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Xbox Turns 20 - Top 10 Best-Selling Original Xbox Games

Xbox Turns 20 - Top 10 Best-Selling Original Xbox Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 November 2021 / 5,581 Views

Microsoft's sixth-generation video game console, the Xbox, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in North America. The original Xbox launched in North America on November 15, 2001, in Japan on February 22, 2002, and in Europe and Oceania on March 14, 2002.

Microsoft had discontinued the Xbox in 2009 and managed to sell 24.65 million units of the console during its lifetime. It is currently the 19th best-selling video game platform of all time. 

The Xbox proved most successful in North America with sales of 15.77 million units sold. It also sold 7.17 million units in Europe, 0.53 million units in Japan, and 1.18 million units in the rest of the world. 

Xbox Turns 20 - Top 10 Best-Selling Original Xbox Games

55 games for the Xbox managed to sell over one million units, 11 games sold more than two million units, and two sold over five million units.

Unsurprisingly, the two Halo games on the original Xbox are the best-selling games on the platform. Halo 2 is the biggest hit on the platform with 8.00 million units sold, while Halo: Combat Evolved sold 5.00 million units.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell comes in third place with 3.02 million units sold, followed by Fable with 3.00 million units sold. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is in fifth place with 2.86 million units sold.

Rockstar Games Double Pack: Grand Theft Auto III & Grand Theft Auto Vice City is the sixth best-selling Xbox game with 2.49 million unit sold. Need for Speed Underground 2 is in seventh with sales of 2.28 million units, followed by Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in eighth place.

Project Gotham Racing is in ninth place with sales of 2.12 million units. Dead or Alive 3 rounds out the top 10 with 2.04 million units sold.

Xbox Turns 20 - Top 10 Best-Selling Original Xbox Games

Here is a list of the top 10 best-selling original Xbox games:

  1. Halo 2 - 8.00 million
  2. Halo: Combat Evolved - 5.00 million
  3. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - 3.02 million
  4. Fable - 3.00 million
  5. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - 2.86 million
  6. GTA3 & GTA Vice City Double Pack - 2.49 million
  7. Need for Speed Underground 2 - 2.28 million
  8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - 2.19 million
  9. Project Gotham Racing - 2.12 million
  10. Dead or Alive 3 - 2.04 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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G2ThaUNiT (on 15 November 2021)

I’ll never forget the LAN parties for Halo CE and the transition to online when Halo 2 came out! Which we actually thought was stupid at the time because we preferred to play together in person lol. It was an epic time though and is a time that will never happen again.

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Pemalite (on 17 November 2021)

So happy I still have an OG Xbox and old CRT. :)

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Kakadu18 (on 15 November 2021)

Damn, it launched only a few days after I was born in Europe.

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scrapking (on 15 November 2021)

I put over 100 hours into Project Gotham Racing. Amazing game. Amazing series, all the way back to the first game (Metropolis Street Racer on the Dreamcast). I'd love to see PGR come back.

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2zosteven (on 15 November 2021)

this was super fun system! so many great games. first experience with Half-Life.

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