Nintendo has sold over 700 million hardware units, dating back to the NES

Nintendo has been a succesful video game hardware maker for decades now, dating back to the system that started it all, the NES. Since then, the big N has created tons of hardware units, be it home console, handheld, or both. With the recent Switch sales, Nintendo has now sold more than 700 mllion hardware units worldwide.

Here’s how each system has sold. The first list is home consoles, with the second being handheld platforms.

Nintendo Home Console Sales (all numbers in millions)

  • NES — 61.91
  • SNES — 49.10
  • N64 — 32.93
  • GameCube — 21.74
  • Wii — 101.63
  • Wii U — 13.56
  • Switch — 19.67

Total: 300.54 million

Nintendo Handheld Sales (all numbers in millions)

  • Game Boy — 118.69 (includes Color)
  • Game Boy Advance — 81.51
  • DS — 154.02
  • 3DS — 72.89

Total: 427.11 million

Overall total sales are at 727.65, a truly astounding number. Nintendo hasn’t always had the most powerful or most popular hardware, but they’ve been consistent sellers for the company.  It should also be noted this breakdown doesn’t include the Virtual Boy or the Classic line of systems.

Are you surprised about any hardware sales figures? Do any consoles or handheld stick out as your favorite? Comment below, let us know!


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Aric Sweeny
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