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In 1988, the video game industry reached its highest revenue since the 1982 peak. The arcade and home video game markets were thriving this year.

The year's highest-grossing video game worldwide was Taito's arcade beat 'em up blockbuster Double Dragon.[1] The year's best‑selling home system was the Nintendo Entertainment System for the fifth time, while the best-selling home video game was Super Mario Bros for the fourth year in a row.

Financial performance[]

The following table lists the annual sales and revenue generated by the electronic games industry this year, including video games and electro‑mechanical games. See sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Industry Products Market Unit sales
(est.)
Annual revenue (est.) Ref
Nominal Inflation
Electronic games United States 61,243,000+ $10,513,000,000 $27,000,000,000
Arcade games Worldwide 359,000+ $12,400,000,000 $32,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade games United States 243,000+ $7,700,000,000 $20,000,000,000 [2][3][4]
United Kingdom 15,000+ $1,500,000,000 $3,900,000,000 [5][6]
Arcade video games Japan 100,000+ $3,100,000,000 $8,000,000,000 [7][8]
Hong Kong 1,000+ $100,000,000 $260,000,000 [9][10]
Video games Worldwide 114,289,000+ $17,249,000,000 $44,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade video games United States 243,000 $6,400,000,000 $16,000,000,000 [2][3][11]
Japan 100,000+ $3,100,000,000 $8,000,000,000 [7][8]
United Kingdom 15,000+ $500,000,000 $1,300,000,000 [5][6]
Hong Kong 1,000+ $100,000,000 $260,000,000 [9][3][10]
Worldwide 359,000+ $10,100,000,000 $26,000,000,000
Console Game consoles Japan 3,200,000 [12][13]
United States 9,000,000 [2][14]
Europe 460,000+ [15]
Worldwide 12,660,000+
Console games Japan 22,430,000+ $1,000,000,000 $2,600,000,000 [16][13][n 1]
United States 43,000,000 $1,890,000,000 $4,900,000,000 [2][14]
Console market Japan 25,630,000+ $3,900,000,000 $10,000,000,000 [17][18]
United States 52,000,000 $2,300,000,000 $5,900,000,000 [2][14]
United Kingdom $43,000,000 $110,000,000 [19]
Worldwide 77,630,000+ $6,243,000,000 $16,000,000,000
Computer Computer games United States 9,000,000 $513,000,000 $1,300,000,000 [20]
United Kingdom 20,000,000 $200,000,000 $520,000,000 [19][21]
Japan 5,000,000+ $120,000,000 $310,000,000 [22][15]
Worldwide 34,000,000+ $833,000,000 $2,100,000,000
Handheld Handheld LCD games Japan 2,300,000 $81,000,000 $210,000,000 [23]
United Kingdom $37,000,000 $95,000,000 [19]
Eurasia 2,300,000+ $118,000,000 $300,000,000
Video games United States 61,243,000 $9,213,000,000 $24,000,000,000
Japan 33,030,000+ $7,201,000,000 $19,000,000,000
United Kingdom 20,015,000+ $780,000,000 $2,000,000,000
Electronic games Worldwide 114,289,000+ $19,549,000,000 $50,000,000,000

Highest-grossing video games[]

The following titles were the year's highest-grossing video games worldwide, including arcade and home video games. See sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Rank Title Company Worldwide revenue (est.) Revenue breakdown (est.) Genre
Nominal Inflation Arcade Home
1 Double Dragon Technōs $840,000,000 $2,200,000,000 $780,000,000 $63,000,000 Brawler
2 Super Mario Bros. Nintendo $480,000,000 $1,200,000,000 $37,000,000 $440,000,000 Platform
3 After Burner / After Burner II Sega $350,000,000 $900,000,000 $330,000,000 $18,000,000 TPS
4 Dragon Quest III Enix $300,000,000 $770,000,000 $300,000,000 RPG
Duck Hunt Nintendo $300,000,000 $770,000,000 $300,000,000 FPS
Operation Wolf Taito $300,000,000 $770,000,000 $300,000,000 $2,000,000 FPS
7 Out Run Sega $230,000,000 $590,000,000 $220,000,000 $8,000,000 Racing
Street Fighter / Fighting Street Capcom $230,000,000 $590,000,000 $230,000,000 $100,000 Fighting
9 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito $220,000,000 $570,000,000 $220,000,000 Shmup
10 Hang-On Sega $190,000,000 $490,000,000 $86,000,000 $100,000,000 Racing
Shinobi Sega $190,000,000 $490,000,000 $190,000,000 $1,100,000 H&S
Super Hang-On Sega $190,000,000 $490,000,000 $190,000,000 $100,000 Racing
13 World Class Track Meet Nintendo $180,000,000 $460,000,000 $180,000,000 Sports
14 Guerrilla War / Guevara SNK $170,000,000 $440,000,000 $170,000,000 Run-gun
15 Final Lap Namco $150,000,000 $390,000,000 $150,000,000 $2,000,000 Racing
Time Soldiers / Battle Field SNK $150,000,000 $390,000,000 $150,000,000 Run-gun
17 Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja Data East $140,000,000 $360,000,000 $140,000,000 $100,000 Brawler
Pole Position II Namco $140,000,000 $360,000,000 $100,000,000 $40,000,000 Racing
Pro Yakyū: World Stadium Namco $140,000,000 $360,000,000 $140,000,000 $3,000,000 Sports
Twin Eagle Taito $140,000,000 $360,000,000 $140,000,000 Shmup
21 Heavy Barrel Data East $130,000,000 $330,000,000 $130,000,000 Run-gun
Super Sprint Atari Games $130,000,000 $330,000,000 $130,000,000 Racing
The Ninja Warriors Taito $130,000,000 $330,000,000 $130,000,000 H&S
24 Capcom Bowling Capcom $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000 Sports
Championship Sprint Atari Games $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000 Racing
Full Throttle / Top Speed Taito $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000
Quarterback Leland $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000 Sports
R-Type Irem $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000 $3,000,000 Shmup
RoadBlasters Atari Games $120,000,000 $310,000,000 $120,000,000 $600,000 Racing

Highest-grossing arcade games[]

The following titles were the year's highest-grossing arcade games worldwide. See sub-sections below for breakdown of revenue estimates.

Rank Title Company Worldwide revenue (est.) Genre
Nominal Inflation
1 Double Dragon Technōs Japan / Taito $780,000,000 $2,000,000,000 Beat 'em up
2 After Burner / After Burner II Sega $330,000,000 $850,000,000 TPS
3 Operation Wolf Taito $300,000,000 $770,000,000 FPS
4 Street Fighter Capcom $230,000,000 $590,000,000 Fighting
5 Out Run Sega $220,000,000 $570,000,000 Racing
Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito $220,000,000 $570,000,000 Shmup
7 Shinobi Sega $190,000,000 $490,000,000 Hack & slash
Super Hang-On Sega $190,000,000 $490,000,000 Racing
9 Guerrilla War / Guevara SNK $170,000,000 $440,000,000 Run & gun
10 Final Lap Namco $150,000,000 $390,000,000 Racing
Time Soldiers / Battle Field SNK $150,000,000 $390,000,000 Run & gun
12 Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja Data East $140,000,000 $360,000,000 Beat 'em up
Twin Eagle Taito $140,000,000 $360,000,000 Shmup
World Stadium Namco $140,000,000 $360,000,000 Sports
15 Heavy Barrel Data East $130,000,000 $330,000,000 Run & gun
Super Sprint Atari Games $130,000,000 $330,000,000 Racing
The Ninja Warriors Taito $130,000,000 $330,000,000 Hack & slash
18 Capcom Bowling Capcom $120,000,000 $310,000,000 Sports
Championship Sprint Atari Games $120,000,000 $310,000,000 Racing
Full Throttle / Top Speed Taito $120,000,000 $310,000,000
Quarterback Leland $120,000,000 $310,000,000 Sports
R-Type Irem / Nintendo $120,000,000 $310,000,000 Shmup
RoadBlasters Atari Games $120,000,000 $310,000,000 Racing
24 Bubble Bobble Taito $110,000,000 $280,000,000 Platformer
Flying Shark / Sky Shark Taito $110,000,000 $280,000,000 Shmup
Rastan / Rastan Saga Taito $110,000,000 $280,000,000 Hack & slash
Thunder Blade Sega $110,000,000 $280,000,000 TPS

Japan[]

In Japan, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1988, according to the annual Game Machine and Gamest charts. Estimated earnings are also given, based on approximate calculations.

Rank Title Company Points Earnings
Game Machine
[24][25]
Gamest
[26]
Points Revenue (est.)[n 2]
1 After Burner / After Burner II Sega 3,624 3,503 7,127 $200,000,000
2 World Stadium Namco 3,106 3,135 6,241 $140,000,000
3 Final Lap Namco 3,182 1,821 5,003 $100,000,000
4 Out Run Sega 2,921 2,040 4,961 $100,000,000
5 Gradius II Konami 1,939 2,711 4,650 $100,000,000
6 R-Type Irem 3,074 1,560 4,634 $100,000,000
7 Operation Wolf Taito 3,569 704 4,273 $90,000,000
8 Kyukyoku Tiger (Twin Cobra) Taito 3,192 1,044 4,236 $90,000,000
9 Super Hang-On Sega 1,717 1,348 3,065 $67,000,000
10 Heavyweight Champ Sega 1,894 619 2,513 $55,000,000
11 Galaga '88 Namco 1,990 510 2,500 $55,000,000
12 Assault / Assault Plus Namco 1,306 1,180 2,486 $50,000,000
13 Street Fighter Capcom 1,393 1,080 2,473 $50,000,000
14 The Ninja Warriors Taito 1,685 639 2,324 $50,000,000
15 Super League Sega 1,759 552 2,311 $50,000,000
16 Shanghai Sunsoft 1,655 643 2,298 $50,000,000
17 Pac-Mania Namco 1,444 837 2,281 $50,000,000
18 Super Real Mahjong PII Seta / Taito 2,210 2,210 $49,000,000
19 Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu Technōs Japan 1,554 647 2,201 $48,000,000
20 Super Real Mahjong PIII Seta / Taito 2,191 2,191 $48,000,000
21 Hi Sho Zame (Flying Shark) Toaplan / Taito 2,109 2,109 $46,000,000
22 Thunder Blade Sega 1,593 493 2,086 $46,000,000
23 Shinobi Sega 1,625 424 2,049 $45,000,000
24 Mr. Heli no Daibōken Irem 1,245 759 2,004 $40,000,000
25 Double Dragon Technōs Japan 1,570 400 1,970 $40,000,000
26 1943: Midway Kaisen Capcom 1,643 255 1,898 $40,000,000
27 A-Jax Konami 1,250 552 1,802 $40,000,000
28 Midnight Landing Taito 1,735 1,735 $38,000,000
29 Ace Attacker Sega 1,386 341 1,727 $38,000,000
30 Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh Taito 1,726 1,726 $38,000,000
31 Rainbow Islands: Bubble Bobble 2 Taito 733 972 1,705 $38,000,000
32 Kageki Taito 1,357 274 1,631 $36,000,000
33 Lost Worlds / Forgotten Worlds Capcom 736 864 1,600 $35,000,000
34 Meijinsen SNK 1,599 1,599 $35,000,000
35 Mahjong Clinic Home Data 1,580 1,580 $30,000,000
36 Seiha Nihon Bussan 1,527 1,527 $30,000,000
37 Arkanoid Taito 1,476 1,476 $30,000,000
38 Galaga Namco 1,467 1,467 $30,000,000
39 Power Drift Sega 910 546 1,456 $30,000,000
40 Ojō-san Nihon Bussan 1,447 1,447 $30,000,000
41 World Cup (Tehkan World Cup) Tecmo 1,263 178 1,441 $30,000,000
42 Galaxy Force Sega 824 588 1,412 $30,000,000
43 Mahjong Gakuen Capcom 1,362 1,362 $30,000,000
44 Dakko-chan Jansō Sega 1,333 1,333 $29,000,000
45 P-47 Jaleco 982 320 1,302 $29,000,000
46 The Hustler Konami 1,130 130 1,260 $28,000,000
47 Ring no Ōja / The Main Event Konami 880 297 1,177 $26,000,000
48 Jūōki / Altered Beast Sega 885 284 1,169 $26,000,000
49 Saigo no Nindō / Ninja Spirit Irem 815 342 1,157 $25,000,000
50 Halley's Comet Taito 1,155 1,155 $25,000,000
51 Jigoku Meguri / Bonze Adventure Taito 728 417 1,145 $25,000,000
52 Dash Yarō Taito 1,048 1,048 $20,000,000
53 Tokushu Butai UAG / Thundercade Taito / Seta 856 185 1,041 $20,000,000
54 Full Throttle Taito 764 220 984 $20,000,000
55 Guevara SNK 835 112 947 $20,000,000
56 F-1 Dream Capcom 730 208 938 $20,000,000
57 Chōzetsurin Jin Bravoman Namco 912 912 $20,000,000
58 The Deep Sega 800 104 904 $20,000,000
59 Chūka Taisen / Cloud Master Taito 645 253 898 $20,000,000
60 Ganbare Chin-san! Ōshōbu Sanritsu Denki 848 848 $19,000,000
61 Perfect Billiards / Perfect Billiard Sega 816 816 $18,000,000
62 Twin Eagle Taito 662 115 777 $17,000,000
63 Ojanko Kan Video System 711 711 $16,000,000
64 Birdie Try Data East 704 704 $15,000,000
65 Mahjong Kyō Jidai Sanritsu Denki 674 674 $10,000,000
66 The Legend of Air Cavalry / Chopper I SNK 625 625 $10,000,000
67 Ordyne Namco 587 587 $10,000,000
68 Continental Circus Taito 554 554 $10,000,000
69 Dragon Spirit Namco 526 526 $10,000,000
70 Rabio Lepus Video System 475 475 $10,000,000
71 Märchen Maze Namco 464 464 $10,000,000
72 Darius Taito 461 461 $10,000,000
73 Battle Field / Time Soldiers SNK 434 434 $10,000,000
74 Hot Rod Sega 398 398 $9,000,000
75 Wonder Boy: Monster Land Sega 391 391 $9,000,000
76 Silkworm Tecmo 363 363 $8,000,000
77 Saiyū Gōmaroku / China Gate Technōs Japan 360 360 $8,000,000
78 Stadium Hero Data East 292 292 $6,000,000
79 Wonder Planet Data East 287 287 $6,000,000
80 Tatsujin / Truxton Taito 267 267 $6,000,000
81 Vigilante Irem 258 258 $6,000,000
82 Gemini Wing Tecmo 243 243 $5,000,000
83 DragonNinja / Bad Dudes Data East 242 242 $5,000,000
84 Wardner no Mori / Pyros Taito 238 238 $5,000,000
85 Terra Force Nichibutsu 232 232 $5,000,000
86 Tora he no Michi / Tiger Road Capcom 216 216 $5,000,000
87 Meikyūjima / Kickle Cubicle Irem 216 216 $5,000,000
88 Sonic Boom Sega 212 212 $5,000,000
89 SRD: Super Real Darwin Data East 211 211 $5,000,000
90 Sky Soldiers SNK 208 208 $5,000,000
91 Scramble Spirits Sega 208 208 $5,000,000
92 Black Dragon / Black Tiger Capcom 204 204 $4,000,000
93 WEC Le Mans 24 / WEC Le Mans Konami 197 197 $4,000,000
94 Thunder Cross Konami 194 194 $4,000,000
95 Passing Shot Sega 183 183 $4,000,000
96 Kuri Kinton Taito 183 183 $4,000,000
97 Chase H.Q. Taito 171 171 $4,000,000
98 VS. Family Stadium / R.B.I. Baseball Namco 169 169 $4,000,000
99 The Tower of Druaga Namco 153 153 $3,000,000
100 Bakutotsu Kijūtei: Baraduke II Namco 139 139 $3,000,000
101 Atomic Runner Chelnov Data East 138 138 $3,000,000
102 Metal Hawk Namco 133 133 $3,000,000
103 Cobra Command Data East 132 132 $3,000,000
104 The NewZealand Story Taito 130 130 $3,000,000
105 Super Contra Konami 130 130 $3,000,000
106 Beach Volley: V'Ball Technōs Japan 119 119 $3,000,000
107 Space Harrier Sega 119 119 $3,000,000
108 Dr. Toppel Tankentai Taito 113 113 $2,000,000
109 Salamander Konami 113 113 $2,000,000
110 Gold Medalist SNK 109 109 $2,000,000
111 Syvalion Taito 107 107 $2,000,000
112 Fantasy Zone Sega 95 95 $2,000,000
113 Pro Tennis: World Court Namco 94 94 $2,000,000
114 Buta-san Jaleco 91 91 $2,000,000
115 Heavy Barrel Data East 86 86 $2,000,000
116 Family Tennis / VS. Family Tennis Namco 82 82 $2,000,000
117 Gradius Konami 79 79 $2,000,000
118 Garuka / Devastators Konami 79 79 $2,000,000
119 Paddle Mania SNK 77 77 $2,000,000
120 Excite League Sega 76 76 $2,000,000
Annual 96,194 47,156 143,350 $3,100,000,000[7][8]

