Nintendo’s legacy is well documented, spanning many classic video game consoles and franchises, several of which are still very much alive to this day. While series games like Pokemon, Mario, and Zelda have dominated whatever console they came out on in terms of sales, there have also been plenty of other developers and publishers whose names are linked to successful games released on Nintendo consoles.
While some Nintendo consoles have more exclusive content than others, every Nintendo console has had at least one video game version not developed or released by Nintendo itself that was among the bestsellers for that console.
11 Konami Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivered to the NES
The first of the Nintendo consoles to beautify the entire world in the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System correctly presented the world to the likes of Super Mario Bros. and THE Legend of Zelda, among many other successful games and franchises.
The top-selling game for NES which however was not developed or published by Nintendo was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, developed by Konami, published by Konami in Japan and Ultra Games in North America. Released in 1989, TMNT would reach over 4 million copies sold, which is very impressive for a game of that time.
ten Capcom’s Street Fighter II: the World Warrior brought fighting to the SNES
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System came out in late 1990 and oversaw further forays into the various Nintendo franchises of Mario and Donkey kong among many others. But its fifth best-selling game was from Capcom. Street Fighter II: World Warrior.
Released in 1992, it has sold over 6 million copies worldwide, rivaling many well-established Nintendo names and permanently cementing street fighter as the mainstay of the game on a Nintendo console. Many people bought an SNES just to play the long-awaited home version of the hugely successful arcade title, for a platform-exclusive time.
9 Rare made a classic for the N64 in Diddy Kong Racing
Released in late 1996, the Nintendo 64 is one of Nintendo’s most memorable consoles. Developers Rare, known today to develop Sea of Thieves, would begin to emerge working on games with Nintendo such as Golden eye and Donkey Kong 64– but they would also develop and release the eighth best-selling game themselves, Diddy Kong Racing.
Diddy Kong Racing was released in 1997 and has sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide, which is no small feat in itself. Many people even considered it superior to Nintendo’s racing offering for the N64, Mario Kart 64.
8 Yu Gi Oh! from Konami Duel Monsters did well on both the original Game Boy and Game Boy color
From 1989 when the original Game Boy was released until the late 90s when the Game Boy Color was introduced, Nintendo games themselves were by far the most popular games for the revolutionary handheld console.
However, in 1998 Konami introduced the Yu Gi Oh ! Duel of monsters franchise to Game Boy, with the original selling over 1.5 million copies for the Game Boy and Yu Gi Oh ! Duel Monsters 4: Battle Of Great Duelists for the Game Boy Color sold over 2.5 million. This made Konami Yu Gi Oh ! games the most successful Game Boy games that were not created by Nintendo.
7 The Namco Museum allowed gamers to experience the classics of the Golden Age on the Game Boy Advance
The release of the Game Boy Advance in 2001 not only saw the rise of handheld games, but the rise of Nintendo consoles as well. Gen III Pokemon Games- Ruby, sapphire, emerald, fiery red and leaf green– were by far the best-selling games for the Advance. But in terms of a game that was not created or released by Nintendo, the most successful has been Namco Museum with nearly 3 million copies sold.
Namco Museum was popular because it allowed players to experience arcade classics like Galaga and Dig Digging, a perfect fit for a device that most people used to play in short bursts on bus rides or in waiting rooms.
6 Sonic Adventure 2: Battle For GameCube was a great addition to the series
The GameCube was the natural progression of N64’s success and saw the continuation of flourishing Nintendo franchises and game series like Smash Bros, Mario Kart and Zelda, with the introduction of games like Pokémon Colosseum and Animal crossing.
Throughout Nintendo’s dominance of the GameCube, Sonic Team and SEGA have brought Sonic Adventure 2: Battle to the platform, which would sell over 1.7 million copies and was an upgraded port of the original Dreamcast. Capcom is acclaimed Resident Evil 4 is not too far behind with 1.6 million.
5 With all Nintendo exclusives on DS, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga has been performed exceptionally
The Nintendo DS burst onto the scene in 2004 and revolutionized portable console gaming with its dual screens and touchscreen capabilities at a time when people were wondering if anyone would want to use a touchscreen to play games. video games. Understandably, Nintendo’s own games seemed to dominate the top-selling charts, but there were still plenty of non-Nintendo games that would continue to perform well.
Developed by Traveler’s Tales and published by LucasArts, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga would sell more than 4.7 million copies after its release in late 2007.
4 Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3 for Wii got everyone moving
The Nintendo Wii was released in 2006 and quickly established itself as a family console, with its revolutionary motion and sensing controls, allowing for more active play (literally). With the Wii being a fairly new idea, it naturally had several exclusive games while continuing the legacy Nintendo franchises like Metroid and Mario kart.
While Nintendo largely dominated the charts in terms of top-selling games for Wii, Ubisoft Just dance 3 was good up there too, selling nearly 10 million copies since its release in 2011. Just dance had such a strong presence on the platform that Ubisoft continued to bring the series to the Wii throughout Just Dance 2020, six years after the official discontinuation of the console.
3 Wii U games were primarily Nintendo’s games, but Lego’s ambitious dimensions were the product of Traveler’s Tales & Warner Bros.
The Wii U was Nintendo’s attempt to capitalize on the hype and popularity that the Wii was drawing and encapsulating in portable form. Nintendo has dominated the Wii U game market, publishing or developing most of the games for the handheld console themselves.
However, the developers of Traveler’s Tales and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment pitched the ambitious project, Lego Dimensions. This was an interesting concept in itself, giving players the opportunity to build their chosen Lego characters and vehicles before placing them on the Lego Toy Pad, creating them in turn in the game, ready to be controlled. In 2019, it was reported that in terms of dollar sales, Lego Dimensions was the top-selling third-party game for the Wii U.
2 Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations was a big hit for 3DS
Nintendo 3DS was a next step for Nintendo consoles in terms of the use of technology, with the ability to switch between 2D play and 3D play without glasses. Pokemon, Mario and Zelda continued to release new additions under the Nintendo banner, but Capcom more than held up with its two Monster hunter released in 2015.
Generations of monster hunters and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold 4.3 million and 4.2 million copies respectively, which is more than justified Monster hunter becoming the mainstay of the console that it still is today.
1 Monster Hunter Rise was Capcom’s last big hitter for the Switch
The Nintendo Switch feels like the final boss of Nintendo consoles that will focus on and grow in the future, being both a handheld and a home console thanks to the docking station. This allows it to accommodate all types of games, old and new, with many classics receiving remasters and continuations.
Capcom has made another addition to the Monster hunter series in May 2021, with Monster Hunter Rise sold over 7 million copies worldwide to date.
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