The ever-present sandbox game Minecraft continues to leave a legacy in the world of video games, and much like a fast moving creeper or unexpected lava flow, it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.
According to a Tweet on Wed., June 25 by Mojang's Patrick Gueder, total combined sales of Minecraft across all platforms has exceeded the 54 million mark. This figure reflects the combined sales of the game on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac, Android and iOS platforms.
In addition, Gueder noted within in the same Tweet that the combined sales figures for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have now topped combined sales of the game on PC and Mac, despite those platforms being available for years before the idea of console editions were even announced. The Xbox 360 version alone, released first for consoles, has topped 12 million units in sales alone. Mobile versions of the game make up more than 21 million of the combined sales.
To put the Minecraft sales figures into perspective, the combined 54 million units makes the game the third best-selling video game of all time, topping such mega-hits as the original Super Mario Bros. (40.24 million copies), Mario Kart Wii (35.53 million copies), Grand Theft Auto V (32.5 million copies), Wii Sports Resort (31.89 million copies), New Super Mario Bros. (30.38 million copies) and every individual incarnation of ever-popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty and Pokemon that have been released to date.
Only the iconic Tetris (143 million) and the original Wii Sports (82 million) have higher combined lifetime sales than Minecraft. Worth extra note here is that unlike Tetris and Wii Sports, Minecraft has yet to be used as the pack-in game for a best-selling video game platform, a factor that helped with the sales of the top two lifetime best-sellers.
The popularity of the game can also be seen in a variety of merchandise available at major retail chains such as Target, Walmart and Toys 'R' Us, from plush animals and action figures to cardboard replicas of the weapons and tools used in the game. An annual convention called MineCon is one of the few video game conventions in the country devoted to a singular video game title.
It has also made an impression on other forms of mainstream media such as television, books and film. A documentary film entitled Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, which chronicles the rise of the game's popularity and impact on pop culture was released in 2012 and the rights to Minecraft have been picked up by Warner Bros. for a future film project. The game's creator, Markus "Notch" Perrsson was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last year.
The sales figures for both combined lifetime sales and combined sales for dedicated video game consoles will have the chance to continue to rise as versions become available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita in August 2014.