Wii

Nov-06

5.26m

 

The distribution of hits in the top fifty selling games of the decade roughly follows where the software sold in the decade. PS1 is the exception to the rule – production shipments for PS1 games were over 300m in the 2000s, but the system had only one game top 5m units in the period, although Driver and Gran Turismo 2 would both be around 4m-5m in the 2000s on PS1.

 

Distribution

2000s Top 50 Hits

SW Shipped in 2000s thru 3/09

PS2

10

            1500m

DS

10

             550m

Wii

9

            370m

GBA

6

            380m

X360

4

           ~250m??

GC

3

            220m

GB

3

            140m

Xbox

2

           ~150m??

PS1

1

             330m

PSP

1

             210m

PS3

1

             170m

 

Thirty-one of the top titles of the decade through March 2009 are on Nintendo systems. However, based on the shipped software above only about 39% (1.66b out of 4.27b) of all software shipped in this period was for Nintendo platforms, significantly lower than the proportion of top selling titles which are on Nintendo’s platforms.

 

Another way to look at the chart is to examine the frequency of mega hits in the decade. For instance of the 54 games to top 5m in 2000-2009, only 19 sold over 10 million units.

 

Jan 00 - Mar 09

Frequency

20m + Seller

3/54

15m + Seller

11/54

10m + Seller

19/54

9m + Seller

21/54

8m + Seller

24/54

7m + Seller

28/54

6m + Seller

39/54

5m+ Seller

54/54

 

Past five or six million units, there is a much slower erosion rate of when a title will completely stop selling. Over 70% of the titles to sell over 5m units in the decade also sold over 6m units. Another 70%+ of the titles to sell over 6m units in the decade also sold over 7m units. The rate of titles to hit 7m and also 8m, 8m and also 9m, and 9m and also 10m gets slightly higher each level up into the stratosphere of success. Still only about six titles a year on average have reached the 5m status in the 2000s. The distributions of these hits by release looks like so:

 

WW Launch

Top 50 By Year

1998

1

1999

1

2000

2

2001

9

2002

4

2003

2

2004

7

2005

7

2006

6

2007

7

2008

4

 

It should be very difficult for titles released in 2009 to join the top fifty list for the 2000s. By the end of the year, the criteria for entering should be even higher since titles like Call of Duty: World at War which just missed the cutoff continue to sell well. The only ‘announced’ title with a shot is probably Wii Sports Resort. High profile titles like Dragon Quest IX, Final Fantasy XIII, and the next Call of Duty will either not have enough time or not release in enough regions during 2009. A few other titles released earlier in the decade, like Guitar Hero III and Mario & Sonic DS may also have a shot at reaching the threshold needed to be in the top fifty selling games of the decade.

 

At the end of the year, when the 2000s decade ends Vgchartz will issue an official list of the top selling games of the 2000s.

 

Contact Vgchartz at jmazel@vgchartz.com


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154 Comments

TheSource (on 05 February 2010)

http://news.vgchartz.com/news.php?id=6901 Our final lists for the best selling single and multiplatform games of the decade.


jaime713 (on 13 January 2010)

Many are amazed by nitentendo but I see a nintendo that had way more potential but they had to screw Sony and now have to share the market. I like competition since it makes the games better( no thanks to nintendo that create 85% if their games for kids) I like it better now that nintendo has to share the market.


nathlio (on 05 January 2010)

Sweet! I look forward to those two new articles! Can't wait till they come out!


TheSource (on 31 December 2009)

For those still reading this old article...in a few weeks I'll have an update on the 50 biggest titles (single platform basis) for the decade as well as a look at the top thirty multi-platform titles of the decade excluding PC. For instance, Guitar Hero III is over 15m combined on Wii/X360/PS2/PS3 combined.


nathlio (on 17 December 2009)

Sorry for the bad formatting of my columns. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to get the columns correct. Top 50 End of Year PS2 ******* 8 DS ******** 11 Wii ******* 11 GBA ******* 3 X360 ****** 6 GC ******** 3 GB ******** 3 Xbox ****** 2 PS1 ******* 0 PSP ******* 1 PS3 ******* 2 ********** 50 Sony ****** 11 Nintendo *** 31 Microsoft *** 8 ********** 50


nathlio (on 17 December 2009)

