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In 1989, the video game industry experienced sustained growth from 1988.

The year's highest-grossing arcade game worldwide was Taito's beat 'em up blockbuster Double Dragon for the second year in a row. The best‑selling home system in 1989 was the Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom) for the sixth year in a row. And for the fifth time in a row, the year's best-selling home video game was Super Mario Bros.

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 74,310,000+ $12,224,000,000 $30,000,000,000
Arcade games Worldwide 326,000+ $12,600,000,000 $31,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade games United States 210,000+ $8,000,000,000 $20,000,000,000 [1][2]
United Kingdom 15,000+ $1,300,000,000 $3,200,000,000 [3][4]
Arcade video games Japan 100,000+ $3,200,000,000 $8,200,000,000 [5]
Hong Kong 1,000+ $100,000,000 $250,000,000 [6][7]
Video games Worldwide 126,525,820 $17,569,000,000 $43,000,000,000
Arcade Arcade video games United States 210,000 $5,200,000,000 $13,000,000,000 [2][8][9]
Japan 100,000+ $3,200,000,000 $7,900,000,000 [5]
United Kingdom 15,000+ $430,000,000 $1,100,000,000 [3][4]
Hong Kong 1,000+ $100,000,000 $250,000,000 [6][7]
Worldwide 326,000+ $8,930,000,000 $22,000,000,000
Console Game consoles Japan 3,310,000 [10][11]
United States 10,000,000
Europe 530,035+
Korea 150,035+
Worldwide 13,840,035+
Console games Japan 12,552,163 $1,000,000,000 $2,500,000,000 [12][n 1]
United States 50,000,000 $2,430,000,000 $6,000,000,000 [2][14]
United Kingdom 2,000,000 $40,000,000 $100,000,000 [15][16]
Console market Japan 15,862,163 $3,800,000,000 $9,300,000,000 [17]
United States 60,000,000 $3,400,000,000 $8,400,000,000 [2][18][19]
United Kingdom 2,000,000+ $77,000,000 $190,000,000 [15][16]
Worldwide 77,862,163+ $7,277,000,000 $18,000,000,000
Computer Computer games United States 10,000,000 $624,000,000 $1,300,000,000 [20][21]
United Kingdom 25,000,000 $200,000,000 $490,000,000 [15][22]
Japan 5,000,000+ $120,000,000 $290,000,000 [23][24]
Worldwide 40,000,000 $944,000,000 $2,400,000,000
Handheld Handheld consoles Japan 1,480,000 $140,000,000 $340,000,000 [25][26]
United States 1,100,000 $100,000,000 $250,000,000 [27][28]
Handheld cartridges Japan 2,507,657 $50,000,000 $120,000,000 [12]
United States 3,000,000 $100,000,000 $250,000,000 [28]
Handheld LCD games Japan 250,000 $12,000,000 $29,000,000 [29]
Handheld market Japan 4,237,657 $190,000,000 $470,000,000
United States 4,100,000 $200,000,000 $490,000,000 [28][27]
United Kingdom $28,000,000 $69,000,000 [15]
Worldwide 8,337,657+ $418,000,000 $1,000,000,000
Video games United States 74,310,000 $9,424,000,000 $23,000,000,000
Japan 25,199,820+ $7,310,000,000 $18,000,000,000
United Kingdom 27,015,000 $707,000,000 $1,700,000,000
Electronic games Worldwide 126,525,820 $21,239,000,000 $52,000,000,000

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 $300,000,000 $740,000,000 Beat 'em up
2 Final Lap Namco $210,000,000 $520,000,000 Racing
3 Chase H.Q. Taito $190,000,000 $470,000,000
4 Operation Thunderbolt Taito $170,000,000 $420,000,000 FPS
5 Strider / Strider Hiryū Capcom $160,000,000 $390,000,000 Hack & slash
Tetris Sega $160,000,000 $390,000,000 Puzzle
7 Out Run Sega $150,000,000 $370,000,000 Racing
Power Drift Sega $150,000,000 $370,000,000
Super Monaco GP Sega $150,000,000 $370,000,000
10 Turbo OutRun Sega $140,000,000 $340,000,000
11 After Burner / After Burner II Sega $130,000,000 $320,000,000 TPS
Hard Drivin' Atari Games $130,000,000 $320,000,000 Racing
13 Golden Axe Sega $120,000,000 $290,000,000 Hack & slash
Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Ryūkenden Tecmo $120,000,000 $290,000,000 Beat 'em up
Operation Wolf Taito $120,000,000 $290,000,000 FPS
16 Crime Fighters / VS. Crime Fighters Konami $110,000,000 $270,000,000 Beat 'em up
17 RoboCop Data East $100,000,000 $250,000,000 Run & gun
Tatsujin / Truxton Taito $100,000,000 $250,000,000 Shmup
19 Super Off Road Leland $99,000,000 $240,000,000 Racing
20 Team Quarterback Leland $97,000,000 $240,000,000 Sports
21 Capcom Bowling Capcom $96,000,000 $240,000,000
22 Super Hang-On Sega $93,000,000 $230,000,000 Racing
Winning Run Namco $93,000,000 $230,000,000
24 Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja Data East $92,000,000 $230,000,000 Beat 'em up
WWF Superstars Technōs Japan $92,000,000 $230,000,000 Wrestling

Japan[]

In Japan, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1989, , according to the annual Game Machine and Gamest charts. Estimated earnings are given based on approximate calculations.

Rank Title Company Points
[30][31][32]
Revenue
(est.)[n 2]
1 Tetris Sega 8,298 $160,000,000
2 Final Lap Namco 5,686 $110,000,000
3 Winning Run Namco 4,909 $93,000,000
4 Chase H.Q. Taito 4,680 $89,000,000
5 Image Fight Irem 4,390 $83,000,000
6 World Stadium Namco 4,258 $81,000,000
7 Power Drift Sega 4,079 $78,000,000
8 Operation Thunderbolt Taito 3,988 $76,000,000
9 Super Monaco GP Sega 3,625 $69,000,000
10 Tatsujin / Truxton Taito 3,540 $67,000,000
11 Out Run Sega 3,286 $62,000,000
12 Turbo OutRun Sega 3,140 $60,000,000
13 Idol Mahjong Hōsōkyoku System Service 3,053 $58,000,000
14 Tenchi wo Kurau / Dynasty Wars Capcom 2,913 $55,000,000
15 Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom 2,828 $54,000,000
16 Metal Hawk Namco 2,768 $53,000,000
17 Top Landing Taito 2,508 $48,000,000
18 Shanghai II Sunsoft 2,424 $46,000,000
19 Super Real Mahjong PIII Seta / Taito 2,284 $43,000,000
20 World Stadium '89 Namco 2,267 $43,000,000
21 Flash Point Sega 2,248 $43,000,000
22 Sichuan lrem 2,183 $41,000,000
23 Area 88 / U.N. Squadron Capcom 2,139 $41,000,000
24 After Burner / After Burner II Sega 2,054 $39,000,000
25 Hard Drivin' Atari Games 2,036 $39,000,000
26 Shanghai Sunsoft 1,894 $36,000,000
27 Continental Circus Taito 1,890 $36,000,000
28 Thunder Cross Konami 1,880 $36,000,000
29 Kyukyoku Tiger / Twin Cobra Taito 1,813 $34,000,000
30 Mahjong Fun Club Video System 1,805 $34,000,000
31 Operation Wolf Taito 1,787 $34,000,000
32 Gain Ground Sega 1,778 $34,000,000
33 Mahjong Clinic Home Data 1,732 $33,000,000
34 Golden Axe Sega 1,731 $33,000,000
35 Willow Capcom 1,672 $32,000,000
36 Crime Fighters Konami 1,607 $31,000,000
37 Birdie Try Data East 1,576 $30,000,000
38 Mahjong Academy 2: Gakuen-chō no Fukushū Face 1,541 $29,000,000
39 Twin Hawk Toaplan / Taito 1,515 $29,000,000
40 Galaga '88 Namco 1,501 $29,000,000
41 Wrestle War Sega 1,500 $29,000,000
42 Gradius II / Vulcan Venture Konami 1,490 $28,000,000
43 World Court Namco 1,487 $28,000,000
44 Kami-en Hana Nihon Bussan 1,482 $28,000,000
45 Crack Down Sega 1,478 $28,000,000
46 Mahjong Shikaku Nihon Bussan 1,467 $28,000,000
47 Splatterhouse Namco 1,379 $26,000,000
48 Final Blow Taito 1,368 $26,000,000
49 Meijinsen / Shogi SNK 1,317 $25,000,000
50 Volfied Taito 1,293 $25,000,000
51 Valkyrie no Densetsu Namco 1,285 $24,000,000
52 Hana no Momoko Gumi Nihon Bussan / Taito 1,280 $24,000,000
53 Super Volleyball Video System 1,261 $24,000,000
54 Dragon Spirit Namco / Irem 1,245 $24,000,000
55 RoboCop Data East 1,243 $24,000,000
56 Mahjong Camera Kozō Miki Shōji 1,214 $23,000,000
57 Ninja Ryūkenden / Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1,213 $23,000,000
58 Datsugoku / P.O.W. SNK 1,202 $23,000,000
59 Telephone Mahjong Nihon Bussan 1,152 $22,000,000
60 Ordyne Namco 1,137 $22,000,000
61 Super Masters Sega 1,025 $20,000,000
62 Hard Puncher / The Final Round Konami 1,022 $20,000,000
63 R-Type Irem 992 $20,000,000
64 Don Doko Don Taito 973 $20,000,000
65 Mahjong Vitamin C Home Data 967 $20,000,000
66 Heavy Unit Taito 926 $18,000,000
67 Super Real Mahjong PI Seta 925 $18,000,000
68 Mahjong Dai Reikai Jaleco 894 $17,000,000
69 Night Striker Taito 893 $17,000,000
70 Master of Weapon Taito 879 $17,000,000
71 Mahjong Satsujin Jjiken Nihon Bussan 827 $16,000,000
72 Mahjong G-Men '89 Nihon Bussan 807 $15,000,000
73 Phelios Namco 804 $15,000,000
74 Strider Hiryū / Strider Capcom 779 $15,000,000
75 Gal no Kokuhaku Nihon Bussan 773 $15,000,000
76 Mahjong Gakuen / Mahjong Academy Yūga 706 $13,000,000
77 Kojin Kyōju Home Data 683 $13,000,000
78 Gang Wars SNK 669 $13,000,000
79 Gion Bana Nihon Bussan 665 $13,000,000
80 The Ninja Warriors Taito 640 $12,000,000
81 Jumbo Ozaki Supermasters Sega 635 $12,000,000
82 Stadium Hero Data East 580 $11,000,000
83 Capcom Bowling Capcom 575 $11,000,000
84 X Multiply Irem 496 $10,000,000
85 Legend of Hero Tonma Irem 471 $10,000,000
86 Champion Wrestler Taito 398 $10,000,000
87 Tensei Ryū: Saint Dragon Jaleco 398 $10,000,000
88 Darius II Taito 365 $10,000,000
89 WWF Superstars Technōs Japan 349 $10,000,000
90 Omega Fighter UPL 330 $10,000,000
91 Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair Westone / Sega 328 $10,000,000
92 Plus Alpha Jaleco 312 $10,000,000
93 Dirt Fox Namco 302 $10,000,000
94 Rompers Namco 302 $10,000,000
95 Lost Worlds / Forgotten Worlds Capcom 292 $10,000,000
96 Syvalion Taito 279 $10,000,000
97 Fighting Fantasy Data East 272 $10,000,000
98 Mirai Ninja Namco 269 $10,000,000
99 Blast Off Namco 259 $5,000,000
100 Street Fighter Capcom 232 $4,000,000
101 Genshi-Tō / Prehistoric Isle SNK 218 $4,000,000
102 Quarth / Block Hole Konami 207 $4,000,000
103 Face Off Namco 196 $4,000,000
104 Super Hang-On Sega 188 $4,000,000
105 Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon Data East 179 $3,000,000
106 Darius Taito 176 $3,000,000
107 Finest Hour Namco 171 $3,000,000
108 Zero Wing Toaplan / Namco 168 $3,000,000
109 Street Smart SNK 164 $3,000,000
110 Galaxy Force II Sega 138 $3,000,000
111 World Cup '90 / Tecmo World Cup '90 Tecmo 132 $3,000,000
112 Fighting Hawk Taito 130 $2,000,000
113 Hellfire Toaplan / Taito 126 $2,000,000
114 Double Dragon II: The Revenge Technōs Japan 122 $2,000,000
115 Saigo no Nindō / Ninja Spirit Irem 106 $2,000,000
116 Superman Taito 104 $2,000,000
117 Wild Fang / Tecmo Knight Tecmo 104 $2,000,000
118 Flipull / Plotting Taito 101 $2,000,000
119 Scramble Spirits Sega 98 $2,000,000
120 Task Force Harrier NMK / Jorudan / Sammy 92 $2,000,000
Annual 165,012 $3,200,000,000[5]