United States[]

In the United States, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1988.

Rank Title Company Points
[n 3][27]
Unit sales
(est.)[n 4]
Revenue
(est.)[n 5]
Ref
1 Double Dragon [28] Taito 127.57 20,000[29] $700,000,000 [30][31][15]
2 Shinobi Sega 126 6,000 $140,000,000 [32]
3 Operation Wolf Taito 125.16 6,000 $140,000,000 [33]
4 After Burner Sega 114.78 5,000 $130,000,000
5 Out Run Sega 112.45 5,000 $120,000,000
6 Heavy Barrel Data East 112 5,000 $120,000,000
Twin Eagle Taito 112 5,000 $120,000,000
8 Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja Data East 111 5,000 $120,000,000
Capcom Bowling Capcom 111 5,000 $120,000,000
Time Soldiers / Battle Field SNK 111 5,000 $120,000,000
11 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito 110.07 5,000 $120,000,000
12 Quarterback Leland 110.02 5,000 $120,000,000
13 RoadBlasters Atari Games 108.18 5,000 $120,000,000
14 Super Hang-On Sega 107.76 5,000 $120,000,000
15 Super Sprint Atari Games 107.65 5,000 $120,000,000
16 Championship Sprint Atari Games 105.41 5,000 $120,000,000
17 Guerrilla War / Guevara SNK 103.6 5,000 $110,000,000
18 Street Fighter Capcom 102.57 5,000 $110,000,000
19 Rastan / Rastan Saga Taito 101.68 5,000 $110,000,000
20 Bubble Bobble Taito 97.92 4,000 $110,000,000
21 720° Atari Games 96.71 4,000 $100,000,000
22 Rolling Thunder Namco 92.58 4,000 $100,000,000
23 Pole Position II Namco 89.31 4,000 $100,000,000
24 Paperboy Atari Games 89.09 4,000 $100,000,000
25 Top Speed / Full Throttle Taito 86.7 4,000 $100,000,000
26 Enduro Racer Sega 78.88 4,000 $87,000,000
27 Hang-On Sega 78.24 3,000 $86,000,000
28 Pyros / Wardner Taito 75.03 3,000 $83,000,000
29 The Ninja Warriors Taito 68.91 3,000 $76,000,000
30 Ikari Warriors / Ikari SNK 63.27 3,000 $70,000,000
31 Thunder Blade Sega 61.05 3,000 $67,000,000
32 Vigilante Irem / Data East 60.04 3,000 $66,000,000
33 Super Contra Konami 59.32 3,000 $65,000,000
34 1943 Capcom 57.64 3,000 $63,000,000
35 Tecmo Bowl Tecmo 56.77 3,000 $62,000,000
36 Sky Shark / Flying Shark Toaplan / Taito 56.33 3,000 $62,000,000
37 Speed Buggy / Buggy Boy Data East 55.82 2,000 $61,000,000
38 Big Event Golf Taito 53.81 2,000 $59,000,000
39 Silkworm Tecmo 51.57 2,000 $57,000,000
40 Altered Beast / Jūōki Sega 48.24 2,000 $53,000,000
41 Contra Konami 48.02 2,000 $53,000,000
42 Continental Circuit / Continental Circus Taito 47.24 2,000 $52,000,000
43 Xybots Atari Games 45.53 2,000 $50,000,000
44 Gold Medalist SNK 44.37 2,000 $49,000,000
45 A-Jax Konami 44.23 2,000 $49,000,000
46 P.O.W. / Datsugoku SNK 43.91 2,000 $48,000,000
47 The Main Event / Ring no Ōja Konami 40.76 2,000 $45,000,000
48 Final Lap Namco 40.16 2,000 $44,000,000
49 Double Play Leland 40.1 1,800 $44,000,000
50 Assault Namco 38.9 1,700 $43,000,000
51 P-47: The Phantom Fighter Jaleco 37.64 1,700 $41,000,000
52 Chopper I / The Legend of Air Cavalry SNK 33.88 1,500 $37,000,000
53 Cyberball Atari Games 33.67 1,500 $37,000,000
54 Team Quarterback Leland 33.51 1,500 $37,000,000
55 VS. Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 33.48 1,500 $37,000,000
56 Power Drift Sega 32.52 1,500 $36,000,000
57 Touch Down Fever SNK 31.49 1,000 $35,000,000
58 Vindicators Atari Games 31.24 1,000 $34,000,000
59 Kageki Taito / Kaneko 30.94 1,000 $34,000,000
60 Dead Angle / Lead Angle Seibu Kaihatsu 30.16 1,000 $33,000,000
61 Devastators / Garuka Konami 29.67 1,000 $33,000,000
62 Xenophobe Bally Midway 29.24 1,000 $32,000,000
63 Gauntlet II Atari Games 28.08 1,000 $31,000,000
64 Sky Soldier SNK 27.74 1,000 $31,000,000
65 Tournament Arkanoid Taito 27.3 1,000 $30,000,000
66 VS. R.B.I. Baseball / Family Stadium Namco 27.26 1,000 $30,000,000
67 Cabal TAD 26.78 1,000 $29,000,000
68 Chase H.Q. Taito 25.91 1,000 $29,000,000
69 Double Dragon II Technōs 25.89 1,000 $28,000,000
70 RoboCop Data East 25.78 1,000 $28,000,000
71 V'Ball / U.S. Championship V'Ball Technōs / Taito 23.44 1,000 $26,000,000
72 Forgotten Worlds / Lost Worlds Capcom 22.14 1,000 $24,000,000
73 The Real Ghostbusters Data East 21.92 1,000 $24,000,000
74 Toobin' Atari Games 21.33 1,000 $23,000,000
75 Super Dodge Ball / Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Technōs 21.29 900 $23,000,000
76 Rough Ranger Capcom / Sharp 21.07 900 $23,000,000
77 Airwolf Kyūgo Bōeki 20.92 900 $23,000,000
78 PlayChoice-10 Nintendo 19.96 900 $22,000,000
79 Baseball: The Season II Leland 19.92 900 $22,000,000
80 Strike Zone Baseball Leland 19.77 900 $22,000,000
81 Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 17.8 800 $20,000,000
82 Tiger Road / Tora he no Michi Capcom 15.03 700 $17,000,000
83 Blasteroids Atari Games 14.69 700 $16,000,000
84 Black Tiger / Black Dragon Capcom 14.56 600 $16,000,000
85 Thundercade / Tokushu Butai UAG Taito 14.06 600 $15,000,000
86 Cobra Command Data East 13.9 600 $15,000,000
87 R-Type Irem / Nintendo 13.78 600 $15,000,000
88 Rally Bike / Dash Yarō Taito 13.71 600 $15,000,000
89 China Gate / Saiyū Gōmaroku Technōs 13.61 600 $15,000,000
90 Perfect Billiards / Perfect Billiard Nihon System 13.59 600 $15,000,000
91 Pole Position Namco 13.3 600 $15,000,000
92 Blades of Steel / Konamic Ice Hockey Konami 8.22 400 $10,000,000
93 Super Select System Arcadia 8 400 $10,000,000
94 Last Duel Capcom 8 400 $10,000,000
95 Psycho Soldier SNK 7.57 300 $10,000,000
96 Hot Rod Sega 7.46 300 $10,000,000
97 Dark Adventure / Majū no Ōkoku Konami 7.45 300 $10,000,000
98 Oscar / Psycho-Nics Oscar Data East 7.33 300 $10,000,000
99 Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh Taito 7.21 300 $10,000,000
100 Coindol SunA / Sharp 7.17 300 $10,000,000
101 Alien Syndrome Sega / Sunsoft 7.04 300 $10,000,000
102 Free Kick Nihon System 7 300 $10,000,000
103 Leader Board Golf Arcadia 7 300 $10,000,000
104 Legion Nihon Bussan 7 300 $10,000,000
105 Extermination World Games 6.75 300 $10,000,000
106 Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf SNK 6.67 300 $10,000,000
107 Haunted Castle / Akumajō Dracula Konami 6.6 300 $10,000,000
108 World Series X Leland 6.53 300 $10,000,000
109 APB: All-Points Bulletin Atari Games 6.48 300 $10,000,000
110 Kuri Kinton Taito 6.33 300 $10,000,000
111 Pac-Mania Namco 6.13 300 $10,000,000
112 Dragon Spirit Namco 6 300 $10,000,000
Annual 5,261.26 243,000 [2][3]

United Kingdom[]

In the United Kingdom, the following titles were the year's highest-grossing arcade games.

Rank Title Company Points[n 6][34][35] Revenue (est.)[n 7] Ref
1 Operation Wolf Taito 41 $62,000,000 [36][37]
2 Street Fighter Capcom 40 $60,000,000
3 Double Dragon Technōs / Taito 28 $42,000,000 [38]
4 Guerrilla War / Guerrilla Wars SNK 24 $40,000,000
5 Xenophobe Bally Midway 20 $30,000,000
6 WEC Le Mans / WEC Le Mans 24 Konami 17 $30,000,000
7 Football Atari Games 16 $20,000,000
8 Rabbit Punch Taito 13 $20,000,000
9 Vindicators Atari Games 11 $20,000,000
10 Time Soldier / Time Soldiers SNK 11 $20,000,000
11 Continental Circus / Continental Circuit Taito 10 $15,000,000
12 Dragon Ninja / Bad Dudes Data East 10 $15,000,000
13 Blasteroids Atari Games 9 $10,000,000
14 Vigilante Irem 9 $10,000,000
15 Chopper I / The Legend of Air Cavalry SNK 8 $10,000,000
16 Tiger Road Capcom 8 $10,000,000
17 Super Sprint Atari Games 7 $10,000,000
18 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito 7 $10,000,000
19 Xybots Atari Games 7 $10,000,000
20 Heavy Barrel Data East 6 $9,000,000
21 Terra Force Nichibutsu 6 $9,000,000
22 UAG / Thundercade Taito 6 $9,000,000
23 Fighting Soccer SNK 5 $8,000,000
24 P-47 Jaleco 4 $6,000,000
25 Shinobi Sega 4 $6,000,000
26 Midnight Landing Taito 4 $6,000,000
27 The Ninja Warriors Taito 2 $3,000,000
333 $500,000,000 [5][6]

Hong Kong[]

In Hong Kong, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1988.