A few weeks ago I estimated where the Top 50 hits of the decade would be at the end of the year and this is the result. It is strange and interesting to note that even though the PS2 was so dominate and had the whole decade to garner hits, it only has 8 of the top 50. Also, I find it interesting that the Microsoft consoles have somehow caught 8 titles even though in both generations they were in a distant 2nd place. Nintendo systems have such a huge chunk of the Top 50 hits of the decade. Simply amazing! Top 50 End of Year PS2 10 8 DS 10 11 Wii 9 11 GBA 6 3 X360 4 6 GC 3 3 GB 3 3 Xbox 2 2 PS1 1 0 PSP 1 1 PS3 1 2 50 50 Sony 13 11 Nintendo 31 31 Microsoft 6 8 50 50 The first column is where we were 9 months ago and the second column is where we should be at years end.


panasonic23 (on 26 November 2009)

Nintendo DAMNATION confirmed!


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foulweather (on 05 August 2009)

I've also heard the argument that a large number of wii sales were driven by wii sports, esp to the casual crowd. So you could say it was a game selling by itself for about $300 (system, game + controller) and still sold a lot of units.


efestione (on 17 July 2009)

The wii market is simply unbellievable


DotMasta (on 06 July 2009)

fyi Wii Sports is not bundled in Japan akuseru


akuseru (on 03 July 2009)

Wii Sports and Wii Play (especially Wii Play) are not really games that people BUY. One comes bundled with the console and one is bundled with a Wii mote. I don't think they should be potrayed like they are outselling other games which does not have the privilege of being bundled with every system sold. As we all know Wii Sports and Wii Play would've never, ever achieve those numbers if not bundled, and Wii Sports Resort will actually show how big of fanbase Wii Sports REALLY have. It seems like these games are two of the best and most popular games ever created, which clearly they are not......


dahuman (on 14 April 2009)

for you people who are bitching about pokemon should be seperated, you'd prolly bitch about it being seperated if the list set them apart from the start too so please, shut your pie holes as it would make no real difference on the top 50 of nintendo games if you can do basic math. they are on the same system and are the same games where as GTA is the same game but on different systems, which is what VGC tracks in general, sales of the consoles and sales per console. PC games are also a bitch to track with all these digital distribution that's been going on awhile because it's got a more advanced way of purchase. I'm personally very surprised to see the Nintendo numbers, it's quiet incredible, and it shows they make quality games and know what the majority wants while not ignoring the minority and remains the best in 1st party dev.


BlkPaladin (on 14 April 2009)

Impressive list. Just a little trivia, the technical term for this decade is the aughts (means 0/nothing). The only place I can find it used, because so few people talk about the begining decade of the twenith century, is the movie Music Man where he graduated from the class of aught-5, and it show the liberian looking for his picture in the year book of that university dated 190x.


marcianito (on 13 April 2009)

nintedomination!!! :)


EL_PATRAS (on 13 April 2009)

yay, Loz:TP makes it


zibzed (on 13 April 2009)

hey wii sports comes in the friggin box with the console! thats not fair


City17 (on 11 April 2009)

Nice list. :)


cebrian (on 11 April 2009)

@Swimcito, you know why I think vgchartz decided to ultimately include wii sports sales everywhere? you said it, because it contributes to the sales of the Wii itself, if Wii sports wasnt a bundle the Wii wouldnt be as successful, for many people the word of mouth created by wii sports was the selling point of the Wii. MAny people here argued that lots of people bought Wiis solely for Wii sports, and got a Wii bundled. It's a good thing they bought Wii fit and Wii play and Super Mario Kart for their bundled system, dont you think?