United States[]

In the United States, the following titles were the highest-grossing arcade games of 1989.

Rank Title Company Points[n 3]
[33][34]
Revenue
(est.)[n 4]
Ref
1 Double Dragon [35] Technōs Japan / Taito 110 $300,000,000 [36][37][38]
2 Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Ryūkenden Tecmo 105.49 $100,000,000 [39][40]
3 Operation Thunderbolt Taito 104.71 $98,000,000 [39][41][40]
4 Chase H.Q. Taito 104.70 $98,000,000 [39][41]
5 Team Quarterback Leland 103.11 $97,000,000 [40]
6 Final Lap Namco 101.10 $95,000,000
7 Super Off Road Leland 98.23 $92,000,000 [39][40]
8 Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja Data East 98 $92,000,000 [40]
9 OutRun Sega 97.20 $91,000,000
10 NARC Williams 95.60 $90,000,000 [39]
11 Operation Wolf Taito 95.21 $89,000,000
12 After Burner Sega 93.35 $88,000,000
13 Cabal TAD 93.32 $88,000,000 [39][40][41]
14 Super Hang-On Sega 93.20 $88,000,000
15 Hard Drivin' Atari Games 91.51 $86,000,000 [39][41]
16 Shinobi Sega 88.08 $83,000,000 [40]
17 Turbo OutRun Sega 88 $83,000,000 [39]
Crime Fighters / VS. Crime Fighters Konami 88 $83,000,000 [41]
Golden Axe Sega 88 $83,000,000 [39]
20 WWF Superstars Technōs Japan 87 $82,000,000 [39]
21 Capcom Bowling Capcom 86 $81,000,000 [35][40]
Super Monaco GP Sega 86 $81,000,000 [39]
Big Run Jaleco 86 $81,000,000
24 Mechanized Attack SNK 85 $80,000,000 [39]
Tetris Atari Games 85 $80,000,000 [40][41]
Superman Taito 85 $80,000,000 [41]
U.S. Classic Seta / Taito 85 $80,000,000
Midnight Resistance Data East 85 $80,000,000 [39]
Caliber .50 Seta 85 $80,000,000
30 RoadBlasters Atari Games 84.77 $80,000,000
31 RoboCop Data East 84.38 $79,000,000
32 720° Atari Games 84.26 $79,000,000
33 Power Drift Sega 81.09 $76,000,000
34 Cyberball Atari Games 80.25 $75,000,000
35 Championship Sprint Atari Games 78.06 $73,000,000
36 Super Sprint Atari Games 71.07 $67,000,000
37 Cobra Command Data East 70.98 $67,000,000
38 Double Dragon II Technōs Japan 70.13 $66,000,000
39 Strider / Strider Hiryu Capcom 63.57 $60,000,000
40 Bubble Bobble Taito 61.06 $57,000,000
41 RoadBlasters Atari Games 55.90 $53,000,000
42 Arch Rivals Bally Midway 55.57 $52,000,000
43 Heavy Barrel Data East 49.67 $47,000,000
44 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger Taito 48.55 $46,000,000
45 Quarterback Leland 45.63 $43,000,000
46 Splatterhouse Namco / Sharp Image 45.00 $42,000,000
47 Assault Namco 43.51 $41,000,000
48 Ninja Warriors Taito 42.50 $40,000,000
49 Twin Eagle Taito 41.58 $39,000,000
50 Bottom of the Ninth / Main Stadium Konami 38.78 $36,000,000
51 P.O.W. / Prison Break SNK 38.39 $36,000,000
52 Sly Spy / Secret Agent Data East 37.72 $35,000,000
53 Wrestle War Sega 36.85 $35,000,000
54 V'Ball Technōs Japan / Taito 36.53 $34,000,000
55 Altered Beast / Jūōki Sega 35.43 $33,000,000
56 Truxton / Tatsujin Taito 35.42 $33,000,000
57 Ghouls 'n Ghosts / Dai Makaimura Capcom 35.03 $33,000,000
58 Final Blow Taito 35.02 $33,000,000
59 P-47 Jaleco 34.12 $32,000,000
60 Last Stand Saga Taito 33.18 $31,000,000
61 Willow Capcom 32.31 $30,000,000
62 Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters Atari Games 30.61 $29,000,000
63 Gang Wars SNK 30.45 $29,000,000
64 Dynamite Duke Seibu Kaihatsu 30.01 $28,000,000
65 Crackdown Sega 29.76 $28,000,000
66 Crime City Taito 29.32 $28,000,000
67 Street Smart SNK 29.24 $27,000,000
68 Final Round / Hard Puncher Konami 28.94 $27,000,000
69 Nastar Warrior / Rastan Saga II Taito 28.53 $27,000,000
70 Hippodrome / Fighting Fantasy Data East 28.46 $27,000,000
71 Top Speed ​​/ Full Throttle Taito 28.01 $26,000,000
72 Street Fighter Capcom 27.66 $26,000,000
73 Prehistoric Isle / Genshi-Tō SNK 27.35 $26,000,000
74 Legend of Makai / Makai Densetsu Jaleco 26.34 $25,000,000
75 S.T.U.N. Runner Atari Games 26.00 $24,000,000
76 Cyberball 2072 Atari Games 25.67 $24,000,000
77 All American Football Leland 24.09 $23,000,000
78 Ikari III: The Rescue SNK 23.52 $22,000,000
79 U.N. Squadron / Area 88 Capcom 23.30 $22,000,000
80 Apache 3 Tatsumi / Data East 23.19 $22,000,000
81 Tecmo Bowl Tech Mo 23.19 $22,000,000
82 Continental Circuit / Continental Circus Taito 21.32 $20,000,000
83 Pole Position II Namco 20.01 $19,000,000
84 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / TMNT Konami 18.96 $18,000,000
85 E.S.W.A .T. Sega 16.26 $15,000,000
86 Gain Ground Sega 16.17 $15,000,000
87 Rambo III Taito 15.84 $15,000,000
88 Devastators / Garuka Konami 14.52 $14,000,000
89 Gold Medalist SNK 14.48 $14,000,000
90 Thunder Cross Konami 14.28 $13,000,000
91 Tecmo Knight / Wild Fang Tecmo 14.14 $13,000,000
92 VS. Platoon Sunsoft 13.78 $13,000,000
93 Super Volleyball Home Data / Data East 13.47 $13,000,000
94 Dynasty Wars / Tenchi wo Kurau Capcom 13.39 $13,000,000
95 Paperboy Atari Games 13.26 $12,000,000
96 Big Event Golf Taito 13.09 $12,000,000
97 VS. Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 13.01 $12,000,000
98 Galaxy Force Sega 8.67 $8,000,000
99 Toki Fabtek 8.47 $8,000,000
100 Champion Bowling Seta 7.86 $7,000,000
101 Showdown Exidy 7.69 $7,000,000
102 Tournament Cyberball Atari Games 7.67 $7,000,000
103 Night Striker Taito 7.63 $7,000,000
104 Golden Tee Golf Strata 7.20 $7,000,000
105 S.P.Y. / Special Project Y Konami 7.11 $7,000,000
106 Rolling Thunder Namco / Atari 7.10 $7,000,000
107 Astayanax Jaleco 7.00 $7,000,000
108 Exterminator Premier 7.00 $7,000,000
109 Heavy Unit Taito 7.00 $7,000,000
110 Super Masters Sega 7.00 $7,000,000
111 Sky Soldiers SNK 6.98 $7,000,000
112 The Main Event / Ring no Ōja Konami 6.88 $6,000,000
113 Atomic Robo-Kid UPL / Nichibutsu 6.71 $6,000,000
114 Tough Turf Sunsoft 6.63 $6,000,000
115 Chernov Data East 6.40 $6,000,000
Annual 5,306.53 $5,200,000,000 [2][8][9]

United Kingdom[]

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

Rank Title Company Points[n 5] Revenue (est.)[n 6] Ref
1 Strider Capcom 10 $80,000,000 [42]
2 ? 9 ?
3 ? 8 ?
4 ? 7 ?
5 ? 6 ?
Annual 55 $430,000,000 [3][4]

Hong Kong[]

In Hong Kong, the following titles were the year's highest-grossing arcade games.