Rank Title Company Points[n 8][39] Revenue (est.)[n 9] Ref
1 Street Fighter Capcom 487 $10,000,000
2 WEC Le Mans 24 Konami 302 $6,000,000
3 Operation Wolf Taito 266 $5,000,000
4 RoboCop Data East 233 $5,000,000 [9]
5 Chequered Flag Konami 232 $5,000,000
6 Devastators Konami 231 $5,000,000
7 P.O.W. / Datsugoku SNK 230 $5,000,000
8 Vindicators Atari Games 229 $5,000,000
9 Sky Soldiers SNK 183 $3,700,000
10 DragonNinja / Bad Dudes Data East 182 $3,600,000
11 Super Sprint Atari Games 181 $3,600,000
12 Final Lap Namco 157 $3,000,000
13 Blasteroids Atari Games 148 $3,000,000 [9]
14 Vigilante Irem 147 $2,900,000
15 Xybots Atari Games 146 $2,900,000
16 Beach Volley V'Ball Technōs Japan 132 $2,600,000
17 Continental Circus Taito 129 $2,600,000
18 Guerrilla War / Guevara SNK 119 $2,000,000
19 After Burner Sega 118 $2,000,000
20 Top Speed / Full Throttle Taito 98 $2,000,000
21 P-47 Jaleco 87 $1,700,000
22 Heavy Barrel Data East 75 $1,500,000
23 Super Contra Konami 68 $1,000,000
24 Hot Chase Konami 60 $1,000,000
25 Championship Sprint Atari Games 53 $1,000,000
26 Capcom Bowling Capcom 53 $1,000,000
27 Out Run Sega 47 $900,000
28 UAG / Thundercade Taito 47 $900,000
29 Gangbusters / Crazy Cop Konami 45 $900,000
30 Paddle Mania SNK 45 $900,000
31 Perfect Billiards Sega 42 $800,000
32 Rally Bike / Dash Yarō Taito 42 $800,000
33 Cabal TAD 41 $800,000
34 Super Hang-On Sega 38 $800,000
35 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito 35 $700,000
36 Kageki Taito 30 $600,000
37 Chopper I / The Legend of Air Cavalry SNK 30 $600,000
38 Truxton / Tatsujin Taito 25 $500,000
39 Fighting Soccer SNK 24 $500,000
40 Altered Beast / Jūōki Sega 23 $500,000
41 Ninja Spirit / Saigo no Nindō Irem 21 $400,000
42 Shinobi Sega 19 $400,000
43 Super Dodge Ball Technōs Japan 19 $400,000
44 Dead Angle Seibu Kaihatsu 17 $300,000
45 Assault Namco 16 $300,000
46 The Final Round Konami 13 $300,000
48 Silkworm Tecmo 8 $200,000
49 Bonze Adventure / Jigoku Meguri Taito 8 $200,000
50 Last Duel Capcom 7 $100,000
51 Pac-Mania Namco 6 $100,000
52 Chūka Taisen / Cloud Master Taito 6 $100,000
53 Kick Off Jaleco 5 $100,000
54 Forgotten Worlds / Lost Worlds Capcom 5 $100,000
55 Haunted Castle / Akumajō Dracula Konami 5 $100,000
56 13 Poker Lawson 5 $100,000
57 The Main Event / Ring no Ōja Konami 4 $80,000
58 Halley's Comet Taito 3 $60,000
59 LED Storm Capcom 2 $40,000
60 F-1 Dream Capcom 1 $20,000
5,030 $100,000,000 [9][3][10]

Australia[]

In Australia, Double Dragon was the year's highest-grossing arcade game.[1]

Best-selling home systems[]

Rank System(s) Company Type Sales
Japan USA EU Worldwide
1 NES / Famicom Nintendo Console 1,590,000[40] 7,000,000[41] 8,590,000+
2 Master System / Mark III Sega Console 240,000[42] 1,000,000[43] 195,000[44][45] 1,435,000+
3 Commodore 64 Commodore Computer 1,250,000[46]
4 IBM PC IBM Computer 1,229,000[47] 1,229,000+
5 Macintosh Apple Computer 900,000[46]
6 PC Engine NEC Console 830,000[40] 830,000
7 UltraLite / PC-88 / PC-98 NEC Computer 700,000[48][49] 95,000+[50] 795,000+
8 Atari 7800 Atari Console 500,000[51] 500,000
9 Mega Drive Sega Console 400,000[42] 400,000
10 Amiga Commodore Computer 400,000[46]

Best-selling home video games[]

The following titles were the year's best-selling home video games worldwide. See sub-sections below for breakdown of sales and revenue estimates.

Rank Title Platform(s) Company Sales
(est.)
Revenue
(est.)
Genre
1 Super Mario Bros. NES, FDS, G&W Nintendo 5,103,907 $440,000,000 Platform
2 Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... Famicom Enix 3,800,000 $300,000,000 RPG
3 Duck Hunt NES Nintendo 3,000,000 $300,000,000 FPS
4 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out NES Nintendo 2,050,377 $73,000,000 Boxing
5 Super Mario Bros. 2 / Doki Doki Panic NES Nintendo 2,000,000 $80,000,000 Platform
6 Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom Nintendo 1,442,644 $74,000,000
7 Double Dragon SM3, NES, VCS, PC Technōs 1,411,775 $63,000,000 Brawler
8 Ice Hockey NES, FDS Nintendo 1,276,831 $36,000,000 Sports
9 Top Gun NES Konami 1,032,194 $42,000,000 FPS
10 Contra / Gryzor NES, Computers Konami 1,027,294 $41,000,000 Run-gun
11 The Legend of Zelda / Zelda no Densetsu NES, FDS Nintendo 1,014,597 $40,000,000 Act-Adv
12 Bases Loaded / Moero! Pro Yakyū NES Jaleco 1,004,247 $40,000,000 Sports
13 World Class Track Meet NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $180,000,000
14 Metroid NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $40,000,000 Metroid
R.C. Pro-Am NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $40,000,000 Racing
16 Karnov NES, Computers Data East 700,000 $30,000,000 Platform
17 Hang-On SMS Sega 695,000 $100,000,000 Racing
18 Wizards & Warriors NES Acclaim 600,000 $20,000,000 Platform
19 T&C Surf Designs NES Atlus / LJN 530,000 $21,000,000 Sports
20 Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu Famicom Bandai 522,168 $27,000,000 RPG
21 Safari Hunt SMS Sega 500,000 $65,000,000 FPS
22 Pole Position II 7800 Namco 500,000 $40,000,000 Racing
23 Double Dribble NES Konami 500,000 $20,000,000 Sports
24 Safebuster Game & Watch Nintendo 500,000 $12,000,000 Action
Salamander / Life Force NES, Computers Konami 500,000 $12,000,000 Shmup

Japan[]

In Japan, the following titles were the best-selling home video games in 1988. See sub-sections below for breakdown of sales and revenue estimates.

Rank Title Platform(s) Publisher Sales
(est.)
Revenue
(est.)
1 Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… Famicom Enix 3,800,000 $300,000,000
2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom Nintendo 1,442,644 $74,000,000
3 Super Mario Bros. Famicom, FDS, G&W Nintendo 1,103,907 $39,500,000
4 Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu Famicom Bandai 522,168 $27,000,000
5 Safebuster Game & Watch Nintendo 500,000 $12,000,000
6 Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium '87 / Famista '87 Famicom Namco 477,525 $24,000,000
7 Final Fantasy Famicom Squaresoft 469,852 $24,000,000
8 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi Famicom Disk Bandai 330,463 $7,000,000
9 Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha Famicom Disk Nintendo 302,083 $7,000,000
10 Sorcerian / Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian PC-88 SR Nihon Falcom 300,000 $7,000,000
11 Family Circuit Famicom Namco 282,171 $14,000,000
12 Ice Hockey Famicom Disk Nintendo 276,831 $6,000,000
13 Momotarō Densetsu / Super Series Vol.3 Famicom Hudson Soft 263,022 $13,000,000
14 Nobunaga no Yabō: Zenkoku-ban Computers Koei 260,000 $6,000,000
15 Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen NEC, X1, Mark III, FC Nihon Falcom / Sega 259,441 $7,000,000
16 Gold Cliff Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $12,000,000
17 Balloon Fight Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $9,400,000
Climber Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $9,400,000
19 Final Fantasy II Famicom Squaresoft 243,263 $12,000,000
20 Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium '88 Famicom Namco 237,821 $12,000,000
21 Phantasy Star Sega Mark III Sega 224,001 $11,000,000
22 Kyūkyoku Harikiri Stadium Famicom Taito 222,919 $11,000,000
23 Hydlide 3: The Space Memories / Super Hydlide PC-88 SR, MSX T&E Soft 200,000 $5,000,000
24 Aoki Ōkami to Shiroki Mejika: Genghis Khan PC-88 Koei 200,000 $4,000,000
Ys II: The Final Chapter NEC, X1, FM-7 Nihon Falcom 200,000 $4,000,000

Console games[]

