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​The Top 40 Selling Video Game Consoles Of All Time, Some Might Surprise You

​The Top 40 Selling Video Game Consoles Of All Time, Some Might Surprise You

We were chatting about the Nintendo Wii at the GAMINGbible and started to wonder whether the console could sell if it were released into today's market.

Although the Switch is basically just a new and improved version of it's predecessor, with an added screen for mobility, we weren't sure whether it produced the excitement as the Wii back in 2007.

This conversation kept going and we came to the conclusion that it probably would, as long as it had a touch-up here and there. But then we went onto discuss something bigger...

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I asked my colleague what he thought was the highest selling console of all time, and to my amusement (I was looking at the list so I knew it was wrong) he said the NES. There's no doubt it's a classic, but it's supposedly outside of the top ten.

I guess your answer mostly depends on what console you grew up with, and what you have an attachment with, but some people might be surprised to where their favourite console lands.

Now, I've researched into this before so I already knew who was king, but I was shocked to discover how much certain companies have dominated over the years - you'll see what I mean.

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Anything marked with a '+' means figures could be more than what was reported. Here's the list, according to the ever reliable Wikipedia:

1. PS2, Sony (2000) - 155 million+

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2. Nintendo DS (2004) - 154.02 million

3. Game Boy/Game Boy Colour, Nintendo (1989/1998) - 118.69 million

4. PlayStation, Sony (1994) - 102.49 million

5. Wii, Nintendo (2006) - 101.63 million

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6. Xbox 360, Microsoft (2005) - 84 million

7. PS3, Sony (2006) - 83.8 million+

8. PS4, Sony (2013) - 82.2 million

9. PSP, Sony (2004) - 82 million

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10. Game Boy Advance, Nintendo (2001) - 81.51 million

Credit: Wikipedia/Nintendo
Credit: Wikipedia/Nintendo

11. Nintendo 3DS, (2011) - 72.89 million

12. NES, Nintendo (1983) - 61.91 million

13. SNES, Nintendo (1990) - 49.10 million

14. Nintendo 64 (1996) - 32.93 million

15. Sega Genesis (1988) - 30.75 million

16. Atari 2600 (1977) - 30 million

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17. Xbox One, Microsoft (2013) 25-30 million (estimate)

18. Xbox, Microsoft (2001) - 24 million

19. GameCube, Nintendo (2001) - 21.74 million

20. Nintendo Switch (2017) - 19.67 million

21. Wii U, Nintendo (2012) - 13.56 million

22. Sega Game Gear (1990) - 10.62 million

23. PS Vita, Sony (2011) - 10-15 million (estimate)

24. Master System, Sega (1986) - 10-13 million

25. TurboGrafx-16, NEC/Hudson Soft (1987) - 10 million

26. Sega Saturn (1994) - 9.26 million

27. Dreamcast, Sega (1998) - 9.13 million

28. Super NES Classic Edition, Nintendo (2017) - 5.28 million

29. Sega Pico (1993) - 3.4 millionGT+

30. WonderSwan, Bandai (1999) - 3.5 million

Credit: Wikipedia/Bandai
Credit: Wikipedia/Bandai

31. Color TV-Game, Nintendo (1977) - 3 million

32. Intellivision , Mattel (1980) - 3 million

33. N-Gage, Nokia (2003) - 3 million

34. NES Classic Edition, Nintendo (2016) - 2.3 million

35. ColecoVision, Coleco (1982) - 2 million+

36. Magnavox Odyssey, Magnavox/Philips (1978) - 2 million

37. Atari Lynx, Atari (1989) - 1 million+

38. Philips CD-i, Philips (1991) - 1 millionGT

39. Telstar, Coleco (1976) - 1 million+

40. Atari 5200 (1982) - 1 million

Credit: Wikipedia/Atari
Credit: Wikipedia/Atari

Nostalgia, anyone?

I know, there are some really strange consoles in there, but we thought it would be better to include the whole thing. Were you surprised? I couldn't believe the PSP did so well! But looking back, it was pretty advanced for it's time.

Xbox on the other hand, you need to pick up your game. I mostly play this console so I expected it to be way higher... but oh well, it's just a bit of fun. Not for Bill Gates, I suppose.

These figures are obviously not going to completely accurate, but you get the idea. We've looked through most of the popular consoles and we can't see any serious problems. Well done Wikipedia, you've done alright this time (DO NOT USE FOR ESSAY WRITING).

Let us know what you think about the list.

Featured Image Credit: Sony/PlayStation

Topics: Xbox One, Xbox, switch, Sega, Entertainment, sony, PS2, PS3, Microsoft, Game Boy, Nintendo, Playstation, Technology, PS4

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.