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Top 10 best-selling video games of all time

Can you guess the top spot?

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You can easily name your favorite video games of all time, but can you guess the best-selling ones? Since the question of which games strike out for someone is irrevocably subjective, it’s time we check the stats and see which ones won in the sales department. We’ve had the Top 10 best-selling video game consoles of all time before — from hardware to software we go. Play along and see if you can predict which games made it to the top ten! Can you guess them all right?

10. New Super Mario Bros. (2006)

Sales: 30.8 million


Mario and Luigi, heard of them? New Super Mario Bros. brought a spin on the 1985 classic side-scroller by bringing in shiny 3D graphics, new power-ups, and some of the iconic abilities Mario has learned through his long video-game career. The game struck a chord with the public; Nintendo sold a million copies in the first 12 weeks and the title quickly became the top-selling Nintendo DS title of all time.

9. Pokémon Red and Blue (1996)

Sales: 31.38 million

What kind of childhood did you have if you weren’t collecting Pokémon cards or leveling up your Jigglypuff in one of the many Pokémon video games? Pokémon Red and Blue were the start of the worldwide phenomenon, selling over 10 million copies within their first year in Japan. In 2009, 13 years after their release, The Guinness Book of World Records added this classic as the “Best-selling RPG on the Game Boy” and the “Best-selling RPG of all time.” Pokémon Red and Blue were both such amazing games that they had to re-release them on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016 while commemorating the franchise’s 20th anniversary!

8. Wii Sports Resort (2009)

Sales: 33.08 million

This is definitely the first surprise entry of the list. Wii Sports Resort was the second in the Wii Sports franchise — famous for, well, overzealous Wii remote swings causing all kinds of injury and destruction. While the series is known for using motion controls to play sports mini-games, this was the first title that introduced the Wii Remote Plus, meaning you had a lot more accuracy when it came to swinging your sword around.

7. Overwatch (2016)

Sales: 35 million

The first non-Nintendo title on the list! Surprised? To actually show how much this game blew up, Blizzard reported over US$ 1 billion in revenue during just the first year of its release. Overwatch is essentially the top best-selling first-person-shooter game of all time — beating Call of Duty with 10 titles between them. It is rightfully considered one of the best games released in 2016, receiving awards such as “Game of the Year” at The Game Awards 2016, D.I.C.E. Awards, and Game Developers Choice Awards.

6. Mario Kart Wii (2008)

Sales: 37.1 million

The Mario series is known for putting its colorful characters through multiple challenges, whether it’s playing yet another sport or simply beating each other up. But so far, the most successful game featuring Mario’s entourage is the sixth installment of the Mario Kart series: Mario Kart Wii. The Wii edition brought the roster together for another ride, this time with motion controls and an online mode. The Wii remote acted like a steering wheel and there was the option of buying a clip-on plastic steering wheel. Forget your realism in Gran Turismo or Forza; you’re looking at the best-selling racing game of all time!

5. Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Sales: 40.24 million

Did you forget that this long-running series is 35 years old? Super Mario Bros. is actually the second game in the series, where instead of fighting his younger brother, Mario has to rescue Princess Toadstool from his arch-nemesis Bowser. The side-scrolling platformer held the title of best selling game of all-time for 20 years and paved the way for the Italian plumber and his brother to stay in the hearts of kids around the world!

4. Wii Sports (2006)

Sales: 82.85 million

It’s the third Wii title on this list. Wow! It’s where injuries began despite the virtual reality aspect. Yes, my friends, when gaming was more than just thumb-work. A great example of technological advancements, it not only sustained the fun in playing games, but also integrated a healthier lifestyle within the confines of your home. Nintendo showed everyone that playing games doesn’t mean being a couch potato nor does it necessarily mean playing alone. Wii Sports was the perfect game to bond over with friends and family, and was so well-received that it’s actually the best-selling single-platform game of all time.

3. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Sales: 90 million

Can you believe this is nearing five years old already? The ultra-violent Grand Theft Auto series has had players stealing cars since 1997. The latest installment tried to innovate the series by having the plot revolve around three lead protagonists, giving the player the luxury of switching between the three characters to further the plot. While Grand Theft Auto V gave its fan base all of the street violence the series is known for, it also introduced Grand Theft Auto Online. The online mode allows up to 30 players to roam the streets of San Andreas and compete in challenges against each other. The main titles in the GTA series have always sold extremely well, but the latest title outsold the rest by 62.5 million copies. That’s 16th on the list.