Rank Title Platform(s) Publisher Sales
[52]
Revenue
(est.)[n 1]
Ref
1 Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... Famicom Enix 3,800,000 $300,000,000 [55][56]
2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom Nintendo 1,442,644 $74,000,000
3 Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu Famicom Bandai 522,168 $27,000,000
4 Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium '87 Famicom Namco 477,525 $24,000,000
5 Final Fantasy Famicom Squaresoft 469,852 $24,000,000
6 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi Famicom Disk Bandai 330,463 $7,000,000
7 Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha Famicom Disk Nintendo 302,083 $7,000,000
8 Family Circuit Famicom Namco 282,171 $14,000,000
9 Ice Hockey Famicom Disk Nintendo 280,824 $6,000,000
10 Momotarō Densetsu / Super Series Vol.3 Famicom Hudson Soft 263,022 $13,000,000
11 Final Fantasy II Famicom Squaresoft 243,263 $12,000,000
12 Pro Yakyū: Family Stadium '88 Famicom Namco 237,821 $12,000,000
13 Phantasy Star Sega Mark III Sega 224,001 $11,000,000
14 Kyūkyoku Harikiri Stadium Famicom Taito 222,919 $11,000,000
15 Captain Tsubasa Famicom Tecmo 189,708 $10,000,000
16 Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen Famicom Bandai 178,468 $9,000,000
17 Space Harrier 3D Sega Mark III Sega 165,268 $8,000,000
18 Kamen Rider Club: Gekitotsu Shocker Land Famicom Bandai 144,163 $7,000,000
19 After Burner Sega Mark III Sega 139,352 $7,000,000
20 Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels Famicom Disk Nintendo 137,017 $3,000,000
21 Aleste Sega Mark III Sega 132,959 $7,000,000
22 Namco Classic Famicom Namco 129,439 $7,000,000
23 Argos no Jūjiken / Rygar Sega Mark III Tecmo / Salio 117,593 $6,000,000
24 Matsumoto Toru no Kabushiki Hisshōgaku Famicom Imagineer 113,520 $6,000,000
25 Super Wonder Boy: Monster World / Bikkuriman World Mark III, PCE Sega / Hudson 119,385 $6,000,000
26 Moero! Pro Yakyū '88: Kettei Ban Famicom Jaleco 109,324 $6,000,000
27 Konami Wai Wai World Famicom Konami 108,281 $6,000,000
28 Nobunaga no Yabō / Nobunaga's Ambition Famicom Koei 107,671 $5,000,000
29 Exciting Baseball Famicom Disk Konami 107,468 $2,000,000
30 Best Play Pro Yakyū Famicom ASCII 106,603 $5,000,000
31 Yōkai Dōchūki PCE, Famicom Namco 105,453 $5,000,000
32 Super Mario Bros. Famicom / Disk Nintendo 103,907 $2,000,000
33 Moon Ball Magic Famicom Disk Square 103,042 $2,000,000
34 Galactic Protector Sega Mark III Sega 100,142 $5,000,000
35 Super Real Baseball '88 Famicom Vap 97,702 $5,000,000
36 Family Games Sega Mark III Sega 95,872 $5,000,000
37 Dokuganryu Masamune Famicom Namco 89,386 $5,000,000
38 Nazoler Land Special! Quiz Ō wo Ikuse Famicom Disk Sunsoft 86,309 $2,000,000
39 Bubble Bobble Famicom Disk Taito 85,547 $2,000,000
40 Power League PC Engine Hudson Soft 84,725 $4,000,000
41 Big Challenge! Dogfight Spirit Famicom Disk Jaleco 83,741 $2,000,000
42 Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally Famicom Disk Nintendo 82,826 $2,000,000
43 Mr. Gold Famicom Disk Toei Animation 81,834 $2,000,000
44 Exciting Soccer: Konami Cup Famicom Disk Konami 78,503 $2,000,000
45 Konamik Sports in Seoul Famicom Konami 77,968 $4,000,000
46 Salad no Kuni no Tomato-hime Famicom Hudson Soft 77,485 $4,000,000
47 Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Onigashima - Zenpen Famicom Disk Nintendo 74,713 $2,000,000
48 San Goku Shi: Chūgen no Hasha Famicom Namco 74,612 $4,000,000
49 Family Tennis Famicom Namco 74,459 $4,000,000
50 Gun.Smoke Famicom Disk Capcom 74,459 $2,000,000
51 Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars Sega Mark III Sega 74,036 $4,000,000
52 Gegege no Kitaro 2: Yōkai Gundan no Chōsen Famicom Bandai 70,416 $4,000,000
53 Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School Famicom Disk Nintendo 68,102 $1,000,000
54 Akū Senki Raijin Famicom Disk Square 65,813 $1,000,000
55 Famicom Wars Famicom Nintendo 65,228 $3,000,000
56 Volleyball Famicom Disk Nintendo 65,126 $1,000,000
57 Kaijū Monogatari Famicom Namco 64,770 $3,000,000
58 Gradius II Famicom Konami 63,194 $3,000,000
59 Space Harrier II Mega Drive Sega 62,445 $3,000,000
60 Tri-Formation Sega Mark III Sega 62,165 $3,000,000
61 Pro Yakyū World Stadium PC Engine Namco 58,402 $3,000,000
62 Kaettekita Mario Bros. Famicom Disk Nintendo 58,260 $1,000,000
63 Kamen Rider Black: Taiketsu Shadow Moon Famicom Disk Human 55,667 $1,000,000
64 Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa Sega Mark III Sega 54,195 $3,000,000
65 R-Type II PC Engine Hudson Soft 54,043 $3,000,000
66 Pachicom Famicom Disk Toshiba EMI 52,335 $1,000,000
67 Be-Bop High School: Kōkōsei Gokuraku Densetsu Famicom Data East 52,132 $3,000,000
68 Donald Land Famicom Data East 52,030 $3,000,000
69 Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu / Super Dodge Ball Famicom Technōs Japan 50,911 $3,000,000
70 Maze Walker Sega Mark III Sega 50,840 $3,000,000
71 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! Famicom Nintendo 50,377 $3,000,000
72 SDI Sega Mark III Sega 50,090 $3,000,000
73 Hoshi o Sagashite… Sega Mark III Sega 49,823 $3,000,000
74 Tanigawa Kōji no Shogi Shinan II Famicom / Disk Pony Canyon 48,419 $1,000,000
75 Kick and Run Famicom Disk Taito 47,402 $1,000,000
76 Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 Famicom Taito 46,613 $2,000,000
77 Radical Bomber! Jirai-Kun Famicom Disk Jaleco 45,927 $1,000,000
78 Final Commando: Akai Yōsai Famicom Disk Konami 44,756 $1,000,000
79 Pro Tennis: World Court PC Engine Namco 44,574 $2,000,000
80 Dragon Quest II Famicom Enix 44,121 $2,000,000
81 Fire Bam Famicom Disk HAL Laboratory 43,231 $1,000,000
82 Takeshi no Sengoku Fū-unko Famicom Taito 42,900 $2,000,000
83 Aspic: Mahebiō no Noroi Famicom Disk Bothtec 42,569 $1,000,000
84 Final Lap Famicom Namco 42,214 $2,000,000
85 Bio-Miracle Bokutte Upa Famicom Disk Konami 42,138 $1,000,000
86 R-Type / R-Type I PCE, Mark III Hudson / Sega 40,621 $2,000,000
87 Ninja Ryukenden / Ninja Gaiden Famicom Tecmo 40,129 $2,000,000
88 Reigen Dōshi Famicom Pony Canyon 39,925 $2,000,000
89 Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen Mark III, FC Sega / Victor 39,441 $2,000,000
90 Mashin Eiyūden Wataru PC Engine Hudson Soft 39,414 $2,000,000
91 Galaga '88 PC Engine Namco 38,371 $2,000,000
92 Thunder Blade / Super Thunder Blade Mark III, Mega Drive Sega 36,909 $2,000,000
93 Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi e no Tabi Famicom Square 35,068 $2,000,000
94 Dragon Quest Famicom Enix 34,000 $2,000,000
95 1943 Famicom Capcom 33,924 $2,000,000
96 Takeda Shingen Famicom Hot B 33,847 $2,000,000
97 Jarin-Ko Chie: Bakudan Musume no Shiawase Famicom Konami 32,779 $2,000,000
98 Hanjuku Hero Famicom Square 32,525 $2,000,000
99 Top Gun Famicom Konami 32,194 $2,000,000
100 Kyūkyoku Harikiri Stadium '88: Senshū Shin Data Famicom Taito 32,016 $2,000,000
101 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Famicom ASCII 31,940 $2,000,000
102 Kick Challenger: Air Foot - Yasai no Kuni no Ashi Famicom Disk Vap 31,838 $1,000,000
103 Double Dragon Mark III, FC Technōs / Sega 31,775 $2,000,000
104 Bakutōshi Patton-Kun Famicom Disk Soft Pro 31,228 $1,000,000
105 Sylviana: Ai Ippai no Bōkensha Famicom Disk Pack in Video 30,745 $1,000,000
106 Fleet Commander Famicom ASCII 30,541 $2,000,000
107 Ultraman 2: Shutsugeki Katoku Tai! Famicom Disk Bandai 29,956 $1,000,000
108 Risa no Yōsei Densetsu Famicom Disk Konami 29,550 $1,000,000
109 Kujaku Ō Mark III, FC Sega / Ponican 29,177 $1,000,000
110 Wardner no Mori Famicom Disk Taito 28,456 $1,000,000
111 Makyō Densetsu PC Engine Victor 28,407 $1,000,000
112 Nazoler Land Dai 3 Gō Famicom Disk Sunsoft 28,354 $1,000,000
113 Mezase Pachi Pro: Pachiokun Famicom Coconuts 27,693 $1,000,000
114 Astro Boy Famicom Konami 27,108 $1,000,000
115 Zanac AI Famicom Disk Pony Canyon 26,829 $1,000,000
116 Nakajima Satoru: F-1 Hero Famicom Varie 26,447 $1,000,000
117 Sangokushi / Romance of the Three Kingdoms Famicom Koei 26,167 $1,000,000
118 Fire Rock Famicom Disk Use 25,811 $1,000,000
119 Hiryu no Ken II: Dragon no Tsubasa Famicom Culture Brain 25,125 $1,000,000
120 Sukeban Deka III Famicom Toei Animation 24,947 $1,000,000
121 Konamic Ice Hockey Famicom Disk Konami 24,718 $1,000,000
122 Shin Onigashima: Kōhen Famicom Disk Nintendo 24,387 $1,000,000
123 Gaia no Monshō PC Engine NCS 24,187 $1,000,000
124 The Kung Fu PC Engine Hudson Soft 23,971 $1,000,000
125 Contra Famicom Konami 23,294 $1,000,000
126 Pro Yakyū? Satsujin Jiken! Famicom Capcom 23,040 $1,000,000
127 Knight Rider Famicom Pack in Video 22,989 $1,000,000
128 Captain Silver Sega Mark III Sega 22,598 $1,000,000
129 King of Kings Famicom Namco 22,531 $1,000,000
130 Tsuppari Oozumō Famicom Tecmo 22,200 $1,000,000
131 Tatakae! Ramen-Man: Sakuretsu Chōjin 102 Gei Famicom Bandai 21,921 $1,000,000
132 Ninja-Kun: Ashura no Shō / Ninja-Kid Famicom UPL 21,921 $1,000,000
133 Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo / Mega Man 2 Famicom Capcom 21,641 $1,000,000
134 Hamburger / BurgerTime Famicom Disk Data East 21,539 $500,000
135 Druid: Kyōfu no Tobira Famicom Disk Jaleco 21,361 $500,000
136 Konamic Tennis Famicom Disk Konami 20,420 $400,000
137 Ice Climber Famicom Disk Nintendo 20,064 $400,000
138 Matō no Hōkai Famicom Disk Pony Canyon 19,912 $400,000
139 Sengoku Mahjong PC Engine Hudson Soft 19,802 $1,000,000
140 Jūōki / Altered Beast Mega Drive Sega 19,759 $1,000,000
141 Kyonshees 2 Famicom Taito 19,759 $1,000,000
142 Tetsudō-Oh Famicom DB Soft 18,996 $1,000,000
143 Tantei Jingūji Saburō Famicom Data East 18,920 $1,000,000
144 Yū Yū Jinsei PC Engine Hudson Soft 18,874 $1,000,000
145 Jumbo Ozaki no Hole in One Professional Famicom HAL Laboratory 18,793 $1,000,000
146 Hototogisu Famicom Irem 18,615 $1,000,000
147 The Goonies Famicom Disk Konami 18,513 $400,000
148 Karate Champ Famicom Disk Data East 18,488 $400,000
149 Genpei Tōma Den Famicom Namco 18,488 $1,000,000
150 Donald Duck Famicom Kemco 18,360 $1,000,000
151 Taito Grand Prix: Eikō e no License Famicom Taito 18,132 $1,000,000
152 Fantasy Zone PC Engine Sega / NEC 17,858 $1,000,000
153 Star Wars Famicom Namco 17,852 $1,000,000
154 Alien Crush PC Engine Naxat 17,794 $1,000,000
155 Viva! Las Vegas Famicom Sony 17,750 $1,000,000
156 Daisenryaku Famicom Boththec 17,521 $1,000,000
157 Donkey Kong Famicom Disk Nintendo 16,809 $400,000
158 Yōkai Yashiki Famicom Disk Irem 16,606 $400,000
159 Exciting Billiard Famicom Disk Konami 16,301 $400,000
160 Family Mahjong II: Shanghai he no Michi Famicom Namco 16,275 $1,000,000
161 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Famicom Toho 16,199 $1,000,000
162 The Pro Yakyū: Pennant Race Sega Mark III Sega 16,040 $1,000,000
163 Demon Sword Famicom Taito 15,639 $1,000,000
164 Rockman / Mega Man Famicom Capcom 15,563 $1,000,000
165 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha Famicom Asmik 15,563 $1,000,000
166 Kai no Bōken: The Quest of Ki Famicom Namco 15,436 $1,000,000
167 The Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu Famicom Disk Nintendo 14,597 $300,000
168 Yamamura Misa Suspense Famicom Taito 14,292 $1,000,000
169 Arkanoid II Famicom Taito 13,961 $1,000,000
170 Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu Famicom Bandai 13,910 $1,000,000
171 Eggerland: Sōzōhe no Tabidachi Famicom Disk HAL Laboratory 13,859 $300,000
172 Famicom Meijinsen Famicom SNK 12,893 $1,000,000
173 Famicom Grand Prix F1 Race Famicom Disk Nintendo 12,842 $300,000
174 Zaxxon 3-D Sega Mark III Sega 12,786 $1,000,000
175 Dragon Spirit PC Engine Namco 12,664 $1,000,000
176 Maison Ikkoku Famicom Boththec 12,588 $1,000,000
177 Kamen no Ninja: Akakage Famicom Toei Animation 11,647 $1,000,000
178 Sadakichi Seven: Hideyoshi no Ōgon PC Engine Hudson Soft 11,618 $600,000
179 Vs. Excitebike Famicom Disk Nintendo 11,037 $200,000
180 Gokuraku Yūgi: Game Tengoku Famicom Disk Sofel 10,986 $200,000
181 TwinBee Famicom Disk Konami 10,757 $200,000
182 Fū-un Shaolin Ken: Ankoku no Maō Famicom Disk Jaleco 10,503 $200,000
183 Golf Famicom Disk Nintendo 10,299 $200,000
184 Kalin no Tsurugi Famicom Disk Square 9,791 $200,000
185 Mito Kōmon II: Sekai Manyū Ki Famicom Sunsoft 9,485 $500,000
186 19: Neunzehn Famicom Disk Soft Pro 9,485 $200,000
187 Napoleon Senki Famicom Irem 9,384 $500,000
188 Ultraman Club: Chikyū Dakkan Sakusen Famicom Disk Bandai 9,155 $200,000
189 Saiyūki World Famicom Jaleco 9,104 $500,000
190 Solomon no Kagi: Ōjo Rihita no Namida Sega Mark III Salio 8,922 $500,000
191 Elysion Famicom Tokyo Shoseki 8,036 $400,000
192 Pro Wrestling: Famicom Wrestling Association Famicom Disk Nintendo 7,731 $200,000
193 Paris-Dakar Rally Special Famicom Sony 6,637 $300,000
194 Fighting Street / Street Fighter PC Engine Hudson Soft 6,383 $300,000
195 Sanada Jū Yūshi Famicom Kemco 6,383 $300,000
196 Haja no Fūin / Miracle Warriors Sega Mark III Sega 6,202 $300,000
197 Samurai Sword Famicom Disk Capcom 6,078 $100,000
198 Asteka II: Templo del Sol / Taiyō no Shinden Famicom Nihon Falcom 5,976 $300,000
199 American Football: Touch Down Fever Famicom SNK 5,569 $300,000
200 Smash Ping Pong Famicom Disk Nintendo 5,493 $100,000

Computer games[]

