Last year was the biggest year in terms of video/digital game sales the world has ever seen. In 2016, consumers spent $91 billion globally and the market is projected to grow even more this year.

Out of that massive chunk of money, $892 million was spent on Esports, according to SuperData Research. Broken down ever further, mobile games had the largest revenue at $41 billion (up 18 percent), followed by $26 billion for retail games, and $19 billion for free-to-play online games.

With 55 subcategories, it’s safe to say that sports games are a major player in the industry. But because there aren’t a lot of market research companies that study this sort of thing, it’s tough to pinpoint a figure on sports games revenue. According to imdb, these are the top-grossing sports video games of 2016:

  1. NBA 2K17
  2. Need For Speed (2015)
  3. FIFA 17
  4. NBA 2K16 (2015)
  5. WWE 2K16 (2015)
  6. Mortal Kombat (2011)
  7. Cars (2006)
  8. Forza Horizon 3
  9. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)
  10. Need For Speed: Carbon (2006)

But we wanted to look at the best sports video games, not the titles pulling the highest revenue.

Here are the top-15 best sports games:

15. RBI Baseball

Systems: NES
Year Released: 1987

14. FIFA Soccer 10

Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Year Released: 2009

13. NFL Blitz

Systems: Arcade
Year Released: 1997

12. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

Systems: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast
Year Released: 2000

11. NBA 2K11

Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Year Released: 2010

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