When video games first entered living rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, the world was forever changed. Over the course of time many gaming releases have become pop culture phenomenons, connecting players from around the world
Check out the list of the top 5 best-selling video games in history including both modern day hits and the classics we grew up with.
Anyone who owned a Nintendo Gameboy in the early 1990s knows just how addictive Tetris truly is. The puzzle game was originally released in 1984 and surged in popularity when it was released on the Gameboy handheld system in 1989. Over thirty years have passed since its initial release and Tetris is still as popular as ever.
Originally released for PC in 2011, Minecraft took the world by storm and was eventually released on all gaming consoles and mobile platforms. Though a modern release, Minecraft’s cubic design harkens back to the classic days of 8 bit gaming with a 3D twist.
When one thinks of best-selling Nintendo games, Mario Kart, Duck Hunt and countless others likely come to mind. However, Wii Sports has outsold them all as a result of being bundled with the original Wii console. The game showcased the Wii’s motion control system, allowing players to bowl, golf and even play tennis all in the comfort of their own home.
Often controversial but always wildly popular, the Grand Theft Auto series has been a hit with players since the original game was released in 1997. The most recent installment in the series was released in 2013 and was a blockbuster success, earning Game of the Year awards from notable gaming publications. It’s clear that even after nearly 20 years, the GTA series strikes a chord with gamers around the world.
Super Mario Bros is the game that put Nintendo on the map and turned an Italian plumber named Mario into an international icon. Originally bundled with the first Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the late 1980s, Super Mario Bros marked the first true gaming experience for an entire generation. Often regarded as the greatest game of all time, Super Mario Bros has endured and remains popular to this day. Thirty years and 19 games later, Mario is still one of gaming’s most recognizable faces.
Whether you’re a PC gamer or simply prefer to dust off your classic NES system, chances are you’ve played one of these games before. What’s your favorite video game of all time? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @USAudioTechnica!