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Best-Selling Video Game Consoles Quiz

Name the best-selling video game consoles and of all-time.
As of November 15, 2018. According to Wikipedia.
Includes handhelds
Last updated: November 15, 2018
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Released
# Sold
Console
2000
155 m
PlayStation 2
2004
154 m
Nintendo DS
1989
119 m
Game Boy / Game Boy Color
1994
102 m
PlayStation
2006
102 m
Wii
2013
86 m
PlayStation 4
2005
84 m
Xbox 360
2006
84 m
PlayStation 3
2004
82 m
PSP
2001
82 m
Game Boy Advance
2011
74 m
Nintendo 3DS
1983
62 m
Nintendo
1990
49 m
Super Nintendo
2013
39 m
Xbox One
Released
# Sold
Console
1996
33 m
Nintendo 64
1988
31 m
Sega Genesis
1977
30 m
Atari 2600
2001
24 m
Xbox
2017
23 m
Nintendo Switch
2001
22 m
Game Cube
2011
15 m
PlayStation Vita
2012
14 m
Wii U
1983
13 m
Sega Master System
1990
11 m
Game Gear
1987
10 m
TurboGrafx-16
1994
9.3 m
Sega Saturn
1998
9.1 m
Dreamcast
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level 44
May 10, 2012
my youth was so apparent in this... i got everything after 1994!
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level 74
Feb 10, 2014
I guess my age is apparent. The 3 I missed were from 2011, 2012, and 2013. Never even heard of the Vita, and I think the only time I heard of Wii U was the last time I took this quiz- but I had forgotten about it since then.
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level 70
Aug 3, 2016
Yeah, never heard of a Vita either, but it does seem important, judging by those caps.
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level 34
Aug 12, 2016
It really isn't important. At all.
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level 39
Aug 5, 2017
The Vita's a good little handheld and it's too bad it never went anywhere outside of Japan. Wonderful way to play PSX/PSP titles and ports of graphically simple PS2-4 titles, and it streams from PS4. Can be had cheap nowadays, and I recommend it.
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level 74
Dec 15, 2018
My age is apparent, too. First time I took it I got three - Atari, Sega, and Nintendo. My children grew up and bought their own after those. (I should have gotten Wii, though. Our daughter bought us a Wii which is only used for Wii Fit or when the grandkids visit.)
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level 46
May 10, 2012
Surely GameBoy Color should be on this list !
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level ∞
May 10, 2012
Game Boy Color is lumped together with Game Boy on Wikipedia's list.
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level 81
Nov 26, 2012
@DeadJuice6M, the GameBoy Color was an evolutionary adaptation of the GameBoy, and maintained backwards (and for the most part, forward) compatibility with the original, meaning that the same game cartridges could be used in both. The GBA, on the other hand, was as different from them as SNES was from the original NES, both in capacity and processing, and truly was a separate console.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2013
As enormously successful as the original GameBoy was there was big incentive for Nintendo to make future GameBoys backwards-compatible. The GameBoy Color was 99 or 100% backward compatible, and wasn't that big of a depature. Same goes for the Game Boy Pocket. Further, the original GameBoy could play many games that were made for the GameBoy Color (but not all). The systems were very close in design. Nintendo wanted to tweak it a little bit, add color to the boring green screen since all the other handhelds had color, but they didn't want to make any drastic changes because the original so sooooo successful and they did not want to abandon that market. The GameBoy Advance was also backward compatible and could play many GB and GB Color games, but it was much much more powerful than the original GameBoy. The GB and GB Color could not play ANY GB Advance games. It was a significant departure in hardware, and therefore classified as a separate system.
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level 28
Feb 11, 2014
@DeadJuice6M The GameBoy Advance was a much different system than the GameBoy or GameBoy color.
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level 72
Mar 15, 2014
And what exactly is the "reliable source" that you are referring to? Your say so? If you had played them all you would clearly know that the only difference between game boy and GBC is the color. Everything else is almost exactly the same.