2. Minecraft (2011)

Sales: 144 million

Ah, yes. Here we have the Lego of video games where players get to explore, build, and craft in a cubed 3D world. If you think you’re going to be spared the daunting feeling of old age, you’re wrong: Minecraft was released seven years ago. The game has come a long way. It has integrated multiple gameplay modes, from the familiar survival and ridiculous creative modes to a fun spectator mode. It’s really no surprise how Minecraft has received so much praise from critics and has won numerous awards since its release. Clones, parodies, adaptations, and merchandise have consistently grown the title’s popularity.

1. Tetris (1984)

Sales: 170 million

I guarantee you didn’t expect this to be here. The best-selling video game is the oldest game on the list. Tetris is the most iconic puzzle games of them all, forcing the player to micro-manage falling colored blocks and avoid getting overwhelmed and losing. But how is it here? The game, or its variant, is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system. While you might remember this as being one of the most defining Game Boy releases, Tetris has become the best-selling paid and downloaded game of all time. Shockingly, that’s not all. Tetris on iOS and Android makes up 100 million of its grand total sales. Even if you removed its mobile phone dominance, it would still sit at fifth on the list.

As much as these games were fun and enjoyable, they were mostly highlights in gaming. Not to mention, they pretty much took us back and made us feel old. Here would be the perfect time to insert the “what year is it” meme.

Jokes aside, it was interesting to find that six out of the 10 were developed by Nintendo. This isn’t much of a surprise if you’re a Nintendo baby. So, how well did you do? How many of these did you guess right?

SEE ALSO: Pokémon might release its eighth generation on the Nintendo Switch

SEE ALSO: Far Cry 5 review: Immersive playground in the heart of cultist America

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OPPO A9 2020 Hands-On: Massive and Playful

For every kind of junkie

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OPPO recently streamlined its smartphone lineup. From Find and Reno, OPPO introduces us to the newest A series. On paper, it seems the A-series is a combination of the F-series and former A-series. Sitting in a sweet spot between an affordable price range and incredible performance, the OPPO A9 2020 is shaping up to be a contender in a sea of smartphones fighting for the crown in the midrange category.

With Xiaomi and Huawei firmly in the lead, can OPPO put up a fight just like it did with its F series? Let’s find out in this Hands-On!


Starting with looks, the OPPO A9 2020 gives in to a premium-like design

It has a dedicated fingerprint scanner and a quad-camera setup on its rear

You can find the power button here…

…While the left side houses the volume keys and sim card slot

Its top is clear, but its bottom shows-off its speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port

It has a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch for the front camera

The OPPO A9 2020 prides itself with its new design that took inspiration from its R-series. In addition, OPPO focused on the phone’s display, reinforcing its IPS LCD screen with a Toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

Moreover, its screen has new features such as the Sunlight Screen which allows you to adjust the contrast so you can read the screen, even under strong direct light. It also has a Blue Shield which filters out blue light, relieving your eyes from fatigue and strain and protecting your eyesight.

Going big and definitely not going home

Sporting a Snapdragon 665 chipset along with an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage (which you can expand up to 256GB of external memory), the A9 2020 really joined the battle of offering power to midrange devices. OPPO decides to make everything flashy and… big.

For instance, it boasts a humongous 5000mAh battery that can last you throughout the day. Furthermore, it’s capable of reverse wireless charging (through OTG) so your friends can rely on you when their phones run out of battery.

Gamers will find delight with the A9 2020. Thanks to Game Boost 2.0, OPPO’s accelerator technology aims to resolve latency, reduce touchscreen lag, and optimizing energy consumption to avoid overheating.

OPPO decided to up their game for entertainment junkies, too! Packed with Dual Stereo Speakers and Dolby Atmos sound effects, expect a superb, immersive audio experience.

Smarter, smoother

The A9 2020 runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0. Now, its interface is cleaner and smoother. Icons look cute with their subtle gradient tones.

It also comes with smart functions like Smart Assistant, Riding Mode — which lets you remain uninterrupted by notifications and incoming calls — and a Music party app which lets multiple phones connect in the same LAN through a Wi-Fi hotspot for synchronized listening.

