20. Gamecube – 21.74 million
Of course, it can not be denied that Nintendo is a factory to create successful consoles. Among the most sold consoles in history you will find a large number of desktop platforms and laptops of the Great N, one of them is Nintendo GameCube. With an attractive design and great technical power, the console was not a magic box, but it certainly seemed to play games with disk and forget about the cartridges. Among his most successful games were Super Smash Bros. Melee (7.09 million), Mario Kart: Double Dash (7 million), Super Mario Sunshine (6.31 million) and Luigi’s Mansion (3.6 million), without forgetting of great classics like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4.
19. Xbox – 24.65 million
In the year 2000, Microsoft surprised us betting on the world of video game consoles and presenting Xbox. Its first gaming platform was released at the end of 2001 in the United States and at the beginning of 2002 in Europe, and it surprised with its enormous technical power, over its competitors, and by betting on hard disk storage. His best-selling games were Halo 2 (8.46 million), Splinter Cell (6 million), Halo: Combat Evolved (5 million), Fable (3 million) and Project Gotham Racing (2.5 million), a good sample of its great catalog, along with jewelry like Ninja Gaiden and The Chronicles of Riddick.
18. Atari 2600 – 30 million
One of the first video consoles that came on the market and the first to reach great popularity. 30 million platforms sold for the late 70’s and early 80’s is no nonsense. Atari was one of the most important video game companies until the 90s, after which it was in the shadow of Nintendo and SEGA. Atari 2600 had more than 500 games on the market, although not all were equal to Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Breakout, Pole Position, Ms. Pac-Man or Pong. Better not talk about E.T. The Extraterrestrial, one of the culprits of the crisis suffered by the videogame industry for several years, until the arrival of NES.
7. Nintendo Switch – 32.27 million
The last console to reach the best-selling list in history is Nintendo Switch, but it is already rapidly climbing positions, when it has not yet reached two years of life. The successor of Wii U has come sweeping and is selling at a faster rate even than PS4. His most successful titles are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (15 million), Super Mario Odyssey (13.76 million), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (12.08 million) and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (11.68). millions).
16. Nintendo 64 – 32.93 million
The replacement of the great Super Nintendo opted for 64 bits, a very original command and continue with the format of the cartridges, and gave us hours and hours of fun and great jumps to the 3D of the most famous Nintendo sagas. His most successful titles were Super Mario 64 (11.91 million), Mario Kart 64 (9.87 million), GoldenEye 007 (8.09 million), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (7.6 million) and Super Smash Bros. (5.55 million).
15. Mega Drive – 39.5 million
Mega Drive is one of the most beloved videogame platforms and, of course, also one of the most sold in history. The console of 16 bits of SEGA had a hard competition with Super Nintendo, to which it did not manage to be imposed in numbers and that in Europe it reaped a great popularity. Between SEGA and Nintendo there was not only a battle of consoles, but also of mascots because with Mega Drive Sonic was born to rival Mario. Sonic The Hedgehog (more than 15 million copies), Streets of Rage, Golden Ax, Flashback or Aladdin are some of the titles that helped make it one of the best-selling platforms of the moment.
14. Xbox One – 42 million (Estimated data)
Xbox One is the third desktop console developed by Microsoft, and although a few years ago they stopped giving official sales figures, thanks to some estimates we can get a rough idea of the consoles that have been sold in its three models: Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. It has recently climbed in the ranking and has surpassed Mega Drive, and although its sales are below expectations, they are not bad. Among its most popular games we have Halo 5: Guardians, Gear of War 4, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the Forza Horizon saga, which is giving joys to driving enthusiasts.
