Console Wars: The Best-Selling Video Game Consoles

Gaming, once the domain of nerds and nerds alone, is now an entertainment staple for millions of boys, girls, and families all over the world. And, though the climbing popularity of gaming is far from surprising, it’s still quite remarkable.

The gaming industry as a whole is an entertainment goliath, pulling in an estimated $91 billion in 2016 and, it just keeps growing. That success is due in large part to the accessibility and variety of home-use gaming consoles.

Today, we blow on our proverbial cartridges and ready up for an enlightening analysis of the best-selling video game consoles of all time. Let’s go!

Nintendo Entertainment System

Starting us off with a respectable 61.91 million units sold internationally is the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short. The NES is the granddaddy of the home gaming console. It’s affordable price, innovative D-pad controller, and legendary game catalogue transformed the industry and introduced millions to the wonderful world of gaming.

Released in July of 1983, the NES brought us The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Castlevania, Mega Man, and Duck Hunt among other classics throughout his lifetime. Though the console was discontinued in 1995, its memory (and its most popular character) has endured the test of time.


Standout Games: The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, Mega Man II, Castlevania, Duck Hunt

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Nintendo 3DS

If researching this list has taught me anything, it’s that Nintendo is undoubtedly a hit-maker.

The Nintendo 3DS was released in 2011. Since then, the lovable, handheld console has sold roughly 68.98 million units worldwide. Why? For starters, the console was priced affordably, had some seriously great games, and got some help from Pokemon’s recent resurgence in popularity. Though it got off to a slow start, its sales numbers are still stable to this day!

Standout Games: Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Metroid: Samus Returns, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land

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PlayStation 4

Next up, Sony’s latest entry in the battle for home gaming supremacy, the PlayStation 4 (PS4). The PS4 took the international gaming market by storm in 2013, selling 73.6 million units to date. At the time, it was the most powerful home console to ever.

The PS4’s game catalogue is no slouch either. Titles like Uncharted 4, Metal Gear Solid V, and Horizon: Zero Dawn garnered a ton of critical acclaim and, more importantly, moved a lot of units.

Standout Games: Bloodborne, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Rocket League, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

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