Whilst everyone is going nuts over today’s release of Halo 3, how about we reign in the “most successful video game ever” hyperbole and take a walk down sales-figure lane to recall the 25 best-selling video games of all time. And before you predict H:3‘s eventual place on a revised version of this list, take note of where Halo 2 already falls in sales history.

1. Pokémon Red, Blue and Green (Gameboy) – 20.08 Million Copies Sold

2. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) – 18 Million Copies Sold

3. The Sims (PC) – 16 Million Copies Sold

4. Nintendogs (Nintendo DS) – 14.75 Million Copies Sold

5. Pokémon Gold and Silver (Gameboy) – 14.1 Million Copies Sold

6. Super Mario Land (Gameboy) – 14 Million Copies Sold

7-tie. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Playstation 2) – 13 Million Copies Sold

7-tie. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Game Boy Advance) – 13 Million Copies Sold

7-tie. The Sims2 (PC) – 13 Million Copies Sold

10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Playstation 2) – 12 Million Copies Sold

11-tie. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64) – 11 Million Copies Sold

11-tie. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Playstation 2) – 11 Million Copies Sold

11-tie. Grand Theft Auto III (Playstation 2) – 11 Million Copies Sold

14. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (Game Boy Advance) – 10.66 Million Copies Sold

15. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS) – 10.52 Million Copies Sold

16. Gran Turismo (Playstation 1) – 10.5 Million Copies Sold

17. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (Nintendo DS) – 10 Million Copies Sold

18. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo) – 10 Million Copies Sold

19. Final Fantasy VII (Playstation 1) – 9.8 Million Copies Sold

20. StarCraft (PC) – 9.5 Million Copies Sold

21. World of Warcraft (PC) – 9 Million Copies Sold

22. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (Nintendo DS) – 8.61 Million Copies Sold

23. Gran Turismo 2 (Playstation 1) – 8.5 Million Copies Sold

24. Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64) – 8.47 Million Copies Sold

25-tie. Halo 2 (XBox) – 8 Million Copies Sold

25-tie. Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo) – 8 Million Copies Sold

25-tie. Super Mario Kart (Super Nintendo) – 8 Million Copies Sold

25-tie. GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64) – 8 Million Copies Sold

25-tie. Pokémon Yellow (Game Boy) – 8 Million Copies Sold

Just like PG-13 movies inherently make more money than R-rated movies–because they are accessible to a much wider audience–games that appeal to a wide age range always outsell even the most successful mature titles. Thus, until Master Chief starts tangling with Pikachu, Halo 3 will carry much more marketing heft than it does sales clout.

List found via Forever Geek.