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level 32
May 10, 2012
100%
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level 15
May 10, 2012
Thank you for updating.
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level 58
May 10, 2012
Got everything except for TurboGrafx-16.
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level 23
Nov 27, 2013
Can you please accept Turbo Graphics 16?
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level 28
May 12, 2012
SMS for Sega Master System please :)
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level 35
May 16, 2012
How could I get game gear but not the Wii. (Face palm)
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level 50
Aug 14, 2012
missed a lot of the hand helds
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level 46
Aug 24, 2012
Sega Genesis is known as Sega Megadrive in the world, please accept that name http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Mega_Drive
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level ∞
Aug 30, 2012
That will work now.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2013
If you're going to accept Mega Drive then maybe you should also accept Famicon and Super Famicon for NES and SNES? Those were the original Japanese names. Also, which Atari is that? Is it all Atari systems lumped together? I think the 2600 sold by far the best, but there was also the 7800, 5200, XE, and several systems before the 2600 that were not as popular.
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level 39
Oct 6, 2017
It was Famicom (Family Computer).
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level 20
Nov 4, 2012
I got everything except for the TurboGrafx-16. I even have one, but I never would have guessed it to be on there.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2013
I got it but that surprised me, too. I thought that thing barely sold at all. I would have guessed Neo Geo or Jaguar before TurboGrafx. Though the TurboExpress was awesome for the day... a 16-bit handheld released at around the same time as the original GameBoy. It blew the GB away in terms of technology (as did the Lynx and GameGear) but never really caught on. Still, I never knew anyone who had either Turbo system. I played it only when I went to Toys R Us.
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level 74
Jan 7, 2013
before any ubernerds try to correct me I'm aware that the TurboGraphx had two 8-bit processors running in parallel and was therefore technically not a true 16-bit system, even though it was advertised as such.
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level 81
Jun 7, 2013
Guess I was right to pass on getting a Colecovision in 1982. Great graphics for the time, but the unit and every cartridge for it were obsolete within a couple years.
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level 58
Feb 10, 2014
Got all but TurboGrafx-16. Guess I have some reading to do on this vintage console...
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level 43
Feb 10, 2014
I call BS on the handhelds. It says Video Game Consoles in the title. Maybe it should be titled Platforms, instead.
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level 44
Feb 10, 2014
Handhelds are still consoles.
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level 45
Jun 4, 2018
Handhelds are consoles, just not HOME consoles. There is no need for a change.
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level 15
Mar 7, 2014
original quiz I like it
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level 1
Apr 8, 2014
My ps3 is 8 years old first edition wow
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level 49
Mar 7, 2016
My Atari 2600 is 38 years old now...2nd edition (not a heavy sixer)
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level 50
May 7, 2014
How could I forget the Dreamcast?! Good times...
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level 28
Jan 26, 2015
I forgot PSP.... I got PSVITA and completely forgot about it.
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level 58
Feb 8, 2015
For anyone interested, there's a book called Console Wars, and it really details the battle between Sega and Nintendo during the mid 80s-early 90s. It really details what happened, and it seems a number of commentors have misinformed ideas of what happened between the Master System, NES, Genesis, SNES, Saturn, and Playstation.
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
Like what? I used to work in the industry, have gone to CES and E3, read all the dailies back then and knew pretty much everything about whatever was going on. What information here do you think was wrong?
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
Reading the synopsis on Amazon, it's obvious the book is trying very hard to tell a certain type of story. One where Sega is the good guy and "scrappy underdog" and Nintendo is the bad guy, and one where Sega revolutionized the industry and won the battle. None of that is really true so I would guess that the book sacrifices truth for the sake of telling the story that it wants to tell, and maybe it's the people who have read it that have been misled.
