When thinking of gaming, our thoughts belong to the Xbox and PlayStation. Some, like myself, think of the PC. Divert that train of thought, however, and let’s go a different direction with this. You’ll find yourself (you should be…) imaging Nintendo’s handheld consoles, amongst many other competitors. It goes without saying how pivotal the Nintendo handhelds were in the industry. Their statistics speak for themselves;

  • NES System, over 62 million units sold – 1987 (UK)
  • Game Boy, over 119 million units sold – 1990 (Europe)
  • SNES System, 49 million units sold – 1992 (Europe)
  • Game Boy Advance, 81 million units sold – 2001 (EU & NA)
  • DS, 154 million units sold – 2005 (Europe)
  • Wii, 101 million units sold – 2006 (All Markets)
  • 3DS, 65 million units sold – 2011 (All Markets)
  • Switch, over 4.8 million units sold in 10 months


Those with a keen eye will notice I’ve omitted some of the consoles. You should also take note of the fact; Nintendo sold more handhelds per launch than consoles. The only exception to this being the Wii. Which was of course, a great success. Nintendo since tried its hand with the Wii U. As great a flop as any, unfortunately.

For generations (or, decades) the Nintendo has been a cheap and joyful option for parents to provide their children. I remember getting my first Game Boy when Finding Nemo came out on cartilage. I still have them both, and the mass of other games I’d accumulated over the years.

With the ever-increasing popularity of consoles, does that mean Nintendo has seen its heyday?

I can only speak for myself, but I keep my 3DS with me when I travel. I’m certainly not going to shy away from the fact I still play Pokémon on there.


What Console would you choose to game with right now?


Let me know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to pick your favourite bundle of games!






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