13. Super Nintendo – 49.10 million
One of the great platforms of video games of Nintendo, the brain of the beast with which many grew in the 90s. Its graphics and game modes made it a great hit for the time and a magnificent evolution of the NES. The design of the Super Nintendo controller marked the way for many who would later come to video games. Among its most popular titles are Super Mario World (more than 20 million copies), Super Mario All-Stars, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
12. Nintendo NES – 61.91 million
The NES or Nintendo Entertainment System was the first console developed by the Great N, the platform that popularized videogames in homes around the world and made us vibrate in 8 bits with Mario and Link, heroes created by Shigeru Miyamoto and that are part of of the history of video games, without forgetting a dog giggles that made fun of us every time a Duck Hunt duck escaped. With its 61.91 million consoles sold, it is the fifth most successful platform from Nintendo, which left an indelible mark on a generation of players with titles like Super Mario Bros. (more than 40 million copies sold), The Legend of Zelda , Super Mario Bros. 3, Tetris and Excitebike.
11. Nintendo 3DS – 74.84 million
We jumped from a classic console of the Big N to his most recent laptop, Nintendo 3DS. Following the design of the Nintendo DS, although adding many technical improvements, the handheld platform is a pioneer in betting on the 3D effect, although without using any type of glasses. It is far from its predecessor and it will cost to catch Game Boy Advance, but they are certainly big numbers, having also competed with the rise of the smartphone. His most successful titles are Mario Kart 7 (18.11 million), Pokémon X / Y (16.37 million), Pokémon Sun / Moon (16.14 million), Pokémon Ruby Omega & Alpha Sapph
10. Game Boy Advance – 81.51 million
Belonging to the sixth generation of consoles, the Game Boy Advance was released in 2001 with the difficult task of taking the witness of the mythical Game Boy. A console that made a great technical leap but was retrocompable with the previous laptop, and had an overwhelming catalog, with great titles such as Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire (16 million copies sold), Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Metroid Fusion or the beloved ones, Golden Sun and Advance Wars.
9. PSP – 82 million
Another portable console that sneaks into the top 20 of the best-selling consoles in history is PlayStation Portable. The Sony console went to the Japanese market in December 2004 and a few months later in North America, Europe and some Latin American countries. The first portable platform of Sony had a great catalog of games with titles like God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII or Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories PSP among users. Among its powerful features offered the ability to connect to the Internet and play all kinds of multimedia content. His success was such that he had up to four different versions for all tastes: PSP Slim, PSP-3000, PSP Go and PSP-E1000.
8. Xbox 360 – 85.8 million
The second desktop console that Microsoft developed came out in 2005 with really powerful hardware for the time, which helped to make its life cycle long and prosperous. The battle between Sony and Microsoft console was tough, but very healthy, and users of both consoles were benefited with constant price reductions in both and dream catalogs. We will remember for many things these consoles, such as the popularization of the indies thanks to Xbox Live Arcade or its system of achievements, which now all users demand. His most successful titles were Grand Theft Auto V (17.80 million), Halo 3 (14.5 million), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (13.7 million), Minecraft (21 million) and Call of Duty: Black Ops. (12 million), without forgetting Kinect, the control by movement that managed to sell more than 30 million units.
7. PS3 – 86.5 million
If we spoke a moment ago of Xbox 360, now PS3 could not be missing in the top 10 most sold consoles in history. The third Sony desktop platform was a success and won the players with Demon’s Souls, Killzone 2, the Uncharted saga, The Last of Us, Heavy Rain and many others. Its main feature and what made it triumph among the players was the Blu-Ray player. At that time, they were quite expensive and PlayStation 3 was one of the cheapest options to enjoy with the new home theater format. It cost him to start given its high price, but finally set in the market and had a final stretch full of great games.
6. PS4 – 94.2 million
It is the current desktop console from Sony and in its fifth year of life continues to give great joy to the Japanese company and its users with games in the Bloodborne category, Uncharted 4: The Thief’s Desenlace, Horizon: Zero Dawn and God of War and those that are still to come. It has been on the market since 2013 and its figures are indisputable, way to exceed 100 million in this 2019, something that very few consoles have achieved throughout its history.
