Top-10 Fastest-selling Video Games: Why so Popular?

Hannah Paul


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The most anticipated, the most coveted, the most engaging video games — what are they? The titles which are highly estimated by the gamers community. These games made the history of video gaming. Their sales figures speak for themselves. Millions of people all over the world want to play them. Do you want to know about the fastest-selling titles in the video gaming history? Then read our Top-10 list and keep abreast of the most popular titles which every decent gamer should know.

Grand Theft Auto V

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September 17, 2013; PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows; 12 million units sold in its first day making $800 million in sales (including pre-orders) and 16.5 million units in three days ($1 billion in sales).

The critics named Grand Theft Auto V the “monstrous parody of modern life”. It is violent and offensive, though ridiculously fun. GTA V lets us take a quick look at the western civilisation lapse from virtue, and that is extremely engaging.

The incredible popularity of a franchise game can be explained by the uniqueness of every new GTA title and the Rockstar careful game development. Between the first trailer and the game release two years have passed; thus the intensity of emotions was high by the moment.

Rockstar also played with pop culture trends and. Just listen to amazing soundtracks which are perfectly selected for your car rides!

In GTA V, the players enter an open-world environment which never stops giving surprises. Discovering the criminal world in the city of Los Santos brings the guilty pleasure, and that engages even more.

Angry Birds Space

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March 22, 2012; iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Mac OS X; 50 million downloads in 35 days.

Angry Birds Space is the fastest-selling mobile game of all time. Released in 2012 it became the fourth game in the series and became the most popular while the previous was already on top positions in the app stores.

With the same mission as the prior versions, Angry Birds Space gained new physics-based gameplay with gravitational fields and new destructive abilities of its characters.

Angry Birds Space had powerful promoting support before it was released. The announcement of the game was beamed to Earth from the International Space Station. NASA, National Geographic, Samsung, and Nickelodeon carried out their promotional campaigns for the new game. Despite such a hype, Angry Birds Space deserved its success thanks to the game’s originality and an immaculate developer’s work.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV poster

November 29, 2016; PlayStation 4; 5 million units on its first day.

The fifteenth in the self-titled series action role-playing game was the most anticipated among all others by the Final Fantasy community. Five million units for PlayStation 4 were shipped on the first day of sales.

This game got its unique sense already from the stage of development. It opened the world of Final Fantasy to the newcomers and reopened it for the fans. “A Final Fantasy for Fans and First-Timers” is a tagline which invites you before each game starts. The devoted fans waited for this title for decades. The newbies get an opportunity to get acquainted with the game through tie-in anime movies which described in details the main characters lives. “The Final Fantasy XV fever” also included numerous wiki pages with explanations of events.

Techno magical and stunningly beautiful, Final Fantasy XV deserved all the rapture it received from players.

Pokemon X and Y

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October 12, 2013; Nintendo 3DS; 4 million units in two days.

Pokemon X and Y became the fastest-selling game in the 3DS catalog. It was a record speed for the 3DS release with 4 million sales in the first two days after the appearance on the market.

Basic gameplay remained the same, but new game mechanics appeared. With a selection of mini-games, each layer received an opportunity to boost Pokémon's base statistics needed for team success. Significantly improved graphics and pinch-perfect soundtracks made Pokemon X and Y such an attractive title of the franchise.

Nevertheless, the latest releases of the legendary franchise have something to strive for. For example, the first generation of Pokemon games sold over 23 million cartridges, and all the other "generations" of games (not counting the direct sequels Black 2 & White 2) Pokemon X and Y are also inferior. All in all, over 245 million Pokemon games in different genres have been sold to this day.

Monster Hunter: World

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January 26, 2018; PlayStation 4, Xbox One; 5 million units within first three days.

Monster Hunter: World is stunning in its beauty game. It is picturing distant fantastic worlds inhabited by amazing creatures like dinosaurs, dragons, creepy monsters from the depths, and so on. Fully-detailed and immaculately-designed, Monster Hunter: World, quickly won the hearts of fans.

