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The Most Popular Console Games Sold 

by Ragini Salampure

The PS5 and the Xbox Series X are the most anticipated console releases in a while, indicated by the fact that both were sold out not long after their initial release, with a large and frequent demand for restocking. However, as they were both released in late 2020, there aren’t many games exclusively available to the console yet, though backward compatibility allows you to play those from their predecessors. Instead, let’s take a look at the best-selling console games of all time. 

Minecraft

There’s no surprise that Minecraft is still kicking around 10 years after its initial release. With over 200 million sales, this game takes the number one spot for the number of copies sold. This game is compatible across numerous different platforms, including PS4, iPhones, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. This means it is inevitable that Minecraft has achieved over 200 million sales, as it has a wider audience across these platforms. Minecraft allows their users to take on the prosumer role, as it is a sandbox game- it means that they can not only consume the game but adapt it to suit their desired gameplay. 

You can choose what mode you want to play depending on your preferences of gameplay. The four modes available on the game are survival, adventure, creative, and hardcore, meaning there is a mode for everyone. Additionally, the game allows you to co-op on any of the modes with your friends to make your gameplay more interactive. 

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

This game comes 19th for the highest selling games, alongside The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Diablo III, and The Witcher 3, all with 30 million copies sold. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the latest Call of Duty in the collection, coming after Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty WWII. These Xbox One shooting games are popular, though don’t compare to the sales and gameplay of Modern Warfare. The graphics of this game are realistic, to say the least, with gameplay features and activities you would expect to find in first-person shooter games: map exploration, door breaching, etc. Overall, this is an incredibly immersive game.

Wii Sports 

Released in 2006, this is one of the older ones on the list. Coming in at fourth with over 82 million copies sold, this game has various different modes to appeal to a wide audience. For a lot of users who purchased the Wii console, Nintendo included a disk for this game in the box. Nintendo released this with the idea of widening their fanbase in mind, with simple controls and graphics for ease of gameplay, ideal for the more casual gamer. 

Modes include: 

  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Bowling 
  • Golf
  • Boxing

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

This game is derived from the well-known character from the arcade game Super Mario Bros, though numerous more characters have been added since. This game provides escapism as successfully as any immersive shooting game will, as you can explore 48 different maps as you race against your friends or COM characters. The best part is that users have access to all race tracks right from the get-go, no need to unlock them. That’s not to say there are no rewards or anything to work to. All coins collected in races go towards unlocking new vehicle features to increase your speed, handling, and many more features. 

Pac-man

Pac-man has been out since 1980, with numerous different re-releases on different platforms due to the popularity. Despite this, though you would expect it to have gained more, this game only sold around 40 million copies. Back around its first release as an arcade game, it was enjoyable and popular, and different. Now, it has been labelled as retro, bringing back the hype that it had back in the 80s. Since then, it has been released on Atari, iPhones, Androids, and other devices, with adaptations and spin-off games, also being produced off the back of this incredibly popular dot-munching game, including Ms. Pac-man, Super Pac-man, and Jr Pacman. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This is one of the most relaxing and wholesome games you will play. It allows you to take charge of your island and design it depending on what you want it to look like, as well as designing both the exterior and interior of your home. There are tasks available to complete, such as collecting sticks or picking fruit. Co-op mode is available, though it doesn’t allow you to live on the same island as your friends. The fact that this game has sold over 31 million copies and is only exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch is an indicator of just how popular this cute island game is. 

Here, you can see that though new games are quickly becoming popular, with high numbers of purchases, some old games are sticking around and even sometimes gaining popularity.

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