For the next chapter in my Console Wars series, which can be viewed via the links here…I am going to look a little more into sales figures than I would like, though not in the normal way I suppose. Today I will be ranking the best selling game on each console by ratings, the lowest rated to the highest rated. All ratings are taken from the IGN site. Why? Because it’s the site I found that had all these games on it. I used the community rating for a broader opinion by the people who bought and played these games. In the event of a tied rating, the game with the higher sales will place at a better rank. I also am not counting any games that were included with the system, because that’s sort of cheating. That means no Super Mario Bros or Wii Sports or the like.
Also, I have no idea how accurate the sales figures are I found, and the older systems are definitely shady. But that’s all fine and dandy, because at the end of the day, this is just a meaningless blog by someone who loves gaming enough to write such strange things. This war is based all on figures, my own opinion has nothing to do with any of these rankings. All ratings are out of 10.
So let’s get started!
Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Wowsers!
#22 Dreamcast- Sonic Adventure -3.5
This game sold 2.42 million copies, a very nice figure considering the poor sales of the Dreamcast. The game was decent for its time and Sonic’s first adventure in full 3D, but it has not aged well at all, making it rather deserving of it’s low rating.
#21 Atari 5200- Super Breakout -6.5
This game only sold 102,056 copies. Again, probably not bad for a very poor selling console. I personally have never played it, or even heard of it until now, though chances are I would prefer Sonic Adventure.
#20 Atari 7800- Food Fight -6.6
This is sort of a made up one. It was difficult to find any actual figures, but this seemed to be a fan favorite and did fairly well nonetheless. It is usually in the top 3 best 7800 games too, so it was probably up there in sales.
#19 Atari 2600- Pac Man -7.1
Everyone has played Pac Man at some point in their lives. I have played it on countless consoles, but I think the first time I ever played it was on the 2600. Good times…I think. This particular version of Pac Man sold 7 million copies.
#18 Sega Saturn- Virtua Fighter 2– 7.9
This game sold 1.93 million units. I have never played it, on the Saturn or any platform, so I have nothing to comment about it.
#17 Sega Genesis- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 -7.9
This wonderful game sold 6.03 million copies, a little lower than I thought for one of the best platforming games of all time. I truly have many wonderful memories with this one. Though this game received the same rating as Virtua Fighter 2, it’s higher sales gets this game placed one spot higher.
#16 Nintendo Entertainment System- Duck Hunt -8.0
This is another classic game that I have not played in well over 20 years. It was a lot of fun, and 28 million other people probably think so as well, (well that’s how many people bought it anyway). It was very exciting to see the duck and dog duo again in the latest Smash Bros game too.
#15 Xbox One- Halo 5: Guardians -8.2
I haven’t played a Halo game since the second, but it is no surprise this would be at the top of the Xbox best sellers list, with 5 million copies sold. This figure will likely grow much higher over time.
#14 Sega Master System- Phantasy Star – 8.5
This was a mind blowing game when it first came out, and it is still a whole lot of fun today. I would recommend it to any RPG fan. It definitely deserves its rating, though I could not find a solid figure on sales, this was always prominent in any report about the SMS games.
#13 Atari Jaguar- Alien Vs. Predator -8.6
I have never played a Jaguar, so I have never played this version of the game, but if it is the same one I played on PC, then this game absolutely deserves to be on this list. It sold 6.7 million copies, an impressive number for the Jaguar.
#12 Wii- MarioKart Wii -8.7
I love this game! It is one of my favorites, if not my favorite in the whole series. With a staggering 36.83 million sales, I believe it is in the top 10 or maybe top 5 highest selling games of all time!
Okay, so this is cheating since this system is not even out yet, but I simply averaged the rating of the other six consoles Nintendo has on this list and it came out to be 8.9, which sounds like a fair number for Nintendo games, if not rather low. MarioKart is always a hit seller, so I’m thinking that would be its number one selling game for sure. I also averaged the sales of all the Nintendo games on this list and came out with 16.76 million sales. That sounds very right if the Switch does well.
#10 Super Nintendo Entertainment System- Super MarioKart -9.0
Now we are getting into the 9’s category, and it works out perfectly for the top 10. This game hasn’t aged well, but it is still pretty fun to play. It sold 8.76 million units back in its day, and MarioKart has continued to slay sales ever since.
#9 PlayStation- Gran Turismo -9.0
Another 9.0 game, and another racing game. This had a very high sales figure of 11.15 million, placing it well above Super MarioKart. I have never played this game or any of its many sequels, so I have nothing to say on the matter.
#8 Xbox- Halo 2– 9.1
The sequel to the wildly popular Halo. I still remember the week leading up to this release. All the kids in school were going absolutely insane, many of them taking the day off on its release. It sold 8.43 million.
#7 PlayStation 2- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City -9.2
This game sold a whopping 17.5 million copies. It is probably my favorite in the series. Still, I was shocked to see this at the top of the sales list.
#6 Wii U- MarioKart 8 -9.3
Here we have another MarioKart game, this one selling 8 million, more than half of all the Wii U owners have this game! Wow! This is a really great game, though I would rank it my third or fourth favorite in the entire racing series.
This also completely solidifies my made up MarioKart Switch game taking the top spot in sales for the upcoming system.
#5 Gamecube- Super Smash Bros Melee -9.4
I don’t even want to know how many hundreds of hours I spent playing this game. It is still a fun game today, though it hasn’t aged too well. For the time, it was the best game out there, especially when you had all four players going. The game sold 7.09 million.
#4 PlayStation 3- Grand Theft Auto 5 -9.4
This has the same rating as Super Smash Bros Melee, but it has about triple the sales at 21.3 million! I haven’t gotten around to playing this yet, even though I own it, but I am honestly shocked that with all the great games on this console, GTA would be at the top.
#3 PlayStation 4- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End -9.5
I haven’t gotten around to getting this game yet, though 2.7 million other people have. While I was completely underwhelmed with the first and third game in the series, I absolutely loved the second game and think this one looks amazing too. I can’t wait to play it…I am sure it will live up to it’s high rating!
#2 Nintendo 64- Super Mario 64 -9.5
While this is the same rating as Uncharted 4, SM64 has sold 11.89 million copies. I am shocked this game has such a high rating. While it is still fun to play, I think it is one of the worst Mario games ever made. Though it definitely helped shape 3D gaming in a generation where so many companies were failing miserably at it.
#1 Xbox 360- Grand Theft Auto V -9.5
Well this is sort of anti-climatic. This game has already appeared on this list, but the 360 version has bested all. It has the same rating as the third and second spot, but its impressive 17.79 million sold copies puts this at number 1. I still can’t believe a GTA game made it this high. When I finally get around to playing it, it better be nothing short of a 10 in my book. Though apparently the 360 version is .1 point better.
And there you have it! Microsoft takes it’s first number 1 spot!
But to find the real winner, let’s see who had the most in the top 10!
In last is Atari with 0 yet again…
And tied with them is Sega for 0 in the top 10 as well.
After them is Microsoft with two.
Then interestingly enough, we have a tie for the winner. Sony and Nintendo both have four in the top 10. So to break this tie, I will take the average rating of the four titles in the top 10 from each company. Nintendo’s average is 9.3, while Sony’s is 9.2. Wow! That was a close competition for sure, but Nintendo just manages to squeak out a win!
Good job to all, see you next time!