April 24, 2024

The 10 best-selling games on every major Nintendo system

Highlights

  • From the NES to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has produced hit games that continue to captivate audiences around the world.
  • Each Nintendo console has seen its own best-selling games list, with Mario and Pokemon titles dominating.
  • With new console releases on the way, fans can expect more blockbuster games from iconic franchises.



An impressive infographic lists the 10 best-selling games for each major Nintendo system since the NES. Nintendo revolutionized the gaming industry with the Nintendo Entertainment System, creating groundbreaking franchises that continue to receive great new entries to this day.

Nintendo has continued to build on and repeat its franchises with each new console Super Mario, Zelda, and more, while also producing brand new, original IP. It’s fascinating to look at all the Nintendo consoles released over the years and the games that dominated each system, to see how new games take the spotlight, as well as the franchises that consistently rank in the top 10.


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Nintendo recently released its updated list of the 10 best-selling Switch games, and now Reddit user TomCyberfire has created an impressive infographic showing not only the best-selling games for the company’s latest console, but also the NES, Game Boy/ Game Boy Color, SNES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U also best-selling games. The infographic has gone viral on Reddit and has amassed over 27,000 votes at the time of writing.

Some users in the comments have pointed out some interesting details when it comes to the best-selling games on each Nintendo console. The best-selling Wii U game, for example Mario kart 8, still selling worse than the 10th best-selling Switch game. While Mario kart 8 sold 8.46 million copies of the Wii U, the 10th best-selling Switch game, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxehas sold 17.2 million copies to date.


Nintendo is still supporting the Switch with new game releases, so it’s entirely possible that the top 10 will change before all is said and done. It’s likely that more recent releases such as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and the critically acclaimed Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will rise in the sales charts, mainly because they surpass their immediate predecessors.

With rumors of a Switch 2 reveal on the horizon, it will be interesting to see which games make up the best-selling titles on the Switch successor console. If the best-selling games on previous Nintendo consoles are any indication, this is what fans can expect Mario, ZeldaAnd Pokémon to perform.


Best selling NES games


  1. Super Mario Bros. – 40.24 million
  2. Duck hunting – 28.31 million
  3. Super Mario Bros. 3 – 18 million
  4. Tetris – 8 million
  5. Super Mario Bros. 2 – 7.46 million
  6. The Legend of Zelda – 6.51 million
  7. Dr. Mario – 4.85 million
  8. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link – 4.38 million
  9. Excitebike – 4.16 million
  10. Golf – 4 million

Bestselling Game Boy/Game Boy Color games

  1. Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow – 46 million
  2. Tetris – 35 million
  3. Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal – 29.5 million
  4. Super Mario Land – 18.14 million
  5. Super Mario Land 2: 6 gold coins – 11.18 million
  6. Dr. Mario – 5.34 million
  7. Pokemon Pinball – 5.31 million
  8. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 – 5.19 million
  9. Kirby’s Dream Land – 5.13 million
  10. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe – 5 million


Best-selling Super Nintendo games

  1. Super Mario World – 20.61 million
  2. Super Mario All-Stars – 10.55 million
  3. Donkey Kong Land – 9.3 million
  4. Super Mario Kart – 8.76 million
  5. Street Fighter 2: World Warrior – 6.3 million
  6. Donkey Kong Land 2 – 5.15 million
  7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – 4.61 million
  8. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – 4.12 million
  9. Street Fighter 2: Turbo – 4.1 million
  10. Star Fox – 4 million

Bestselling Nintendo 64 games


  1. Super Mario 64 – 11.91 million
  2. Mario Kart 64 – 9.87 million
  3. GoldenEye 007 – 8 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 7.6 million
  5. Super Smash Bros. – 5.55 million
  6. Pokemon Stadium – 5.46 million
  7. Donkey Kong 64 – 5.27 million
  8. Diddy Kong Racing – 4.88 million
  9. Star Fox 64 – 4 million
  10. Banjo-Kazooie – 3.65 million

