Videogames, much as we like them, also have a “dark side” in some way. It’s the economic side, as we can’t forget that yes, they’re meant to be enjoyed, but in most cases they’ve been created by some company in order to obtain profits. However, sales don’t depend on companies, they wish, but on us RetroGamers. In this list we show the 10 best-selling retro videogames ever. Enjoy, RetroGamers!!!
10. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
They’re two different cartridges for the Game Boy Advance, but they can be considered as one as basically the difference is that one of them has exclusive Pokémon that the other hasn’t, and vice versa. They were published in 2004 and they’re last in this list, although anyway they got to sell no less than 11.8 million copies.
9. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
In the 9th position we find… more Pokémon!!! Also for the Game Boy Advance, like in the previous case they’re two separate cartridges but with barely any differences between them. They were published a couple of years before the other ones, in 2002, and sold 13 million copies.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog
This is one that couldn’t be missing this list, partly because it was the launch game for Sega‘s Megadrive console. It was published in 1991, more than 20 years ago, and got to sell 15 million cartridges, although as we said partly because it was included with the console.
7. Super Mario Land
It couldn’t be any other way. Our favourite plumber is starting to show among the best-selling ones. Published in 1991, we could say that this Game Boy cartridge is the big brother of the brilliant Super Mario Bros. of the NES console. As an anecdote we can say that this was the first game in the Mario series developed by the genius Gunpei Yokoi and sold no less than 18.1 million copies.
6. Super Mario Bros. 3
We’ve just said that it’s undeniable for Mario to be among the best-selling retro games in the whole history, and here he is again in the 6th position with this brilliant platform game for the NES. It was first published in Japan in 1988 and sold a total of 19 million copies.
5. Super Mario World
And back to Mario again, every time taking more important positions in the list!!! This was the first Mario to come into this world in the next generation consoles, the Super Nintendo. It was published in 1990 and was the launch star of the console, so it came bundled in the pack. With this cartridge we’re passing the barrier of 20 million copies, more precisely 20.6 million that were sold.
4. Pokémon Gold and Silver
It looks like the list is starting to narrow down to Pokémons and Marios… We have again the first ones in the 4th position, with these two cartridges for the Game Boy Color, although they were compatible with the original Game Boy. As usual, there are just a few differences between them, so we’ll also consider them as one. They were published in 1999 and sold… 23 million copies!!!
3. Pokémon Red and Blue
Carry on with Pokémon!!! Another one in the list, already in the 3rd position. These ones go back to 1996 and were launched for the original Game Boy. Again we consider them as one for they’re barely different. 23.6 million copies went out from the shops to get settled in hour homes.
In the second position of the list, incredibly enough, we don’t have Pokémon or Mario, but this brilliant idea by Alexey Pajitnov in its version for the Game Boy. It seems incredible how a game as simple as this one could get us hooked for hours and hours fitting parts to delete lines on the screen. It was published in 1989 and it was so successful that we’re going from 23.6 million copies sold by the previous game on the list to… 35 million copies sold by Tetris!!!
1. Super Mario Bros.
We’ve got to the first position on the list that, unfortunately for Pokémon, it’s no less than Super Mario Bros. for the NES console. When this cartridge was published, back in 1985, Mario was already a videogame star. Basically, it was inconceivable having a NES and not this game, so it got to sell 40.2 million copies, becoming the best-selling retro videogame ever.