Bitmap Frogs (on 11 April 2009)

I disagree with your choice to go for single SKU's. It undermines the real market power of multiplatform franchises and skews it towards exclusive games.


atma998 (on 11 April 2009)

@all people who want to count Solitaire on PC as a game. Why not count PictoChat as a game then. Wow it sold more than 100 millions units! lol


Swimcito (on 11 April 2009)

i mean, wii sports success have part of it success because of it being bundled, but its success comes from the fact that it is one of the best games using the wii mote, or lets call it the "Wii feature" 44m*


Swimcito (on 11 April 2009)

@cebrian, we cant really say that, you are forgetting an important factor, that it is the publicity received from the fact that it is bundled, i mean, if it werent bundled it wouldnt have as much publicity as it have right now. The pure factor that it comes bundled made that game successful, and in big part the wii success too. I think that if it werent bundled it would have probably sell like 15M, considering the fact that if it was released it would have been at launch or close. But who knows, everything could be expeculation, it could sell 30m. As you said aniways, it would still be on the list but not with 47m And about the decade, i said, i dont consider it to be over till 2010, i know though that decades go by 50s, 60s, 00s, etc.


cebrian (on 10 April 2009)

Swimcito we already explained why the decade is over this year, explain why you consider otherwise. As for Wii Sports, it's sold separately in Japan, and its been sold to over 40% of the Wii population. And it is still selling. It also has higher sales than both Wii Fit and Wii play in japan, so I think it would be above 22 million worldwide if it wasn't bundled, still at the top of the list.


Badassbab (on 10 April 2009)

Just goes to show it's not always about quality and giving them away in bundles helps


Swimcito (on 10 April 2009)

i dont consider the decade to be over this year but rather in 2010, and i think this list shouldnt include handhelds, and it shouldnt have games like wii sports, i mean come on, every wii, have a wii sports included, its not fair to say it is the biggest selling game, when its not, because i know that if it were sold separately, it wouldnt be even close as those numbers


CortezTheKiller (on 10 April 2009)

@mouse_clicker, Yes, because Nintendo only publishes games which rate 90+ on Metacritic. You're a genius........


Orca_Azure (on 10 April 2009)

Would the pokemon games be counted twice- "17 mil for gold and 17 mil for silver" or are the total sales combined?


XanderZane (on 10 April 2009)

Sony has always had more 1st party titles, but they have never sold as many copies as Nintendo's 1st party games. Microsoft on the other hand. has sold more 3rd party titles this gen then Sony and Nintendo. M$ first party titles haven't done too bad. Many (Gears2, Halo3, Fable 2, Forza 2, PGR4, Crackdown, etc..) of their titles have sold over a million copies. M$ just needs to develop a lot more 1st party games and they will be fine.


KungKras (on 10 April 2009)

@Phobos. Bigger does indeed not usually mean better :) I can't even tell Sony first party from regular third party games.


Retrasado (on 10 April 2009)

@Phobos While having a few games that sell like crazy is a very good thing, its not the whole story. For example, the GC has 3 titles on that list, the 360 has four. Does this give you an accurate picture of how well the GC did vs what the 360 did/is doing? OT: Holy sh** PS2 @ 1500 MILLION software units? Wow, that's just absolutely insane. It's also more than 2:1 over the DS for games sold per unit, which is quite an accomplishment in itself. Also, for the decade: 2210 million games were sold on Sony consoles (4 consoles, 51.76% of total) PS2 - 67.87% PS1 - 14.93% PSP - 9.50% PS3 - 7.69% current gen total: 17.19% 1660 million games were sold on Nintendo consoles (5 consoles, 38.88%) DS - 33.13% GBA - 22.89% Wii - 22.29% GC - 13.25% GB - 8.43% current gen total: 55.42% 400 million games were sold on Microsoft consoles (2 consoles, 9.37%) X360 - 62.50% XB - 37.50% current gen total: 62.50%


Phobos (on 10 April 2009)

...and Sony's first party developer is bigger then M$ and Ninty combined- That add insult to injury.


a3hmax (on 10 April 2009)

¿ARE NOBODY THINKING THE SAME THAN ME? Wii BEST SELLERS STILL O STORES, I mean, Nintendo can sell a lot more of their games because thei console and games still selling a lot, meanwhile the most near system (PS2) is almos out of competition, and PS3 doesn´t sale too much compared even to 360.


mouse_clicker (on 10 April 2009)