Best-selling Game Boy Advance games

  1. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire – 16.22 million
  2. Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen – 12 million
  3. Pokemon Emerald – 7 million
  4. Mario Kart: Super Circuit – 5.91 million
  5. Super Mario Advance 2 – 5.69 million
  6. Super Mario Advance – 5.57 million
  7. Super Mario Advance 4 – 5.43 million
  8. Namco Museum – 2.96 million
  9. Pac-Man Collection – 2.95 million
  10. Super Mario Advance 3 – 2.83 million


Best-selling GameCube games

  1. Super Smash Bros. Melee – 7.41 million
  2. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! – 6.96 million
  3. Super Mario Sunshine – 5.91 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – 4.43 million
  5. Luigi’s mansion – 3.33 million
  6. Metroid Prime – 2.84 million
  7. Animal Crossing – 2.71 million
  8. Mario Party 4 – 2.46 million
  9. Pokemon Colosseum – 2.41 million
  10. Mario Party 5 – 2.17 million

Bestselling Nintendo DS games


  1. New Super Mario Bros. – 30.8 million
  2. Nintendogs – 23.96 million
  3. Mario Kart DS – 23.6 million
  4. Brain age – 19 million
  5. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl – 17.67 million
  6. Pokemon Black and White – 15.64 million
  7. Brain age 2 – 14.88 million
  8. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver – 12.72 million
  9. Animal Crossing: Wild World – 11.75 million
  10. Super Mario 64 DS – 11 million

Best selling Wii games

  1. Wii Sports – 82.9 million
  2. Mario Kart Wii – 37.3 million
  3. Wii Sports Resort – 33.1 million
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – 30.3 million
  5. Wii Play – 28 million
  6. Wii Fit – 22.7 million
  7. Wii Fit Plus – 21.1 million
  8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – 13.3 million
  9. Super Mario Galaxy – 12.8 million
  10. Just Dance 3 – 9.9 million


Bestselling Nintendo 3DS games

  1. Mario Kart 7 – 18.98 million
  2. Pokemon X and Y – 16.72 million
  3. Pokemon Sun and Moon – 16.32 million
  4. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – 14.6 million
  5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 13.42 million
  6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 13.05 million
  7. Super Mario 3D Land – 12.88 million
  8. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 9.64 million
  9. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – 9.19 million
  10. Yo-Kai Watch 2 – 7.3 million

Best-selling Wii U games


  1. Mario Kart 8 – 8.46 million
  2. Super Mario 3D World – 5.89 million
  3. New Super Mario Bros. U – 5.82 million
  4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 5.38 million
  5. Nintendo Land – 5.21 million
  6. Splatoon – 4.95 million
  7. Super Mario Maker – 4.02 million
  8. New Super Luigi U – 3.07 million
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 2.37 million
  10. Mario Party 10 – 2.27 million

Bestselling Nintendo Switch games

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 60.58 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 44.79 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 33.67 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 31.61 million
  5. Super Mario Odyssey – 27.65 million
  6. Pokemon Sword and Shield – 26.17 million
  7. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet – 24.36 million
  8. Super Mario Party – 20.34 million
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – 20.28 million
  10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 17.2 million


Nintendo Switch OLED comes with built-in TV playback capabilities.

Nintendo Switch OLED gaming console for the family

The Nintendo Switch OLED comes with several upgrades over the original Nintendo Switch console, while maintaining gaming compatibility with the old console. With a larger 7-inch OLED screen and double the internal storage of the original Nintendo Switch, it doesn’t feel like a new console at all. That said, it’s an option worth checking out for a better view.

4K capabilities
No

Power source
A/C power supply, built-in battery

What is included
Console, Joy-Cons, Dock, various accessories

Brand
Nintendo

Screen
7-inch, 720P

Gaming support
Nintendo Switch titles, Retro games (emulated)

Computing power
0.5 TFLOPs (docked)

Storage
64 GB, expandable via microSD

CPU
Custom Nvidia Tegra X1

Battery
Built-in batteries in controller and console (4310mAh)

Connectivity
WiFi, Ethernet

Dimensions
4.13 x 10.24 x 8.19 inches

Weight
3 pounds

RAM
4GB

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