The top 3 best-selling games of all time are a surprising group of games that have all sold over 100 million copies apiece

Grand Theft Auto 5 (cash)

The three best-selling games of all time are all 100
million-plus sellers.

The list spans nearly four decades of video games, starting in
1984 and ending in 2013. It crosses every major game console
released since the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and a
wide variety of game genres. 

The most recent entrant to the 100 million-plus club — “Grand
Theft Auto 5” — is the newest of the top three, and it’s
available on the fewest platforms: Just Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,
PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Having passed 100 million copies
sold in the past few months, it’s the youngest of the three
games. 

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3. “Grand Theft Auto 5”

The “Grand Theft Auto” series is a juggernaut, but “Grand Theft
Auto 5” is an especially big deal. 

The game was bold from the start: It launched on the Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3 in 2013 — the same year that the new Xbox One
and PlayStation 4 launched. Instead of embracing those new
consoles, Rockstar stuck with the previous generation. The game
subsequently arrived on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 

Of note: It’s the only game on this list that is primarily a
narrative-driven single-player experience. That said, a major part
of “Grand Theft Auto 5” continuing to sell is the massive “GTA
Online” component — an online version of the game that’s wildly
popular.

2. “Minecraft”

It’s no surprise that “Minecraft” is on this list, with
over 150 million copies sold
— the game is on nearly every
platform. Better still: It’s essentially virtual Legos. 

You can play it alone, or with friends, and the concept is
simple: Mine materials, then craft them into more useful materials.
Maybe you build a house, maybe you go exploring, or maybe you do
one of the many other things you can do in “Minecraft.” 

It’s a friendly, open experience that’s accessible to nearly
anyone. It can be played online, and it can even be played across
competing game platforms. With over 90 million people still playing
the game every month, “Minecraft” continues to be one of the most
popular games in the world — that’s in addition to those
astronomic sales numbers.

1. “Tetris”

It’s hard to overstate how big of a deal “Tetris” is. From its
humble origins in Russia to a worldwide phenomenon that’s spanned
decades, “Tetris” is one of the most important games ever made.

It’s also so, so good.

The concept is immediately clear to anyone playing “Tetris”:
Clear the board by creating lines using the randomized pieces that
are falling from the top. Its raw puzzle nature is more akin to
Sudoku or crosswords than most other video games. That simplicity
lends itself well to accessibility — “Tetris” will run on nearly
any computer or game console. It was just as good on the original
NES as it is on a modern game console. And since it’s a puzzle game
above all else, it stands the test of time.

It’s hard to quantify exactly how many copies have been sold of
“Tetris.”

It’s been available on so many platforms across so many years
that simply keeping track is difficult. A representative from The
Tetris Company — the group that oversees “Tetris” on an ongoing
basis — told us the following via email: “Billions of ‘Tetris’
games are played online every year, and over 500 million ‘Tetris’
mobile games have been downloaded to date.” 

“Tetris” is famous for being the best-selling mobile game of all
time —
a record it achieved way back in 2010
, before smartphones were
ubiquitous — having sold more than 100 million digital copies at
that point already. Our best guess puts the game’s lifetime sales
somewhere north of 200 million copies sold, but the truth is that
it’s hard to know for sure.


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The top 3 best-selling games of all time are a surprising group of games that have all sold over 100 million copies apiece