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level 58
Feb 8, 2015
Nintendo undoubtedly dominated the entire video game market, controlling about 90% of it. With good marketing, Sega eventually took over 50% during the time of the Genesis. Internal conflict between Sega of Japan and Sega of America led to the failure of the Saturn and Dreamcast. The book ends as the Saturn is released. It follows the story of the CEO of SOA. It had nothing to do with rushing consoles, SOJ just didn't cooperate. SOA attempted to work WITH Sony on the Playstation, but that was shut down by SOJ. It wasn't really the consoles themselves that were the problem.
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
I read through many of the reviews and it seems the author of the book spoke with nobody really at Nintendo, and spent a lot of time talking to the marketing guys at Sega of America. He also didn't speak to anyone at Sega of Japan. He makes up a whole bunch of crap to try and make the book read like a movie script because apparently he's trying to push it to be made into a movie, and therefore is also, as I guessed already, pushing hard for the narrative that I described above. So the book ends up with a myopic, heavily distorted, and very inaccurate and one-sided account of things. The Genesis dominated the 16-bit market for a long time because it made it there first. The SNES had much better technology, better games, more innovation, and more 3rd party support. Genesis was able to hold on for a while because of Sega's very slick, clever, and often downright dishonest marketing... but eventually they lost the 16-bit wars.
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
They got to market second with the SMS and even though it was technologically superior, it lost to the NES. So they were sure to get to the 16-bit market first, but they failed to realize the true reason the NES prevailed was because of better games and support. The Genesis had a TWO YEAR headstart on the SNES. Of course they were winning for a while. But they still had worse games. Eventually they lost due to this, not because of Sega of Japan. They learned the wrong lessons and doubled down on their strategy of being first to market with Dreamcast and Saturn... getting in even sooner, but even more unprepared and with less 3rd party support. Exactly. As. I. Said. Sega rushed Saturn out the door so they could beat Playstation (and did so just barely, by a month), and were 2 years ahead of Nintendo again. But the system wasn't ready, the games weren't ready. Saturn died and Sega abandoned it just 4 years after release, pissing off their fans.
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
So what did they do? Make the same mistake again, only worse. They pushed Dreamcast out as soon as they could, years ahead of the PS2, and this time THREE years before the GameCube. They could do this because they had so quickly scrapped the Saturn that nothing was stopping them from refocusing. But this is obviously not how you build a loyal fanbase. Saturn never caught on, in part because it was too soon on the heels of the previous generation of systems, and again because it lacked adequate support. Then of course it was absolutely crushed by the PS2 when it came out.

If the book fails to mention this very important aspect of how things unfolded, then it is a poor representation indeed. From all the reviews I read it seems like it's really kind of just an ego piece about Tom Kalinske at SOA Marketing. If an author relies too much on testimony from one person and those close to him he's going to end up with an incomplete picture.
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level 74
Feb 8, 2015
and re: Sony, originally the PlayStation was going to be the SNES CD-ROM system, and Sony was working with Nintendo on that. But that was also shut down. Maybe Sony just doesn't play well with others, or maybe they realized that they could do better on their own, which eventually of course they did. If the author only talked to SOJ guys then you'd probably be saying it was the fault of SOA that the Saturn failed...
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level 58
Feb 8, 2015
The partnership between Nintendo and Sony fell through because Nintendo opted for a different partner, Philips Electronics. Sega just flat out declined Sony. Games were just as good on the Genesis as they were on SNES. Sonic was the flagship game, and as they dubbed it, the "Mario-killer". Sega targeted an older audience, marketing Sonic as cool. Fast forward to the end of the Genesis lifespan, and you can look at the first Mortal Kombat, released for both SNES and Genesis, but Nintendo heavily censored their version. For a few years the Genesis dominated the top 10 games sold, holding 5-7 of the top 10. The games on the Genesis were good enough to compete with those made by Nintendo.