No, Cortez, you dingbat, I said NINTENDO has the higher volume of quality games. Are you that dense that you fail even basic reading comprehension? 30 of those 50 games are published by Nintendo, 4 by Microsoft, and 2 by Sony (someone actually posted these numbers earlier, maybe you didn't read that reply). So of the first party publishers, my handy little calculator tells me that over 80% of them are Nintendo games, just about all of them receiving very good reviews. Cute Edge articles, though. For the other part of my comment, about marketing consoles, well, that's kind of obvious. 100 million DSs in 4 and a half years. 50 million Wiis in 2 and a half years. And you probably don't think software like, say, Wii Fit, should count as a game, but the fact remains that it has sold nearly 18 million copies worldwide in about a year. That's some pretty damn good marketing. So I hope I don't have to explain ALL of my posts like this...


im_sneaky (on 10 April 2009)

Wii sports was bundled more than any other game. Doesn't count. Wii play is #1.


GhaudePhaede010 (on 09 April 2009)

OMFG Nintendo owning 12 of the top 15 games. Absolutely stunning. I like this article a lot.


68soul (on 09 April 2009)

Cortez was not a cool sounding name since i heard it in a Neil Young's song many years ago, and that impression is now verified... the only thing "killing" here is the stupidity of some comments...


CortezTheKiller (on 09 April 2009)

@mouse_clicker, I'm sorry, are you seriously saying that the Wii has a "bigger volume of quality games" than the 360 and PS3?! Ahahahahahahahah!!! Joke of the day, surely? Or perhaps you should read Edge Magazine .... http://www.edge-online.com/features/games-at-a-glance-ps3-quality http://www.edge-online.com/news/games-at-a-glance-xbox-360-quality http://www.edge-online.com/features/games-at-a-glance-wii-quality


Dgc1808 (on 09 April 2009)

Go PS2. Amazing software numbers.


Reasonable (on 09 April 2009)

XanderZane - I agree PC titles should be left off for all the reasons given, but in fact more titles than WoW and Sims that would make the list, shoving out console titles in the process. Half Life and Half Life 2 for example have each sold well over 5M as have other PC titles. OT - it's interesting that Nintendo has sold games so well, although its telling that third party titles never seem to reach the heights of home brand on Nintendo consoles. PS2 sales confirm that a number of huge titles aside (GTA, etc) the console was never about shifting huge numbers of certain titles but selling a huge library of games well but more moderately. 360 seems caught between both ends of the spectrum, with a number of key big hitters and then decent sales of a relatively small library. PS3 slow start with game library confirmed - only a few big hitters and way too small a library compared to PS2 (at least so far).


XanderZane (on 09 April 2009)

Ail says: These chart is lacking PC games.... ************************************ Besides The Sims and World of Warcraft. I don't think there is any other PC games what would grace this chart. PC games are lacking million sellers. Wii Sport and Wii Play shouldn't be on the charts are those are bundle software. Kind of silly to include those. The PS3 only has one game and it's not even an exclusive. lol!! What baffles me is that there are more PS2 games on the chart. There are over 130 million PS2 in gamers homes and they only have 10 games that could sell over 5 million units. You would think games like God of War, Madden, Ico and Dragon Quest XII & XIII would easily break 5 million on the PS2. Nintendo just totally dominates that chart with 31 titles.


mouse_clicker (on 09 April 2009)

@ CortzTheKiller: "Stupid MS and Sony . If only they'd bundled every 360/PS3 with a cheap, crappy game they'd have the second and third biggest "selling" games in the world this decade!" Yeah! And if only MS and Sony marketed their console better and offered a bigger volume of higher quality games, they could have the rest of the top 10, too! But until then it'll just be Nintendo with 125 million software sales in the top 10 (and that's excluding Wii Sports AND Wii Play).


cebrian (on 09 April 2009)