Rank Title Platform(s) Company Points
[n 10][57]
Sales
(est.)[n 11]
Revenue
(est.)[n 12]
1 Sorcerian / Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian PC-88 SR Nihon Falcom 159 300,000 $7,000,000
2 Nobunaga no Yabō: Zenkoku-ban Computers Koei 147 260,000 $6,000,000
3 Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen NEC, X1 Nihon Falcom 123 220,000 $5,000,000
4 Hydlide 3: The Space Memories / Super Hydlide PC-88 SR, MSX T&E Soft 113 200,000 $5,000,000
5 Aoki Ōkami to Shiroki Mejika: Genghis Khan PC-88 Koei 96 200,000 $4,000,000
6 Ys II: The Final Chapter NEC, X1, FM-77 Nihon Falcom 94 200,000 $4,000,000
7 Super Daisenryaku PC-88 SystemSoft 84 150,000 $4,000,000
8 Sangokushi / Romance of the Three Kingdoms Computers Riverhill Soft 77 140,000 $3,000,000
9 Taiheiyō no Arashi / Taiheiyō no Arashi DX PC-88/98 GAM 76 140,000 $3,000,000
10 Last Armageddon PC-88/98, X1 Brain Grey 75 140,000 $3,000,000
11 Gekitotsu Pennant Race MSX2 Konami 67 100,000 $3,000,000
12 Might and Magic PC-88/98 Star Craft 64 100,000 $3,000,000
13 F-1 Spirit: The Way to Formula-1 MSX Konami 56 100,000 $2,000,000
14 World Golf II NEC, FM-77 Enix 56 100,000 $2,000,000
15 Parodius MSX Konami 53 100,000 $2,000,000
16 Mahjong Gokū PC-88/98, MSX2 Chat Noir 53 100,000 $2,000,000
17 Ishin no Arashi PC-98 Koei 46 100,000 $2,000,000
18 Sorcerian System Pack PC-88/98, X1 Nihon Falcom 44 80,000 $2,000,000
19 Arcus PC-88/98 Wolf Team 42 80,000 $2,000,000
20 Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsu-hen NEC Micro Cabin 37 70,000 $2,000,000
21 Genpei Tōma Den Sharp X68000 Namco 37 70,000 $2,000,000
22 Pro Yakyū Fan Computers Nihon Telenet 36 60,000 $2,000,000
23 The Return of Ishtar MSX2 Namco 35 60,000 $2,000,000
24 Master of Monsters PC-88 SR SystemSoft 35 60,000 $2,000,000
25 Daisenryaku NEC, FM7, X1 SystemSoft 35 60,000 $2,000,000
26 Ultima IV NEC, FM-7, X1 Pony Canyon 35 60,000 $2,000,000
27 Daiva Story 7: Light of Kali-Yuga PC-9801 T&E Soft 33 60,000 $1,000,000
28 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha 2 PC-88, X1 Game Arts 31 60,000 $1,000,000
29 Lord of Wars PC-9801 SystemSoft 31 60,000 $1,000,000
30 Dragon Spirit Sharp X68000 Dempa 30 50,000 $1,000,000
31 J.B. Harold no Jikenbo #2: Manhattan Requiem NEC, FM7, X1 Riverhill Soft 30 50,000 $1,000,000
32 Salamander MSX Konami 29 50,000 $1,000,000
33 Shalom: Knightmare III MSX Konami 28 50,000 $1,000,000
34 FM Pana Amusement Cartridge MSX Panasoft 26 50,000 $1,000,000
35 Angelus PC-88 SR Enix 25 50,000 $1,000,000
36 Gradius 2 / Nemesis 2 MSX Konami 25 50,000 $1,000,000
37 Chaos★Angels PC-88/98, X1 NCS 23 40,000 $1,000,000
38 Konami Game Master 2: Konami no Shin 10-bai MSX, MSX2 Konami 23 40,000 $1,000,000
39 Kon'ya mo Asamade Powerful Mahjong PC-88/98, X1 dB-Soft 23 40,000 $1,000,000
40 Tir-nan-óg: Descendants of Danaan PC-98 SystemSoft 21 40,000 $1,000,000
41 Taiheiyō no Arashi: Power-Up Kit PC-88/98 GAM 20 40,000 $1,000,000
42 Sorcerian Additional Scenario 2: Sengoku Sorcerian PC-88/98, X1 Nihon Falcom 20 40,000 $1,000,000
43 J.B. Harold no Jikenbo: Kiss of Murder NEC, X1, FM-77 Riverhill Soft 20 40,000 $1,000,000
44 Mr. Pro Yakyū PC-88 SR Xtal Soft 19 30,000 $1,000,000
45 Kimagure Orange☆Road PC-88/98 Micro Cabin 19 30,000 $1,000,000
46 Silver Ghost PC-88 SR Kure Software 19 30,000 $1,000,000
47 Disk Station MSX2 Compile 19 30,000 $1,000,000
48 Daisenryaku II: Editor Set PC-98 SystemSoft 19 30,000 $1,000,000
49 Disc Station 01 MSX2/2+ Compile 18 30,000 $1,000,000
50 Phantasie II NEC, X1, FM-77 Star Craft 18 30,000 $1,000,000
51 Record of Lodoss War PC-98 HummingBird 17 30,000 $1,000,000
52 Daisenryaku: Data Collection PC-98 SystemSoft 17 30,000 $1,000,000
53 F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 PC-98 ASCII 16 30,000 $1,000,000
54 Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II Computers Nihon Falcom 16 30,000 $1,000,000
55 Super Daisenryaku: Map Collection PC-88 SR, X1 SystemSoft 16 30,000 $1,000,000
56 Salamander Sharp X68000 Konami 15 30,000 $700,000
57 Zavaş PC-88 SR Popcom 14 30,000 $600,000
58 Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu / Super Dodge Ball Sharp X68000 Sharp 14 30,000 $600,000
59 Kohaku-iro no Yuigon PC-98, X68000 Riverhill Soft 13 20,000 $600,000
60 Yasha NEC, MSX, FM-7 Wolf Team 13 20,000 $600,000
61 Crimson PC-88 SR Xtal Soft 12 20,000 $500,000
62 Exile: Hakai no Gūzō / XZR: Hakai no Gūzō NEC, MSX2 Nihon Telenet 11 20,000 $500,000
63 Thunder Force II Sharp X68000 Technosoft 11 20,000 $500,000
64 Phantasie III NEC, X1, FM7 Star Craft 11 20,000 $500,000
65 The Ancient Art of War PC-88/98 Broderbund 10 20,000 $400,000
66 Algeese no Tsubasa PC-88/98 Kogado Studio 10 20,000 $400,000
67 Zeliard PC-88 Game Arts 10 20,000 $400,000
68 Digan no Maseki PC-98 Artec 10 20,000 $400,000
69 Daisenryaku: Map Collection PC-98 SystemSoft 10 20,000 $400,000
70 King's Valley II: The Seal of El Giza MSX/MSX2 Konami 9 20,000 $400,000
71 Space Harrier Sharp X68000 Sega / Dempa 9 20,000 $400,000
72 Yajiuma Pennant Race PC-88 SR Victor Music 9 20,000 $400,000
73 Nukenin Densetsu NEC, FM7, MSX Brain Grey 9 20,000 $400,000
74 Chō Kōsoku Tenbun Simulation PC-98 ASCII 9 20,000 $400,000
75 Luxsor: Nights Over Egypt PC-88, FM-7, X1 Nihon Telenet 8 10,000 $400,000
76 Daisenryaku II: Data Collection PC-98 SystemSoft 8 10,000 $400,000
77 Daisenryaku: Editor Set PC-98 SystemSoft 8 10,000 $400,000
78 Nihon Jūdan Cessna Flight PC-98 Compaq 8 10,000 $400,000
79 Wing-Man Special PC-88 Enix 7 10,000 $300,000
80 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha PC-88, X1 Game Arts 7 10,000 $300,000
81 Greatest Driver MSX2 T&E Soft 6 10,000 $300,000
82 Bubble Bobble MSX2 Taito 6 10,000 $300,000
83 Tenshitachi no Gogo II NEC, FM7, MSX JAST 6 10,000 $300,000
84 The Return of Ishtar PC-88 SR Namco / SPS 5 10,000 $200,000
85 A Ressha de Ikō II / A-Train II PC98, X68000 Artdink 4 10,000 $200,000
86 Still Sword: For Adult PC-88 SR Fairytale 4 10,000 $200,000
87 Uşas / The Treasure of Uşas MSX2 Konami 3 10,000 $100,000
88 Shanghai PC-88/98, X1 SystemSoft 3 10,000 $100,000
89 Kiki Kaikai MSX2 Sony 3 10,000 $100,000
90 Arkanoid II MSX2 Nideco 2 4,000 $100,000
91 JESUS PC88, FM7, X1 Enix 2 4,000 $100,000
92 Jangō I PC-98 Cross Media 2 4,000 $100,000
93 Star Cruiser PC-88 SR, X1 Arsys 1 2,000 $40,000
94 Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure PC88, X1, FM7 Arsys 1 2,000 $40,000
95 Daisenryaku II PC-98 SystemSoft 1 2,000 $40,000
Annual [22][15] 2,730 5,000,000 $120,000,000

Handheld games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Sales Revenue (est.) Ref
1 Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch Nintendo 1,000,000 $37,500,000 [58]
2 Safebuster Game & Watch Nintendo 500,000 $12,000,000
3 Climber Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $9,400,000
Balloon Fight Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $9,400,000
Gold Cliff Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $12,000,000

United States[]

In the United States, the following titles were the year's best-selling home video games. See sub-sections below for breakdown of sales and revenue estimates.

Rank Title Platform(s) Company Sales (est.) Revenue (est.)
1 Super Mario Bros. NES Nintendo 4,000,000 $400,000,000
2 Duck Hunt NES Nintendo 3,000,000 $300,000,000
3 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Nintendo 2,000,000 $80,000,000
4 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! NES Nintendo 2,000,000 $70,000,000
5 Double Dragon NES, 2600 Technōs Japan / Taito 1,250,000 $60,000,000
6 World Class Track Meet NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $180,000,000
7 Bases Loaded NES Jaleco 1,000,000 $40,000,000
Contra NES Konami 1,000,000 $40,000,000
Metroid NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $40,000,000
R.C. Pro-Am NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $40,000,000
The Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $40,000,000
Top Gun NES Konami 1,000,000 $40,000,000
13 Ice Hockey NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $30,000,000
14 Karnov NES, Computers Data East 700,000 $30,000,000
15 Wizards & Warriors NES Acclaim 600,000 $20,000,000
16 T&C Surf Designs NES Atlus / LJN 530,000 $21,000,000
17 Hang-On SMS Sega 500,000 $65,000,000
18 Safari Hunt SMS Sega 500,000 $65,000,000
19 Pole Position II 7800 Namco 500,000 $40,000,000
20 Double Dribble NES Konami 500,000 $20,000,000
21 The Goonies II NES Konami 400,000 $20,000,000
22 Life Force / Salamander NES Konami 400,000 $10,000,000
23 Metal Gear NES Ultra Games 400,000 $10,000,000
24 Rambo NES Acclaim 400,000 $10,000,000
25 Ikari Warriors NES, Computers SNK / Data East 350,000 $12,000,000

