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