@CortezTheKiller, you can't average game sales like that, because you know most of the sales come from when the console has a bigger installed base, so probably when Nintendo gets to sell its 100 millionth console they will sell twice as much weekly software and therefore twice as much yearly software. (Probably not double, but obviously more than now). If you check the first two and a half years of PS2, when the console had just sold 29 million (hardware aligned with Nintendo's 48 million consoles) Sony would have had to sell a massive 13 games per console to surpass Nintendo's 370 million games. That clearly didn't happen. And I'm not saying Nintendo will keep this pace forever, but it's going faster than PS2 did in its time. @DGM6780: well, since we were talking about centuries, millenia and decades in the "official" sense of the word (as in 20th century(1901-2000), 21st century (2001-2100), 3rd millenia (2001-3000). My formulas make perfect sense, thank you. @Freetalklive: there is no year 0 in either (julian or gregorian) calendar because the number 0 had not been discovered by the time they established those calendars. So why does that apply to millenia and centuries but not decades you may ask? Because centuries and millenia are a string (one after the other, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on). And decades are separate entities, the 80's decade, 90's decade (if it was a string it would be 201st decade).


Nick (on 09 April 2009)

CortezTheKiller says: Stupid MS and Sony . If only they'd bundled every 360/PS3 with a cheap, crappy game they'd have the second and third biggest "selling" games in the world this decade! Actually PS3's bundle would only be 5th biggest selling if that happened.


perpride (on 09 April 2009)

I think the fact that there are only two Square Enix games on there says something about the merger.


Naum (on 09 April 2009)

"Infinite? Five years ago they had just ended a looong period where they were selling nothing and getting their asses handed to them on a plate every day for ten years by Sony." And yet Nintendo made more profit then Sony. Why should they have PC game on there? they are after all computer games not video games. the reason some of the games is on the list even when they where released 98-99 is beacuse they sold mliions of copies still in the 2000 century.


CortezTheKiller (on 09 April 2009)

PS2 has sold an average of nearly 170m games a year, and that period includes its winding down time - which one could argue is in its second year. Wii is supposedly flying, breaking records, changing the industry, proving why Sony is crap etc etc ad infinitum ad nauseum. It is averaging just over 150m games a year. It hasn't got a hope in hell of lasting as long as the PS2.


CortezTheKiller (on 09 April 2009)

Stupid MS and Sony . If only they'd bundled every 360/PS3 with a cheap, crappy game they'd have the second and third biggest "selling" games in the world this decade! @Pristine20, "looks like nintendo is the only one with an infinite standing in the industry. " Infinite? Five years ago they had just ended a looong period where they were selling nothing and getting their asses handed to them on a plate every day for ten years by Sony. @ASStronaut, Why? Should we dismiss our finest novelists because Dame Barbara Cartland sold over a billion books in her lifetime? Or should we dismiss Rolls Royce because they haven't sold as many Silver Clouds as Renault have Clios? By the way, check out the comment right above yours to see why it is you who should shut up.


Pristine20 (on 09 April 2009)

interesting read. looks like nintendo is the only one with an infinite standing in the industry. Why they sell so many games is just beyond me.


ioi (on 09 April 2009)

@Mudface - what is the issue? You've been on the site since Oct 07 and have only just realised that we only track weekly stats for console games? This is a list of the top selling console games of this decade, simple as that.


Mudface (on 09 April 2009)

1) We'd never be able to track free online games. So don't. 2) Nobody cares. Clearly they do. 3) We don't track PC sales and never have. Then it's about time you did. 4) Only a few games on PC sell this well. I can think of half a dozen or so that do, which is comparable to other single platforms. 5) We would have to attempt to separate by PC brand as we did with the consoles. No, you wouldn't. A PC game is a PC game. 6) PC games have obscene piracy rates relative to console games. So? What's that got to do with retail sales? 7) We would have to figure out how to include/exclude expansion packs. And? Just include them as standalone titles. 8) The top games would be Tetris, Minesweeper, Solitare, etc - the same top games as the 1990s because of the dominance of windows. They're not bought at retail. 9) Mac fans would want top Mac games included separately from PC games. So? 10) Someone would inevitably say "where are the top calculator, cellphone, iPhone games", Again, so? 11) People often have more than one computer and therefore get the same included games whether they wanted them or not. No measure of 'intent'. I've had four PCs since 2000 do you really think I wanted to buy Minesweeper four times? Again, what has this got to do with retail sales? 12) Someone would insist that popular emulators for videogames should be included too. And? I was under the impression that you got retail sales data from shops and extrapolated that to give console sales figures. Surely the same shops also sell PC games and so you would be able to apply the same methodology. *awaits mealy-mouthed reply of "ah, it's not that simple, our methodology is secret" etc* There's was an in-depth report just recently from the PCGA which you appear to have completely ignored. If you're not going to bother with PC games, get rid of the forum and remove the tags and we can go elsewhere.