Console games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Points[n 13]
[59][60]
Sales
(est.)[n 14]
Gross (est.)
[n 15][60]
Ref
1 Super Mario Bros. NES Nintendo 4,000,000 $400,000,000 [61][62][63]
2 Duck Hunt NES Nintendo 3,000,000 $300,000,000
3 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Nintendo 105 2,000,000 $80,000,000 [64][65][60]
4 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! NES Nintendo 234 2,000,000 $70,000,000 [62][66][60]
5 Double Dragon NES, 2600 Technōs / Taito 128 1,250,000 $60,000,000 [67][68][60]
6 World Class Track Meet NES Nintendo 1,000,000 $180,000,000 [61][62]
7 The Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo 286 1,000,000 $40,000,000 [62][69][60]
8 Top Gun NES Konami 161 1,000,000 $40,000,000
9 R.C. Pro-Am NES Nintendo 159 1,000,000 $40,000,000
10 Contra NES Konami 115 1,000,000 $40,000,000
11 Metroid NES Nintendo 78 1,000,000 $40,000,000
12 Bases Loaded NES Jaleco 68 1,000,000 $40,000,000
13 Ice Hockey NES Nintendo 65 1,000,000 $30,000,000
14 Wizards & Warriors NES Rare / Acclaim 64 600,000 $20,000,000
15 T&C Surf Designs NES Atlus / LJN 61 530,000 $21,000,000
16 Hang-On SMS Sega 500,000 $65,000,000 [70][51]
Safari Hunt SMS Sega 500,000 $65,000,000
18 Pole Position II 7800 Namco 500,000 $40,000,000 [71][51]
19 Karnov NES Data East 61 500,000 $20,000,000
20 Double Dribble NES Konami 55 500,000 $20,000,000
21 The Goonies II NES Konami 49 400,000 $20,000,000
22 Metal Gear NES Konami / Ultra 44 400,000 $10,000,000
23 Life Force / Salamander NES Konami 41 400,000 $10,000,000
24 Rambo NES Acclaim 40 400,000 $10,000,000
25 Donkey Kong Jr. NES, 2600 Nintendo 27 330,872 $10,972,887 [72]
26 Donkey Kong NES, 2600 Nintendo 27 309,125 $10,817,813
27 Ikari Warriors NES SNK 38 300,000 $10,000,000
28 Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road NES SNK 35 300,000 $10,000,000
Kid Icarus NES Nintendo 35 300,000 $10,000,000
30 Rad Racer NES Squaresoft 29 300,000 $10,000,000
31 Major League Baseball NES LJN 28 300,000 $10,000,000
32 Pole Position 2600, 5200 Namco 206,450 $1,529,146 [72]
33 Donkey Kong Classics NES Nintendo 27 200,000 $10,000,000
34 Golf NES Nintendo 23 200,000 $10,000,000
35 Milon's Secret Castle NES Hudson Soft 20 200,000 $10,000,000
36 After Burner SMS Sega 19 200,000 $10,000,000
37 Mario Bros. 2600, 5200 Nintendo 154,746 $1,389,981 [72]
38 Spy vs. Spy NES Kotobuki 150,000 $5,000,000 [73]
39 Ms. Pac-Man 2600, 5200 Namco 125,266 $929,080 [72]
40 Jungle Hunt 2600, 5200 Taito 124,522 $928,501
41 Centipede 2600, 5200 Atari 107,169 $790,958
42 Pac-Man Jr. Atari 2600 Namco 105,599 $928,233
43 Boxing Atari 2600 Atari 105,567 $942,865
44 Castlevania NES Konami 16 100,000 $5,000,000
45 Gauntlet NES Tengen 16 100,000 $5,000,000
46 Bubble Bobble NES Taito 14 100,000 $5,000,000
47 R.B.I. Baseball / Family Stadium NES Namco 14 100,000 $5,000,000
48 Cobra Command NES Data East 13 100,000 $4,000,000
49 Mega Man NES Capcom 13 100,000 $4,000,000
50 OutRun / Out Run SMS Sega 11 100,000 $4,000,000
51 Anticipation NES Nintendo 9 100,000 $4,000,000
52 Blades of Steel NES Konami 9 100,000 $4,000,000
53 Rush'n Attack / Green Beret NES Konami 9 100,000 $4,000,000
54 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES Konami 8 100,000 $4,000,000
55 Excitebike NES Nintendo 8 100,000 $4,000,000
56 Jackal NES Konami 8 100,000 $4,000,000
57 Side Pocket NES Data East 8 100,000 $4,000,000
58 Alien Syndrome SMS Sega 7 100,000 $4,000,000
59 Aztec Adventure SMS Sega 7 100,000 $4,000,000
60 Great Basketball SMS Sega 7 100,000 $4,000,000
61 Fantasy Zone II SMS Sega 6 100,000 $4,000,000
62 Renegade / Kunio-kun NES Technōs / Taito 6 100,000 $4,000,000
63 Winter Games NES Acclaim 6 100,000 $4,000,000
64 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES Nintendo 6 100,000 $4,000,000
65 Moon Patrol 2600, 5200 Irem 97,911 $699,295 [72]
66 Football II Atari 2600 Atari 88,887 $628,809
67 Baseball II Atari 2600 Atari 83,033 $604,483
68 Joust 2600, 5200 Atari 82,264 $584,450
69 Dig Dug Atari 2600 Namco 62,868 $548,513
70 Crystal Castles Atari 2600 Atari 55,809 $496,727
71 Kangaroo 2600, 5200 Sunsoft 52,796 $380,347
72 Q*bert Atari 2600 Atari 51,747 $380,611
73 Adventure Island NES Hudson / Sega 5 50,000 $2,000,000
74 Rygar NES Tecmo 5 50,000 $2,000,000
75 Solaris Atari 2600 Atari 48,134 $409,525 [72]
76 Galaxian 2600, 5200 Namco 47,575 $341,496
77 Math Grand Prix Atari 2600 Atari 44,719 $101,179
78 Midnight Magic Atari 2600 Atari 43,445 $367,487
79 Circus Atari Atari 2600 Atari 43,203 $103,934
80 Football Atari 2600 Atari 43,079 $122,452
81 Home Run Atari 2600 Atari 41,177 $108,057
82 Jeopardy! NES Rare / Nintendo 4 40,000 $2,000,000
83 Monopoly SMS Sega 4 40,000 $1,000,000
84 Warlords Atari 2600 Atari 38,504 $78,682 [72]
85 Battlezone Atari 2600 Atari 37,902 $259,857
86 Desert Falcon Atari 2600 Atari 33,748 $290,468
87 Taz Atari 2600 Atari 33,547 $157,003
88 Haunted House Atari 2600 Atari 32,608 $97,824
89 Kung Fu / Kung-Fu Master NES Irem / Nintendo 3 30,000 $1,000,000
90 Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 Atari 29,963 $90,286 [72]
91 Space Invaders 2600, 5200 Taito 29,717 $170,097
92 Air Sea Battle Atari 2600 Atari 29,584 $82,380
93 Video Pinball Atari 2600 Atari 27,925 $83,913
94 Super Baseball Atari 2600 Atari 26,667 $240,262
95 Canyon Bomber Atari 2600 Atari 26,583 $45,513
96 Mousetrap Atari 2600 Atari 26,556 $195,491
97 Defender 2600, 5200 Atari 24,777 $74,813
98 Tennis II Atari 2600 Atari 24,654 $182,162
99 Phoenix Atari 2600 TPN / Taito 24,177 $144,952
100 Super Football Atari 2600 Atari 24,164 $217,756
101 Championship Soccer Atari 2600 Atari 24,162 $27,046
102 Video Checkers Atari 2600 Atari 22,285 $67,046
103 Millipede Atari 2600 Atari 21,640 $180,598
104 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe Atari 2600 Atari 21,589 $64,932
105 Venture Atari 2600 Atari 21,150 $151,697
106 Snoopy Red Baron Atari 2600 Atari 20,202 $60,613
107 Arkanoid NES Taito 2 20,000 $1,000,000
108 Shinobi SMS Sega 2 20,000 $1,000,000
109 Breakout Atari 2600 Atari 19,889 $59,667 [72]
110 Combat Atari 2600 Atari 19,830 $46,096
111 Super Breakout 2600, 5200 Atari 19,100 $105,162
112 Crossbow Atari 2600 Atari 16,976 $153,248
113 Video Olympics Atari 2600 Atari 16,690 $50,070
114 Backgammon Atari 2600 Atari 15,647 $45,741
115 Berzerk 2600, 5200 Atari 15,170 $38,173
116 Sprint Master Atari 2600 Atari 15,084 $113,216
117 Krull Atari 2600 Atari 14,459 $31,806
118 Big Bird Egg Atari 2600 Atari 12,765 $22,895
119 Basic Programming Atari 2600 Atari 12,423 $34,498
120 Asteroids Atari 2600 Atari 12,120 $71,108
121 Yar's Revenge Atari 2600 Atari 11,939 $35,965
122 Stargate Atari 2600 Atari 11,445 $95,186
123 Volleyball Atari 2600 Atari 10,428 $74,070
124 Codebreaker Atari 2600 Atari 10,188 $23,830
125 Baseball NES Nintendo 1 10,000 $400,000
126 Mickey Mousecapades NES Capcom 1 10,000 $300,000
127 Thunder Blade SMS Sega 1 10,000 $300,000
128 Wheel of Fortune NES GameTek 1 10,000 $300,000
129 Real Sports Soccer Atari 2600 Atari 9,202 $64,560 [72]
130 Othello Atari 2600 Atari 8,970 $26,910
131 Golf Atari 2600 Atari 8,770 $26,310
132 Cookie Monster Atari 2600 Atari 8,766 $15,918
133 Adventure Atari 2600 Atari 8,580 $25,762
134 Basketball Atari 2600 Atari 8,066 $41,300
135 Vanguard 2600, 5200 Tose / SNK 7,833 $47,067
136 Casino Atari 2600 Atari 7,599 $22,862
137 Flag Capture Atari 2600 Atari 6,326 $18,530
138 Basic Math Atari 2600 Atari 6,246 $18,745
139 Swordquest: Earthworld Atari 2600 Atari 4,860 $17,489
140 Night Driver Atari 2600 Atari 4,416 $13,267
141 Pac-Man 2600, 5200 Namco 3,957 $25,756
142 Missile Command 2600, 5200 Atari 3,355 $19,603
143 E.T. Atari 2600 Atari 3,131 $4,434
144 Gravitor Atari 2600 Atari 2,856 $21,465
145 Swordquest: Waterworld Atari 2600 Atari 2,454 $7,386
146 Concentration Atari 2600 Atari 2,157 $6,386
147 Hangman Atari 2600 Atari 1,802 $5,406
148 Black Jack Atari 2600 Atari 1,751 $5,253
149 Swordquest: Fireworld Atari 2600 Atari 1,242 $6,244
150 Sky Diver Atari 2600 Atari 1,156 $3,775
151 Outlaw Atari 2600 Taito 905 $2,603
152 Star Raiders 2600, 5200 Atari 753 $3,457
153 Indy 500 Atari 2600 Atari 274 $1,315
154 Brain Games Atari 2600 Atari 158 $184
155 Human Cannonball Atari 2600 Atari 123 $131
156 Choplifter Atari 5200 Atari 120 $600
157 Surround Atari 2600 Atari 97 $164
158 Miniature Golf Atari 2600 Atari 91 $91
159 Rescue on Fractala Atari 5200 Atari 90 $450
160 Ball Blazer Atari 5200 Atari 78 $390
161 Slot Racers Atari 2600 Atari 77 $111
162 Countermeasure Atari 5200 Atari 59 $295
163 Gremlins Atari 5200 Atari 54 $270
164 Space Dungeon Atari 5200 Taito 42 $210
165 Dodge 'Em Atari 2600 Atari 28 $103
166 Pengo Atari 5200 Coreland / Sega 24 $120
167 Alpha Beam Atari 2600 Atari 24 $118
168 Street Racer Atari 2600 Atari 22 $112
169 Pigs in Space Atari 2600 Atari 18 $145
170 Qix Atari 5200 Taito 18 $90
171 Soccer Atari 5200 Atari 15 $75
172 Robotron Atari 5200 Atari 12 $60
173 Maze Craze Atari 2600 Atari 6 $40
174 Star Ship Atari 2600 Atari 6 $40
175 Video Chess Atari 2600 Atari 6 $40

