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?
Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: An expensive sneak peek into the future
It’s not for everyone
2019 is the year of the foldable phone. First in the ring was Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Announced in February, it was supposed to launch as early as April. As we all have probably read or heard, its early release to reviewers was met with a lot of issues. Samsung had to delay its official launch.
Over the last few months they’ve been busy reworking the Fold; now it’s tougher than ever and ready for the real world.
In some ways you can think of the Galaxy Fold as a 7.3-inch tablet that you can fold into a candybar phone with a 4.6-inch display.
When folded, all buttons are on the right hand side of the device: volume rocker, power button, fingerprint sensor, and its SIM tray.
On the bottom a USB-C port and speaker grilles.
Samsung focused on addressing the main issues that plagued its first release. Some users previously peeled off what they thought was a screen protector that turned out to be a very important protective layer. That layer is now tucked under the bezels so you don’t even know it’s there.
There’s also a cap that is meant to prevent dust and dirt from getting underneath the protective layer.
The hinge, too, has been reinforced. The gap between the hinge and the display has also been reduced.
Having used the original Fold, I can say that opening and closing i feels more secure. Even if you feverishly snap it open and close. All these changes have been made to ensure the phone survives the rigors of the real world.
One UI has also been optimized for the Fold. Home, back and multitasking buttons for example can be flushed to either side of the display for one handed use.
To open more windows alongside the app that’s already open just swipe from the right side and use apps edge to launch new apps. Closing windows is one tap or swipe away.
When you’re on an app and a notification comes in, you can press and drag the notification to open it as a separate window, so you can respond to a WhatsApp message easily, for example.
Even if you have two displays you can seamlessly switch between both by enabling a setting called App Continuity. That way whether you’re adding a contact on the big screen, or using your map on your small screen, you can close or open the display and continue what you were doing seamlessly.
While the changes are much improved, the Galaxy Fold is not perfect. The front display is very small and is very hard to type on. I’d use it for things like Instagram, maybe. Even then, I’d benefit from the larger display. Not all apps support the squarish form factor, either. YouTube videos of course will only fill to fit a portion of the display. Although there are games like Asphalt 9, that are optimized to fill the display.
The Galaxy Fold doesn’t use a glass display, so there will always be creases in the middle. That’s just a limitation of the technology.
Otherwise, make no mistake — its a top of the line device. It’s got high end specs, and the same cameras as Samsung’s current flagship smartphones: three rear cameras and two selfie shooters up front.
Wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are also available, along with a few other bells and whistles.
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I am excited about the Galaxy Fold, and am thrilled that it’s full steam ahead. It’s an early device and it can get only better with time. What needs to happen now is app developers and Android need to optimize for this new, niche form factor.
With a price tag of US$ 1,980 in the US, SG$ 3,088 in Singapore, and PhP 109,990 in the Philippines, the Galaxy Fold is not for everyone — not even for people who can buy it outright. It’s for early adapters who want to get their hands on new technology ahead of everyone.
Hotel Del Luna, Frozen 2: Now Playing
Get ready to have a magical adventure this November!
November started pretty magical. Right after Halloween, a lot has happened in the tech scene including the birth of the 108-megapixel monster, the Mi Note 10, and the resurrection of Motorola razr. In the midst of all these momentous launches, our team still found the time to catch up on the latest in pop culture. Here’s what’s Now Playing in GadgetMatch!
Movies to see
MJ: After six years, the most-awaited sequel is here to give us one last magical adventure. Set during the fall season, the film is about the adventures of Queen Elsa and her cohorts, seeking the truth about the past in order to protect the kingdom of Arendelle from a new threat. In between their adventures, we were rewarded with bursts of laughter, heartwarming lines, scenes that made us hold onto our seats, and lessons about change.
Frozen 2 — despite being a film made for kids and kids at heart — is a bit heavy for a Disney movie, with Elsa, Anna, and the rest of the crew enduring an emotional journey. However, the film is a call for us to go out of our comfort zones, head into the unknown, let our guard down, take chances, and risk in the name of love.
Ford v Ferrari
Kevin: The movie revolves around two special individuals — visionary car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless racer Ken Miles (Christian Bale). It was based on the historic Le Mans race in 1966 and tells the story of how car manufacturer Ford, wanted to beat the dominating cars of Ferrari and succeeded. Of course, with the help of Shelby and Miles.