Rank Title Company Points[n 7][43][44] Revenue (est.)[n 8]
1 Hard Drivin' Atari Games 375 $8,000,000
2 Super Off Road Leland 336 $7,000,000
3 Championship Sprint Atari Games 318 $6,000,000
4 Street Fighter / Street Fighter DX Capcom 209 $4,000,000
5 Capcom Bowling Capcom 183 $4,000,000
6 Arch Rivals Bally Midway 180 $4,000,000
7 Tetris Atari Games 175 $4,000,000
8 Crack Down Sega 164 $3,000,000
9 Cabal TAD 149 $3,000,000
10 Cyberball Atari Games 137 $3,000,000
11 Final Blow Taito 122 $2,000,000
12 Super Monaco GP Sega 107 $2,000,000
13 Passing Shot Sega 102 $2,000,000
14 Final Lap Namco 99 $2,000,000
15 Apache 3 Tatsumi 97 $2,000,000
16 Golden Axe Sega 96 $2,000,000
17 Pang / Buster Bros. Mitchell 96 $2,000,000
18 Hot Chase Konami 92 $2,000,000
19 Chequered Flag Konami 82 $2,000,000
20 Super Volleyball Video System 78 $2,000,000
21 Super Hang-On Sega 69 $1,000,000
22 Missing in Action / M.I.A. Konami 67 $1,000,000
23 Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters Atari Games 60 $1,000,000
24 Tough Turf Sega 59 $1,000,000
25 Omega Fighter UPL 58 $1,000,000
26 Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Ryūkenden Tecmo 56 $1,000,000
27 Prehistoric Isle / Genshi-Tō SNK 55 $1,000,000
28 Burning Force Namco 55 $1,000,000
29 Ikari III SNK 54 $1,000,000
30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / TMNT Konami 50 $1,000,000
31 The Final Round / Hard Puncher Konami 44 $1,000,000
32 Continental Circus Taito 43 $1,000,000
33 Midnight Resistance Data East 43 $1,000,000
34 ESWAT Sega 40 $1,000,000
35 Saint Dragon / Tensei Ryū Jaleco 35 $1,000,000
36 Vindicators Atari Games 35 $1,000,000
37 Caliber .50 SETA 35 $1,000,000
38 Master of Weapon Taito 34 $1,000,000
39 Dynamite Düx Sega 32 $1,000,000
40 Street Smart SNK 32 $1,000,000
41 Asuka & Asuka Taito 31 $1,000,000
42 Hachoo! Jaleco 28 $1,000,000
43 The NewZealand Story Taito 26 $1,000,000
44 Flash Point Sega 26 $1,000,000
45 Superman Taito 25 $500,000
46 Fighting Fantasy / Hippodrome Data East 25 $500,000
47 Super Crowns Golf Nasco 25 $500,000
48 Galaxy Gunners Electronic Devices 25 $500,000
49 Ace Attacker Sega 23 $500,000
50 DownTown / Mokugeki SETA/Taito 23 $500,000
51 Zero Wing Toaplan 23 $500,000
52 Golden Tee Golf Strata 23 $500,000
53 Forgotten Worlds / Lost Worlds Capcom 19 $400,000
54 Special Project Y / S.P.Y. Konami 19 $400,000
55 RoboCop Data East 18 $400,000
56 Dynasty Wars / Tenchi wo Kurau Capcom 16 $300,000
57 Lord of King / The Astyanax Aicom / Jaleco 16 $300,000
58 Plotting / Flipull Taito 15 $300,000
59 Demon's World / Horror Story Toaplan 15 $300,000
60 UN Squadron / Area 88 Capcom 15 $300,000
61 Act-Fancer Data East 14 $300,000
62 Arbalester Jorudan / SETA 12 $200,000
63 WWF Superstars Technōs 12 $200,000
64 The Next Space SNK 11 $200,000
65 Thunder Cross Konami 10 $200,000
66 Crime Fighters Konami 10 $200,000
67 Scramble Spirits Sega 9 $200,000
68 Champion Wrestler Taito 9 $200,000
69 Double Dynamites / Dynamite Duke 2P TAD 9 $200,000
70 World Cup '90 / Tecmo World Cup '90 Tecmo 7 $100,000
71 Strider Capcom 6 $100,000
72 Devastators / Garuka Konami 5 $100,000
73 Ghouls 'n Ghosts / Dai Makaimura Capcom 5 $100,000
74 V'Ball / Volleyball Technōs 5 $100,000
75 Fire Shark / Sky Shark Toaplan 5 $100,000
76 Rally Bike / Dash Yarō Toaplan / Taito 3 $100,000
77 Rambo III Taito 3 $100,000
78 Perfect Billiards / Perfect Billiard Sega / Video System 2 $40,000
79 Block Hole / Quarth Konami 2 $40,000
80 Mega Blast Taito 2 $40,000
Annual 4,730 $100,000,000[6][7]

Best-selling home systems[]

Rank System(s) Company Type Sales
Japan USA Europe Korea Worldwide
1 NES Nintendo Console 1,520,000[25] 9,200,000[45] 180,000+[46] 20,000[47] 10,920,000+
2 Game Boy Nintendo Handheld 1,480,000[25] 1,100,000[27] N/A N/A 2,580,000
3 Commodore 64 Commodore Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A 1,250,000[48]
4 PC Engine NEC Console 920,000[25] 300,000[49] Unknown Unknown 1,220,000+
5 UltraLite / PC-88 / PC-98 NEC Computer 1,030,000[50][51] 115,800+[52] Unknown Unknown 1,145,800+
6 Sega Mega Drive Sega Console 600,000[25] 500,000[53] N/A N/A 1,100,000
7 Macintosh Apple Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A 1,100,000[48]
8 Sega Master System Sega Console 200,000[54] 250,000[55] 350,000[46] 130,000[47] 930,000+
9 IBM PC IBM Computer Unknown 748,600+[52] Unknown Unknown 748,600+
10 Amiga Commodore Computer N/A N/A N/A N/A 600,000[48]

Best-selling home video games[]

The following titles were the top ten best-selling home video games worldwide in 1989.

Rank Title Platform Genre Sales
Japan[56] United States Worldwide
1 Super Mario Bros. NES Platformer 48,570 10,000,000+[57][58] 10,048,570+
2 Tetris GB / NES Puzzle 1,396,347 1,000,000+[59] 2,396,347+
3 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Platformer 71,961 2,000,000+[57] 2,071,961+
4 Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom Platformer 1,331,286 N/A 1,331,286
5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Action 55,250 1,000,000[60] 1,055,250
6 Super Mario Land Game Boy Platformer 616,992 Unknown 616,992+
7 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi 2 Famicom Strategy 567,063 N/A 567,063
8 Mother (EarthBound Beginnings) Famicom RPG 501,625 N/A 501,625
9 Famista '89: Kaimaku Ban! Famicom Sports 445,000 N/A 445,000
10 Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden Famicom Action RPG 376,542 N/A 376,542

Japan[]

In Japan, the following titles were the best-selling home video games in 1989. 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. 3 Famicom Nintendo 1,331,286 $70,000,000 Platformer
2 Tetris Game Boy Nintendo 963,750 $19,000,000 Puzzle
3 Super Mario Land Game Boy Nintendo 616,992 $12,000,000 Platformer
4 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi 2 Famicom Bandai 567,063 $30,000,000 Strategy
5 Mother (EarthBound Beginnings) Famicom Nintendo 501,625 $25,000,000 RPG
6 Famista '89: Kaimaku Ban! Famicom Namco 445,000 $22,000,000 Sports
7 Tetris Famicom Nintendo 432,597 $22,000,000 Puzzle
8 Nobunaga no Yabō: Sengoku Gun'yū-den PC-88 SR Koei 400,000 $9,000,000 Strategy
9 Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden Famicom Bandai 376,542 $20,000,000 Action RPG
10 Dragon Ball 3: Goku Den Famicom Bandai 341,813 $17,000,000 Card / RPG
11 Tetris Computers BPS 300,000 $7,000,000 Puzzle
12 Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium: Heisei Gannenhan Famicom Taito 290,344 $15,000,000 Sports
13 Zelda Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $12,000,000 Action-ADV
14 TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Dai Maō Famicom Konami 237,094 $12,000,000 Shmup
15 Racer Mini-Yonku: Japan Cup Famicom Konami 225,406 $11,000,000 Racing
16 Dracula Densentsu / Castlevania: The Adventure Game Boy Konami 216,031 $4,000,000 Platformer
17 SD Gundam World: Map Collection Famicom Disk Bandai 215,885 $11,000,000 Strategy
18 Suikoden: Tenmei no Chikai PC-88 SR Koei 200,000 $4,000,000 Strategy
Ys III: Wanderers From Ys PC-88/98 Nihon Falcom 200,000 $4,000,000 Action RPG
20 Ultraman Club: Chikyū Dakkan Sakusen Famicom Disk Bandai 186,600 $10,000,000 RPG
21 Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Kiken na Futari - Kōhen Famicom Disk Data East 182,884 $9,000,000 Adventure
22 Super Chinese 2: Dragon Kid / Little Ninja Brothers Famicom Culture Brain 176,094 $9,000,000 Brawler/RPG
23 After Burner / After Burner II X68K, FMT, FC Sega/Sunsoft 169,241 $5,000,000 Flight / TPS
24 Pro Baseball Famista '88 Famicom Namco 160,297 $8,000,000 Sports
25 Famicom Tantei Club II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo - Zenpen Famicom Disk Nintendo 150,719 $8,000,000 Adventure

