List of best-selling game consoles by region

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Television encoding systems by nation; countries using the PAL system are shown in blue.

This page consists of countries in Japan, North America, and the PAL region. PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 576i, such as Europe and Asia.

Japan[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Nintendo Nintendo DS December 2, 2004 32,990,000[1]
Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color April 21, 1989 32,470,000[1]
Sony PlayStation 2 March 4, 2000 21,454,325[2]
Nintendo Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom/NES) July 15, 1983 19,350,000[1]
Nintendo Super Famicom (SNES) November 21, 1990 17,170,000[1]
Nintendo Game Boy Advance February 21, 2001 16,960,000[1]
Sony PlayStation Portable December 12, 2004 16,867,853[3]
Nintendo Nintendo 3DS February 26, 2011 15,760,000[1]
Nintendo Wii November 19, 2006 12,750,000[1]
Sony PlayStation 3 November 11, 2006 6,341,950[3]
Nintendo Nintendo 64 June 23, 1996 5,540,000[1]
Nintendo GameCube September 14, 2001 4,040,000[1]
Sega Genesis October 29, 1988 3,580,000[4]
Sega Dreamcast November 27, 1998 2,320,000[5]
Nintendo Wii U December 8, 2012 1,750,000[1]
Microsoft Xbox 360 December 10, 2005 1,448,665[3]
Sega Sega Mark III (Master System) October 20, 1985 1,000,000[6]
Sony PlayStation 4 February 22, 2014 838,525
Microsoft Xbox One September 4, 2014 40,488

North America[edit]

Region-wide[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sony PlayStation 2 October 26, 2000 47.68 million[7]
Sony PlayStation September 9, 1995 40.78 million[8]
Sega Genesis August 14, 1989 21.4-22.4 million[a]
Sega Sega Nomad October 1995 1 million[9]

Canada[edit]

Based on figures from the NPD Group, as of August 1, 2008:[10]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Nintendo Nintendo 64 September 29, 1996 1,300,000[11]
Nintendo Wii November 19, 2006 1,060,000
Microsoft Xbox 360 November 22, 2005 870,000
Sony PlayStation 3 November 17, 2006 520,000

United States[edit]

Based on figures from the NPD Group:

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Nintendo Nintendo DS November 21, 2004 47 million[12]
Nintendo Wii November 19, 2006 45.4 million[13]
Sony PlayStation 2 October 26, 2000 41.12 million[14][15]
Sega Genesis August 14, 1989 21-22 million[a]
Microsoft Xbox 360 November 22, 2005 11.6 million[26]
Sony PlayStation Portable March 24, 2005 11.56 million[14][15]
Sony PlayStation 3 November 17, 2006 5.7 million[26]
NEC TurboGrafx-16 August 29, 1989 2.5 million[27]
Sega Master System June 1986 2 million[28]
Atari Atari 7800 January 1986 2 million[29]
Sega Saturn May 11, 1995 2 million[30]

PAL regions[edit]

Asia[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sony PlayStation 2 March 4, 2000 25.42 million[7]
Sony PlayStation December 4, 1994 21.59 million[8]
NEC PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) October 30, 1987 7.5 million[27]

Brazil[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sega Master System September 4, 1989 5 million[31]
Sega Mega Drive 1990 3 million[31]

Middle East[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sony PlayStation 2 2003 5.2 million[32]
Sony PlayStation Portable September 1, 2005 5.2 million[32]
Nintendo Nintendo DS 2005 850,000[32]

Europe[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sony PlayStation 2 November 24, 2000 48 million[33]
Sony PlayStation September 29, 1995 40.12 million[8]

Western Europe[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sega Genesis November 30, 1990 8 million[34]
Sega Master System September 1987 6.8 million[35]

Germany[edit]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Sega Genesis November 30, 1990 800,000[35]
Sega Master System September 1987 500,000[35]
Atari Atari 2600 1978 450,000[36]

United Kingdom[edit]

Based on figures from GfK Chart-Track, as of January 3, 2009:[37]

Manufacturer Console Released Units sold
Nintendo Nintendo DS March 11, 2005 8.8 million
Nintendo Wii December 8, 2006 4.9 million
Microsoft Xbox 360 December 2, 2005 3.2 million
Sony PlayStation Portable September 1, 2005 3.2 million
Sony PlayStation 3 March 23, 2007 1.9 million

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Disparate sources from a variety of magazines provide a more detailed history of Sega's first party North American sales through 1997, totaling over 20.4 million. The New York Times stated in 1998 "the company sold some 20 million 16-bit Genesis consoles in the United States alone".[16]
    • North American sales history
    1989-1990: 1.2 million[17]
    1991: 1.6 million[18]
    1992: 4.5 million[19]
    1993: 5.5 million[20]
    1994: over 4 million[21]
    1995: 2.1 million[22]
    1996: 1.1 million[23]
    1997: 400,000[24]
    Total: over 20.4 million
    • Majesco sold between 1 and 2 million units of their North American-only Genesis 3 by the end of 1998.[25] Sega Nomad handheld figures are excluded.

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