ASStronaut (on 09 April 2009)

Xbox 360 and PS3 fans, cry yourselves to sleep. And never open your mouths again.


fxa5209 (on 09 April 2009)

DS needs 1 Billion to catch up with PS2 and WII needs 1.2 Billion to catch up with PS2. Good Luck


Apollian (on 09 April 2009)

were's all the PS3 titles? no wonder its 3rd, I thought it would have much more sales than that.


1337 Gamer (on 09 April 2009)

wow thats crazy talk about milkng the pokemon franchise. And i never got the point of Nintendogs. Well i guessi wont have to cause Nintendo sure dosnt need me to buy a copy. Nintendomination!!!


aaasss555 (on 08 April 2009)

wo....nintempire is eating everything around it. Nintendo is the best......that list says more than thousand of words.


HanzoTheRazor (on 08 April 2009)

Ooops, FF7 came out in 97. Nintendo is a monster!


HanzoTheRazor (on 08 April 2009)

Ahhh, where is FF 7, the best ever sellinfg FF game???


Endz (on 08 April 2009)

Good, games should be primarily for kids. Its' fine for adults to play games but not too much now. People need to stop whining and trying to figure out a primarily kid industry, its good you don't understand, that's how it should be.


bkslopper (on 08 April 2009)

I see the industry is still geared towards kids.


Arius Dion (on 08 April 2009)

Damn, you'd think the Wii would have been out for 6 years with the amount of presence it has on this chart. I'm really in awe, 31 of the top 50..Nintendo is King.


monlosez (on 08 April 2009)

Piracy is huge in PC (and Xbox360). In fact I don't even buy PC games no more. Many are spending more on monthly PC online private cheats than on PC games.


Godot (on 08 April 2009)

I think they should do a second list with multiple platform versions of the same games combined like in a month or 2. To those complaining about Wii Sports: just ignore it if you feel that somehow it doesn't count... Also, if Wii Sports wasn't included, we would have people whining about the fact that some of these games were bundled for a period of time.


JoHnNyFr3sC0 (on 08 April 2009)

Why didnt they just combine the sales of GTA 4 for ps3 and 360? why split em?


Mendicate Bias (on 08 April 2009)

If your going to bundle the pokemon games together like gold and silver you might as well bundle the multiplatform games like GTA and COD together too so as to get a more accurate list. @Everpain Its great that you have nostalgia about the old days of pong but most of us have realized that games today offer a much more expansive and entertaining experience than those games ever could.


peanut1972 (on 08 April 2009)

Good job on the chart and stats. How about doing an all time top 100 selling video games?


c03n3nj0 (on 08 April 2009)

Oh wow, that's a lot of Nintendo...


Everpain (on 08 April 2009)

@ dizzydee_011 I think it's great that at least one publisher remembers the days when a few hundred lines of code were enough to make a game that would enrapture someone for countless hours, dragging them in with addictive gameplay rather than hoping to distract them with flashy graphics and ludicrously elongated cut-scenes. It's not the huge budget that makes a game great - that's just window dressing. Gameplay is what makes great games. It's why the original Super Mario Kart is still the best, why Street Fighter II is superior to the majority of follow up rehashes. Hell, I remember the days of playing text adventure games, hours of fun using your own imagination to envisage the world around you as you interacted with it. Instead of having someone enforce their vision upon you in (admittedly sometimes glorious) high definition.


woopah (on 08 April 2009)

@ dizzydee. 1. that be accused of abandoning thier fans 2. doesnt work with thier userbase 3. the succes rate of causal titles is quite low. id say less than 5% of causal titles actually reach half a million depending on what you count as a casual title. not only is marketing generally much more expensive for casual games but you also need to have the quality.wii fit sold well because it had constant marketing and was a pretty good game. many casua titles rely more on brand name rather than quality and so do not sell as much (wii music suffers from this slihgtly)


Badassbab (on 08 April 2009)

How about a list that doesn't include bundles that you can't avoid


dizzydee_011 (on 08 April 2009)

After seeing this list why would Sony or Microsoft try hard at making good games when they can just release a cheap game like Wii Play and Wii Sports and sell millions.