Navigating the phone is now easier with a single hand, too. Through Gesture Navigation, you can return to the home screen, check out recent tasks, switch pages and applications by just swiping up, left, and right.

Cameras for all angles and scenarios

The OPPO A9 2020 shows off its highly versatile camera setup. It has a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, and a 2-megapixel mono lens on its rear.

On its front is a 16-megapixel camera with AI Beautification technology which automatically identifies your skin tone, age, gender, and skin color for customized beautification, giving you a pretty yet make-up free look.

More features include artistic portrait styles, ultra night mode, and 4K video shooting. More sample photos here:

Is the OPPO A9 2020 your GadgetMatch?

If you’re into massive and chunky smartphones with a solid build, the OPPO A9 2020 might be a good match. It offers power and performance for gamers and entertainment junkies, and its smartphone has a versatile camera setup to appease your needs. While there may be Xiaomi and Huawei leading the midrange category, OPPO definitely cooked up a powerful yet affordable phone that can go toe-to-toe with its rivals.

The OPPO A9 2020 is available in two colors: Space Purple and Marine Green. Its retail price is PhP 15,990 and will be available for pre-order starting September 20 until September 27 in Lazada, and through OPPO stores, authorized dealers, and e-commerce partner sites like Shopee, Akulaku, and Argomall on September 28.

For those who want to avail through Home Credit, customers can pre-order the A9 2020 starting September 20 with flexible payment terms of six and nine months with a guaranteed zero percent interest.

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Huawei’s Nova is the brand for the rising youth

And the Nova 5T the perfect companion

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Google “Gen Z self expression” and you’ll come up with several results on how the youth of today values self-belief. Technology and innovation sit comfortably in the middle of a contextual generation: Generation Z. It’s the generation that knows little to nothing outside the digital age — which isn’t to say it’s a bad thing.

Technology and the digital space are the contexts our lifestyles adapt to. From the accessibility of online shopping, various news platforms to diverse online friendships, it’s not that difficult to see how this generation, our generation, has unique views and perspectives: self-belief.


Nova and self belief

Huawei’s Nova brand is stepping up to the plate to cater to this advocacy of self-belief and self-expression instead of a uniform marketed identity. Huawei is bringing cutting-edge technology worthy of flagship titles while decking out phones with stunning and exquisite designs.

This is meant to give people the chance to work, express and discover themselves through optimal technology customization and innovation. The goal is essentially to allow users to not just integrate their tech-savvy lifestyle through the Nova series, but also foster the core values of individuality and collaboration.

Want to keep track of your creative progress and teetering your interest into making a daily vlog? Huawei is way ahead of you. With the fundamental significance of self-expression, Huawei equipped the Nova 5T with five AI cameras for users to take drop-dead gorgeous shots of themselves and the view.

Cameras that empower your self expression

If you want to test out your photography skills, take photo proof, or a photo and video journal of your creative progress, the Nova 5T is your best companion. It has you covered from quality super-wide angles, bokeh, and macro shots.

The phone has one camera for super-wide angles, a main 48-megapixel camera, one for macro shots and lastly, depth assists. If you’re worried about how shots of other people and everything else around you will look more stunning than your selfies, drop the silly worrying. The front camera will make sure you step up your selfie game. It’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera with portrait lighting.

Huawei didn’t quite stop there with the Nova 5T. They cased this photography powerhouse into a 3-dimensional holographic design that just makes anyone strut with confidence.

A design that stands-out

And, you might wonder, “what’s the holographic casing got to do with catering to our philosophy?” We honestly thought it was a bit of a pain to figure it out and make something up, but you’ve got to give it to Huawei for sticking to purposeful design.

If you isolate the elements of how it looks — and forgive us if this is a bit of a silly stretch, the holographic design depicts an intention to represent collaborative diversity.

Holographic designs reflect different colors. Sounds a bit familiar? Well, it sounds like the perfect casing to represent the philosophy of individuality, self-expression, and collaboration.

Nova is a brand for the rising youth

The idea of self and embracing individuality doesn’t mean stomping over everyone else. It allows for a deeper understanding for other people. It fosters a community with depth and character and that’s exactly what this holographic designs emulate. Lastly, it also shows movement in its rigidity all while looking beautifully futuristic. This makes sure you and everyone else don’t feel apologetic about being yourselves.

