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The top 25 best selling video game consoles and handhelds of all time

Which consoles have sold the most over the course of video game history?

23 December 2015: Over the course of eight generations, major manufacturers like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Sega have fought the console wars.

There's more than just bragging rights up for grabs when it comes to selling the most amount of game units in your console generation. The number of console units installed in consumer homes is referred to as an install base. The bigger your install base, the more attractive you are to third-party developers.

If you can open up a large gap in install base between your machine and your competitors, then you will receive the lion’s share of new game releases, more exclusive partnerships and, in general, better optimised games. This, in turn, drives more sales which can expand that gap even further.

With that in mind, here is a look at the current top 25 of all time, updated as of 23/12/15. We will update this page regularly, so be sure to check back regularly to see how things have changed.

Updated 23/12/15
Global Sales
1PlayStation 2 (PS2)157.686Console
2Nintendo DS (DS)154.887Handheld
3Game Boy (GB)118.694Handheld
4PlayStation (PS)104.255Console
5Wii (Wii)101.017Console
6PlayStation 3 (PS3)86.177Console
7Xbox 360 (X360)85.187Console
8Game Boy Advance (GBA)81.516Handheld
9PlayStation Portable (PSP)80.827Handheld
10Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)61.913Console
11Nintendo 3DS (3DS)56.588Handheld
12Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)49.14Console
13PlayStation 4 (PS4)33.168Console
14Nintendo 64 (N64)32.935Console
15Sega Genesis/Master System (GEN)29.544Console
16Atari 2600 (2600)27.642Console
17Xbox (XB)24.656Console
18GameCube (GC)21.746Console
19Xbox One (XBO)18.068Console
20PlayStation Vita (PSV)12.598Handheld
21Wii U (WiiU)11.698Console
22GameGear (GG)10.624Handheld
23Sega Saturn (SAT)8.825Console
24Dreamcast (DC)8.26Console
25Atari 7800 (7800)4.33Console

Brodie Fogg

Brodie is the Assistant Publisher at for everything tech and telco. When he's not drooling over the latest comic book releases or grinding away at the newest time-devouring RPG, he's helping people choose between Australia's streaming services, suggesting better broadband plans or comparing the latest mobile plans.

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