Console games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Sales[56] Revenue
(est.)[n 1]
1 Super Mario Bros. 3 Famicom Nintendo 1,331,286 $70,000,000
2 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi 2 Famicom Bandai 567,063 $30,000,000
3 Mother (EarthBound Beginnings) Famicom Nintendo 501,625 $25,000,000
4 Famista '89: Kaimaku Ban! Famicom Namco 445,000 $22,000,000
5 Tetris Famicom Nintendo 432,597 $22,000,000
6 Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden Famicom Bandai 376,542 $20,000,000
7 Dragon Ball 3: Goku Den Famicom Bandai 341,813 $17,000,000
8 Kyuukyoku Harikiri Stadium: Heisei Gannenhan Famicom Taito 290,344 $15,000,000
9 TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Dai Maō Famicom Konami 237,094 $12,000,000
10 Racer Mini-Yonku: Japan Cup Famicom Konami 225,406 $11,000,000
11 SD Gundam World: Map Collection Famicom Disk Bandai 215,885 $11,000,000
12 Ultraman Club: Chikyū Dakkan Sakusen Famicom Disk Bandai 186,600 $10,000,000
13 Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Kiken na Futari - Kōhen Famicom Disk Data East 182,884 $9,000,000
14 Super Chinese 2: Dragon Kid / Little Ninja Brothers Famicom Culture Brain 176,094 $9,000,000
15 Pro Baseball Famista '88 Famicom Namco 160,297 $8,000,000
16 Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo - Zenpen Famicom Disk Nintendo 150,719 $8,000,000
17 Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti Famicom Namco 124,969 $6,000,000
18 Baseball Simulator 1.000 Famicom Culture Brain 107,563 $5,000,000
19 Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo - Kōhen Famicom Disk Nintendo 105,625 $5,000,000
20 Tenkaichi Bushi: Keru Nagūru Famicom Namco 100,906 $5,000,000
21 Final Fantasy II Famicom Squaresoft 96,278 $5,000,000
22 Famista '90 Famicom Namco 96,250 $5,000,000
23 Ghouls 'n Ghosts Mega Drive Sega 94,563 $5,000,000
24 Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari Famicom Technos Japan 93,607 $5,000,000
25 Kaettekita Mario Bros. Famicom Disk Nintendo 91,482 $5,000,000
26 Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu Mega Drive Sega 90,813 $5,000,000
27 Ganbare Goemon 2 Famicom Konami 85,648 $4,000,000
28 Dragon Spirit / Dragon Spirit: Aratanaru Densetsu PCE, Famicom Namco 84,512 $4,000,000
29 Mega Man II Famicom Capcom 83,636 $4,000,000
30 Ordyne PC Engine Namco / NEC 75,063 $4,000,000
31 Thunder Force II Mega Drive Technosoft 74,188 $4,000,000
32 Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels Famicom Disk Nintendo 71,961 $4,000,000
33 After Burner Famicom Sega / Sunsoft 69,241 $3,000,000
34 Quinty Famicom Namco 67,938 $3,000,000
35 Shin Moero!! Pro Yakyū Famicom Jaleco 66,500 $3,000,000
36 Far East of Eden: Ziria / Tengai Makyō: Ziria PC Engine CD Hudson 62,000 $3,000,000
37 SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi - Scramble Wars Famicom Disk Bandai 61,719 $3,000,000
38 Ganbare Pennant Race! Famicom Konami 56,586 $3,000,000
39 Baseball Star: Mezase Sankanō Famicom SNK 56,531 $3,000,000
40 Geki Kame Ninja Den / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Famicom Konami 55,250 $3,000,000
41 Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation Famicom Enix 54,845 $3,000,000
42 Jinsei! Gekijō Famicom Taito 54,308 $3,000,000
43 Final Lap Twin PC Engine Namco 53,875 $3,000,000
44 Chuka Taisen Famicom Taito 53,219 $3,000,000
45 Pachinko GP Famicom Disk Data East 51,932 $3,000,000
46 Vs. Excitebike Famicom Disk Nintendo 51,224 $3,000,000
47 Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn - The Third Scenario Famicom ASCII 51,038 $3,000,000
48 Robocop Famicom Data East 50,781 $3,000,000
49 Wagan Land Famicom Namco 50,072 $3,000,000
50 Super Momotarō Dentetsu PC Engine Hudson 49,594 $2,000,000
51 Kōshien Famicom Taito 48,938 $2,000,000
52 Super Mario Bros. Famicom / Disk Nintendo 48,570 $2,000,000
53 Putt Putt Golf Famicom Disk Pack in Video 47,219 $2,000,000
54 Jajamaru Ninpō Chō Famicom Jaleco 46,241 $2,000,000
55 Ninja Ryūkenden / Ninja Gaiden Famicom Tecmo 45,418 $2,000,000
56 LaSalle Ishii no Child's Quest Famicom Namco 44,750 $2,000,000
57 Halley Wars Famicom Disk Taito 42,602 $2,000,000
58 Cosmic Wars Famicom Konami 41,906 $2,000,000
59 Phantasy Star II Mega Drive Sega 40,561 $2,000,000
60 Tenchi o Kurau Famicom Capcom 40,156 $2,000,000
61 Super Daisenryaku Mega Drive Sega 38,107 $2,000,000
62 Samurai Sword Famicom Disk Capcom 37,509 $2,000,000
63 Gekitō Pro Wrestling! Tōkon Densetsu Famicom Tecmo 32,000 $2,000,000
64 Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yūyūki - Zenpen Famicom Disk Nintendo 31,000 $2,000,000
65 Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō Famicom Konami 30,414 $2,000,000
66 Golden Axe Mega Drive Sega 30,156 $2,000,000
67 Pac-Land PC Engine Namco 29,438 $1,000,000
68 Moeru! Oniisan Famicom Toho 29,094 $1,000,000
69 Datsugoku: Prisoners of War Famicom K Amusement 28,969 $1,000,000
70 Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair PC Engine CD Hudson 28,188 $1,000,000
71 Nankin no Adventure Famicom Disk Sunsoft 26,429 $1,000,000
72 Mahjong Gakuen Tōmasou Shirō Toujō PC Engine Face 25,719 $1,000,000
73 Sakigake! Otokojuku: Shippu Ichi Gō Sei Famicom Bandai 24,413 $1,000,000
74 Volleyball Famicom Disk Nintendo 23,724 $1,000,000
75 Dungeon Explorer PC Engine NEC 23,645 $1,000,000
76 Hikari Genji Roller Panic Famicom Disk Pony Canyon 23,599 $1,000,000
77 Nekketsu Kōkō Dodge Ball Bu / Super Dodge Ball Famicom Technos Japan 21,844 $1,000,000
78 Doraemon: Meikyū Daisakusen PC Engine Hudson 21,531 $1,000,000
79 Hokuto no Ken 3: Shinseiki Sōzō Seiken Retsuden Famicom Toei Animation 21,406 $1,000,000
80 Kyūkyoku Tiger PC Engine Taito 20,878 $1,000,000
81 Valis II PC Engine CD Nippon Telenet 20,375 $1,000,000
82 Gunhed PC Engine Hudson 20,094 $1,000,000
83 Aoki Ookami to Shiroki Mejika: Genghis Khan Famicom Koei 19,803 $1,000,000
84 Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Yūyūki - Kōhen Famicom Disk Nintendo 19,406 $1,000,000
85 Fire Pro Wrestling PC Engine Human 19,156 $1,000,000
86 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha Famicom Asmik 18,716 $1,000,000
87 Kaijū Monogatari Famicom Namco 18,716 $1,000,000
88 Wrecking Crew Famicom Disk Nintendo 18,360 $1,000,000
89 Oishinbo: Kyukyoku no Menu 3-bon Syōbu Famicom Shinsei Bandai 17,781 $1,000,000
90 Family Pinball Famicom Namco 17,725 $1,000,000
91 Pro Yakyū? Satsujin Jiken! Famicom Capcom 17,598 $1,000,000
92 The Ninja Warriors PC Engine Taito 16,969 $1,000,000
93 Dragon Buster II: Yami no Fūin Famicom Namco 16,875 $1,000,000
94 Matsumoto Toru no Kabushiki Hisshōgaku II Famicom Imagineer 16,204 $1,000,000
95 Momotarō Dentetsu Famicom Hudson 16,069 $1,000,000
96 F-1 Dream PC Engine NEC 15,656 $1,000,000
97 Rambo III Mega Drive Sega 15,656 $1,000,000
98 Meimon! Daisan Yakyūbu Famicom Bandai 14,094 $1,000,000
99 Takeshi no Sengoku Fūunko Famicom Taito 13,808 $1,000,000
100 Power Golf PC Engine Hudson 13,656 $1,000,000
101 Tarot Uranai Famicom Disk Scorpion Soft 13,585 $1,000,000
102 Cyber Cross PC Engine Face 13,469 $1,000,000
103 SonSon II PC Engine NEC 13,224 $1,000,000
104 Kidō Keisatsu Patlabor Famicom Disk Bandai 12,771 $1,000,000
105 Forgotten Worlds Mega Drive Sega 12,594 $1,000,000
106 Zoids 2: Zenebasu no Gyakushū Famicom Toshiba EMI 12,334 $1,000,000
107 Satomi Hakkenden Famicom SNK 12,105 $1,000,000
108 Power League II PC Engine Hudson 11,719 $1,000,000
109 Nectaris PC Engine Hudson 10,960 $1,000,000
110 Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Mega Drive Sega 10,935 $1,000,000
111 Lutter Famicom Disk Athena 10,750 $1,000,000
112 Magma Project Hacker Famicom Disk Tokuma Shoten 10,625 $1,000,000
113 Super Thunder Blade Mega Drive Sega 10,197 $1,000,000
114 Ultima: Quest of the Avatar Famicom Pony Canyon 9,875 $500,000
115 Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa Famicom Sunsoft 9,816 $500,000
116 Rolling Thunder Famicom Nintendo 9,613 $500,000
117 World Cup Soccer Mega Drive Sega 9,406 $500,000
118 Home Run Nighter: Pennant League!! Famicom Data East 9,307 $500,000
119 Dragon Ninja Famicom Namco 8,906 $400,000
120 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Famicom Koei 8,875 $400,000
121 Yū Maze Famicom Disk Taito 8,494 $400,000
122 Susano O Densetsu PC Engine Hudson 8,214 $400,000
123 Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu Famicom Bandai 7,832 $400,000
124 Wai Wai Mahjong: Yukai na Jantomi-tachi PC Engine Video System 7,563 $400,000
125 Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijō Mega Drive Sega 7,375 $400,000
126 Kyūkyoku Harikiri Stadium '88 Senshū Shin Data Version Famicom Taito 6,510 $300,000
127 Saiyūki World Famicom Jaleco 6,332 $300,000
128 Family Mahjong II: Shanghai he no Michi Famicom Namco 6,256 $300,000
129 Space Harrier II Mega Drive Sega 6,230 $300,000
130 Nishimura Kyōtarō Mystery: Blue Train Satsujin Jiken Famicom Irem 6,078 $300,000
131 Pachiokun 2 Famicom Coconuts Japan 5,671 $300,000
132 Hydlide 3: Yami Kara no Hōmonsha Famicom Namco 5,467 $300,000
133 King of Kings Famicom Namco 5,442 $300,000
134 Ice Hockey Famicom Disk Nintendo 5,366 $300,000
135 Operation Wolf Famicom Taito 5,264 $300,000
136 Dandy: Zeuon No Fukkatsu Famicom Disk Pony Canyon 5,137 $300,000
137 Cobra: Kuro Ryū-ō no Densetsu PC Engine CD Hudson 4,781 $200,000
138 Kaizō Chōnin Shubibinman PC Engine NCS 4,679 $200,000
139 Hayauchi Super Igo Famicom Namco 4,552 $200,000
140 Gyruss Famicom Disk Konami 4,552 $200,000
141 JESUS: Kyōfu no Bio Monster Famicom King Records 4,450 $200,000
142 Best Play Pro Yakyū Famicom ASCII 4,450 $200,000
143 Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Shin Onigashima - Kōhen Famicom Disk Nintendo 4,438 $200,000
144 Professional Mahjong Gokū Famicom Disk ASCII 4,399 $200,000
145 Pro Wrestling: Famicom Wrestling Association Famicom Disk Nintendo 3,813 $200,000
146 Super Hang-On Mega Drive Sega 3,313 $200,000
147 Moto Roader PC Engine NEC 3,179 $200,000
148 Motocross Champion Famicom Konami 2,874 $100,000
149 Famicom Wars Famicom Nintendo 2,823 $100,000
150 Vigilante PC Engine Irem 2,721 $100,000
151 Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kyōto Hana no Misshitsu Satsujin Famicom Taito 2,568 $100,000
152 OutLive PC Engine Sunsoft 2,365 $100,000
153 Jūōki / Altered Beast Mega Drive Sega 2,212 $100,000
154 P-47: The Freedom Fighter PC Engine Aicom 1,933 $100,000

