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Home Technology Revealed: The Nintendo Switch is the most successful game console of all time

Revealed: The Nintendo Switch is the most successful game console of all time

by Jessica Weisman-Pitts
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Research has revealed that the Nintendo Switch is the most successful game console of all time

The Nintendo DS and PlayStation 4 take second and third respectively.

The next generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X make the top ten

New research has revealed the most successful game consoles of all time, with the Nintendo Switch topping the list.

Analysis conducted by online delivery experts NextDayDelivery.co.uk studied sales data for game consoles over time and found that the Nintendo Switch is the most successful game console ever.

Released in 2017, the Switch has sold over 90 million units in just four years of production, giving it the top spot in the list with an average of 22 million consoles sold per year. Many of these sales came during 2020, with sales on games for the console increasing 122% during the COVID-19 lockdowns in the UK. The Switch was revolutionary as it was the world’s first hybrid console, that could be used on a TV and as a handheld at the same time.

Console Units sold (million) Years in production Average sold per year (million)
Nintendo Switch 90.54 4 22.64
Nintendo DS 154.9 9 17.21
PlayStation 4 116.44 8 14.56
PlayStation 5 13.4 1 13.4
PlayStation 2 157.68 12 13.14
PlayStation 3 87.41 9 9.71
Wii 101.64 11 9.24
Game Boy Advance 81.51 9 9.06
Xbox Series X 9 1 9
PlayStation 102.5 12 8.54
Game Boy 118.69 14 8.48
Nintendo 3DS 75.94 9 8.44
PlayStation Portable 81.09 10 8.11
Xbox 360 85.8 11 7.80
Xbox One 50.37 8 6.30
Nintendo 64 32.93 6 5.49
Super Nintendo Entertainment System 49.1 13 3.78
GameCube 21.74 6 3.62
Nintendo Entertainment System 61.91 18 3.44
Xbox (Original) 24.65 8 3.08
Sega Genesis 29.54 11 2.69
Atari 2600 27.64 16 1.73