TheSource (on 08 April 2009)

Mudface there are about a dozen reasons not to include PCs. 1) We'd never be able to track free online games. 2) Nobody cares. 3) We don't track PC sales and never have. 4) Only a few games on PC sell this well. 5) We would have to attempt to separate by PC brand as we did with the consoles 6) PC games have obscene piracy rates relative to console games. 7) We would have to figure out how to include/exclude expansion packs. 8) The top games would be Tetris, Minesweeper, Solitare, etc - the same top games as the 1990s because of the dominance of windows 9) Mac fans would want top Mac games included separately from PC games. 10) Someone would inevitably say "where are the top calculator, cellphone, iPhone games" 11) People often have more than one computer and therefore get the same included games whether they wanted them or not. No measure of 'intent'. I've had four PCs since 2000 do you really think I wanted to buy Minesweeper four times? 12) Someone would insist that popular emulators for videogames should be included too.


Mudface (on 08 April 2009)

Indeed, aher052. It's just a shame that they can make figures up for consoles at will and not for the PC. I suppose we're just not as credulous as most.


aher052 (on 08 April 2009)

@ Mudface you should know by know that this site is not for PC...get over it


shakarak (on 08 April 2009)

GOOD READ!


Mudface (on 08 April 2009)

What a total waste of space. If you're going to *completely* ignore PC games, even the ones with published figures, then let us know and we can stop wasting our time on here.


Alterego-X (on 08 April 2009)

And PC?


aher052 (on 08 April 2009)

PS1 FTW


Maynard_Tool (on 08 April 2009)

DAMN O.o Wii and DS are beast!!!! and of course, ps2 is a monster


FreeTalkLive (on 08 April 2009)

@Man, I'd say there are several 3rd parties much more successful than Take2. EA and Activision, for example. Maybe they are not more successful by this one simple measure, but certainly overall.


FreeTalkLive (on 08 April 2009)

@cebrian, Maybe you are correct. Wikipedia agrees with you. It considers the 1st decade of modern time to be 9 years (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0s However, Dictionary.com says a decade is 10 years but it also says what you said. Additionally, it says decade comes from the Greek word deka meaning 10. So I'll have to say we may both be right. Although it looks like modern culture is almost exclusively behind the theory of time classification which both The Source and you subscribe to so I'll drop the issue. Thanks for your informative posts.


dgm6780 (on 08 April 2009)

@cebrian "Also if anyone is wondering, centuries also star in january 1st XY01 and end in december 31st X(Y+1)00" = completely pointless. A century can start anytime, its a unit of measure. You people complaining about the dates are silly. A decade is 10 years. So june 7 1986 - june 7 1996 is a decade. A century is 100. so June 7 1986 to june 7 2086 is a century. Your stupid formula doesnt apply. Decades, centuries, and millienia dont have to start with a round number. So as long as you are measuring 10 years, its a decade. You guys just like to try to correct people.


megaman79 (on 08 April 2009)

Its no wonder 3rd parties have trouble selling on Nintendo systems. They completely destroy all 3rd party sales on ALL SYSTEMS. Even PS2.


dib8rman (on 08 April 2009)

I'm impressed with the ratio for Wii Sports to Wii play being 2:1, That's mighty interesting.


ph4nt (on 08 April 2009)

@Ail Solitaire is free Wii Sports costs $50, and besides, japan ALONE is almost enough to put it in the top 50, you think it would be any less than 10 million unbundled? It would sell at Wii Play levels at the least.


cebrian (on 08 April 2009)

Also if anyone is wondering, centuries also star in january 1st XY01 and end in december 31st X(Y+1)00


cebrian (on 08 April 2009)

@FreeTalkLive I know where are you coming from, because the millenia started in 2001 and will end in 3000. I'm with you there, decades though go by different standards. You say the 90's decade, or the 80's decade to refer to the periods from january 1st 1990 to december 31st 1999 and from january first 1980 to december 31st 1989 respectively. So this is the year to make all the best sellers of the 2000's decade and best game of the decade and all of those very informative pieces of information that we all care about in this site :)


dib8rman (on 08 April 2009)

@Ail How did you know VGC doesn't track PC games?


