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Nintendo Game Boy Turns 30, Here are the Top 10 Best-Selling Games for the Handheld

Nintendo Game Boy Turns 30, Here are the Top 10 Best-Selling Games for the Handheld - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 October 2019 / 3,524 Views

The Nintendo Game Boy turned 30 years old earlier this year. The 8-bit handheld first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, followed by July 31 , 1989 in North America and September 28, 1990 in Europe. 

The Nintendo Game Boy 118.69 million units worldwide. Looking at the regional breakdown, it sold 43.18 million units in North America, 40.05 million units in Europe and 32.47 million million units in Japan. It also sold an additional 2.99 million units in the rest of the world.


Here is the list of the top 10 best-selling games on the Game Boy, according to figures from Nintendo

10th. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe - 5.07 Million


9th. Kirby's Dream Land - 5.13 Million


8th. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land - 5.19 Million


7th. Dr. Mario - 5.34 Million


6th. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - 11.18 Million


5th. Pokémon Yellow - 14.64 Million


4th. Super Mario Land - 18.14 Million


3rd. Pokémon Gold / Silver - 23.10 Million


2nd. Tetris - 30.26 Million

1st. Pokémon Red / Blue / Green - 31.38 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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Ka-pi96 (on 21 April 2019)

Pokemon is #1! :)

I loved gen 1/2 of Pokemon back on the gameboy, they were fantastic! Haven't aged at all well, but still, back in the day they were just awesome games!

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trunkswd Ka-pi96 (on 21 April 2019)

I only ever played gen 1. I bought a Switch for Lets Go Eevee and Mario Odyssey. I am looking forward to playing Sword or Shield. I haven't decided which version I will be getting.

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Ka-pi96 Ka-pi96 (on 21 April 2019)

Only gen 1? :O
Wow, you've missed out on a lot of great Pokemon games!

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trunkswd Ka-pi96 (on 21 April 2019)

Yeah I have missed a ton of games. I am excited to see all the new stuff. I stopped caring for handheld gaming, so never went back to the series. I have NEVER played my Switch undocked.

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OTBWY (on 22 April 2019)

Super Mario Land 2!!! Such a good Mario game. Know the game like the back of my hand.

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Darwinianevolution (on 22 April 2019)

The numbers the 1st generation of Pokemon games pulled of were trully staggering, over 40m copies including all versions. The only thing that could compete with it were Tetris and NES Mario. Massive phenomenon, and all in one single system.

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