Get ready to see a list of 10 fastest-selling games in their first week, but a few games on this list may just surprise you.
Grand Theft Auto V broke sales records when it was first released on Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2013. While exact numbers are unknown, the title managed to exceed $800 million in sales within 24 hours. That’s roughly 11 million copies, making it one of the most successful launches of all time.
Grand Theft Auto V
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a big hit for Bethesda in 2011. Across all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), Skyrim moved roughly seven million units in its first week on sale. That’s huge.
Pokémon Legends Arceus
Released earlier this year, the semi-open-world title would sell around six and a half million units within its first week, making it the fastest-selling Pokémon game in the franchise.
Diablo III would have some controversial design decisions on launch (the real money auction house, for one), those didn’t stop fans from coming in droves. Only launching on PC in 2012, the third trip to hell would sell roughly six million copies within its first week.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Moving $500 million in three days, this puts Black Ops III somewhere in the ballpark of six to seven million units for its first week on sale.
the art of Destiny
Activision Blizzard posted sales of around $500 million on its first day and would even boast that Destiny was “the most successful new video game franchise launch of all time.” That figure puts it somewhere around six to seven million units.
super smash bros. ultimate
Nintendo reportedly moved five million Ultimate units in one week, smashing previous fighting game records for launches. It’s also gone on to become the best-selling fighting game of all time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
the original Infinity Ward developed beast would release in November 2009 and move around four and a half million copies in its first week. Numbers from this period aren’t completely reliable, but at the time, this was positively unheard of for games.
Mafia III changed the setting to New Orleans and featured a black protagonist fighting against a racist system. That premise must have hooked players hard because 2K Games would post first-week sales of four and a half million units .
The Last of Us: Part 2
Despite reports of crunch at the studio and the mixed reception of character treatment among the hardcore fans, The Last of Us: Part 2 would release in 2020 to positive reception and sell four million copies in its first week.