The World’s Most Popular Retro Video Games, Ranked

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What is the best retro video game? It’s difficult to tell, at least not without asking a lot of people.

Big games tend to have a long-lasting impact. For example, the Animal Crossing franchise celebrated 20 years in April 2021, while Pokémon celebrated 25 years in February.

To get a better idea of what classic games are highly regarded, ManySpins.com researched all classic video games that celebrate a key milestone in 2021. Utilising SEMrush to analyse over 100 games, only 18 games were revealed as most popular in the 118 countries analysed!

Popular Retro Games

ManySpins.com reveals the most popular retro game is Super Mario 64, popular in 34 different countries. The country with the highest number of monthly average search volumes is the United States with 74,000.

In joint second are Metal Slug andSuper Mario World, with 19 different countries, respectively. Metal Slug is most popular in Argentina and Italy, with average monthly search volumes of 12,100, whilst Super Mario World is most popular in Peru, Mexico, and Brazil, with monthly search volumes of 60,500.

In third place is Pandemonium!, top in 15 countries including the UK where it collected 18,100 average monthly searches.

Fourth is Sonic 3D Blast(10 countries), fifth is Devil May Cry (nine countries), sixth comes Dragon Quest (seven countries) and seventh is Road Rash, most popular in six countries. Battletoads and Duke Nukem tie in eighth place, with five countries each. Joint ninth place goes to Mario Kartand Tetris Attack, both celebrating 25 years in 2021. The 10th most popular retro game is Bubble Bobble, with 1,300 monthly searches in Greece alone.

Browse the table below to learn more.

CountryMost Popular GameMonthly Average Search Volume
AfghanistanMario Kart 6450
AlbaniaSuper Mario 6470
AlgeriaMetal Slug1300
AngolaSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
ArgentinaMetal Slug12100
ArmeniaSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
AustraliaPandemonium!5400
AustriaDevil May Cry / Super Mario 641300
AzerbaijanSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
BahamasTetris Attack90
BahrainSuper Mario 6470
BangladeshRoad Rash1900
BelarusBattletoads590
BelgiumDevil May Cry1900
BelizeTetris Attack90
BoliviaMetal Slug2900
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSuper Mario World210
BotswanaSuper Mario World50
BrazilSuper Mario World60500
BruneiSuper Mario 6470
BulgariaDuke Nukem / Pandemonium! / Super Mario 64 / Super Mario World210
Cabo VerdeSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
CambodiaSuper Mario World4400
CameroonMetal Slug170
CanadaDragon Quest8800
ChileMetal Slug / Super Mario World5400
ColombiaSuper Mario World8100
Costa RicaSuper Mario World720
CroatiaSuper Mario World390
CyprusMetal Slug110
Czech RepublicDevil May Cry / Return to Castle Wolfenstein1600
DenmarkDevil May Cry / Bubble Bobble1000
Dominican RepublucSuper Mario World1000
EcuadorSuper Mario World4400
EgyptRoad Rash880
El SalvadorMario Kart 64 / Super Mario 641300
EstoniaDuke Nukem140
FinlandDuke Nukem 1000
FranceDragon Quest12100
GeorgiaSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
GermanySuper Mario 649900
GhanaRoad Rash720
GreeceBubble Bobble1300
GuatemalaSuper Mario World1600
GuyanaTetris Attack90
HaitiSuper Mario 6470
HondurasSuper Mario World1000
Hong KongMetal Slug1000
HungaryDevil May Cry1600
IcelandSuper Mario 6470
IndiaRoad Rash33100
IndonesiaMetal Slug6600
IrelandPandemonium!880
IsraelSuper Mario World590
ItalyMetal Slug12100
JamaicaPandemonium!260
JapanF-Zero5400
JordanMetal Slug170
KazakhstanBattletoads480
Korea, SouthMetal Slug880
KuwaitDragon Quest260
LatviaBattletoads110
LebanonPandemonium!110
LibyaSuper Mario 6470
LithuaniaDragon Quest / Duke Nukem140
LuxembourgSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
MadagascarSuper Mario 6470
MalaysiaMetal Slug3600
MaltaSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
MauritiusSuper Mario 6470
MexicoSuper Mario World60500
MoldovaSuper Mario 6470
MongoliaSuper Mario 6470
MontenegroSuper Mario 6470
MoroccoMetal Slug1300
MozambiqueSuper Mario 6470
NamibiaSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
NepalRoad Rash480
NetherlandsPandemonium2900
New ZealandDevil May Cry / Rolling Thunder1000
NicaraguaMario Kart 64720
NigeriaPandemonium!1900
NorwaySuper Mario 641600
OmanSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470
PakistanTekken 23600
PanamaSuper Mario 64390
ParaguaySuper Mario World480
PeruSuper Mario World60500
PhilippinesPandemonium! / Metal Slug5400
PolandPandemonium!5400
PortugalDevil May Cry2400
RomaniaPandemonium! / Super Mario 64720
RussiaBattletoads9900
Saudi ArabiaDragon Quest1300
SenegalMetal Slug110
SerbiaSuper Mario 64480
SingaporePandemonium!1600
SlovakiaDuke Nukem480
SloveniaDuke Nukem140
South AfricaPandemonium!1900
SpainDragon Quest9900
Sri LankaPandemonium!210
SwedenMetroid / Super Mario World / Super Mario 641600
SwitzerlandDevil May Cry / Super Mario 651000
TaiwanMetal Slug1000
ThailandDragon Quest4400
Trinidad and TobagoPandemonium!260
TunisiaMetal Slug1300
TurkeyMetal Slug2900
UkraineBattletoads3600
United Arab EmiratesDevil May Cry1600
United KingdomPandemonium!18100
United StatesSuper Mario 6474000
UruguayMetal SLug / Super Mario World590
VenezuelaSuper Mario 643600
VietnamRoad Rash3600
ZambiaPandemonium!90
ZimbabweSonic 3D Blast / Super Mario 6470

(Data for this table was collected on 18/05/2021 by ManySpins.com, focusing on games celebrating milestones in 2021 and using SEMrush to research average monthly search volumes.)

It’s undoubtedly an amazing table of data, but do you agree with it? What would you consider to be the most popular retro video games?