Handheld games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Sales Revenue
(est.)[n 9]
Ref
1 Tetris Game Boy Nintendo 963,750 $19,000,000 [56]
2 Super Mario Land Game Boy Nintendo 616,992 $12,000,000
3 Zelda Game & Watch Nintendo 250,000 $12,000,000 [63]
4 Dracula Densetsu / Castlevania: The Adventure Game Boy Konami 216,031 $4,000,000 [56]
5 Makai Tōshi SaGa / Final Fantasy Legend Game Boy Squaresoft 121,281 $2,000,000
6 Alleyway Game Boy Nintendo 111,035 $2,000,000
7 Baseball Game Boy Nintendo 94,518 $2,000,000
8 Shanghai Game Boy HAL Laboratory 87,094 $2,000,000
9 Pinball: 66 Hiki no Wani Daikōshin / Revenge of the Gator Game Boy HAL Laboratory 77,344 $2,000,000
10 Golf Game Boy Nintendo 51,844 $1,000,000
11 Motocross Maniacs Game Boy Konami 43,938 $1,000,000
12 Seaside Volleyball Game Boy Tonkin House 35,719 $1,000,000
13 Tennis Game Boy Nintendo 23,406 $500,000
14 Hyper Lode Runner Game Boy Bandai 23,250 $500,000
15 Yakuman Game Boy Nintendo 15,080 $300,000
16 Sōkoban Game Boy Pony Canyon 14,281 $300,000
17 Mickey Mouse Game Boy Namco 12,094 $200,000

Computer games[]

