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Nintendo Home Console And Handheld Sales In US Are Lowest In Company’s History

by Mike Guarino


We’ve known for a while that things have not been going very well for Nintendo, with the Wii U in particular being a financial failure. However, a video game industry analyst has broken down the hardware sales of each home console and handheld that Nintendo has released, and it does not paint a pretty picture.

The analyst in question is Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad, who posted the lifetime hardware sales for every platform that Nintendo has released thus far. The numbers he came up with are the following:


  • 34.00m – NES
  • 23.35m – SNES
  • 20.63m – N64
  • 12.93m – GCN
  • 48.64m – Wii
  • 6.29m – Wii U


  • 44.06m -GB/C
  • 41.64m -GBA/SP
  • 59.93m -NDS Family
  • 20.11m -3DS Family

While the low numbers for the Wii U compared to the other home consoles are to be expected, the fact that the Nintendo 3DS is nearly 30 million units sold behind the DS is pretty surprising.

These numbers really drive home the fact that Nintendo has to come up big with the NX, which could potentially function as both a home console and a handheld. It’s set to be announced later this year, though it will launch early next year.

- This article was updated on:March 7th, 2018

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