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The likes of FIFA and Call Of Duty sit safely amongst Amazon UK’s best-selling games of all time – but some of the others are a bit of a surprise.

It’s been 25 years since Amazon opened its metaphorical doors, here in the UK, and to help mark the occasion, the retailer has shared sales data that charts back all the way to 1998.

This data unveils Amazon’s most popular products across various categories such as books, DVDs and, of course, video games.

It’s put together a list of the 25 best-selling game franchises as well as lists what the most popular game was for each year since 1998, which makes for some interesting reading.

The franchise list is, unfortunately, only listed alphabetically and Amazon doesn’t share any hard sales figures either, but most of it isn’t that surprising as it contains the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, and FIFA.

However, there are a few individual games as well, meaning they’ve managed to sell just as well on Amazon as the combined totals of other long-running franchises.

Most of them make perfect sense though. While the Zelda series as a whole is absent, 2017’s Breath Of The Wild takes up a whole spot. The same applies to The Elder Scrolls, which is represented only by 2011’s Skyrim.

The oddest individual games to break into the top 25 are perhaps Wii Fit and Zumba Fitness, as well as Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training from 2006 – but it’s easy to forget just how popular and mainstream these titles were, especially back in the day before digital downloads.



Top 25 most popular video games of all time on Amazon.co.uk (in alphabetical order)

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Assassin’s Creed franchise
  • Battlefield franchise
  • Call Of Duty franchise
  • Crash Bandicoot franchise
  • Destiny
  • Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain
  • Fallout franchise
  • FIFA franchise
  • Grand Theft Auto franchise
  • Just Dance
  • Lego Collection
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor
  • Minecraft
  • Pokémon franchise
  • Red Dead Redemption franchise
  • Spyro franchise
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Super Mario franchise
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • The Sims franchise
  • The Last Of Us franchise
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
  • Wii Fit
  • Zumba Fitness

Speaking of the best-selling games of each year, Amazon’s data only goes as far as 2000, and most of the time the record went to either that year’s FIFA or Call Of Duty game – which is hardly surprising considering the popularity of both franchises in the UK.

Some notable exceptions include the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? PC game in 2000, the PC version of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, and the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet dual pack for 2022.

Strangely, Amazon also lists Pokémon Scarlet for the most popular game of 2021, even though it launched in 2022. We presume that this is simply an error and it’s meant to be referring to the Pokémon game that did launch in 2021: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Wii Sports also took the record two years in a row, although that makes sense considering it came bundled with the Nintendo Wii – although it was never available separately, so it’s a bit odd that Amazon list it by name at all.

As for what’s winning this year, it should come as no surprise that the Zelda sequel Tears Of The Kingdom is outselling every other game on Amazon so far.

It may keep that position too, as while others could end up beating it in lifetime sales it has enough of a headstart to nab the 2023 slot.



Most popular video games of each year on Amazon.co.uk

2000 – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (PC)
2001 – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (PC)
2002 – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
2003 – FIFA Football 2004 (PS2)
2004 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
2005 – Football Manager 2006 (PC/Mac)
2006 – Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain (DS)
2007 – Wii Sports (Wii)
2008 – Wii Sports (Wii)
2009 – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2010 – Call Of Duty: Black Ops
2011 – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2012 – Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
2013 – Grand Theft Auto 5
2014 – FIFA 15
2015 – FIFA 16
2016 – FIFA 17
2017 – FIFA 18
2018 – Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
2019 – FIFA 20
2020 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
2021 – Pokémon Scarlet (Switch)*
2022 – Pokémon Scarlet & Violet (Switch)
2023 – The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom (Switch)

*probably meant to be Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

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