"Brand new analysis" from sales tracking firm GfK has lifted the lid on the UK's top 30 best-selling pieces of gaming software since 1995 – and it should come as no real shock to learn that Mario ranks very highly indeed.
The new chart has been ranked in order of revenue generated, and while FIFA and Call of Duty take the top two places, everyone's favourite Italian plumber is in third place. The titles that contributed most to this success were Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 8, and New Super Mario Bros.
Elsewhere, the Pokémon series is at number 8 in the chart, while Zelda is all the way down in 29th position. Wii Fit, however, ranks 13th – impressive when you consider that it has only seen three individual releases in its lifetime. Mario's one-time rival Sonic is at number 11.
In total, the top 30 titles have generated over £26bn in the last 27 years.
Here's the full chart, as complied by GfK:
|No.||Top-selling game by brand||Titles (1995-)||Series start|
|2||Call of Duty||32||2003|
|4||Grand Theft Auto||21||1997|
|10||Need For Speed||30||1994|
|12||WWF / WWE / Wrestlemania||61||1987|
|16||Guitar / DJ Hero||18||2006|
|17||Pro Evolution Soccer||22||2001|
|28||The Olympic Games||20||1992|
|30||PGA Tour Golf||46||1990|
GfK’s Senior Client Insight Director for Gaming, Dorian Bloch, had this to say about the data:
This is a fascinating list and anyone who has been following the development of the videogame industry as I have will no doubt show little surprise at the sheer value, size, and breadth of this market. What was once seen as a niche sector is now an unquestionably mainstream market generating billions in revenue annually. The characters in these games have become much-loved heroes, from Lara Croft to Luigi and Mario, to Sonic the Hedgehog. Terms used in the franchises have entered our vocabulary, and there are more than a few gamers who could navigate their way around the outskirts of San Francisco from their time at the wheel of a stolen car in GTA.