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Nintendo's Hardware Sales Surpass 750 Million

Nintendo's Hardware Sales Surpass 750 Million - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 November 2019 / 3,182 Views

Nintendo has officially sold over 750 million units of hardware, according to the latest quarterly report for the quarter ending September 30. 

Nintendo is the best-selling hardware manufacturer of all time with 752.21 million consoles and handhelds sold. Nintendo has sold 429.67 million handhelds and 322.54 million consoles. The Nintendo Switch has been placed under the home consoles total.

Nintendo found its greatest success during the 7th generation of gaming with its best-selling handheld, the DS, and home console, the Wii. The DS sold 154.02 million units, while the Wii sold 101.63 million units. Their 8th generation platforms saw a sharp decline with the 3DS only selling half of the DS, with 75.45 million consoles sold, and the Wii U barely selling over 1/10th of the Wii, with 13.56 million units sold.

The Game Boy, including the original Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Color, managed to sell 118.69 million units over its long lifespan. Its followup, the Game Boy Advance sold 81.51 million units.

Nintendo's first home console, the NES (Famicom in Japan), sold 61.91 million units, while their next console, the SNES (Super Famicom in Japan), sold 49.10 million units. The Nintendo 64 sold 32.93 million units. 

Nintendo's most recent platform, the Nintendo Switch, is a hybrid console that can be used as a home console, as well as a handheld. Nintendo has shipped 41.67 million Switch consoles since it launched in March 2017. 

Read the complete breakdown of sales by platform below:

  1. Nintendo DS - 154.02 million
  2. Game Boy - 118.69 million
  3. Wii - 101.63 million
  4. Game Boy Advance - 81.51 million
  5. Nintendo 3DS - 75.45 million
  6. NES - 61.91 million
  7. SNES - 49.10 million
  8. Nintendo Switch - 41.67 million
  9. Nintendo 64 - 32.93 million
  10. GameCube - 21.74 million 
  11. Wii U - 13.56 million  

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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20 Comments

trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

I have to thank our very own user p0isonparadise for pointing out the sales milestones in the forums - http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241249


ABizzel1 (on 05 November 2019)

Shouldn't the Switch be under handheld, especially considering the Switch Lite is a handheld.

Handheld: 471.34m
Console: 280.87m

But great overall sales nonetheless.


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trunkswd (on 05 November 2019)

It's a hybrid, so it really doesn't fit under either. That's why I mentioned it in the article. Easy enough math to move the Switch sales from home console total to handheld.


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trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

How long until Nintendo reaches 1 billion in hardware sales? The Switch has a strong chance to bring the total to 800 million by the time it stops selling.


Mnementh (on 04 November 2019)

Well, as 43million Game&Watch and 3 million ColorTVGame pluz 770K Virtualboy were sold too, Nintendo stands per my calculation at 799 million. So 800 million is a month or so away.


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trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

I wasn't including those figures, but thank you for those numbers. It really is impressive how well the Game & Watch's sold.


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Mnementh (on 04 November 2019)

Yeah, it's quite a lot. But to be fair, Game&Watch game was a new sale for a new game, as each game is directly built into hardware.


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trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

Good point. A console is hardware where you buy the software separately.


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Mnementh (on 04 November 2019)

Nah, other first gen consoles also had their games built in.


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trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

Looking up the first generation you are right that a lot of them did have the game built-in. Odyssey had separate games? I think. Not that I know much about the first generation. Second generation definitely had game sold separately as that is the Atari 2600, Intellivision, etc.


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Mnementh (on 04 November 2019)

Yeah, it seems this was the major technical step forward between first and second gen. Yeah, I only mentioned it to set the Game&Watch sales in relation. First gens were a bit messy, the NES pretty much defined console gaming going forward, but before was it quite wild.


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trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

The Atari 2600 was a success, but the whole concept of releasing more powerful consoles every 5-8 years didn't catch on until as you said the NES. Atari tried it with the Atari 5200 and it quickly faded out, while the 2600 kept selling.


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TheBlackNaruto (on 04 November 2019)

Very well deserved! Congrats!!!


trunkswd (on 04 November 2019)

It is very impressive Nintendo has managed to stay relevant for so long while all other console manufacturers before Sony entered the ring have gone third-party or bankrupt.


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OTBWY (on 04 November 2019)

Who knows when they will reach 1 billion! Heres hopin! Well done!!


trunkswd (on 05 November 2019)

If they do it won't happen for another 2-3 generations. Depends if they stick with the hybrid console concept or go back to two platforms. One home console and one handheld.


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OTBWY (on 05 November 2019)

Really have no idea how they will continue after the Switch. Obviously they can't continue on the same concept for too long.


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trunkswd (on 05 November 2019)

I'd say at least one more generation. They've done GB to GBA, NES to SNES, Wii to Wii U, and DS to 3DS.


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aris4me (on 04 November 2019)

Nintty ftw!!! It will be the 1st to reach the 1 billion!


trunkswd (on 05 November 2019)

It will take a while. 2-3 generations I'd guess.


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