The top 20 video game properties

If you’re like me, then at one point in your life you got suckered into a free subscription of Game Informer by way of GameStop or EB — whichever does that stupid thing. Anyway, usually I just use the mediocre mag to help with fires, but in the most recent issue I happened to accidentally come across something that I thought some of you may be interested in — especially since some of us tend to get into online debates about which gaming property is better than such and such.

Take a look at this list of the top gaming properties and see if anything surprises you. The numbers listed represent units sold worldwide.

1. Mario (193 million)
2. Pokemon (155 million)
3. Final Fantasy (70 million)
4. Madden NFL (56 million)
5. Grand Theft Auto (55 million)

More after the jump, including the best-selling games of all time. 

Top-selling game properties continued:

6. The Sims (54 million)
7. The Legend of Zelda (49 million)
8. Donkey Kong (48 million)
9. Sonic the Hedgehog (44 million)
10. Gran Turismo (44 million)
11. Lineage (43 million)
12. Dragon Quest (40 million)
13. Crash Bandicoot (34 million)
14. Resident Evil (31 million)
15. James Bond (30 million)
16. Tomb Raider (30 million)
17. Tekken (29 million)
18. Mega Man (26 million)
19. Street Fighter (25 million)
20. Command & Conquer (25 million)

Top 10 best-selling games of all time:

1. Super Mario Bros. 3 (18 million)
2. The Sims (16 million)
3. Diablo 2 (15 million)
4. Super Mario Land (14 million)
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (14 million)
6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (13 million)
7. Super Mario 64 (11 million)
8. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (11 million)
9. Grand Theft Auto III (11 million)
10. Gran Turismo (11 million)

Robert Summa