Nintendo has sold 268.97 million consoles and 385.15 million handhelds since 1983

Tuesday, 6th August 2013 13:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has sold 268.97 million consoles and 385.15 million handhelds since the Famicom launched in 1983, according to the firm.

The numbers, included in Nintendo’s Q1 financials, also revealed the firm has sold 2.195 billion software units on console and 1.907 billion units on handheld devices.

Company president Satoru Iwata said during the Q1 call to investors Nintendo would return to ‘Nintendo-like’ profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 by “providing many people with fascinating games and services.”

Last week, Nintendo reported sales of ¥81.5 billion, with the total number of global Wii U hardware sales for the quarter at just 160,000.

Thanks, GoNintendo.



  1. backup

    hahaha can’t stop laughing

    only 268

    PS1 and PS2 >>>>>>>>>>>>> kidtendo from 1983

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dragon246

    It just shows how great they are in handhelds and how bad they are in home consoles. Sony has a 100 million lead in home consoles over them in just half the time.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Kaufer

    It just goes to show that no one can beat Nintendo when it comes to handhelds. Probably Apple comes close sort of.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Thats a lot of Wii/WiiU’s clogging up cupboard space :/

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Dragon246

    Just so you know, Apple sold more than 250 million iphones in just 5 years, and more i5s this quarter than 3ds sold in more than 2 years.
    Apples and oranges comparison though.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. KAP

    Honestly, that number doesn’t match PS1, PS2 and PS3.. How sad.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. sebastien rivas

    To be honest I did not know Nintendo sold so much.

    It is definitely encouraging for the game industry. Although while I can envision why Nintendo wanted out of the next gen console race, restricting so hard game genre/style age group is what hurt them most nowadays.
    From my 2 cents of experience, my 9 years old kiddo is done with the wii. When she goes to the store, she lurks straight in the wii section but does not grab anything. In my perception it sounds like there are too many games that are just too much the same but with different colored pixels. I really have to step in to help get an idea how games she may be interrested in are actually unique.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    Sony made gaming ‘socially acceptable’ though. There was a huge movement behind that.

    There’s been some big waves in recent times, not all have been as succesful as the next but Sony’s branding was rock solid from the PS1 / PS2 years.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Keivz

    I recommend Kinect if you haven’t got it already. It’s great for kids.

    On topic, I’ve only owned one nintendo console–an NES that my parents got for me… and my brother, and my sister.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. lexph3re

    Yessh!… That’s pretty low for 30 years in the business.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. CPC_RedDawn

    A lot of you are forgetting that it was because of Nintendo the Playstation even existed. Sony approached Nintendo who were the dominate force in the industry at the time and wanted a partnership as Sony was predominately a hardware manufacturer and they didn’t really have any killer app software they could sell on their own machine. Hence that little expansion adapter on the bottom of the SNES which was never used to my knowledge. This was going to be a CD based games add on for the SNES manufactured by Sony to rival the SEGA CD and all the other crap they piled onto their systems like the 32x, etc. But Nintendo saw that SEGA was failing big time with these add on’s and dropped the project altogether with Sony. More or less creating a new enemy in the console race, Sony gave birth to the Playstation and on the back of their success with the Walkman, and Hi-Fi, and TV sales boom in the 80′s they had customer respect. Also relying on third parties to flock to the system was in their favor. And so in 1994 gaming entered the “mass market” and their was essentially a second gaming boom.

    So just remember, it could of been a VERY VERY different outcome.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Market share is far more important then raw numbers. No one was going to sell 100 million consoles in the 8 and 16 bit generations. But Nintendo won both of those.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. viralshag

    @11, Yeah we could have had Mario and Zelda on CD a lot earlier…

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Bringit

    268m is an incredible number. 385.15m is an astounding figure.

    But 4bn games. 4bn! That’s just ridiculous.

    They go up and down, but like Disney in films, Nintendo truly are the games industry’s biggest icon.

    #14 1 year ago

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