There was no doubt that Monster Hunter: World will be popular in its homeland, in Japan. The game series has already had a fourteen-year successful history with its comic books and anime based on its motives, so it simply could not pass unnoticed. Nevertheless, the game conquered the world and became an international hit.

It’s not an ordinary weird Japanese game, it is something more than that. Five million copies were sold on the first three days, and it speaks volumes.

God of War

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April 20, 2018; PlayStation 4; over 3.1 million copies globally in first three days.

God of War released for PlayStation 4 in 2018 became the eighth installment in the popular series. The latest part of the sequel became the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive. The publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment believes that game’s success is caused by the implementation of unique father-son dynamic into the story. Whether it’s a main secret of the popularity or not, God of War received the most positive reviews from critics. The latter say that developers made a philosophical change to a franchise concept, and that brought such benefits the latest release.

Kratos’ adventure with his son Atreus is also considered a modern video game odyssey. And you must all remember, how much hype had Homer got with his Odyssey, and still gets.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim poster

November 11, 2011; PS3, Windows, Xbox 360; 10 million units for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms in about a month and 7 million in the first week of sales.

At the end of 2011, right after the release, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won more than a hundred awards in different profile nominations. What is most important the title of The Game of the Year adjudged to the game.

What was the secret of the game’s success which let it gain such prestigious prizes so soon after the release?

Skyrim is unparalleled due to the atmosphere of Tolkien worlds which it tries to represent. Dragons-killing is not the only activity you should manage in the game. Enjoying the beauty of the game environment, imbued with its special mood, the player has to deal with a vast array of things from plotting political actions to stewing venison. The immersion factor is increased to the verge.

Super Mario Odyssey

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October 27, 2017; Nintendo Switch; 2 million units in the first three days.

Super Mario Odyssey is the first proper Mario adventure on the Nintendo Switch. Moreover, it is the fastest-selling in the Mario franchise. For the first three days, 2 million copies of Super Mario Odyssey were sold. This outstanding result is gaining more importance, considering that by the time it was sold not more than 13 million Nintendo Switch consoles. Thus, for the first three days, every sixth owner became the owner of a new game about Mario. Sounds impressive!

Maybe, such a success was caused by the Power Moons, which appeared in Mario adventures for the first time? Anyway, the sandbox adventure took millions of fans worldwide in the exciting space odyssey.

Diablo III

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May 15, 2012; Microsoft Windows, macOS; 6.3 million units in its first week

The role-playing computer game Diablo III for the first day of sales on May 15 worldwide has acquired more than 3.5 million people, as told by the game developer Blizzard Entertainment. According to the company, this is a record of sales of the first day for a game intended only for personal computers. Another record Diablo III put before the release - the number of pre-orders for the game exceeded 2 million copies.

On the first day of sales of the game servers simply did not withstand the load. The developers of the project admitted that they were just not ready for such a stir of Diablo III among gamers. Millions of players worldwide still consider Diablo III that staying in Sanctuary is the best gaming experience they ever had.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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January 31, 2008 (Japan), March 9, 2008 (North America); Wii; 1.4 million units in its first week in the US.

Over 874.000 units of Super Smash Bros. Brawl were sold in the United States on the release day. The game became the fastest-selling Nintendo video game in America's history with 1.4 million units in its first week.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has also become the best-selling Wii game in its home country, in Japan. For the first 11 days, Japanese gamers purchased a total of 1.08 million copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mark of one million with this speed was not reached by any of the games developed for the Wii.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a fighting game, in which simultaneously can participate up to four gamers. The characters come from other Nintendo games. These are well-known Mario, Donkey Kong, Link from The Legend of Zelda, dinosaur Yoshi, Sonic and Solid Snake (Metal Snake) from Metal Gear Solid.

Perhaps, by gathering all the favorite characters from Japanese games, the publisher can be sure of the game’s success.

All of these games are beautiful, engaging, well-thought-out. They have almost no drawbacks, as they possessed the minds of millions of fans. They are fastest-selling for the particular reasons, which caused their great success on the market. With the title “fastest-selling” the games achieved a special mark from the gamers community: “Approved.”