Damon performed really well portraying his character but Bale completely transformed himself into another person yet again so you really feel the life of his character. Apart from that, another thing that stood out was the film’s sound design and how the cars’ engines roared and zoomed past you as if you were actually there. It’s simply an entertaining piece for all ages and a very refreshing movie about cars and racing without the overload in testosterone.
Luigi: Nothing beats a traditional whodunnit story. This oddjob of a story comes from The Last Jedi’s director, Rian Johnson. Like most mystery stories, everyone is a suspect and everyone is trapped. However, the story’s uniqueness comes from its wit and its stellar cast including a Chris Evans doing very non-Captain America things.
Shows to binge-watch
Hotel Del Luna
MJ: If you’re struggling with moving on, Hotel Del Luna is worth the watch. With themes about letting go, resentment, forgiveness, and love, it’s difficult not to fall in love with the show and its characters. It also has stunning cinematography and captivating soundtrack that would give you a different high even after you watched it. While people are iffy since it’s the talk of the town, this K-drama is definitely worth the hype. It’s one of the best shows I’ve watched this year, hands down.
La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)
Chay: Whether or not you’re a fan of foreign language material or stories about heists, there’s more to love about La Casa de Papel also known as Money Heist on Netflix. It tells many stories — stories of love, hope, inequality, injustice, and friendship. You will fall in love with one or two or three characters from the series. While a robbery sounds so wrong (it is, in fact, very wrong), you will find yourself rooting for the Money Heist squad to succeed.
The End of the F***ing World Season 2
Vincenz: The last season was a cliffhanger, and just like it, there were a lot of unexpected events that happened in the second installment of The End of the F***ing World — including several new characters. The portrayals of Alyssa and James may look apathetic but it’s for us to realize that actions speak louder than words, and there is always a bigger picture behind. I’m not trying to spoil but one thing I learned (that serves as a reminder for everyone): Say what you feel before it’s too late.
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!
Chay: I grew up watching shows about makeovers — from Clean House to How Do I Look? to Shabby Chic. Queer Eye is basically all those makeover TV series from the 90s combined, and more. Set in Tokyo, the latest season feels like Terrace House meets the Fab 5. Despite the language barrier, the stories of the heroes this season are just as heartwarming and inspiring as their American counterparts.
Chay: Fleabag is a comedy that often breaks the fourth wall to involve the audience in her mishaps. Her character is often perceived by everyone in her life to be up to no good — who fucks up everything — making her very relatable. The entire series is only two seasons long with six episodes each, making it an easy binge when you’re stuck in traffic.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4
MJ: One of my favorites, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow took a magical turn as the heroes — well, they call themselves Legends — save the world from demons and magical creatures. The troop travels through time to fix and destroy these fugitives in order to protect history. It’s time to refresh your memories and binge-watch it before Season 5 begins in January 2020!
Luigi: HBO’s Watchmen was a huge surprise for me. As a fan of the original comic, I initially thought that this sequel series was either a weak adaptation of the original or an unnecessary sequel. Fortunately, Watchmen is a hugely entertaining balance between its own story and fan service. Old fans will delight in the numerous references to comic events. New fans, however, will appreciate the timely story deeply embedded in racial politics and technological progress.
Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to
Frozen 2 Original Soundtrack
Chay: Only time will tell if any of the new songs in the Frozen sequel will be a hit like ‘Let it Go’. My favorite in the soundtrack is ‘Lost in the Woods’, mostly because of the cheesy, albeit poignant, sequence in the movie featuring straight white male Kristoff. After belting it all out, Sven, his reindeer best friend, tells him, “Your feelings are real. Feel what you feel. Let your guard down and let your feelings out.” Toxic masculinity, whomstve?
Chay: New York Times’ popular column was recently adapted into an Amazon series and while everyone has been raving about it on my feed, I haven’t had the time to watch a single episode yet. Its podcast counterpart, however, is much easier to access and digest as the episodes are all available on Spotify. Each essay is performed by actors, and the authors also get a few minutes at the end to talk about their stories. Reading Modern Love articles has been my go-to commute companion for a while now, and having a podcast to listen won’t change that anytime soon.
Bomb by AleXa
Vincenz: AleXa is a Korean-American who recently made her debut as a K-Pop soloist. Unlike any other K-Pop song, it heavily relies on electronic sounds and heavy bass. Her powerful dancing performance and vocals add up to the invigorating song. The music video gives me a Cyberpunk 2077 vibe (and even the same feels as 2NE1’s ‘Come Back Home’).
