Best Selling Gaming Consoles of All Time
Everybody has their own favorite console of all time. The console that holds your fondest memories, the one that even though you move on from you would gladly go back and play it any time. With the advancement in technology of console gaming hasn’t come an increase in sales. In fact there is only 1 console in the top 10 of this list released after 2007.
Interestingly after viewing the list and calculating total console sales for companies within the list, there are two companies that are clearly dominant over the rest. Many would expect that to be Sony and Microsoft. However it is actually Sony and Nintendo as in the sales in this list alone, Nintendo have close to 6 times more sales then Microsoft and Sony close to 4 times. Here is a chart for an overview of the top selling consoles without the company names.
this list and chart were created using data gathered from here.
As you can see the PlayStation 2 topples the list with 155 million sales followed closely and unexpectedly by the Nintendo DS. After those 2 there is a drop in units sold by the trailing consoles however what’s interesting is overlooking the aforementioned dominance in sales by Nintendo and Sony. These two companies alone hold the top 5 places on the list with the Microsoft Xbox 360 at 6th and then Nintendo and Sony produced all consoles from 7-14. This dominance in sales is further illustrated in the full list with the company names:
|Ranking||Console||Company||Release Date||Units Sold|
|3||Game Boy/Game Boy Color||Nintendo||1989/1998||118,690,000|
|9||Game Boy Advance||Nintendo||2001||81,510,000|
|11||Nintendo Entertainment System||Nintendo||1983||61,910,000|
|13||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Nintendo||1990||49,100,000|
|21||Sega Game Gear||Sega||1990||10,620,000|
|23||TurboGrafx-16||NEC/ Hudson Soft||1987||10,000,000|
As you can see although overall sales are closest between Nintendo and Sony, Nintendo is the obvious winner. Here is an overview of placings and total sales from this list of 25 alone for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony:
Console appearances in the top 25: Nintendo: 10 Sony: 5 Microsoft: 3
Unit sales in the top 25: Nintendo: 701,210,000 Sony: 483,292,000 Microsoft: 118,000,000
It’s obvious looking at the overview of the list that Nintendo is the clear winner followed by Sony and then Microsoft in all time console sales. However in overall company value this victory doesn’t mean a lot as Microsoft dominates many other industries and has a far higher net worth then the other 2 companies. What it does mean though is that Nintendo is the top console seller of all time.