Gaming and modern day society have formed an inseparable tryst in the 21st century. Video Games are a major source of entertainment in the modern world and is backed by a huge community of gamers. Statistically, there are 1.23 billion people worldwide who spend an hour a day, on average, playing video games. Scientifically, gaming improves motor skills and concentration. While there are lot of controversies regarding the addiction of gaming, the community stays loyal to their mode of entertainment. Let’s look at the 5 most sold game franchises of all time;
1. MarioThe famous retro game we all spent our childhood playing, Mario tops the chart of being the highest selling game franchise of all time. The Mario series was originally released back in 1981, and now included various sub-series like Super Mario, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Mario Sports, Mario RPG and other Mario games. The franchise has sold 529 million copies, almost twice its nearest rival.
2. PokémonOriginally a video game, the Pokémon brand has now expanded its roots to various spheres like anime, trading cards, manga, toys, books and other media. The game series has capped over 290 million copies over all devices since the release of the first game in 1996.
3. Grand Theft AutoUndoubtedly one of the most famous game series of the 21st century, Rockstar Games’ GTA franchise includes ten stand-alone games and has a cap of over 250 million copies sold. GTA was originally released in 1997 and is a series of open world action-adventure games. The latest release in the GTA franchise is the highly acclaimed Grand Theft Auto: V. Featuring both offline and online game modes, GTA is developed primarily by the game studio Rockstar North and is known for its mission-based gameplay and visual treats.
4. Call Of DutyA first person shooter video game series, published by Activision and Aspyr Media, Call of Duty is known for its mesmerising gameplay and gripping storyline. The game’s influential characters have ranged from the times of the First World War to Futuristic warfare. Although the recent releases in the series have been criticized by the majority of the game’s loyal fans, CoD, as it is generally known is one the best games of all time and has sold over 250 million copies.
5. WiiNamed after Nintendo’s game console of the same name, The Wii series of physical simulation video games was created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 2006 to help with the initial launch of Nintendo's Wii console. The first game in the series, Wii Sports, was included with the original Wii console and has sold over 202 million units.