Huawei’s Nova 5T enables people to play around and be creative on their journey towards self-discovery, self-identity, and inevitably, self-expression through its specifications down to it’s thought-out striking design.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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2019 Kona 2.0 GLS: Mr. Extrovert

Feeling flashy

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Is it a crossover? Is it a hatchback? Is it an APV? I, too, was confused when I first laid eyes on the 2019 Hyundai Kona. It was one of a kind, unique from any segment I was familiar with.

In line with the Mazda CX3 and Honda HRV, the Kona is a subcompact crossover SUV.


This vehicle is a true head-turner. I highly appreciate car companies whose designs are bold and thought of outside the box. In short, designs that make a statement.

The sleek and futuristic look of the Kona is best complemented in the flagship color Acid Yellow that gave my child-like imagination the impression of a glowing radioactive spaceship.

From the front, its fascia is exciting and modern in style with the growing trend of separated headlight design (like the Nissan Juke), streamlined daytime running lights, and low set fog lamps all go together with Hyundai’s trademark grille design.

Side profiles are matched with dynamic character lines as well as accents of matte black plastic cladding around the wheel arches and rocker panels.

Walking around to the back, you will find a design that is very consistent with the front. It’s almost identical and probably has one of the best looking rear-ends in its segment.

If we were to personify this Kona, it would undoubtedly be an extrovert. He’d be that kind of guy who’s not afraid of being a little flashy and would confidently come up to you to get your attention.

What I’m not a big fan of is the unnecessary amount of plastic cladding. Anyone who has ever owned a vehicle with this type of material will agree when I say it demands high maintenance since it tends to fade quickly.

Overall, the exterior feels exciting and fun, but stepping inside is a different story.

The interior is, well, basic. Scratchy-hard and soft plastic, fabrics, and polyurethane are the main materials used for the interior. It doesn’t give you the same exhilaration as the exterior and sadly feels like it stepped out of character.

Mounted on the dashboard, you will find a somewhat unappealing infotainment system — A non-touchscreen mono LCD unit that’s initially confusing to use while underneath is its manual climate control. Oh, and its instrument panel didn’t help spice the interior up, either, as it seemed a little too straightforward for this car’s asking price.

On the up-side, cabin space and comfort are not lacking whatsoever. With head and legroom to spare and plenty of cargo space for everyone. Cup holders, USB ports, and 12V sockets also come as standard.

When it comes to safety, Hyundai didn’t skimp on this crossover as it earned a high safety rating in the United States. With a score of 9.8, it has been given the Top Safety Pick+ award. It has Anti-Lock Braking System, traction control, dual airbags, and side curtain airbags as standard.

The ride is decently high with a ground clearance of 170mm, nearly as much as its bigger brother, the Tucson. Firing up the engine via keyless push-start button, you hear a smooth running 2.0 DOHC engine.

This is then mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 147hp and 179nm of torque. It’s not the most powerful but is definitely one of the most economical, giving you up to 20km per liter (at best) on highways.

The Kona has three different driving modes you can shift through with a push of a button. You have Normal, Eco and Sport modes which just basically times gear changes differently to give you better responsiveness.

Driving this vehicle is very simple with no unneeded drama. The ride felt smooth and quiet while steering felt properly firm. You do get a bit of body roll around the corners, though.

Lacking from this vehicle is a reverse camera and proximity sensors and, from its price point, you would expect these features as standard. A feature I didn’t find necessary was the hill descent control which would be useful on its AWD variant but not on the FWD version that we have.

For now, the 2.0 GLS is the only variant available here in the Philippines. A straightforward, rather basic but economical ride that would make a perfect daily driver. Although if I were to choose between the two Kona models, I would probably go for the higher AWD 1.6 turbo Ultimate trim model which is a better option than the GLS trim.

To sum it up, it’s a bit of a bummer that it lacks a reverse camera, proximity sensors, and still runs a sub-par infotainment system in this age of touchscreens and Android Auto.  What I do like, though, is how it looks. This car unquestionably wins in the looks department. And factoring in its safety achievements and fuel economy, we can easily overlook its shortcomings.

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