Top 40 greatest video games of all time – FIFA and Mario Kart top the list

FIFA, Mario Kart, and Super Mario World have topped a list of the greatest video games of all time, according to research.

Three-quarters of adults say they have played video games before, with almost a fifth, of 2,000 people polled, voting for annual football game, FIFA, as their top favourite.

And 86% of those surveyed say they play old favourite games for a sense of nostalgia – with 45-year-old arcade game, Space Invaders, appearing among the top 10 greatest games.

Other throwback favourites include PacMan, first released in 1980, and Donkey Kong, which has been played for over 40 years, since 1981.

But gamers have also chosen some more recent installments as memorable plays, including Red Dead Redemption and GoldenEye, both released in 2010, and action-horror game The Last Of Us, released in 2013.

A spokesman for, which offers a host of retro-inspired games, said: “There are some timeless classics on the list here, and a lot of them people are still playing to this day.

“With so many new games coming out all time – and with brilliant graphics to boot – it’s amazing to see that what we actually all want are the pixelated, cult classics that we grew up on.

“And it’s no different here – from Space Invaders to Street Fighter, our games are inspired by the best of the best. Who needs Tomb Raider when you’ve got Tetris?”

The study also found 62% of gamers grew up playing the titles, with 58% of those with children now sharing their favourites with them.

Mario Kart and FIFA were the top games to play with kids, but 29% have also introduced them to Sonic the Hedgehog.

And almost a quarter (23%) have played the retro game of Tetris with their youngsters.

It also emerged that 38% of gamers feel the best thing about video games is being able to play with others – although 17% enjoy it simply because they are good at them.

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The average gamer spends more than three hours a week battling it out – owning 21 different games, and spending nearly £40 a month on their hobby.

When it comes to the greatest gaming console in the market, PlayStation came out on top, with its consoles making up four of the top five, alongside the Nintendo Wii.

The Xbox 360 came eighth, behind the Sega MegaDrive and Nintendo Switch.

However, the study, carried out via OnePoll, found 14% feel gaming will die out as technology advances – despite 54% believing they are ahead of their time.

And 36% feel virtual reality headsets will eventually replace traditional arcade games.

Lottoland’s spokesman added: “Technology will continue to grow and advance as the years go by, but there will always be room for video games that have stood the test of time.

“We have a wide selection of classics available to choose from to take you right back to the heady days of the 16-bit era.”


  1. FIFA
  2. Mario Kart
  3. Super Mario World
  4. Grand Theft Auto
  5. PacMan
  6. Call of Duty
  7. Tetris
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog
  9. The Sims
  10. Space Invaders
  11. Tomb Raider
  12. Minecraft
  13. Donkey Kong
  14. Wii Sports
  15. Football Manager
  16. Pokémon
  17. Assassin's Creed
  18. Street Fighter
  19. Crash Bandicoot
  20. Legend of Zelda
  21. Sim City
  22. Red Dead Redemption
  23. Guitar Hero
  24. Mortal Kombat
  25. Resident Evil
  26. God of War
  27. Final Fantasy
  28. Fortnite
  29. Tekken
  30. Animal Crossing
  31. Need For Speed
  32. The Witcher
  33. The Last of Us
  34. Doom
  35. GoldenEye
  36. World of Warcraft
  37. Halo
  38. Fallout
  39. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
  40. Mega Man

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