Dumb by BVNDIT
Vincenz: BVNDIT (pronounced as bandit) continues to prove their female dominance with their latest upbeat, Latin pop song. Digging into the lyrics, it talks about a guy being “dumb” for not having the courage to pursue her — and it actually made her numb. Dark red visuals are dominant, which may signify that their love desire is dying. It gets better as their vocals and synchronized choreography continue to scream “power.”
Games to play
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi: I can hear the groans already. “Of course, Luigi is suggesting Luigi’s Mansion 3.” Well, Luigi’s third outing as a ghostbuster is really one of the smoothest Nintendo Switch experiences I’ve had this year. This massive action-puzzle game is right up every Switch user’s alley. If (a) you have a Switch, (b) you need an appetizer before Pokemon Sword and Shield, or (c) you want a polished platformer, grab Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!
Motorola razr hands-on: Futuristic phone in the body of nostalgia
The price we have to pay to move forward
The iconic Motorola razr flip phone is back — bringing what we love from the past, into the future.
Like many of you, I love a good old nostalgic release, which is why I’m incredibly excited that this phone made its comeback. Of all the phones that ruled the late 90s and early 2000s, there’s nothing more iconic than the Motorola razr V3. It was a sleek, edgy, and fashion forward flip phone. From its launch in 2004, about 130 million razr V3’s were sold — making it the best selling clamshell of all time.
Like the original, the new Motorola razr is a flip phone, so you can answer and end calls like a boss.
Just like the hottest phones of this year, the new razr, too, is a foldable phone; or to be more precise, a phone with a foldable display. The main difference is instead of unfolding horizontally into a square tablet, it folds out vertically.
Inside there is no physical keyboard where there once was. Instead it’s all display — 6.2 inches of Flex View pOLED of it. Surprisingly there’s no noticeable crease on the screen. Motorola says the hinge is designed to flex into the shape of a water drop to avoid this. We’ll have to see over time if this indeed solves the challenge of the folding display technology.
When opened up, the new Motorola Razr feels just like any other smartphone. It’s just as tall and as wide but much thinner; except for the lip at the bottom which houses most of the phone’s components as well as its fingerprint sensor, which is fast and accurate.
When you turn the phone on you’re greeted by Android OS. That means all your favorite apps are right here. There’s a small notch on top of the display to make room for the earpiece and a 5MP selfie camera.
When you fold the phone close, you’ll find that it’s wider than the original razr V3. Motorola says bringing back the clamshell form factor using foldable display tech is meant to solve a customer pain point — portablity.
On the outside, there’s a secondary 2.7″ gOLED Quick View display. It’s not as high resolution as the main display, but i’ts good enough for showing the time and notifications.
You can also tap to view a notification. There’s also Google Assistant Voice Detection, whichyou can use to dictate a text messages reply.
The Quick View display can also be used for taking selfies using the 16MP rear camera. You can just flick the phone twice to activate the camera. Smiling or flashing your palm will trigger the shutter.
The rear camera features an opening of f/1.7, electronic image stabilization, dual pixel and laser autofocus, dual LED flash. It also serves as the main camera when the phone is flipped open.
Just like the original Moto Razr — the new 2019 model is sleek and stylish. With an aluminum chassis and sharp edges. The back side has a carbon fiber-like textured finish that feels like plastic — the only sore spot in its otherwise ultra premium feel. At launch it will only be available in black, but fingers crossed we get other color options too. Motorola says its employed a special zero gap mechanism that gives this foldable display a level of toughness that will survive the rigors of the real world.
In the hands, the phone feels super sturdy. Even if it’s got a foldable screen it doesn’t feel fragile at all. In fact I think I wouldn’t mind just snapping it open and close without a worry.
Button and port placements are like this: volume and power on the right hand side. A USB-C port on the bottom chin as well as speaker. The phone has no headphone jack but ships with a pair of USB-C headphones and a USB-C to headphone jack adapter. There’s also no SIM card slot instead as it only supports e-SIMs. It’s also water and dust and resistant.
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From the star studded guest list at tonight’s launch event, it’s pretty clear that Motorola is targeting the hip, fashion forward market, and not the pro techie crowd. If you look at its spec sheet, this is meant to be a midrange smartphone — with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a measly a 2510mAh battery, albeit with a bundled 15W Turbo Charger. But specs isn’t really what the new razr is about.
In the US the Motorola razr will be available exclusively on Verizon, and pre-orders start December 26th. It will hit stores beginning January 9, 2020. It will also be available in select markets across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia.
The pricetag? US$ 1,499 USD. Is that too much to pay for a futuristic phone in the body of nostalgia? Let us know in the comments below.
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