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Best Selling Nintendo Games by Year

Name the Nintendo games that had the highest lifetime sales compared to any other Nintendo game that came out that year.
Every year since Famicom launch
Only including games published by Nintendo or other companies owned by Nintendo
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Last updated: February 26, 2024
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Year
Console
Copies Sold (in millions)
Game
1983
NES
3.2
Baseball
1984
28.3
Duck Hunt
1985
48.24
Super Mario Bros.
1986
6.51
The Legend of Zelda
1987
4.38
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
1988
19
Super Mario Bros. 3
1989
Game Boy
35
Tetris
1990
SNES
20.61
Super Mario World
1991
4.61
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1992
Game Boy
11.18
Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins
1993
SNES
10.55
Super Mario All-Stars
1994
9.3
Donkey Kong Country
1995
5.15
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
1996
Game Boy
47.52
Pokémon Red / Blue / Green / Yellow
1997
N64
8.09
GoldenEye 007
1998
7.6
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999
Game Boy / Game Boy Colour
24.49
Pokémon Gold / Silver / Crystal
2000
N64
3.36
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
2001
GameCube
7.09
Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002
Game Boy Advance
23.28
Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald
2003
GameCube
7
Mario Kart Double Dash
2004
Game Boy Advance
12
Pokémon Fire Red / Leaf Green
2005
DS
23.96
Nintendogs
2006
Wii
82.88
Wii Sports
2007
43.8
Wii Fit / Wii Fit Plus
2008
37.24
Mario Kart Wii
2009
33.11
Wii Sports Resort
2010
DS
15.64
Pokémon Black / White
2011
3DS
18.68
Mario Kart 7
2012
WiiU / Switch
22.52 (5.82 + 16.70)
New Super Mario Bros. U
2013
3DS
16.44
Pokémon X / Y
2014
WiiU / Switch
65.47 (8.46 + 57.01)
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
2015
WiiU / 3DS
7.81 (4.02 + 3.79)
Super Mario Maker
2016
3DS
16.18
Pokémon Sun / Moon / Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon
2017
WiiU / Switch
32.84 (1.69 + 31.15)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2018
Switch
32.44
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2019
26.02
Pokémon Sword / Shield
2020
43.38
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2021
14.92
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl
2022
23.23
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet
2023
19.50
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
2 Comments
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Level 62
Feb 19, 2020
Great quiz, I am nominating. I would add more time though.
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2020
Thanks! Will add more time.