Best-selling RPG (role-playing game)
Pokemon Red, Green and Blue
31,380,000 unit(s) sold
Not Applicable ()

The best-selling role-playing game of all time is Pokemon Red, Green and Blue (Game Freak, 1996), with 31,380,000 units sold across its lifetime as of 09 March, 2020.

The main Pokemon series games - of which these are the first - are traditionally sold in two versions. Each game has a set number of Pokemon available to encounter and catch in it, but some are only available in one game and others available in the other - this design was to incentivise friends playing together and trading Pokemon between them, to be able to 'Catch 'em All' (the game's motto). Otherwise, the games are identical.

In Japan, Red and Green were released first, and Blue was released afterwards containing bug fixes and new content. When the games were released internationally, it was decided to simply go back to two versions, with Red and Blue being considered as making more sense thematically (Fire vs. Water, as dictated by the cover Pokemon).

The original Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, who imagined tiny creatures chugging along the Game Boy’s Link Cable, giving him the inspiration for Pokémon. As a child, Satoshi was keen on collecting bugs.