Ail (on 08 April 2009)

Then if you can't track them , mention it in the thread title. Because aside from the small diggs mention of MSFT/Sony/Nintendo there is nothing at all in the article or title that says this is specific to handhelds and consoles............( and Microsoft is not synonymous with consoles, they have a huge PC business too).


outlawauron (on 08 April 2009)

I think now is a good time to point out that GT 4 is undertracked. It shipped over 10 million ages ago!


naznatips (on 08 April 2009)

We don't have a way to track those PC games Ail. The issue is that if we try, we are more likely to miss important ones, which is unfair to it. So in this case it's better to leave it out.


.jayderyu (on 08 April 2009)

I actually agree with Ail. I would like to the inclusion of PC software, but I also understand why they don't. PC games come out it much larger amounts and many smaller producers don't track their exact numbers. How many games has "And Yet it Moves" does? @The Solitaire issue I know this keeps on getting brought up. This is a pointless case though. It is indeed the number one installed PC game ever. But there is a distinct difference between Wii Sports and MS Solitaire. It's not developement costs it's aimed bundled. When a PC is purchased the buyer isn't interested in the Solitaire bundles. No the buyer is more keen on the software bundle of the OS. If were to judge solely on software. Then Explorer(the file manager) is the most installed software ever in existence. But we don't judge by that. Becuase it's part of the OS package. So solitair is part of the OS package.


Ail (on 08 April 2009)

I know Solitaire is pointless I said it,l it just shows how pointless tracking bundled games is. And by the way Solitaire was the game the most played in the US in December based on the latest Nielsen survey so there are some people that actually play it.... My real beef is that several PC games deserve to be on that list and are not. Wow : 12 million+ copies ( you would figure the number of copies is higher than the number of accounts active at this time, 12 millions is probably a lot lower than the reality, my guess is that it's more like 15 millions). Each Wow expansion probably sold over 5 million units too. The Sims : 100 million copies sold for the serie since 2000, that probably means the main titles The Sims and the Sims2 each sold easilly over 10 millions. Diablo 2 : The game was at 4 millions back in 2001, probably over the 5 millions by now. Warcraft 3 : Initial shipment was 4.5 million units, sold to customers is probably a lot over the 5 millions mark too... All of those would paint a very different picture for which developers do well and which do not...


TheSource (on 08 April 2009)

Ali the thing about bundles is you can say a large portion of Wii owners bought the thing for Wii Sports. I doubt anyone buys a PC for minesweeper. Even if they do, we don't have the data for it, hence "Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony" in the news tag and not "PC".


dib8rman (on 08 April 2009)

@Ail, why don't you contribute some PC game sales numbers then. Nice, list thanks for the info. @The Solitaire thing, yes people bought their OS to play Solitaire, yes I believe.


atma998 (on 08 April 2009)

@Ail Come on don't put the ''Solitaire should be number one'' argument again. This site is about console video games sales.


Ail (on 08 April 2009)

I don't usually have many issues with the site but this post is so misleading. Basically the approach seems to be we don't have PC game sales data so they actually are not happening.... So this is in no way the top best selling games. This is the list of the top 50 games for which VGChartz has data.......... As for counting bundled game in this list, well if you are going to count them, count them all not just those that helps you drive your point. Solitaire is the most sold bundled game and should be on top of that list ( and I know it's pointless to put it there which show how pointless it is to track bundled games...)


DOLBYdigital (on 08 April 2009)

Nice collection of stats guys. This industry is only getting bigger :)


Gabriel84 (on 08 April 2009)

PS3 - 1 lol


Omega_Phazon_Pirate. (on 08 April 2009)

@ NSS7, I don't know, 2007 was also great. Also Paper Mario one of my favourite games was also released in '01, so I'm slightly offended that wasn't on your list :P