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Top 10 Best-Selling Xbox Games

Top 10 Best-Selling Xbox Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 September 2015 / 29,286 Views

Over the last few weeks we have taken a look at the top 10 best-selling games for the original PlayStation in celebration of its 20th anniversary in North America, the top 10 best-selling games for its closest rival, the Nintendo 64, and the top 10 best-selling games for the most successful console of all time, the PlayStation 2. Today, we'll be taking a look at Microsoft's first console, the Xbox.

Microsoft's first console consistently lagged behind its rival, the PlayStation 2, however it made sufficient inroads - especially in North America - to allow its own successor, the Xbox 360, to sell tremendously well. The Xbox sold 24.65 million units in its lifetime.

Looking at the regional breakdown we can see how strong it was in North America, selling 15.77 million units in the region - almost 64% of its total. The console managed to shift 7.17 million units in Europe, and just 0.53 million units in Japan. The rest of the world accounted for a combined 1.18 million units.

While the original Xbox only had a modest install base of 24.65 million, multiple games for the console sold over two million units, and two even managed to comfortably clear the five million mark. Below we've compiled a list of the top 10 best-selling Xbox games:

10th. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 1.95 Million


9th. Project Gotham Racing - 2.12 Million


8th. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - 2.19 Million


7th. Need for Speed: Underground 2 - 2.28 Million


6th. Rockstar Games Double Pack: Grand Theft Auto III & Grand Theft Auto Vice City - 2.49 Million


5th. Fable - 2.66 Million


4th. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - 2.86 Million


3rd. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - 3.02 Million


2nd. Halo: Combat Evolved - 6.43 Million


1st. Halo 2 -  8.49 Million



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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MotherBound (on 27 September 2015)

Halo on Xbox = Mario Kart on Wii U
Low install base but huge attach rates

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NightDragon83 (on 27 September 2015)

Sounds about right. Halo and Halo 2 alone are probably responsible for at least half of all Xbox sales.

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SecondWar NightDragon83 (on 27 September 2015)

Also the reason Ive never owned a Playstation console. Not that I have anything against them, just Halo has always been the pull factor for me.

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XenatheStrangler (on 28 September 2015)

Morrowind is deserved. I didn't know it was so popular.

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AlfredoTurkey (on 27 September 2015)

Xbox was hands down the best console that generation. Library goes to PS2 but console wise, Xbox was a generation ahead.

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Abun AlfredoTurkey (on 28 September 2015)

Ugly graphics from the GPU and game engines and the best consoles are always the ones with the best catalogue of games.The 3 other consoles were all better and the Xbox controller was crap.

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Eddie_Raja AlfredoTurkey (on 30 September 2015)

LOL yay a console 1.5 years newer is like 50% stronger.

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darkenergy AlfredoTurkey (on 04 October 2015)

Xbox is better :)

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Skullwaker (on 27 September 2015)

Halo was definitely a beast on the Xbox. Insane attach rates.

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darkenergy Skullwaker (on 27 September 2015)

The insane attach rate will happen again for Halo 5 to the Xbox One :)

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Skullwaker Skullwaker (on 27 September 2015)

100%. I'm anticipating big numbers for Guardians.

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darkenergy Skullwaker (on 27 September 2015)

Damn that would mean EVERY Xbox One owner will have Halo 5, 18 million sales for H5 confirmed :)

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COKTOE (on 28 September 2015)

I had most of these, minus NFS and Morrowind. The GTA double pack WOULD NOT work on my Xbox though. I returned it 4 times before they finally gave me PGR 2 instead. Had something to do with the specific disk drive in my Xbox....a Thompson drive I believe. Anyways, those 2 GTA's would never work.

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SilentStryker (on 27 September 2015)

I was expecting MechAssault to be on this

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KingdomHeartsFan SilentStryker (on 27 September 2015)

That game was so fun, especially the second one.

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tripenfall (on 11 October 2015)

That was the problem with the origin XBOX, Halo was the launch game and set a high standard that no other game ever matched for the life of the console. Pretty grim when the first ever game released on a console is the best...

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Seventizz (on 27 September 2015)

When I bought an Xbox around the time of Rainbow Six 3, I all but abandoned my ps2.

That said, I'm very surprised Rainbow Six 3 or Ghost Recon aren't up there. They were extremely popular online up until the last day.

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Tomatko (on 27 September 2015)

9,7,5,3,2,1 - got it :) And i jumped to this ship only 5 years ago. But have to say, that it is amazing machine. :)

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lukeperryglover (on 27 September 2015)

Holy crap, I knew halo was by far the hest selling game, but more than 2x as much?!!?

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Goddbless (on 28 September 2015)

I was expecting Ninja Gaiden to be on this list.

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KLAMarine (on 27 September 2015)

Halo > Halo 2 IMO

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COKTOE KLAMarine (on 28 September 2015)

I totally agree.

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pbroy (on 27 September 2015)

That's one ugly box.

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Seventizz pbroy (on 02 October 2015)

With that avatar - you have no place calling anything ugly.

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