Computer games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Points
[n 16][74]
Sales
(est.)[n 17]
Gross (est.)
[n 18][75]
Ref
1 Karate Champ Computers Data East 250,000 $10,000,000 [76][77]
2 Ring King Computers Data East 250,000 $10,000,000 [76]
3 Gauntlet C64 Mindscape 233 200,000 $10,000,000
4 Karnov Computers Data East 200,000 $10,000,000 [76][15]
Thexder Computers Game Arts 200,000 $10,000,000 [78][15]
6 Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Computers Broderbund 200,000 $8,000,000 [76][79]
7 The Three Stooges C64 Cinemaware 196 200,000 $8,000,000
8 Skate or Die C64 EA 176 200,000 $8,000,000
9 Paperboy C64 Mindscape 159 200,000 $8,000,000
10 Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer IBM PC EA 31 200,000 $8,000,000 [76][15]
11 Maniac Mansion C64 LucasArts 138 190,000 $8,000,000
12 Test Drive C64, Atari ST Accolade 119 170,000 $7,000,000
13 California Games Computers Epyx 120 170,000 $7,000,000 [76][15]
14 Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? Computers Broderbund 150,000 $6,000,000 [76][15]
15 Mean 18 Computers Accolade 110,000 $4,000,000 [76][80]
16 Games: Winter Edition C64 Epyx 86 100,000 $4,000,000
17 Spy vs. Spy III: Arctic Antics C64 Epyx 80 100,000 $4,000,000
18 Kid Niki: Radical Ninja Computers Irem / Data East 100,000 $4,000,000 [76]
19 Bard's Tale III Apple II EA 77 100,000 $4,000,000
20 Platoon C64 Data East 52 100,000 $4,000,000 [76]
21 Mini-Putt C64 Accolade 69 100,000 $4,000,000
22 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella IBM PC Sierra 22 100,000 $4,000,000 [81]
23 Pool of Radiance C64, PC SSI 52 94,536 $4,000,000 [82][76]
24 Rocket Ranger C64, Amiga Cinemaware 60 80,000 $3,000,000
25 Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny Apple, PC Origin Systems 57 80,000 $3,000,000 [83]
26 F-15 Strike Eagle Computers MicroProse 80,000 $3,000,000 [76]
27 Leisure Suit Larry IBM PC Sierra 52 70,000 $3,000,000
28 Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels Apple II Infocom 46 60,000 $2,000,000
29 Gunship C64 MicroProse 40 60,000 $2,000,000
30 Spy vs. Spy: Volume I & II Computers Accolade 60,000 $2,000,000 [76]
31 Questron II C64 SSI 87 51,000 $2,000,000 [82]
32 Bubble Ghost C64 Accolade 39 50,000 $2,000,000
33 Zak McKracken IBM PC Lucasfilm Games 38 50,000 $2,000,000
34 Captain Blood IBM PC Mindscape 35 50,000 $2,000,000
35 Monopoly C64 EA 34 50,000 $2,000,000
36 Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? C64, Apple II Broderbund 9 50,000 $2,000,000
37 Championship Baseball Computers Gamestar/Activision 50,000 $2,000,000 [76]
38 Cobra Command Computers Data East 50,000 $2,000,000
39 Ikari Warriors Computers SNK / Data East 50,000 $2,000,000
40 Math Rabbit Computers Learning Company 50,000 $2,000,000
41 Might and Magic Computers New World 50,000 $2,000,000 [76][84]
42 Side Pocket Computers Data East 50,000 $2,000,000 [76]
43 Defender of Crown C64 Cinemaware 32 40,000 $2,000,000
44 Beyond Zork Apple II, C64 Infocom 32 40,000 $2,000,000
45 Cosmic Relief C64 Datasoft 31 40,000 $2,000,000
46 Manhunter New York IBM PC Sierra 31 40,000 $2,000,000
47 Street Sports Basketball C64 Epyx 30 40,000 $2,000,000
48 The Last Ninja C64 System 3 / Activision 29 40,000 $2,000,000
49 4th & Inches C64 Accolade 28 40,000 $2,000,000
50 Classic Concentration Computers ShareData 40,000 $2,000,000 [76]
51 Dungeon Master ST, Amiga FTL Games 40,000 $2,000,000 [85][86]
52 Spy vs. Spy Computers Accolade 40,000 $2,000,000 [73][76]
53 Tomahawk C64 Datasoft 24 30,000 $1,000,000
54 Impossible Mission II C64 Epyx 23 30,000 $1,000,000
55 Police Quest IBM PC Sierra 22 30,000 $1,000,000
56 4x4 Off-Road Racing C64 Epyx 21 30,000 $1,000,000
57 Obliterator Amiga Psygnosis 20 30,000 $1,000,000
58 Wheel of Fortune Computers ShareData 30,000 $1,000,000 [76]
59 AD&D: Heroes of the Lance Computers U.S. Gold / SSI 28,808 $1,000,000 [82]
60 Wishbringer Computers Infocom 26,926 $1,000,000 [76][87]
61 Dungeon Masters Assistant: Encounters Computers SSI 26,212 $1,000,000 [82]
62 Hardball Atari XE Atari 24,115 $306,555 [72]
63 One on One Basketball Atari XE Atari 20,391 $257,679
64 Grand Prix Circuit IBM PC Accolade 17 20,000 $800,000
65 Sub Battle Simulator IBM PC Epyx 17 20,000 $800,000
66 Echelon C64 Accolade 15 20,000 $800,000
67 Games: Summer Edition C64 Epyx 15 20,000 $800,000
68 Master Ninja IBM PC EA 15 20,000 $800,000
69 Fast Break C64 Accolade 12 20,000 $800,000
70 Earl Weaver Baseball Amiga EA 11 20,000 $800,000
71 Blue Max Atari XE Atari 14,671 $169,021 [72]
72 Fight Night Atari XE Atari 13,723 $176,995
73 David's Midnight Magic Atari XE Atari 13,437 $169,703
74 Football Atari XE Atari 11,137 $109,746
75 Gato Atari XE Atari 10,934 $198,214
76 Jungle Hunt Atari XE Taito 10,856 $141,620
77 Barnyard Blaster Atari XE Atari 10,699 $184,011
78 OutRun C64 Sega 10 10,000 $400,000
79 Death Sword C64 Epyx 9 10,000 $400,000
80 Sierra 3D Helicopter Sim IBM PC Sierra 8 10,000 $400,000
81 Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna Apple II Sir-Tech 8 10,000 $400,000
82 Roadwars C64 EA 7 10,000 $400,000
83 Wasteland Apple II EA 7 10,000 $400,000
84 Food Fight Atari XE Atari 9,719 $124,801 [72]
85 Donkey Kong Jr. Atari XE Nintendo 8,864 $115,270
86 Ms. Pac-Man Atari XE Namco 8,538 $89,231
87 Centipede Atari XE Atari 8,450 $83,743
88 Pac-Man Atari XE Namco 8,077 $84,509
89 Tetris IBM PC Spectrum HoloByte 6 8,000 $300,000
90 Shufflepuck Cafe Mac Broderbund 6 8,000 $300,000
91 Bard's Tale II Apple II EA 6 8,000 $300,000
92 Moon Patrol Atari XE Irem 7,556 $98,652 [72]
93 Star Raiders Atari XE Atari 7,073 $75,498
94 Pole Position Atari XE Namco 7,067 $84,385
95 Dig Dug Atari XE Namco 7,057 $73,511
96 Lurking Horror C64 Infocom 4 6,000 $200,000
97 Ace of Aces Atari XE Atari 5,724 $103,248 [72]
98 Ballblazer Atari XE Atari 5,691 $72,857
99 Tennis Atari XE Atari 5,269 $51,904
100 Joust Atari XE Atari 5,148 $65,262
101 Final Legacy Atari XE Atari 5,096 $62,484
102 Donkey Kong Atari XE Nintendo 4,782 $62,463
103 Necromancer Atari XE Atari 4,686 $62,380
104 Asteroids Atari XE Atari 4,417 $38,177
105 Archon Atari XE Atari 4,370 $54,677
106 Mario Bros. Atari XE Nintendo 3,576 $46,761
107 Rescue on Fractalus! Atari XE Atari 3,537 $44,572
108 Battlezone Atari XE Atari 3,086 $38,266
109 Silent Service C64 MicroProse 2 3,000 $100,000
110 Into Eagle's Nest IBM PC Mindscape 2 3,000 $100,000
111 Stealth Mission C64 SubLogic 2 3,000 $120,000
112 Lode Runner Atari XE Atari 2,818 $49,589 [72]
113 Robotron: 2084 Atari XE Atari 2,324 $24,441
114 Space Invaders Atari XE Taito 2,095 $20,812
115 Millipede Atari XE Atari 1,283 $15,551
116 Superstar Soccer C64 Mindscape 1 1,000 $40,000
117 Super Breakout Atari XE Atari 973 $9,635 [72]
118 Desert Falcon Atari XE Atari 924 $12,145
119 Qix Atari XE Taito 768 $4,983
120 Defender Atari XE Atari 681 $4,756
121 Missile Command Atari XE Atari 620 $2,752
122 Pengo Atari XE Sega 466 $2,484
123 Galaxian Atari XE Namco 465 $3,801
124 Eastern Front '41 Atari XE Atari 438 $2,142
125 Star Raiders II Atari XE Atari 392 $3,844
126 Caverns of Mars Atari XE Atari 346 $1,865
127 E.T. Atari XE Atari 288 $1,321
128 3D Tic Tac Toe Atari XE Atari 198 $413
129 Crystal Castles Atari XE Atari 126 $1,661
130 Into The Eagles Ne Atari XE Atari 90 $1,178
131 Entertainer Kit Atari XE Atari 28 $126
132 Karateka Atari XE Atari 1 $13
133 Basketball Atari XE Atari 1 $11

Europe[]

In Europe, the year's best-selling console game was Hang-On, which came bundled with the Master System.[88] It sold approximately 195,000 units,[89][44] with each bundle costing about £99.95 ($178),[88] grossing an estimated £19 million ($35 million).

United Kingdom[]

in the United Kingdom, the year's best-selling console game was Hang-On, which came bundled with the Master System.[90] It sold approximately 90,000 units,[91] with each bundle costing at least £99.95 ($178),[90] grossing an estimated £9 million ($16 million).

The following titles were the year's best-selling home computer games.