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level 58
Feb 8, 2015
The book doesn't mention much about the Saturn and it's eventual failure because the book ends slightly before that, shortly after the weak release. It's hard to argue that it's an ego piece for Tom Kalinske, because the work he did, even before Sega, is just as good. Formerly high ranking at Mattel (eventually CEO), he brought Barbie to prominence. Regardless of what the book says, he does know how to turn a product into a dominant one, as long as the product itself is good enough. Clever marketing was part of that, but it also brought forward many things that are taken for granted in the game industry today. Sonic 2 was the first game to be released on a set date worldwide - Sonic 2sday. Except in Japan, where SOJ opted to release it on the Saturday prior. Sega created the first ratings board (in coordination with Nintendo, but Nintendo was originally against it).
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level 58
Feb 9, 2015
There's no denying that SOJ takes much of the blame for Sega's collapse. Japan believed that no one outside Japan could make good video games - and that went for all companies, not just Sega. But since we're on the topic of Sega, SOJ was the creator, all SOA was was the marketer for the USA. Consoles, characters, and their games were developed in Japan. Early on, SOJ was slightly more open to making changes for SOA, but as SOA became more prominent, taking over the American market (the Japanese market still belonged totally to Nintendo, about 85%-15%) SOJ become less cooperative. SOA still had to market the stuff, but had less of a say in what that stuff was going to be.
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level 58
Feb 9, 2015
The author did speak to far more than just Kalinske and a select few SOA members. That was the viewpoint of the story, so yes, I would expect a lot of dialogue between Harris (the author) and Kalinske, Nilsen, and Fornasier. However, there was a number of others, including many from Nintendo - Howard Lincoln, Peter Main, Bill White, Howard Phillips, Olaf Olafsson (Sony), Steve Race (Sony). There are some chapters of the book where it is told from a different view - Nintendo at times, where it's evident that that information could only have come from one of the Nintendo people. On the flaps of the cover, it says over 200 interviews with former Nintendo and Sega employees. He did his research, no doubt about that.
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level 74
May 28, 2015
Little of this response is accurate. Check out reviews that were written at the time by multi-system magazines. Compare scores for Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, and Mario 64 to Sonic, Sonic 2, or Sonic Adventure. Compare scores for Zelda: A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy 3 (FFVI) to any Phantasy Star game. Compare MK2 or SF2 Turbo on SNES to MK2 or SF2 CE on Genesis. Sega's games were *not* just as good. They were worse. Yes, Sega had a different, less honest, probably superior approach to their advertising. I mentioned this. It's the only thing along with the 2 year head start that let them hang on as long as they did. Because the hardware and software were straight up worse. And it seems pretty obvious my description of the book as a Kalinske ego piece is accurate since it apparently turned you into a fanboy of his. The Genesis was failing in the US and had failed in Japan. It makes sense that SOJ wanted to move on. But they learned the wrong lessons.
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level 74
Dec 15, 2018
I think my original series of comments that Symmetrik was replying to is lost now. Short version: Someone was asking what the Dreamcast and Saturn were, I think, and I explained everything that I went over again above.
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level 18
Feb 9, 2015
Wow, some of these were hard. Great quiz though!
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level 66
Feb 10, 2015
I own one of the ones I missed...
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level 21
Feb 25, 2015
Aced 100%. It was getting hard, but in the end I remembered TurboGrafx-16 as one if my random guesses.
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level 66
Jun 2, 2015
Maybe accept PC Engine also as an answer to Turbografx-16?
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level 10
Aug 3, 2015
i did it with 2:13 to spare and my average for all of the questions is 100% <(^_^)>
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level 58
Aug 31, 2015
Please accept "PS1" for PlayStation.
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level 61
Dec 10, 2015
I only got Game Boy because my dad keeps calling my Nintendo DS a Game Boy.
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level 48
Dec 21, 2015
Please accept Family Computer and Super Family Computer
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level 35
Dec 22, 2015
Can you accept "gcn" for gamecube because that's it's abbreviation?
