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Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, SEGA, and Atari console sales showdown

Nintendo conquers the worldwide games hardware market with a whopping 800.7 million systems shipped since the NES in 1983.

Published Thu, Aug 5 2021 5:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Sep 7 2021 6:03 AM CDT

Who has the best console sales of all time? That'd be Nintendo, who has shipped over 800.7 million handhelds and consoles since reviving the global games market in 1983.

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Back in the 80s and 90s, the console wars defined an entire generation of consumer products. The classic SEGA vs Nintendo battle evolved once Sony jumped into the ring in 1994, and the PlayStation brand (along with bad decisions on SEGA's part) eventually pushed the Blue Blur's parent out of the console market altogether.

Then Microsoft emerged in 2001 and kicked off the current three-way competition we see today between Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo. It's been that way ever since. So how much hardware has each console-maker sold?

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The answer is a bit tricky because sales data isn't always perfect (Microsoft no longer reports console sales so their numbers are estimates).

Both Nintendo and Sony have provided consistent and reliable sales figures, though, and based on these numbers Nintendo is firmly in the lead.

Nintendo has sold 800.7 million hardware from 1983 - present, beating PlayStation's 564 million total sales by over 236 million. Of course, Nintendo has been on the market for 11 more years than Sony.

  • Nintendo console sales - 800.7 million (1983 - Present)
  • PlayStation console sales - 564 million (1994 - Present)
  • Microsoft console sales - 165.5 million (2001 - Present)
  • SEGA console sales - 63.16 million (1988 - 2001)
  • Atari console sales - 32 million (1977 - 1992)

Special thanks to ResetERA's Celine for inspiring me to collect the data and make this graph.

Sources: Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and data collected on Wikipedia.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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