Rank Title Company Points
[n 19][92]
Sales (est.)
[n 20]
Gross (est.)
[n 21][21]
Ref
1 Ghostbusters Mastertronic / Ricochet 2,445 300,000 $3,000,000 [93]
2 Out Run Sega 2,376 300,000 $3,000,000 [94]
3 Bomb Jack Tecmo 2,371 300,000 $3,000,000 [95][96]
4 Football Manager 2 Addictive Games 2,232 290,000 $3,000,000 [97][95]
5 Steve Davis Snooker Blue Ribbon 1,871 200,000 $2,000,000 [98]
6 Airwolf Kyugo 1,790 200,000 $2,000,000
7 Hyper Sports / Daley's Challenge / Konami's Arcade Konami 1,756 200,000 $2,000,000 [96]
8 Joe Blade II Interceptor / Players 1,684 200,000 $2,000,000
9 Karate Champ / Combat / Ace / Fist Technōs Japan / Data East 1,669 200,000 $2,000,000 [99]
10 Yogi Bear Alternative 1,513 200,000 $2,000,000
11 Fruit Machine Simulator Codemasters 1,503 200,000 $2,000,000
12 The Way of the Exploding Fist Technōs / Mastertronic 1,433 180,000 $2,000,000 [99]
13 Commando / Play It Again 3 / Who Dares Wins II Capcom 1,365 180,000 $2,000,000
14 We Are The Champions Ocean 1,298 170,000 $2,000,000 [100]
15 Target: Renegade Technōs Japan / Taito 1,288 170,000 $2,000,000 [101][102]
16 ACE Cascade / Gamebusters 1,278 170,000 $2,000,000
17 European 5-a-Side Silverbird 1,248 160,000 $2,000,000 [103]
18 Last Ninja 2 Activision / System 3 1,233 160,000 $2,000,000 [104]
19 Operation Wolf Taito 1,219 160,000 $2,000,000 [105]
20 Frank Bruno's Boxing / Super Punch-Out! Nintendo 1,193 160,000 $2,000,000
21 Gauntlet US Gold / Kixx / Atari 1,192 150,000 $2,000,000
22 Soccer Boss Alternative 1,166 150,000 $2,000,000
23 Super Stuntman Codemasters 1,125 150,000 $2,000,000
24 After Burner Sega 1,084 140,000 $1,000,000
25 Grand Prix Simulator Codemasters 1,066 140,000 $1,000,000
26 Double Dragon Technōs Japan / Taito 995 130,000 $1,000,000
27 The Trap Door Alternative 993 130,000 $1,000,000
28 Thunder Blade Sega 967 130,000 $1,000,000
29 Advanced Pinball Simulator Codemasters 955 120,000 $1,000,000
30 RoboCop Data East 941 120,000 $1,000,000 [106]
31 Renegade / Taito Coin-Op Hits Technōs Japan / Taito 841 110,000 $1,000,000
32 Platoon Data East / Ocean 822 110,000 $1,000,000 [107][108]
33 Supreme Challenge Beau Jolly 750 100,000 $1,000,000
34 Rastan / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 734 100,000 $1,000,000
35 Popeye Alternative 732 100,000 $1,000,000
36 International Rugby Simulator Codemasters 731 100,000 $1,000,000
37 Flying Shark / Taito Coin-Op Hits Toaplan / Taito 720 100,000 $1,000,000
38 Track Suit Manager Goliath Games 716 100,000 $1,000,000
39 ACE 2: The Ultimate Head to Head Conflict Cascade / Gamebusters 687 100,000 $1,000,000
40 Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 683 100,000 $1,000,000
41 Beach Buggy Simulator Silverbird 653 100,000 $1,000,000
42 Arkanoid / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 649 100,000 $1,000,000
43 Bubble Bobble / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 649 100,000 $1,000,000
44 Legend of Kage / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 649 100,000 $1,000,000
45 Slap Fight / Taito Coin-Op Hits Taito 649 100,000 $1,000,000
46 ATV Simulator Codemasters 644 100,000 $1,000,000
47 R-Type Irem 641 100,000 $1,000,000
48 Rally Driver Alternative 597 100,000 $1,000,000
49 Return of the Jedi Domark / Tengen 590 100,000 $1,000,000
50 End Zone Alternative 584 100,000 $1,000,000
51 Professional Ski Simulator Codemasters 578 100,000 $1,000,000
52 Stunt Bike Simulator Silverbird 572 100,000 $1,000,000
53 BMX Simulator Codemasters 567 100,000 $1,000,000
54 Combat School / 19 Part 1: Boot Camp Konami 541 100,000 $1,000,000
55 Skool Daze Alternative 525 100,000 $1,000,000
56 Pac-Mania Namco 508 100,000 $1,000,000
57 Dizzy Codemasters 507 70,000 $700,000
58 Combat Lynx Alternative 500 70,000 $700,000
59 Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix Martech 469 60,000 $600,000
60 Ace of Aces US Gold / Kixx 466 60,000 $600,000
61 MicroProse Soccer MicroProse 457 60,000 $600,000
62 Shanghai Karate Interceptor / Players 453 60,000 $600,000
63 The Rocky Horror Show Alternative 453 60,000 $600,000
64 Gunship MicroProse 451 60,000 $600,000
65 Road Blasters US Gold / Atari 440 60,000 $600,000
66 Garfield - Big, Fat, Hairy Deal Softek / The Edge 439 60,000 $600,000
67 10 Great Games II / Samurai Trilogy Gremlin 418 50,000 $500,000
68 Buggy Boy Tatsumi 379 50,000 $500,000
69 Ikari Warriors SNK 379 50,000 $500,000
70 Green Beret / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
71 Iron Horse / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
72 Jail Break / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
73 Mikie / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
74 Nemesis / Gradius / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
75 Ping Pong / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
76 Yie Ar Kung-Fu / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
77 Yie Ar Kung-Fu II / Konami's Arcade Collection Konami 371 50,000 $500,000
78 Star Fight Alternative 361 50,000 $500,000
79 Gary Lineker's Superstar Soccer Gremlin 355 50,000 $500,000
80 Around the World in 40 Screens Superior Software 350 50,000 $500,000
81 Ninja Scooter Simulator Silverbird 325 40,000 $400,000
82 Paperboy Elite Systems / Atari 321 40,000 $400,000
83 Bionic Commando Capcom 312 40,000 $400,000
84 Frankenstein 2000 Atlantis 298 40,000 $400,000
85 Star Wars Domark / Atari 297 40,000 $400,000
86 Zybex Zeppelin Games 296 40,000 $400,000
87 Falcon Mirrorsoft 293 40,000 $400,000
88 Peter Beardsley's International Football Grandslam 286 40,000 $400,000
89 Speed Ace Zeppelin Games 280 40,000 $400,000
90 Emlyn Hughes International Soccer Audiogenic 275 40,000 $400,000
91 Pro Golf Atlantis 270 40,000 $400,000
92 Samantha Fox Strip Poker Martech / React 268 30,000 $300,000
93 Barbarian II: The Dungeon of Drax Palace Software 267 30,000 $300,000
94 Football Manager Addictive Games 256 30,000 $300,000
95 Thai Boxing Softek 255 30,000 $300,000
96 Armalyte Thalamus 246 30,000 $300,000
97 1943: The Battle of Midway Capcom 243 30,000 $300,000
98 Joe Blade Interceptor / Players 242 30,000 $300,000
99 Typhoon / A-Jax Konami 239 30,000 $300,000
100 Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior Palace Software 237 30,000 $300,000
101 4 Soccer Simulators Codemasters 237 30,000 $300,000
102 Back to Skool Alternative 223 30,000 $300,000
103 Repton Thru Time Superior Software 223 30,000 $300,000
104 Bruce Lee / Karate Ace Datasoft 222 30,000 $300,000
105 Pac-Land Namco 219 30,000 $300,000
106 Psycastria Alternative 210 30,000 $300,000
107 Spooky Castle Atlantis 209 30,000 $300,000
108 Four Great Games Volume 1 Tynesoft / Micro Value 208 30,000 $300,000
109 Game, Set and Match Ocean 205 30,000 $300,000
110 Creepy Cave Atlantis 205 30,000 $300,000
111 Biggles Silverbird 201 30,000 $300,000
112 The Empire Strikes Back Domark / Tengen 197 30,000 $300,000
113 ATF Digital Integration 195 30,000 $300,000
114 On the Bench Cult Games 193 30,000 $300,000
115 Through the Trap Door Alternative 180 20,000 $200,000
116 Round Ones Alternative 178 20,000 $200,000
117 Five Star Games Beau Jolly 176 20,000 $200,000
118 Hawkeye Thalamus 175 20,000 $200,000
119 Lunar Invasion Alternative 173 20,000 $200,000
120 Enduro Racer / 6-Pak Vol. 3 Sega 172 20,000 $200,000
121 Ghosts 'n Goblins / 6-Pak Vol. 3 Capcom 172 20,000 $200,000
122 Pro Powerboat Simulator Codemasters 172 20,000 $200,000
123 3D Starfighter Codemasters 169 20,000 $200,000
124 League Challenge Atlantis 160 20,000 $200,000
125 Grid Iron Top Ten 157 20,000 $200,000
126 Matta Blatta Silverbird 156 20,000 $200,000
127 The Great American Cross Country Road Race Silverbird 148 20,000 $200,000
128 Four Great Games Volume 3 Tynesoft / Micro Value 148 20,000 $200,000
129 AD&D: Heroes of the Lance U.S. Gold 138 20,000 $200,000
130 Dark Side Incentive 132 20,000 $200,000
131 Dead or Alive Alternative 129 20,000 $200,000
132 Cybernoid Hewson 126 20,000 $200,000
133 River Rescue Alternative 125 20,000 $200,000
134 Stealth Fighter MicroProse 125 20,000 $200,000
135 BMX Ninja Alternative 125 20,000 $200,000
136 Starglider 2 Rainbird 124 20,000 $200,000
137 Grand Prix Alternative 122 20,000 $200,000
138 Salamander Konami 121 20,000 $200,000
139 Video Classics Silverbird 121 20,000 $200,000
140 Golf Blue Ribbon 119 20,000 $200,000
141 Airborne Ranger MicroProse 117 20,000 $200,000
142 Winter Olympiad 88 Tynesoft 116 20,000 $200,000
143 Menace DMA Design / Psygnosis 40 15,000 $200,000 [109][110]
144 Test Drive Accolade 115 10,000 $100,000
145 Spy Cat Superior Software 115 10,000 $100,000
146 Olympic Spectacular Alternative 113 10,000 $100,000
147 Darts Blue Ribbon 113 10,000 $100,000
148 Night Raider Gremlin 113 10,000 $100,000
149 Donkey Kong / Killer Gorilla / Play It 3 / 10 Hits 4 Nintendo 112 10,000 $100,000
150 Jet Bike Simulator Codemasters 112 10,000 $100,000
151 Football Director D&H Games 111 10,000 $100,000
152 Cops ‘n’ Robbers Atlantis 110 10,000 $100,000
153 The Bard's Tale Electronic Arts 108 10,000 $100,000
154 Chuckie Egg A’n’F Software 108 10,000 $100,000
155 Galaga / Galaforce / Play It 2 / 10 Hits 4 Namco 107 10,000 $100,000
156 Anarchy Zone Atlantis 107 10,000 $100,000
157 Crazy Cars Titus 104 10,000 $100,000
158 Lombard RAC Rally Mandarin Software 101 10,000 $100,000
159 Ghost Hunters Codemasters 100 10,000 $100,000
160 Smash and Grab Superior Software 97 10,000 $100,000
161 Indoor Soccer Alternative 96 10,000 $100,000
162 Daylight Robbery Atlantis 93 10,000 $100,000
163 Treasure Island Dizzy Codemasters 91 10,000 $100,000
164 Bigfoot Codemasters 91 10,000 $100,000
165 Battle Valley Hewson / Rack-It 89 10,000 $100,000
166 Alien Syndrome Sega 88 10,000 $100,000
167 Yabba Dabba Doo! Grandslam / Bug-Byte 87 10,000 $100,000
168 The Last Ninja System 3 86 10,000 $100,000
169 Repton Superior Software 85 10,000 $100,000
170 Citadel Superior Software 85 10,000 $100,000
171 Stryker’s Run Superior Software 85 10,000 $100,000
172 Percy Penguin Superior Software 83 10,000 $100,000
173 10 Great Games Gremlin 83 10,000 $100,000
174 The Golden Figurine Atlantis 83 10,000 $100,000
175 Leapster Alternative 82 10,000 $100,000
176 Action Force II Virgin 81 10,000 $100,000
177 Monkey Nuts Grandslam / Bug-Byte 81 10,000 $100,000
178 Play It Again Sam 4 Superior Software 80 10,000 $100,000
179 BC II: Grog’s Revenge The Power House 79 10,000 $100,000
180 Donkey Kong Jr. / Play It Again Sam 3 Nintendo 79 10,000 $100,000
181 Exile Superior Software 78 10,000 $100,000
182 Howzat Alternative 76 10,000 $100,000
183 Street Gang Interceptor / Players 76 10,000 $100,000
184 Flight Path 737 Softek 76 10,000 $100,000
185 Mickey Mouse Gremlin 75 10,000 $100,000
186 Cavern Capers Alternative 75 10,000 $100,000
187 Mr Wiz Superior Software 74 10,000 $100,000
188 The Life of Repton Superior Software 73 10,000 $100,000
189 Speedball Mirrorsoft / Image Works 72 10,000 $100,000
190 Super Hang-On Sega 69 10,000 $100,000
191 Bonecruncher Superior Software 66 10,000 $100,000
192 Transmuter Codemasters 65 10,000 $100,000
193 Super Robin Hood Codemasters 63 10,000 $100,000
194 Rogue Trooper Alternative 61 10,000 $100,000
195 Battle Chess Electronic Arts 49 10,000 $100,000 [104]
196 Dragon Ninja / Bad Dudes Data East 49 10,000 $100,000
197 Ravage Blue Ribbon 48 10,000 $100,000
198 1942 Capcom 48 10,000 $100,000
199 WEC Le Mans Konami 47 10,000 $100,000
200 Space Harrier Sega 45 10,000 $100,000 [103]
201 Milk Race Mastertronic 45 6,000 $100,000
202 Pool CDS Microsystems 45 6,000 $100,000
203 SAS Combat Simulator Codemasters 45 6,000 $100,000
204 Tanium Interceptor / Players 45 6,000 $100,000
205 Turbo Boat Simulator Silverbird 45 6,000 $100,000
206 Sophistry CRL 44 6,000 $100,000
207 Codename: Droid Acornsoft / Superior 43 6,000 $100,000
208 Glider Rider Grandslam / Bug-Byte 43 6,000 $100,000
209 International Speedway Silverbird 43 6,000 $100,000
210 Pro Skateboard Simulator Codemasters 43 6,000 $100,000
211 Draconus Zeppelin Games 42 5,000 $100,000
212 Microball Alternative 42 5,000 $100,000
213 Pothole Pete Atlantis 42 5,000 $100,000
214 Shoot Em Up Alligata / Budgie 42 5,000 $100,000
215 Space Ace Gremlin 42 5,000 $100,000
216 Sword Slayer Interceptor / Players 42 5,000 $100,000
217 Bubble Trouble Interceptor / Players 41 5,000 $100,000
218 Game Over 2 Dinamic 41 5,000 $100,000
219 Kung-Fu Master / Karate Ace Irem / Data East 41 5,000 $100,000
220 The Double Alternative / Summit 41 5,000 $100,000
221 Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon Cinemaware 41 5,000 $100,000
222 Feud Mastertronic / Bulldog 70 7,000 $70,000
223 Desmond’s Dungeon Alternative 40 5,000 $50,000
224 Menace Psygnosis / Psyclapse 40 5,000 $50,000
225 Ravenskull CDS Microsystems 40 5,000 $50,000
226 Quartet Gold Red Rat 39 5,000 $50,000
227 The Extirpator Silverbird 39 5,000 $50,000
228 Leader Board US Gold / Access 38 5,000 $50,000
229 Power Pack Volume 2 Audiogenic 38 5,000 $50,000
230 Atari Safari Scorpio Gamesworld / Illusion 37 5,000 $50,000
231 Boulder Dash Prism Leisure / First Star 37 5,000 $50,000
232 Graham Gooch's Match Cricket Alternative 37 5,000 $50,000
233 Spy vs. Spy Databyte / First Star 37 5,000 $50,000
234 Elevator Action Taito 36 5,000 $50,000
235 F/A-18 Interceptor Electronic Arts 36 5,000 $50,000
236 Hostages Infogrames 36 5,000 $50,000
237 Rik the Roadie Alternative 36 5,000 $50,000
238 Rockfall Alternative 35 5,000 $50,000
239 5th Gear Hewson / Rack-It 34 4,000 $40,000
240 Combat Zone Alternative 34 4,000 $40,000
241 Quest Acornsoft / Superior 34 4,000 $40,000
242 Red Storm Rising MicroProse 34 4,000 $40,000
243 Soccer Alternative 34 4,000 $40,000
244 Cricket Argus Press / Bug-Byte 33 4,000 $40,000
245 Dan Dare II: Mekon's Revenge Virgin 33 4,000 $40,000
246 License to Kill Alternative 33 4,000 $40,000
247 Zaxxon / Fortress / Play It Again Sam 5 Sega 33 4,000 $40,000
248 Repton 3 CDS Microsystems 33 4,000 $40,000
249 Talladega Top Ten 33 4,000 $40,000
250 Carrier Command Rainbird 32 4,000 $40,000
251 Cricket International Alternative 32 4,000 $40,000
252 Gryzor / Contra Konami 32 4,000 $40,000
253 International Rugby Artic Computing 32 4,000 $40,000
254 Monkey Magic Alternative 32 4,000 $40,000
255 Snapper Acornsoft 32 4,000 $40,000
256 Dig Dug Namco 31 4,000 $40,000

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Average console game prices:
    • Cartridge games – ¥6,500[53] ($51)
    • Famicom Disk games – ¥2,860[54] ($22)
  2. 143,350 points equivalent to $3.1 billion = $22,000 per point (est.)
  3. Points from monthly RePlay arcade charts
  4. 5,133.69 points equivalent to 229,000 units (excluding Double Dragon) = 45 units per point (est.)
  5. 5,133.69 points equivalent to $5,700,000,000 (excluding Double Dragon) = $1,100,000 per point (est.)
  6. Points calculated from monthly Your Sinclair and Sinclair User arcade charts.
    • Rank #1 = 11 points
    • Rank #10 = 2 points
    • Rank #11 = 1 point
  7. 333 points equivalent to $500,000,000 = $1,500,000 per point (est.)
  8. Points calculated from weekly Bondeal arcade charts.
    • Rank #1 = 10 points
    • Rank #5 = 6 points
    • Rank #10 = 1 point
  9. 5,030 points equivalent to $100,000,000 = $20,000 per point (est.)
  10. Points calculated from rankings on monthly charts.
    • Rank #1 = 20 points
    • Rank #20 = 1 point
  11. 2,730 points equivalent to 5 million units = 1,800 units per point (est.)
  12. 2,730 points equivalent to $120 million = $44,000 per point (est.)
  13. Ranking points
    • Computer Entertainer (multi-platform charts)
      • Rank #1 = 15 points
      • Rank #10 = 6 points
      • Rank #15 = 1 point
    • Famitsu (NES charts)
      • Rank #1 = 10 points
      • Rank #10 = 1 point
  14. 234 points equivalent to 2 million units (Punch-Out) = 9,000 units per point (est.)
  15. Average game price: $34.99
  16. Points calculated from rankings on Computer Entertainer charts:
    • Rank #1 = 20 points
    • Rank #20 = 1 point
  17. 120 points equivalent to 170,000 units (California Games) = 1,400 units per point (est.)
  18. Average price: $40
  19. Points calculated from chart rankings on Computer Hits database between January 1988 and January 1989.
    • Rank #1 = 50 points
    • Rank #50 = 1 point
  20. 1,433 points equivalent to 180,000 units (The Way of the Exploding Fist) = 130 units per point (est.)
  21. Average price: £5.95 ($10)

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