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Nintendo has sold over 700 million gaming systems since 1983

The DS is still its best-selling system, but Nintendo certainly has many fan-favorite consoles under its belt.

We take for granted how important and formative Nintendo has been for the games industry. Growing up, for non-gamers to refer to any system as "the Nintendo" as opposed to its actual name. These accomplishments are even more impressive when you consider that the publisher has sold well over 700 million hardware units.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo's IR site recently published lifetime unit sales across its entire, 35-year gaming history. The end result shows 300.54 million console and 427.11 million handheld sales. That comes to a grand total of 727.65 million.

If you were curious, the most popular system remains the Nintendo DS thanks to 154.02 million units sold. The lowest lifestime sales go to the GameCube with 27.74 million, which the Switch will likely surpass at 19.67 million as of writing.

The full list is included below:


  • Nintendo Switch: 19.67m units
  • Wii U: 13.56m units
  • Wii: 101.63m units
  • GameCube: 27.74m units
  • Nintendo 64: 32.93m units
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom: 49.10m units
  • Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: 61.91m units


  • Nintendo 3DS: 72.89m units
  • Nintendo DS: 154.02m units
  • GameBoy Advance: 81.51m units
  • GameBoy (includes GameBoy Color): 119.69m units

Don't forget to pour a glass for the Virtual Boy, which tapped out at 770,000.

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