With the Nintendo Switch recently becoming the fastest-selling video game console of all time in North America, we decided to take a look at which consoles have sold the most units. Video games have come a long way since the early days of dedicated Pong consoles and early arcade machines; the are now far more complex, with rich and engaging storylines, addictive gameplay, and ever-improving controls that give the player a growing sense of immersion. In essence, gaming has grown from a niche hobby for the youth of the 70s and 80s to a mainstream, $30 billion industry. Here are 25 of the best-selling consoles of all time, ranked by units sold worldwide.
Units Sold: 10 Million
Known as the PC Engine in Japan and originally released in 1987, the re-branded TurboGrafx was released in North America in 1989. The console was originally designed to compete with the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, but ended up right in the middle of the 16-bit console wars between the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.
Unfortunately, the TurboGrafx-16 failed to find a foothold in North America due to stiff competition from the graphically superior and heavily marketed SNES and Genesis. While the PC Engine sold well in Japan, the TG-16 was a failure in North America selling somewhere around 4 million units.