Gamers are enjoying a golden age of IT support with an ever-expanding range of options available from the early days of Pong, Space invaders and Pac-Man.
Take a look below for a rundown of the best-selling video games ever released in the United States.
Peter Stieglbauer, CEO of games company PolyReality, suggests that the popularity of the more recent titles in this preview proves just how advanced the industry has become.
“The United States has always been without a doubt the dream machine for gaming entertainment,” he said. News week. “My top five games include Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, Half-Life, Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption 2.
“RGT is and remains one of the most played and loved games, you can just kick back and relax. World of warcraft has taken MMORPGs to unimaginable heights. Valve with the Half life titles, they have raised the bar for the entire gaming industry.
“Call of Duty for versatility as a shooter. RD2 speaks for itself.
“These games have all contributed to the great gaming industry and are a testament to the brilliant American game makers.”
Read on to find the best-selling video games ever to be released in America.
25. Duck hunting (1984)
Released as a launch title for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), players are tasked with testing their reflexes with the Zapper Light Gun to target moving ducks as they fly across the screen.
Nintendo’s promotional slogan reads: “If the ducks fall, you win.” If the shots are wide, you will suffer the snickers of your hunting dog! “
24. Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal (1999)
Pokémon Gold and Silver Version are role-playing video games developed by Nintendo for its Game Boy Color.
Players trade and battle their rivals as they travel the Johto region and hunt for rare Pokemon eggs.
= 19. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open-world action role-playing video game released on all the most popular consoles.
Players lead their Dragonborn character on quests through an expensive map to defeat a prophesied dragon to destroy the world.
= 19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
This first person shooter video game was developed by Infinity Ward and is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Modern war players can control the CIA and British SAS as they collaborate and fight against the Russian forces that launched an invasion.
= 19. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (2012)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the first expansion pack for the action role-playing video game Diablo III and is available on all the most popular consoles.
Players control a hero and attempt to capture a mysterious almighty artifact, the Black Soul Stone.
= 19. The Witcher 3 / Hearts of Stone / Blood and Wine (2015)
This role-playing game and its next two action packs allow people to explore an open-ended fantasy world from a third-person perspective.
Available on all the most popular consoles, each of the popular downloadable content (DLC) adds up to 40 hours of gameplay to The Witcher 3.
= 19. Human: Falling flat (2016)
This lightweight physics puzzle platform game is available on all popular consoles and computers.
Players control a wobbly human who continues to dream of surreal places filled with puzzles that he has yet to discover the exit.
18. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
This side-scrolling 2D platform video game lets four players explore the legendary platform game en masse.
Super Mario and his friends must work together as they chase and fight Bowser Jr., who escaped with Princess Peach.
17. New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
This popular platform video game is another in the New Super Mario Bros. series, developed specifically for the Nintendo DS.
Players control Mario as he slams his way through Bowser’s henchmen to save Princess Peach.
16. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
This life simulation game was developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Players control a character on a desert island and develop and customize their new home as they see fit.
15. Wii Sports Complex (2009)
This sports simulation video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii is notable for being one of the first titles to incorporate the Wii MotionPlus accessory.
Twelve different sports are available at a tropical resort, including saber, wakeboard, frisbee, frisbee golf, archery, basketball, table tennis, golf and bowling.
14. Terrariums (2011)
Terrariums is a 2D single and multiplayer video game available on all popular consoles and computers.
Combining classic action with sandbox-style creativity, Terrariums allows a player to both create, explore and defend a world at will.
13. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
This prequel to the 2010s Red Dead Redemption is an online action-adventure game developed by Rockstar and available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
Players control an outlaw in the vast Wild West and must fight to survive government forces, rival gangs, and many other adversaries.
12. Mario Kart Wii (2008)
This sixth part of the Mario kart The series was developed by video game giant Nintendo for the Wii.
The multiplayer racing game introduced some key new elements, such as increasing the number of riders to 12 and including bicycles in the franchise for the first time.
11. Pac-Man (1980)
This legendary maze action game developed by Namco for arcades in 1980 has an enduring commercial and cultural legacy.
The player must guide a hungry character through an enclosed maze while avoiding four constantly accelerating ghosts.
ten. Tetris (Nintendo) (1989)
This portable version of Alexey Pajitnov’s original Tetris was included in the American and European versions of Nintendo’s Game Boy.
The deceptively simple game aims to manipulate shapes, each made up of four square blocks, as they descend.
9. Wii Fit / Plus (2007)
This innovative exergaming video game and its More improved version, was created by Nintendo for its Wii console
Wii fit uses a single device, which the player stands on during the exercise while following the player’s center of balance.
8. Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe (2014)
This Nintendo-developed kart racing game has been released for the Wii U console.
Mario franchise characters are as usual controlled in multiplayer kart racing, but the game introduces anti-gravity driving on walls or ceilings.
7. Pokémon Red / Green / Blue / Yellow (1996)
These popular role-playing video games developed for Nintendo’s Game Boy helped introduce Pokémon to a wider audience.
Players take control of a character from an aerial perspective and navigate the world of Kanto as they attempt to master Pokémon battles.
6. Super Mario Bros. (1985)
This platform game developed for Nintendo’s NES was the first successor to the innovative 1983 arcade game. Mario Brothers.
Frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, players control Mario – and character brother Luigi in the game’s multiplayer mode – while roaming the Mushroom Kingdom.
5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (2017)
This is an online multiplayer battle royale game available on all the most popular consoles and computers.
Battlegrounds is a player-versus-player shooter in which up to a hundred characters each bludgeon each other in a brutal, full-scale deathmatch.
4. Wii Sports (2006)
This sports simulator was developed by Nintendo and included as a pack-in game for the Wii console.
Players use the Wii Remote to mimic actions taken in real sports, including tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing.
3. Tetris (AE) (2006)
The puzzle video game got a new lease of life after Tetris was developed by EA Mobile for iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Windows Phone.
The gameplay was almost identical to that of other Tetris titles, but with a new soundtrack, as well as the introduction of the new Marathon and Magic modes.
2. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
This action-adventure game developed by Rockstar is available on all the most popular consoles and computers.
GTA V often ranks among the best video games ever created for its expansive open-world design, allowing gamers to roam freely around the LA-based city of Los Santos and the surrounding countryside.
1. Minecraft (2011)
This sandbox video game available on Windows, macOS and Linux has been cited as one of the best video games of all time.
Minecraft players explore a procedurally generated blocky 3D world with a virtually infinite terrain where they have chosen to do almost anything: fight computer-controlled mobs to cooperate with, or compete with, other players in the same universe.