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2016
Okay
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level 74
Mar 6, 2016
I never understood why they didn't use "NGC"... it's the Nintendo Game Cube.... not the Game Cube Nintendo...
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level 45
May 25, 2018
GCN sounds better, and it still makes sense.
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level 74
Dec 15, 2018
Wrong on both accounts. You're just used to it.
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level 39
Jan 7, 2016
all but gamecube!!! how did I forget that one?!
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level 72
Jan 29, 2016
What!!! No Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device?
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level ∞
Mar 5, 2016
That was my favorite console. My dad wouldn't spring for the Nintendo.
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level 76
Oct 3, 2017
When the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device Color upgrade was released sales really exploded.
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level 20
Mar 8, 2016
The Nintendo SP (GameBoy Advance SP) was incredibly popular. You cannot convince me that was not a top selling system. It introduced us to to the idea of a DS!
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level 45
May 25, 2018
That title belongs to the Game and Watch.
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level 23
Mar 13, 2016
Please accept Famicon and Super Famicon for "Nintendo Entertainment System" and "Super Nintendo". Thank you.
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level 74
Mar 15, 2016
If you ever decide to add those in, I'd also add SMS for Sega Master System.
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level 50
Oct 1, 2016
cant believe Saturn sold more units than ps vita
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level 73
Feb 8, 2017
2ds?
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level 22
Mar 2, 2017
Should be updated when the switch is released!
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level 54
Apr 9, 2017
15/16. Wish "Turbo Grpahics" was accepted.
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level 18
May 16, 2017
No idea they were counting mobile so i was confused as hell XD
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level 16
Jul 28, 2017
I think Nintendo DS should be accepted as many refer to it as that
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level 66
Oct 2, 2017
Shouldn't Vita be on the list. It sold 25.5m units.
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level 77
Dec 15, 2018
Vita is on the list, but I have no idea where you got the 25.5 million number.
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level 75
Oct 6, 2017
What? No Panasonic 3DO? I'm shocked!
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level 74
Oct 6, 2017
Is a Nintendo switch a small stick used by mothers to beat their children and force them to go play outside?
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level 31
Oct 6, 2017
Wow... I thought I would do better. 15/26 I forgot about gameboy series and I tried "Play Station Handheld" couldnt think of the title for the life of me. I forgot about super nintendo and N64 as well... all the others I missed I wouldn't have gotten. I'm disappointed in myself.
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level 51
Oct 9, 2017
For the turbografix, could you accept PC engine since that was the Japanese name (where most of the sales derived from)?
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level 7
Nov 19, 2017
I love video games and watch documenteries about old ones, so this was pretty easy. 10% in first try.
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level 45
Oct 1, 2018
Not very impressive
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level 23
Nov 23, 2017
100% Totally did not cheat
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level 20
Dec 3, 2017
Very easy 100%
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level 72
Feb 12, 2018
It would be nice if you accepted PC Engine for the NEC console (to not tell the answer)
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level 70
Mar 15, 2018
Those Switch figures are already very out of date.
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level 70
Mar 15, 2018
Actually, the Switch has now had the best worldwide first year sales in the history of gaming consoles. I can't find figures for the full first year, but given we've just gotten there, they are probably still coming. Nonetheless, the first 9 months (14.7 million) already saw it pass the first year sales of the Wii (13.7 million) and the PS4 (13.5 million). It also means it took less than 9 months to beat lifetime sales of the Wii U.
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level 60
Oct 16, 2018
I am not much of a game player, but I had a friend who had a Turbo Graphics. I remember the only good game was a one player game, sort of like Mario but with a caveman characater. I had no idea it was so rare.
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level 59
Dec 15, 2018
Explain why the Dreamcast was amazing in one word: Shenmue.
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level 74
Dec 16, 2018
That game had a ton of hype but I got it and was very quickly bored.
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level 53
Dec 17, 2018
I may have grown up in the 2000s but I am still a hardcore gamer.