Rank Title Platform(s) Company Points
[n 10][64]
Sales
(est.)[n 11]
Revenue
(est.)[n 12]
1 Nobunaga no Yabō: Sengoku Gun'yū-den PC-88 Koei 197 400,000 $9,000,000
2 Tetris Computers BPS 154 300,000 $7,000,000
3 Suikoden: Tenmei no Chikai PC-88 Koei 90 200,000 $4,000,000
4 Ys III: Wanderers From Ys PC-88, PC-98 Nihon Falcom 75 200,000 $4,000,000
5 Star Trader PC-88 Nihon Falcom 72 100,000 $3,000,000
6 Last Armageddon NEC, MSX, X1 Brain Grey 66 100,000 $3,000,000
7 Might and Magic 2 X1, FM7, NEC Star Craft 62 100,000 $3,000,000
8 Xak: The Art of Visual Stage PC-88 Micro Cabin 60 100,000 $3,000,000
9 After Burner / After Burner II X68000, FMT Sega / Dempa 50 100,000 $2,000,000
10 Daikairei: Dai Nippon Teikoku Kaigun no Kiseki PC-98 Artdink 47 90,000 $2,000,000
11 Tenka Tōitsu PC-98 SystemSoft 45 90,000 $2,000,000
12 Crimson II PC-88 Xtal Soft 44 90,000 $2,000,000
13 Sorcerian / Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian NEC, X1 Nihon Falcom 42 80,000 $2,000,000
14 Wings of Fury NEC, X68 Broderbund 42 80,000 $2,000,000
15 Ishin no Arashi PC-88, PC-98 Koei 41 80,000 $2,000,000
16 Ginga Eiyū Densetsu +Set PC-88, PC-98 Bothtec 40 80,000 $2,000,000
17 Snatcher NEC, MSX Konami 40 80,000 $2,000,000
18 Sorcerian Scenario: Sengoku Sorcerian NEC, X1 Nihon Falcom 40 80,000 $2,000,000
19 Valis II NEC, MSX Nihon Telenet 39 80,000 $2,000,000
20 Teitoku no Ketsudan PC-98 Koei 36 70,000 $2,000,000
21 Master of Monsters NEC, MSX, X1 SystemSoft 34 70,000 $2,000,000
22 Ginga Eiyū Densetsu PC-88, PC-98 Bothtec 33 70,000 $2,000,000
23 Chaos★Angels NEC, MSX ASCII / NCS 32 60,000 $2,000,000
24 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha Computers Game Arts 32 60,000 $2,000,000
25 F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 PC-98 ASCII 30 60,000 $1,000,000
26 Gekitotsu Pennant Race 2 MSX Konami 29 60,000 $1,000,000
27 Gofer no Yabō Episode II / Nemesis 3 MSX Konami 29 60,000 $1,000,000
28 R-Type MSX, X68 Irem 28 60,000 $1,000,000
29 Record of Lodoss War PC-98 HummingBird 28 60,000 $1,000,000
30 Psy-o-blade Computers T&E Soft 27 50,000 $1,000,000
31 Yajiuma Pennant Race PC-88 Victor Music 25 50,000 $1,000,000
32 Kon'ya mo Asamade Powerful Mahjong 2 Computers dB-Soft 24 50,000 $1,000,000
33 Xevious MSX Namco 23 50,000 $1,000,000
34 Zavaş PC-88 Popcom 23 50,000 $1,000,000
35 Disk PAC MSX Panasoft 22 40,000 $1,000,000
36 FM Pana Amusement Cartridge MSX Panasoft 22 40,000 $1,000,000
37 Gambler Jiko Chūshinha 2 NEC, MSX, X1 Game Arts 21 40,000 $1,000,000
38 Can Can Bunny PC-88, PC-98 Cocktail Soft 20 40,000 $1,000,000
39 Daisenryaku II PC-98 SystemSoft 20 40,000 $1,000,000
40 Disk Station #5 MSX Compile 20 40,000 $1,000,000
41 Wizardry 4 NEC, X1, FM7 ASCII 20 40,000 $1,000,000
42 Pyramid Sorcerian NEC, X1 Nihon Falcom 19 40,000 $1,000,000
43 Schwarzschild PC-98 Kogado Studio 19 40,000 $1,000,000
44 Disc Station #0 MSX Compile 18 40,000 $1,000,000
45 Disk Station #6 MSX Compile 18 40,000 $1,000,000
46 Harukanaru Augusta PC-98 T&E Soft 18 40,000 $1,000,000
47 Advanced Fantasian PC-88 Xtal Soft 17 30,000 $800,000
48 Disc Station Special 1: Spring Edition MSX Compile 17 30,000 $800,000
49 Disc Station Special 4: Autumn Edition MSX Compile 17 30,000 $800,000
50 Genocide X68000 ZOOM 17 30,000 $800,000
51 Shanghai NEC, MSX SystemSoft 17 30,000 $800,000
52 Daisenryaku Special PC-98 SystemSoft 16 30,000 $800,000
53 Disk Station #2 MSX Compile 16 30,000 $800,000
54 Pac-Mania MSX, X68 Namco / Sharp 16 30,000 $800,000
55 Death Bringer / Galdregon's Domain PC-88/98VA Nihon Telenet 15 30,000 $700,000
56 Salamander X68000 Konami / Sharp 15 30,000 $700,000
57 Tōdō Ryūnosuke Tantei: Kohakuiro no Yuigon Computers Riverhill Soft 15 30,000 $700,000
58 Disk Station #7 MSX Compile 14 30,000 $700,000
59 Gunship PC-98 MicroProse 14 30,000 $700,000
60 Reach for the Stars PC-98 Hobby Japan 14 30,000 $700,000
61 Disc Station Special 2: Early Summer Edition MSX Compile 13 30,000 $600,000
62 Duel PC-88, PC-98 Kure Software 13 30,000 $600,000
63 Zan: Kagerō no Toki PC-98 Wolf Team 13 30,000 $600,000
64 Double Eagle PC-98 Artdink 12 20,000 $600,000
65 Dragon Spirit X68000 Dempa 12 20,000 $600,000
66 Fantasy Zone X68000 Sega / Dempa 12 20,000 $600,000
67 Ring Master: The Shadow of Filias PC-98 Hobby Japan 12 20,000 $600,000
68 Thunder Force II X68000 Technosoft 12 20,000 $600,000
69 Air Combat: Yūgekiō II PC-98 SystemSoft 11 20,000 $500,000
70 Alantia PC-98 Victor Music 11 20,000 $500,000
71 Disc Station Special 3: Summer Vacation MSX Compile 11 20,000 $500,000
72 J.B. Harold 3: D.C. Connection PC-98 Riverhill Soft 11 20,000 $500,000
73 Undeadline MSX T&E Soft 11 20,000 $500,000
74 AD&D: Heroes of the Lance NEC, X1 Pony Canyon 10 20,000 $500,000
75 Arcus Computers Wolf Team 10 20,000 $500,000
76 Daisenryaku: Map Collection PC-98 SystemSoft 10 20,000 $500,000
77 Ginga Eiyū Densetsu: Power-Up & Scenario PC-88, PC-98 Bothtec 10 20,000 $500,000
78 Pocky PC-88 Ponytail Soft 10 20,000 $500,000
79 Ring Master II: Forget You Not, Evermore PC-98 Hobby Japan 10 20,000 $500,000
80 Schwarzschild II PC-98 Kogado Studio 10 20,000 $500,000
81 Super Daisenryaku NEC, X68 SystemSoft 10 20,000 $500,000
82 Hydlide 3 SV PC-98 T&E Soft 9 20,000 $400,000
83 Veigues PC-88 Game Arts 9 20,000 $400,000
84 Digan no Maseki NEC, MSX Artec 8 20,000 $400,000
85 Might and Magic Computers Star Craft 8 20,000 $400,000
86 Nobunaga no Yabō: Zenkoku-ban Computers Koei 8 20,000 $400,000
87 Balance of Power NEC, MSX ASCII 7 10,000 $300,000
88 F-15 Strike Eagle PC-98 SystemSoft 7 10,000 $300,000
89 Ginga NEC, MSX SystemSoft 7 10,000 $300,000
90 Greatest Driver MSX T&E Soft 6 10,000 $300,000
91 Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsu-hen Computers Micro Cabin 6 10,000 $300,000
92 Mashou Denki: La Valeur PC-88 Kogado Studio 6 10,000 $300,000
93 The NewZealand Story X68000 Sharp 6 10,000 $300,000
94 The Return of Ishtar MSX Namco 6 10,000 $300,000
95 Disk Station #4 MSX Compile 5 10,000 $200,000
96 Hai no Majutsushi MSX Konami 5 10,000 $200,000
97 Morita Shōgi II Computers Enix 5 10,000 $200,000
98 MS Field: Kidō Senshi Gundam NEC, MSX Family Soft 5 10,000 $200,000
99 Rogue Alliance PC-98 Star Craft 5 10,000 $200,000
100 Toraware Penguin PC-88 Tatsumi 5 10,000 $200,000
101 Daisenryaku III PC-98 SystemSoft 4 8,000 $200,000
102 Den-nō Gakuen: Cybernetic Hi-School PC-88, PC-98 Gainax 4 8,000 $200,000
103 Disk Station #3 MSX Compile 4 8,000 $200,000
104 Hozon-ban Lode Runner PC-98 SystemSoft 4 8,000 $200,000
105 Kami no Machi: Hyper Visual Adventure PC-88 Studio Panther 4 8,000 $200,000
106 Star Cruiser NEC, X1/68K Arsys Software 4 8,000 $200,000
107 Tir-nan-óg II: The Sign of Chaos PC-98 SystemSoft 4 8,000 $200,000
108 Lipstick Adventure PC-88, PC-98 FairyTale / JAST 3 6,000 $100,000
109 Wing Man Special MSX Enix 3 6,000 $100,000
110 Wizardry Computers ASCII 3 6,000 $100,000
111 Daikairei: Nankai no Shitō PC-98 Artdink 2 4,000 $100,000
112 Exile II: Kanketsu-hen / XZR II: Kanketsu-hen NEC, MSX Nihon Telenet 2 4,000 $100,000
113 Jack Nicklaus Championship Golf NEC, X68 Victor Music 2 4,000 $100,000
114 Test Drive PC-98 Pony Canyon 2 4,000 $100,000
115 What's Michael? PC-88, PC-98 Micro Cabin 1 2,000 $50,000
116 You To Den PC-98 SystemSoft 1 2,000 $50,000
117 Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen Computers Nihon Falcom 1 2,000 $50,000
Annual 2,541 5,000,000[24] $120,000,000[23]

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 9,600,000 $1,100,000,000
2 Duck Hunt NES Nintendo 9,000,000 $1,000,000,000
3 World Class Track Meet NES Human / Nintendo 2,000,000 $360,000,000
4 Super Mario Bros. 2 / Doki Doki Panic NES Nintendo 1,500,000 $70,000,000
5 Tetris Game Boy Nintendo 1,100,000 $100,000,000
6 Ninja Gaiden NES Nintendo 900,000 $40,000,000
7 Double Dragon SMS, NES, 2600 Technōs / Sega 850,000 $40,000,000
8 Super Mario Land Game Boy Nintendo 800,000 $36,000,000
9 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES Konami 600,000 $20,000,000
10 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES Nintendo 600,000 $20,000,000
11 Altered Beast Sega Genesis Sega 500,000 $100,000,000
12 Dragon Warrior / Dragon Quest NES Chunsoft / Enix 500,000 $25,000,000
13 F-15 Strike Eagle Computers MicroProse 500,000 $20,000,000
14 Skate or Die NES Konami / Ultra Games 500,000 $20,000,000
15 Blades of Steel NES Konami 400,000 $20,000,000
16 Blaster Master NES Sunsoft 400,000 $20,000,000
17 Tecmo Bowl NES Tеcmo 400,000 $20,000,000
18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Konami / Ultra Games 400,000 $20,000,000
19 Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Computers Broderbund 400,000 $16,000,000
20 Keith Courage in Alpha Zones TurboGrafx-16 NEC / Hudson Soft 300,000 $60,000,000
21 Bases Loaded / Moero! Pro Yakyū NES Jaleco 300,000 $10,000,000
22 Bubble Bobble NES Taito 300,000 $10,000,000
23 Operation Wolf NES Taito 300,000 $10,000,000
24 Strider NES Capcom 300,000 $10,000,000
25 The Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo 300,000 $10,000,000

