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Ask any kid of today about his most favorite way to spend his holidays, and the answer, most likely, is playing video games. But the fact is, video games are not the favorites of just kids. Young adults and even grown up people love gaming. These people who love gaming by heart and soul, take gaming so seriously that many of them do it at a professional or semi-professional level. To enhance their gaming experiences and performance, top notch companies bring out gadgets and consoles which are absolutely mind-blowing. These sell in the market like hot cakes. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Highest Selling Gaming Consoles Ever.

Top 10 Highest Selling Gaming Consoles Ever

PlayStation 2

PlayStation 2 is a gaming console developed by Sony and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. Over 155 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2000, and PlayStation 2 is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. PS2 supports DVD and CD as the media drive and is powered by an “Emotion Engine clocked at 294.912 MHz with 128-bit SIMD architecture. It used 32 MB of Direct RAMBUS or RDRAM as the memory which can be expanded with external 4 MB eDRAM. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the highest-selling game for the PlayStation 2 format which sold nearly 17.33 million as of the last survey in February 2009.

Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS is a gaming console developed by Nintendo and manufactured by the Foxconn. Over 154.01 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2004, and Nintendo DS is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Nintendo DS supports Nintendo DS Game Card and Game Boy Advance cartridge as the media drive and is powered with one 67.028 MHz ARM946E-S and one 33.514 MHz ARM7TDMI. It used 4 MB RAM as the memory which can be expanded with external Cartridge save. New Super Mario Bros. is the highest selling game for the Nintendo DS format which sold nearly 30.79 million as of the last survey on March 31, 2015.

Game Boy

Game Boy is a gaming console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. Over 118.69 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 1989, and Game Boy is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Game Boy supports Game Boy cartridges referred to as Game Paks as the media drive and is powered by Sharp LR35902 core @ 4.19 MHz CPU. Tetris is the highest selling game for the Game Boy format which sold pack-in or separately nearly 30.26 million as of the last survey on 2006. Pokémon Red and Blue is another popular game in this platform which sold more than 23.64 million copies till January 18, 2009.

PlayStation

PlayStation is a gaming console developed by Sony and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. Over 102.49 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 1994, and PlayStation is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. PS supports CD-ROM as the media drive and is powered by a MIPS R3000A-family R3051 33.8688 MHz CPU. It uses Memory card as the memory. Gran Turismo is the highest selling game for the PlayStation format which sold nearly 10.85 million as of the last survey on April 30, 2008.

Wii

Wii is a gaming console developed by Nintendo and manufactured by Foxconn. Over 101.52 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2006, and Wii is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Wii supports 12 cm Wii Optical Disc and 8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc as the media drive and is powered by IBM PowerPC “Broadway” CPU. It used 512 MB Internal flash memory as the memory which can be expanded with external SD card, SDHC card, and Nintendo GameCube Memory Card. Mario Kart Wii is the highest selling game for the Wii format which nearly 36.38 million as of the last survey on March 31, 2015.

Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is a gaming console developed by Microsoft and manufactured by Flextronics, Wistron, Celestica, and Foxconn. Over 84 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2005, and Xbox 360 is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Xbox 360 supports DVD, compact disc and download as the media drive, and is powered by 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon CPU. It uses 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz as the memory. Kinect Adventures is the highest selling game for the Xbox 360 format which nearly 18 million as pack-in game for Kinect as of the last survey in 2012.

PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 is a gaming console developed by SCEI and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. Over 83.8 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2006, and PlayStation 3 is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. PlayStation 3 features 256 MB system and 256 MB video memory, and is powered with 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 7 SPEs CPU. It used 2.5-inch SATA hard drive as the storage. There have been more than 595 million games sold for PlayStation 3 as of March 31, 2012.

PlayStation Portable

PlayStation Portable is a handheld gaming console developed by Sony and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. Over 82 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2004, and PlayStation Portable is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. PSP supports UMD and digital distribution as the media drive, and is powered with a 333 MHz MIPS R4000 CPU. It uses 32 MB (PSP-1000) and 64 MB (2000, 3000, Go, E1000) as the memory. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the highest selling game for the PlayStation Portable format which sold nearly 4.6 million as of the last survey on May 6, 2011.

Game Boy Advance

Game Boy Advance is a gaming console developed by Nintendo and manufactured by the Game Boy line. Over 81.51 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 2001, and Game Boy Advance is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Game Boy Advance supports ROM cartridge as the media drive, and is powered with 16.78 MHz ARM7TDMI 8 or 4 MHz Z80 coprocessor. It uses Custom 2D core as the inbuilt graphics. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is the highest selling game for the Game Boy Advance format which sold nearly 16 million as of the last survey in 2012.

Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo Entertainment System is a gaming console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. Over 61.91 million copies of this console were already sold since it was first released in 1983, and Nintendo Entertainment System is inducted in the tenth place in our list of top 10 highest selling gaming consoles ever. Nintendo Entertainment System supports ROM cartridge and “Game Pak” as the media drive, and is powered by Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor (MOS Technology 6502 core) CPU. Super Mario Bros. is the highest selling game for the Nintendo Entertainment System format which sold pack-in or separately nearly 40.23 million as of the last survey in 1995. Duck Hunt is another popular game in this platform which sold more than 28 million copies till 2015.

The companies that manufacture gaming consoles design the gadgets with the latest and the most advanced technology. Thanks to these consoles, gaming today has reached a whole new level. It takes time and skill to master these contraptions and to put them to right application. One look at these gadgets should compel the people who judge gamers to understand how much cooler the serious gamers are than the regular stereotypes dictate.

So these were the top 10 highest selling gaming consoles in history. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below.

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