4. PlayStation (102.49 Million Units Sold)
- Originally released December 3, 1994 in Japan.
- Later released September 9, 1995 in North America.
- This was the first home video game console under the PlayStation name.
- Considered the first “Computer Entertainment Platform” to ship 100 Million Units
- Widely believed to have influenced the demise of the cartridge-based home console.
What a fantastic start to this epic set of video game consoles, be it home or hand-held. We’re now on the PS4, and seeing things like the PlayStation VR is incredible. Can you imagine what they’ll come up with next?
3. Game Boy/Game Boy Color (118.69 Million Units Sold)
- Originally released in Japan on April 21, 1989.
- Later released in North America July 31, 1989.
- This 8-bit hand-held system was actually Nintendo’s second hand-held system, following the Game and Watch series introduced in 1980.
- This was the console that started the revolution that is Pokemon. Along with many other major titles, generations past and present love this title and we have this system to thank for it. Sure, without the Game Boy Pokemon and many great titles may still have existed through a different means, but they didn’t have to, thanks to this.
Unsure as to why the Game Boy and Game Boy Color may be lumped together as one? Their combined total sales is what landed them at this spot on the list. Here’s the facts! The Game Boy Color was originally released in Japan on October 28, 1998 and later in North America on November 18, 1998. While mostly retaining the same hardware as the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Color’s primary competitors were the much more advanced Neo Geo Pocket and the WonderSwan, though the Game Boy Color outsold these by a wide margin.
2. Nintendo DS (154.02 Million Units Sold)
- Originally released in North America on November 21, 2004.
- Later released in Japan on December 2, 2004.
- Unlike most, if not all consoles, the DS was originally released in North America.
- It’s a 32-bit dual screen hand-held console that came after the Game Boy advance.
- DS is said to stand for “Developers System” or “Dual Screen.”
Fun fact about our number 1 hand-held console, more Nintendo DS units have been sold than iPhones and Game Boys!
1. PlayStation 2 (>155 Million Units Sold)
- Originally released March 4, 2000 in Japan.
- Later released October 26, 2000 in North America.
- Second installment for PlayStations lineup of consoles.
- Offered backwards compatibility for both the PlayStations games and controllers.
- Remained a popular home console well after the release of the PS3.
- Experienced one of the longest runs for a video game console before being discontinued after 13 years.
- Released for the PS2 was a little known peripheral called the EyeToy. Similar product to the Xbox Kinect, though the Kinect was a superior product.
One of the longest runs in console history and still everyone was sad to see it go. I’ve brushed mine off and plugged it in just recently so I can relive the memory of some old classics. If I had it my way, I’d have Def Jam: Fight for NY remade and remastered for every console, past, present, and future.