Console games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Points[n 13]
[68][69]
Sales
(est.)[n 14]
Gross (est.)
[n 15][69][70]
Ref
1 Super Mario Bros. NES Nintendo 9,600,000 $1,100,000,000 [71][72][73]
2 Duck Hunt NES Nintendo 9,000,000 $1,000,000,000 [72][73]
3 World Class Track Meet NES Human 2,000,000 $360,000,000 [74]
4 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Nintendo 427 1,500,000 $70,000,000 [71][57]
5 Ninja Gaiden NES Nintendo 247 900,000 $40,000,000
6 Double Dragon SMS, NES, 2600 Technōs / Sega 173 850,000 $40,000,000 [75]
7 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES Konami 179 600,000 $20,000,000
8 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES Nintendo 174 600,000 $20,000,000
9 Altered Beast Sega Genesis Sega 500,000 $100,000,000 [53][76]
10 Dragon Warrior NES Chunsoft / Enix 102 500,000 $25,000,000 [77][78][79]
11 Skate or Die NES Konami / Ultra 140 500,000 $20,000,000
12 Blades of Steel NES Konami 123 400,000 $20,000,000
13 Blaster Master NES Sunsoft 119 400,000 $20,000,000
14 Tecmo Bowl NES Tеcmo 118 400,000 $20,000,000
15 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Konami / Ultra 102 400,000 $20,000,000
16 Keith Courage in Alpha Zones TurboGrafx-16 NEC / Hudson 300,000 $60,000,000 [49]
17 Bubble Bobble NES Taito 99 300,000 $10,000,000
18 The Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo 97 300,000 $10,000,000
19 Bases Loaded NES Jaleco 92 300,000 $10,000,000
20 Operation Wolf NES Taito 87 300,000 $10,000,000
21 Strider NES Capcom 79 300,000 $10,000,000
22 Hang-On Master System Sega 250,000 $32,000,000 [80][55]
Safari Hunt Master System Sega 250,000 $32,000,000
24 Mega Man 2 NES Capcom 70 200,000 $10,000,000
25 Tetris NES Nintendo 50 200,000 $10,000,000
26 Marble Madness NES Atari / Milton 68 200,000 $8,000,000
27 R.C. Pro-Am NES Nintendo 56 200,000 $8,000,000
28 Anticipation NES Nintendo 49 200,000 $8,000,000
29 Contra NES Konami 46 200,000 $8,000,000
30 Track & Field II NES Konami 61 200,000 $6,000,000
31 Pac-Man NES, 2600, 5200 Namco 23 114,374 $3,120,511 [81]
32 Rampage NES Data East 41 100,000 $4,000,000
33 Town & Country Surf Designs NES Atlus / LJN 36 100,000 $4,000,000
34 Metal Gear NES Konami / Ultra 34 100,000 $4,000,000
35 Baseball Stars NES SNK 28 100,000 $4,000,000
36 Double Dribble NES Konami 27 90,000 $4,000,000
37 Top Gun NES Konami 26 90,000 $4,000,000
38 Paperboy NES Mindscape 23 80,000 $3,000,000
39 California Games SMS, NES Sega / Milton 22 80,000 $3,000,000
40 Mickey Mousecapades NES Capcom / Hudson 21 70,000 $3,000,000
41 Faxanadu NES Hudson / Falcom 19 70,000 $3,000,000
42 Life Force / Salamander NES Konami 20 70,000 $2,000,000
43 Mario Bros. 2600 Nintendo 65,696 $590,008 [82]
44 Donkey Kong / Classics NES, 2600 Nintendo 7 60,147 $1,269,273
45 Shinobi Master System Sega 16 60,000 $3,000,000
46 Milon's Secret Castle NES Hudson Soft 18 60,000 $2,000,000
47 WWF Wrestling NES Acclaim 17 60,000 $2,000,000
48 Xenophobe NES Sunsoft 17 60,000 $2,000,000
49 Donkey Kong Jr. / Classics NES, 2600 Nintendo 7 58,832 $1,265,616 [83]
50 Ultima: Exodus NES Ponican / FCI 13 50,000 $3,000,000
51 Adventures of Lolo NES HAL Laboratory 15 50,000 $2,000,000
52 Jackal NES Konami 14 50,000 $2,000,000
53 Ms. Pac-Man 2600 Namco 38,597 $277,073 [84]
54 Space Invaders 2600, 5200 Taito 36,396 $99,381
55 Pole Position 2600 Namco 33,855 $239,073
56 Jungle Hunt 2600, 5200 Taito 30,858 $204,982
57 Platoon NES Sunsoft 9 30,000 $1,000,000
58 Q*Bert 2600 Gottlieb 25,057 $168,488
59 Yars' Revenge 2600 Atari 24,708 $40,174
60 Millipede NES, 2600 Atari / HAL 2 23,815 $261,814
61 Dark Chambers 2600 Atari 22,338 $199,534
62 Centipede 2600, 5200 Atari 22,300 $154,738
63 Phoenix 2600 TPN / Taito 20,280 $67,126
64 Air Wolf NES Kyugo 7 20,000 $1,000,000
65 Hudson's Adventure Island NES Hudson / Sega 7 20,000 $1,000,000
66 Ice Hockey NES Nintendo 7 20,000 $1,000,000
67 Cobra Command NES Data East 6 20,000 $1,000,000
68 DuckTales NES Capcom 6 20,000 $1,000,000
69 Racket Attack NES TOSE / Jaleco 6 20,000 $1,000,000
70 Back to the Future NES LJN 5 20,000 $1,000,000
71 Punch-Out! NES Nintendo 6 20,000 $500,000
72 Mouse Trap 2600 Exidy 19,920 $73,124 [85]
73 Pac-Man Jr. 2600 Namco 18,248 $159,823
74 Kangaroo 2600, 5200 Sunsoft 16,477 $55,589
75 Battlezone 2600 Atari 16,457 $48,239
76 Moon Patrol 2600, 5200 Irem 16,390 $55,807
77 Secret Quest 2600 Axlon 16,345 $146,311
78 Circus Atari 2600 Atari 15,984 $27,364
79 Baseball II 2600 Atari 15,413 $65,282
80 Super Breakout 2600, 5200 Atari 14,023 $35,703
81 Basketball 2600 Atari 13,674 $24,793
82 Canyon Bomber 2600 Atari 12,768 $24,816
83 Crossbow 2600 Atari 12,445 $111,371
84 Asteroids 2600 Atari 11,558 $23,137
85 Super Football 2600 Atari 11,536 $103,657
86 Missile Command 2600, 5200 Atari 10,926 $24,408
87 Vanguard 2600, 5200 TOSE / SNK 10,796 $29,407
88 Solaris 2600 Atari 10,524 $27,818
89 Boxing 2600 Atari 10,023 $88,279
90 Pole Position II 7800 Namco 4 10,000 $1,000,000 [86]
91 Legacy of the Wizard NES Nihon Falcom 4 10,000 $400,000
92 Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle NES Kemco / LJN 3 10,000 $400,000
93 Nobunaga's Ambition NES Koei 3 10,000 $400,000
94 Kid Icarus NES Nintendo / TOSE 4 10,000 $300,000
95 Excitebike NES Nintendo 3 10,000 $300,000
96 Golf NES Nintendo 4 10,000 $200,000
97 Football II 2600 Atari 9,914 $43,496 [85]
98 Volleyball 2600 Atari 9,882 $24,260
99 E.T. 2600 Atari 9,586 $12,462
100 Venture 2600 Exidy 9,542 $27,809
101 Super Baseball 2600 Atari 9,181 $82,302
102 Real Sports Soccer 2600 Atari 8,976 $16,696
103 Sprint Master 2600 Atari 8,374 $58,944
104 Air Sea Battle 2600 Atari 7,965 $15,223
105 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? NES Rare / LJN 2 7,000 $300,000
106 Tennis II 2600 Atari 6,547 $1,034 [85]
107 Crystal Castles 2600 Atari 6,272 $38,395
108 Ball Blazer 5200 Atari 6,200 $12,460
109 Double Dunk 2600 Atari 6,180 $53,986
110 Countermeasure 5200 Atari 6,180 $12,360
111 Qix 5200 Taito 6,180 $12,360
112 Midnight Magic 2600 Atari 5,967 $42,689
113 Gravitar 2600 Atari 5,940 $25,371
114 Joust NES, 2600, 5200 Williams / HAL 1 5,912 $109,608
115 Galaxian 2600, 5200 Namco 5,832 $11,134
116 Football 2600, 5200 Atari 5,430 $10,541
117 Off The Wall 2600 Axlon 4,968 $44,318
118 Road Runner 2600 Atari 4,428 $39,447
119 Defender 2600, 5200 Williams 3,956 $5,952
120 Codebreaker 2600 Atari 2,592 $3,888
121 BMX 2600 Atari 2,448 $13,464
122 Desert Falcon 2600 Atari 2,230 $28,514
123 Radar Lock 2600 Atari 1,932 $15,811
124 Warlords 2600 Atari 1,865 $3,041
125 Gremlins 5200 Atari 1,682 $2,388
126 Dig Dug 2600 Namco 1,465 $13,200
127 Home Run 2600 Atari 900 $10,751
128 Pengo 5200 Coreland / Sega 894 $1,269
129 Rescue On Fractalus! 5200 Atari 714 $1,014
130 Berzerk 2600, 5200 Stern 689 $1,172
131 Soccer 5200 Atari 664 $943
132 Brain Games 2600 Atari 432 $821
133 Star Raiders 2600, 5200 Atari 342 $608
134 Choplifter 5200 Atari 249 $354
135 Krull 2600 Atari 214 $500
136 Stargate 2600 Atari 180 $1,933
137 Taz 2600 Atari 79 $229
138 Concentration 2600 Atari 70 $140
139 Robotron 5200 Atari 29 $41
140 Backgammon 2600 Atari 21 $21
141 Star Ship 2600 Atari 20 $40
142 Casino 2600 Atari 15 $23
143 Haunted House 2600 Atari 11 $17
144 Space Dungeon 5200 Taito 10 $14
145 Human Cannonball 2600 Atari 10 $10

Handheld games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Points[n 16][87] Sales (est.)[n 17] Gross (est.)[n 18][87] Ref
1 Tetris Game Boy Nintendo 50 1,100,000 $100,000,000 [27]
2 Super Mario Land Game Boy Nintendo 40 800,000 $36,000,000
3 Tennis Game Boy Nintendo 10 200,000 $4,000,000
4 Baseball Game Boy Nintendo 6 100,000 $2,000,000
5 Alleyway Game Boy Nintendo 3 60,000 $1,000,000
6 California Games Lynx Epyx 50,000 $9,000,000 [88][89]

Computer games[]

