Nintendo sells 269 million home consoles in 30 years

Sometimes we lose perspective on just how crazy-big this whole video game thing is. Fortunately, Nintendo set us straight with some jaw-dropping figures from its 2013 annual report.

Since it released the Famicom in 1983, Nintendo has sold 269 million home consoles. Since it shipped the Game Boy in 1989, it has sold 385 million handheld consoles.

That's enough to put 1.2 portable Nintendo systems in every U.S. citizens' pocket.

Now for the games: Nintendo has sold 2.2 billion home system games since it launched the Famicom, and 1.9 billion portable games since it launched the Game Boy.

That's 4.1 billion games in 30 years--almost 260 games sold per minute. Wow.

We're getting kind of lost in space, here. Bring us back to the present, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata:

"Nintendo posted an operating loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013," Iwata said in the yearly report. "However, we strive to regain 'Nintendo-like' profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 by providing many people with fascinating games and services. We continue to make brand-new and unique proposals, and make efforts for the growth of the home entertainment industry with a mission that is to pleasantly surprise people and put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches."


  • im1048jack - August 7, 2013 1:49 a.m.

    Offline Co-op not Available for Splinter Cell: Blacklist Wii U The developer Ubisoft Shanghai has announced that the new action game Splinter Cell: Blacklist will not feature offline cooperative play for Wii U. "In order to ship at the same time as the other consoles, we unfortunately weren't able to delve into this feature," producer Liu Jun said. "But we think Nintendo gamers will be really excited to get the game at the same time as other consoles." Game Products, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Wii U Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Online co-op and multiplayer modes will be available in the Wii U version.
  • Fireninjastar - August 8, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Well everyone who lacks a social life whine and complains to Nintendo about having Local multiplayer over Online multiplayer. So they got rid of Local.
  • ABACADA6494 - August 6, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    Sony has sold ~ 332.5 Million home consoles since the introduction of the Sony Playstation in late 1994. so about 63.5 million consoles more than Nintendo has in 11 fewer years. go Playstation! Although wow those handheld console figures are mind boggling, and the software sales.
  • Smash_Bro - August 6, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    My body is ready for Nintendo's touch.
  • Rub3z - August 6, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    My mind is telling me nooooo-oh-oh..... But my body... MAH BODYYYYYYYY IS TELLING ME YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS
  • PatHan-bHai - August 7, 2013 5:06 a.m.

    I was gonna say that; but ya beat me to it. Kongrats.
  • Harryhardnuts - August 6, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Seems to me they are trying to justify or dodge the sad truth about WiiU sales..... Impressive number no less.
  • rainn'sgaydar - August 7, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    The quote from Iwata acknowledges their current struggle
  • rainn'sgaydar - August 6, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Almost 9 million per year is pretty crazy, but that software sales stat you guys gave is out of control. Wow.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - August 6, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Rough times for Nintendo right now, but hopefully they'll bounce back. But wow...the Game Boy first got released in 1989? Now I feel old.

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