5. Wii – 101.63 million
Nintendo is one of the most innovative companies in the video game market and with Nintendo Wii, presented, launched and triumphed. The desktop console invited videogame lovers and those who were more casual users with control by movement, something that seemed very daring, but finally it was a bombshell. The result, 101.63 million consoles sold and we calculate that some other injury when playing tennis. His most successful titles were Wii Sports (more than 80 million, although it was included with the console in the West), Mario Kart Wii (37.14 million), Wii Sports Resort (33.09 million) and New Super Mario Bros. Wii ( 30.22 million), without forgetting those two jewels called Super Mario Galaxy.
4. PlayStation – 102.49 million
We are approaching the top 3 in the list of the best selling consoles in history and we found the debut of this Sony market: PlayStation. Before the dominance of the Nintendo and SEGA market came Sony and hit the table with a console with a great price, easy to program and knowing how to connect with a slightly different audience than the 16-bit consoles, selling the image of that video games were not only for children. His catalog is full of countless jewels, and among the most successful and acclaimed games were Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo, Silent Hill, Tekken 3 and so many others.
3. Game Boy / Game Boy Color – 118.69 million
If we could carry the music with the Walkman, video games could also leave the house. In 1989, Nintendo launched its popular and already mythical Game Boy, the third best selling console in the history of video games. Driven by the phenomenon of Tetris, which was included next to the console in multiple countries, then unforgettable titles came as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Land 2, Kirby’s Dream Landy Pokémon, a phenomenon that has survived to this day, more popular than ever. It had a long life, thanks also to its color model, which modernized the console.
2. Nintendo DS – 154.02 million
No one thought that Game Boy and Game Boy Color were surpassed by any other portable console, but came Nintendo DS and took ahead to its predecessor with a very risky bet: the double screen, one of them tactile, when they had not yet become popular on mobile phones. Thus he managed to host an excellent catalog for all audiences, from the most hardcore to the most casual, with great successes such as Brain Training, New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs, Animal Crossing: Wild World and the multiple deliveries of the Pokémon saga.
1. PlayStation 2 – 155 million
And we reached the best-selling console in history, PlayStation 2, the invincible. Still no desktop platform or laptop has managed to take the place to the second Sony platform that went on the market in March 2000. The console that has been closest is Nintendo DS, but of those currently on the market, none of them goes behind. Many thought that PlayStation 4 would end its success, but exceed 155 million consoles sold on PS2 is very difficult. PS2 offered us a great number of joys in the form of games and technology, betting on the DVD as a format, and especially with an unforgettable catalog with titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Gran Turismo 3, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts, God of War, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Silent Hill 2 and a host of great games.
Complete list of the most sold consoles in history.
PS2, Nintendo DS, Game Boy, PS4, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and the other consoles of which we have spoken, are not the only ones that are in the records. For that reason, we leave you a complete list with the most sold consoles in history
• PlayStation 2: 155 million
• Nintendo DS: 154.02 million
• Game Boy / Game Boy Color: 118.69 million
• PlayStation: 102.49 million
• Wii: 101.64 million
• PlayStation 4: 94.2 million
• PlayStation 3: 86.5 million
• Xbox 360: 85.8 million
• PlayStation Portable: 82 million
• Game Boy Advance: 81.51 million
• Nintendo 3DS: 74.84 million
• Nintendo NES: 61.91 million
• Super Nintendo: 49.10 million
• Xbox One: 42 million (Estimated data)
• Mega Drive: 39.5 million
• Nintendo Switch: 32.27 million
• Nintendo 64: 32.93 million
• Atari 2600: 30 million
• Xbox: 24.65 million
• GameCube: 21.74 million
• Wii U: 13.56 million
• Sega Game Gear: 10.62 million
• PlayStation Vita: 12-15 million (Estimated data)
• Master System: 10-13 million (Estimated data)
• TurboGrafx-16: 10 million
• Sega Saturn: 9.26 million
• Dreamcast: 9.13 million
• Intellivision: 3 million
• ColecoVision: 2 million
• Magnavox Odyssey: 2 million
• Atari Lynx: 1 million
• Philips CD-i: 1 million
• Atari 5200: 1 million