Rank Title Platform Company Points[n 19]
[90][91]
Sales (est.)
[n 20][92]
Gross (est.)
[n 21][93]
Ref
1 F-15 Strike Eagle Computers MicroProse 500,000 $20,000,000 [94][95]
2 Where in the World is Carmen Computers Broderbund 400,000 $16,000,000 [94][95]
3 Jeopardy! Computers ShareData 210,000 $8,000,000 [95]
4 Wheel of Fortune Computers ShareData 210,000 $8,000,000
5 Pool of Radiance Computers SSI 170,000 $7,000,000 [96][95]
6 Falcon IBM, Mac, AMI HoloByte 154 100,000 $4,000,000
7 Dungeon Master IBM FTL 125 100,000 $4,000,000
8 The Duel: Test Drive II Computers Accolade 125 100,000 $4,000,000
9 The Bard's Tale Computers Interplay / EA 100,000 $4,000,000 [97]
10 Classic Concentration Computers ShareData 60,000 $2,000,000 [95]
11 Battlehawks 1942 IBM Lucasfilm Games 83 50,000 $2,000,000
12 Family Feud Computers ShareData 50,000 $2,000,000 [95]
13 Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? Computers Broderbund 50,000 $2,000,000
14 Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny IBM Origin 74 40,000 $2,000,000
15 The Three Stooges C64 Cinemaware 73 40,000 $2,000,000
16 Blood Money Amiga DMA / Psygnosis 70 40,000 $2,000,000 [92]
17 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella IBM, AMI, APP Sierra 67 40,000 $2,000,000
18 Rocket Ranger C64, Amiga Cinemaware 66 40,000 $2,000,000
19 Renegade / Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun IBM Technōs / Taito 60 40,000 $2,000,000
20 Red Storm Rising IBM MicroProse 57 30,000 $1,000,000
21 Jordan vs. Bird C64 EA 49 30,000 $1,000,000
22 Captain Blood IBM Mindscape 44 30,000 $1,000,000
23 Space Quest III IBM Sierra 41 20,000 $1,000,000
24 BattleTech IBM Infocom 40 20,000 $1,000,000
25 4th & Inches C64 Accolade 38 20,000 $1,000,000
26 Batman C64, IBM Data East 34 20,000 $1,000,000
27 Death Bringer IBM Cinemaware 27 20,000 $1,000,000
28 AD&D: Heroes of the Lance Computers SSI 20,000 $800,000 [96]
29 Hillsfar IBM SSI 23 10,000 $400,000
30 Shadow of the Beast Amiga Psygnosis 22 10,000 $400,000
31 Flight Simulator IBM, Mac Microsoft 20 10,000 $400,000
32 Manhunter New York IBM Sierra 20 10,000 $400,000
33 Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Computers Electronic Arts 20 10,000 $400,000
34 Platoon C64 Data East 20 10,000 $400,000
35 Math Blaster Plus! Apple II, IBM Davidson 19 10,000 $400,000
36 F-15 Strike Eagle II IBM Electronic Arts 18 10,000 $400,000
37 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade IBM Lucasfilm Games 18 10,000 $400,000
38 TV Sports Football Amiga, DOS Cinemaware 18 10,000 $400,000
39 688 Attack Sub IBM Electronic Arts 17 10,000 $400,000
40 Where in the USA Is Carmen Sandiego? Computers Brøderbund 17 10,000 $400,000
41 Reader Rabbit Computers Learning 16 10,000 $400,000
42 ChessMaster 2100 APP, C64, IBM Electronic Arts 15 9,000 $400,000
43 Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? IBM Brøderbund 15 9,000 $400,000
44 Hardball! Computers Accolade 13 8,961 $412,639 [85]
45 Grand Prix Circuit IBM Accolade 14 8,000 $300,000
46 Tetris Computers HoloByte 14 8,000 $300,000
47 Think Quick! Apple II, IBM Learning 14 8,000 $300,000
48 Battle Chess IBM Interplay 13 8,000 $300,000
49 The Last Ninja C64 Activision 12 7,000 $300,000
50 TV Game Shows APP, C64, IBM Share Data 12 7,000 $300,000
51 Ballistix Amiga Psygnosis 11 7,000 $300,000
52 Prince of Persia Apple II Brøderbund 7,000 $300,000 [98]
53 Gauntlet C64 Mindscape 10 6,000 $200,000
54 Gauntlet II IBM Mindscape 9 5,000 $200,000
55 Mario Bros. Atari XE Nintendo 4,316 $56,850 [85]
56 Leisure Suit Larry II IBM Sierra 7 4,000 $200,000
57 California Games C64 Epyx 6 4,000 $200,000
58 SimCity Mac Maxis 6 4,000 $200,000
59 Choplifter Atari XE Atari 2,465 $32,139 [85]
60 Gunship Amiga MicroProse 3 2,000 $100,000
61 Lords of Rising Sun Amiga IBM 3 2,000 $100,000
62 Vette! IBM HoloByte 3 2,000 $100,000
63 Crime Busters Atari XE Atari 1,972 $36,112 [85]
64 David's Midnight Magic Atari XE Atari 1,563 $20,364
65 Karateka Atari XE Atari 1,506 $19,703
66 Crossbow Atari XE Atari 1,410 $25,974
67 Crystal Castles Atari XE Atari 1,339 $17,619
68 Donkey Kong Jr. Atari XE Nintendo 1,227 $16,037
69 Lode Runner Atari XE Nintendo 1,222 $21,888
70 Airball Atari XE Atari 1,188 $21,708
71 Dark Chambers Atari XE Atari 1,032 $18,835
72 Fast Break C64 Accolade 1 1,000 $40,000
73 Omega IBM Origin 1 1,000 $40,000
74 One-on-One Basketball Atari XE Atari 982 $12,747 [85]
75 Star Raiders Atari XE Atari 966 $6,393
76 Into The Eagles Ne Atari XE Atari 960 $12,698
77 Thunder Fox Atari XE Atari 834 $10,959
78 Food Fight Atari XE Atari 832 $10,910
79 Football Atari XE Atari 816 $8,031
80 Ace of Aces Atari XE Atari 792 $14,418
81 Gato Atari XE Atari 743 $13,441
82 Asteroids Atari XE Atari 672 $6,708
83 Fight Night Atari XE Atari 658 $8,590
84 Pole Position Atari XE Namco 576 $5,711
85 Jungle Hunt Atari XE Taito 574 $7,465
86 Desert Falcon Atari XE Atari 566 $7,436
87 Barnyard Blaster Atari XE Atari 549 $10,541
88 Battlezone Atari XE Atari 516 $6,809
89 Centipede Atari XE Atari 462 $4,650
90 Summer Games Atari XE Atari 414 $7,592
91 Archon Atari XE Atari 344 $4,530
92 Millipede Atari XE Atari 288 $2,892
93 Donkey Kong Atari XE Nintendo 282 $3,762
94 Robotron: 2084 Atari XE Atari 246 $2,472
95 Pengo Atari XE Coreland / Sega 180 $948
96 Necromancer Atari XE Atari 164 $2,229
97 Eastern Front '41 Atari XE Atari 156 $815
98 Final Legacy Atari XE Atari 126 $1,248
99 Caverns of Mars Atari XE Atari 126 $876
100 Moon Patrol Atari XE Irem 119 $1,731
101 Blue Max Atari XE Atari 89 $1,099
102 Pac-Man Atari XE Namco 84 $825
103 Space Invaders Atari XE Taito 70 $688
104 Joust Atari XE Atari 69 $1,057
105 Rescue on Fractalus! Atari XE Atari 60 $858
106 Ballblazer Atari XE Atari 54 $592
107 Dig Dug Atari XE Namco 54 $537
108 Galaxian Atari XE Namco 54 $486
109 Super Breakout Atari XE Atari 27 $264
110 Defender Atari XE Atari 24 $216
111 Star Raiders II Atari XE Atari 18 $198
112 Qix Atari XE Taito 12 $126
113 E.T. Atari XE Atari 12 $120
114 Track and Field Atari XE Konami 9 $198
115 Tennis Atari XE Atari 9 $84
116 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe Atari XE Atari 6 $18

United Kingdom[]

In the United Kingdom, RoboCop for the ZX Spectrum was the best-selling home video game of 1989.[99] The following titles were the best-selling home video games of each month in the United Kingdom during 1989.

Month Title Developer Publisher Platform(s) Ref
January Operation Wolf Taito Ocean Software Computers [100]
February [101]
March [102]
April RoboCop Data East Ocean Software 8-bit micros [103]
May [104]
June [105]
July Computers [106]
August [107]
September Crazy Cars Titus Titus 8-bit micros [108]
October Computers [109]
November Paperboy Atari Games Elite 8-bit micros [110]
December Chase H.Q. Taito Ocean Software Computers [111]
1989 RoboCop Data East Ocean Software ZX Spectrum [99]

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Average console game price – ¥6,500[13] ($50)
  2. 165,012 points equivalent to $3.2 billion = $19,000 per point (est.)
  3. Points derived from monthly RePlay arcade charts
  4. 5,196.53 points equivalent to $4,900,000,000 (excluding Double Dragon) = $940,000 per point (est.)
  5. Rank #1 = 10 points
    Rank #10 = 1 point
  6. 55 points equivalent to $430,000,000 = $8,000,000 per point (est.)
  7. Points calculated from weekly Bondeal arcade charts.
    • Rank #1 = 10 points
    • Rank #5 = 6 points
    • Rank #10 = 1 point
  8. 4,730 points equivalent to $100,000,000 = $20,000 per point (est.)
  9. Average handheld game price – ¥2,500[61][62] ($20)
  10. Points calculated from rankings on monthly charts.
    • Rank #1 = 20 points
    • Rank #20 = 1 point
  11. 2,541 points equivalent to 5 million+ units = 2,000 units per point (est.)
  12. 2,541 points equivalent to $120 million = $47,000 per point (est.)
  13. Ranking points
    • Toy & Hobby World (multi-platform charts)[65][66][67]
      • Rank #1 = 25 points
      • Rank #25 = 1 point
    • Computer Entertainer (multi-platform charts)
      • Rank #1 = 16 points
      • Rank #16 = 1 point
    • Famitsu (Nintendo charts)
      • Rank #1 = 10 points
      • Rank #10 = 1 point
  14. 427 points equivalent to 1.5 million units (Super Mario Bros. 2) = 3,500 units per point (est.)
  15. Gross revenue calculated by multiplying unit sales by retail price. The US retail prices for most standalone games are listed in Famitsu magazine. For bundles, sources are cited for retail prices. Where retail prices are not available for a game, the average cartridge price of $40 is used for the calculation.
  16. Famitsu ranking points:
    • Rank #1 = 10 points
    • Rank #10 = 1 point
  17. 50 points equivalent to 1.1 million units (Tetris) = 20,000 units per point (est.)
  18. Gross revenue calculated by multiplying unit sales by retail price. The US retail prices are listed in Famitsu magazine.
  19. Points calculated from rankings on charts:
    • Computer Entertainer
      • Rank #1 = 15 points
      • Rank #15 = 1 point
    • Compute!
      • Rank #1 = 20 points
      • Rank #10 = 11 points
  20. 70 points equivalent to 40,000 units (Blood Money) = 600 units per point (est.)
  21. Average price: $40

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    22. Nintendo Rampage (Data East)
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    27. 7800 game system (Atari)
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    30. Bubble Bobble (Taito America)15
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