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Nintendo Reveal They’ve Sold Over 700 Million Consoles


Nintendo Sells Over 700 Million Consoles

Despite Nintendo seemingly being around forever in terms of gaming. The company has actually been around for much longer. It was originally founded in 1889. No, I haven’t got the numbers the wrong way around there either. It’s a company with a remarkable history, but one that really came to note until 1985 when the NES launched in North America.

Since then, the company has produced many consoles and handheld devices with the recent Switch providing to be a massive success.

In that 33 years of console sales though, Nintendo has confirmed that a new major landmark has been achieved. Following the good sales of the Switch, Nintendo has now sold over 700 million consoles in their history.

The figures

In a report via GamesIndustry, the console sales figures are broken down into the following systems;


  • Switch: 19.67m units
  • Wii U: 13.56m units
  • Wii: 101.63m units
  • GameCube: 27.74m units
  • Nintendo 64: 32.93m units
  • SNES/Super Famicom: 49.10m units
  • NES/Famicom: 61.91m units


  • Nintendo 3DS: 72.89m units
  • DS: 154.02m units
  • GameBoy Advance: 81.51m units
  • GameBoy (includes GameBoy Color): 119.69m units

Hits and Misses

The figures clearly demonstrate where Nintendo has done well and where it hasn’t. For example, The Gameboy, DS and Wii all sold over 100 million units each. The poor old Wii-U, however, didn’t even sell 14 million units. A console which in fairness suffered more from bad marketing than anything else.

It is, if nothing else, a fascinating history of the companies success and failure. Well, in the gaming industry at least. It doesn’t really speak for their activities from 1889-1984. Given how much we love the Switch too, we wish them nothing but success in the future!

What do you think? How many of their systems have you owned? – Which was your favourite? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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