Can you guess which are the most popular video games ever? Playing video games is an extremely popular pass time all over the world. In the U.S. alone, 65% of households have a device for playing video games. Moreover, U.S. consumers spent $23.5 billion on the gaming industry in 2015 with $16.5 billion of that spent on gaming content alone. There’s no doubt about it. We love playing video games, but which video games do we like playing the most? On today’s list, we are going to look at the 25 most popular video games ever.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Considered one of the best Zelda games ever, it was released by Nintendo in 1998 and players were blown away by the graphics and gameplay of the game compared with the other Zelda games. It was the first Zelda game to have 3D graphics. Originally designed for the Nintendo 64DD, it was released instead on a 256-megabit cartridge, the largest-capacity cartridge Nintendo ever produced.
Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green
Over 20 million copies of these role-playing games were sold by Nintendo for “Gameboy.” Developed by Game Freak, the first installments were Red and Green released in Japan in 1996.
Blue later released in the the same year year as a special edition, with “Pokemon Yellow” subsequently released three years later. Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green were remade afterward for the “Game Boy Advance” in 2004 where upwards of 10 million copies were sold.
Super Mario 64
Published by Nintendo for its “Nintendo 64” and released on June 23, 1996, “Super Mario 64” sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The third-person, free roaming, 3D platform was the brainchild of Shigeru Miyamoto, who had spent years trying to build a fully-3D platform for the SNES before he quit the idea altogether.
However, when the company shifted to the development of N64, he played a big role in helping the company veer away from same thumb-destroying crossroads the company had been employing for over a decade.
Often considered the most successful video game series of all time, “The Sims” has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. A strategic life simulation video game, it is also hailed as the best-selling PC franchise in history.
The sandbox game was developed by Maxis, and was later turned over to The Sims Studio published by Electronic Arts. The gameplay involves creating virtual characters called “Sims” who are placed in homes where players can direct their actions and satisfy their desires.