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Grand Theft Auto V is the Best-Selling Game in the US of the 2010s

Grand Theft Auto V is the Best-Selling Game in the US of the 2010s - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 5,357 Views

Rockstar and Activision's Call of Duty dominated the US charts in the 2010s decade, which ran from 2010 to 2019. Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game of the decade, followed by five Call of Duty games. In seventh is another Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption 2, followed by two more Call of Duty games.

Minecraft was the best-selling game in the US not by Rockstar or a Call of Duty game. The game rounds out the top 10. There are three more Call of Duty titles from 11th to 15th place on the charts. Other games in the top 20 include Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, Destiny, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Star Wars Battlefront.

Here is the complete chart of the best-selling game in the US from 2010 to 2019:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  4. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  6. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  7. Red Dead Redemption II
  8. Call of Duty: WWII
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  10. Minecraft
  11. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  12. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
  13. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  14. Mario Kart 8
  15. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  16. Battlefield 1
  17. Battlefield 4
  18. Destiny
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  20. Star Wars Battlefront 2015
Here is the complete chart of the best-selling game in the US from 2000 to 2009:
  1. Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock
  2. Wii Fit
  3. Rock Band
  4. Wii Play W/ Remote
  5. Guitar Hero World Tour
  6. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  7. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  8. Mario Kart Wii
  9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  10. Call Of Duty: World At War
  11. Guitar Hero 2
  12. Rock Band 2
  13. Madden NFL 07
  14. Halo 3
  15. Madden NFL 08
  16. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  17. Madden NFL 09
  18. Halo 2
  19. Grand Theft Auto IV
  20. Madden NFL 06

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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KLAMarine (on 16 January 2020)

Grand Theft Auto!? More like Grand FETCH Auto! Yeah, I said it!

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shikamaru317 (on 17 January 2020)

Wow, that is alot of CoD on the top 10. That series is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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alan95 (on 17 January 2020)

i thought smash bros had sold more than breath of the wild

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alan95 alan95 (on 17 January 2020)

just remembered this is npd so smash might have sold more the botw in other regions but sold the other way around in the states

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icykai (on 17 January 2020)

There are only 2 exclusives in the top 20 this decade compared to 6 from last decade.

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Barozi icykai (on 17 January 2020)

Actually none of the games on the list are exclusive to a single platform. WiiU did exist after all.

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icykai icykai (on 18 January 2020)

That was a very good observation. Hats off to you my friend

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Podings (on 19 January 2020)

So americans prefer playing a game made by scotsmen, that makes fun of Americans, on a system designed by the Japanese and manufactured by the Chinese. Seems reasonable.

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TheSource (on 18 January 2020)

Unlike NPD, you can do a global chart with full numbers.

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TheSource (on 18 January 2020)

Will, you should do an article on the top selling games of the decade, 2010-2019. When I did it for 2000-2009, the view count was enormous - well over 150,000 the last time I looked. Do it by title, not platform, i.e. each Call of Duty on Xbox and Playstation counts one time, for the globe, etc.

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Ka-pi96 (on 17 January 2020)

I mean, it's surely the best selling game of the decade worldwide, right? So it being #1 in the US should never have been in any doubt in the first place.

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alan95 (on 17 January 2020)

Do the nintendo games not count digital in the npd?

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Chicho (on 16 January 2020)

That top 20 list is half call of duty. Thats crazy

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Zenos (on 16 January 2020)

I only own Mario Kart 8 and Zelda from the 2010s list.

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trunkswd Zenos (on 16 January 2020)

Pretty good games to own from that list. I own Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption II, Minecraft, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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