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The video game industry is big business. One of the few areas of the entertainment industry not to be greatly affected by the recent recession, the video games market remains a highly competitive and lucrative one. The three big players in the games console market – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – continue to battle for supremacy with each new machine that enters the marketplace eagerly anticipated by fans. With competition so fierce, which console has managed to outshine its competitors to take the title of best-selling games console of all-time? Here is the answer.
First released in the year 2000, Sony’s successor to the original PlayStation machine takes the honours as the best-selling games console in history. Selling an incredible 155 million units worldwide, the PlayStation was a monster success that Sony has not been able to match since. There is definitely an argument for the PlayStation 2 being the console that really brought video gaming to the masses, appealing to the market like no other machine before it. Without the PS2, there may never have been the X-Box from Microsoft or possibly the Wii from Nintendo. Who knows?
The greatest-selling handheld console ever and second only to the PS2 overall, the Nintendo DS is a true phenomenon. When it was first released into the market in 2004, the DS was seen by Nintendo as almost a back-up to their own Game Boy Advance and GameCube. However, stores soon started selling DS consoles in droves and the machine very quickly overtook the Gameboy as the top-selling handheld console in history. With just under 154 million units sold worldwide to date, the DS is not too far behind the PlayStation 2 in the list of best-selling consoles.
Until the DS came along, the Game Boy was the undoubted king of handheld consoles. The original Game Boy was never the greatest in terms of technology or power and lagged behind in these areas when compared to its competitors at the time, such as the Sega Game Gear. However, Nintendo’s machine seemed to strike a chord with the buying public and when it was coupled with the legendary puzzle game Tetris, sales went through the roof.
It is hard to believe that Sony’s debut in the games console market occurred way back in 1994. The main competitors for Sony at the time were Sega with the Saturn console and Nintendo with the Nintendo 64. Both of these rival machines appealed more to hardcore gamers, leaving Sony free to go for the mass market audience. They succeeded in style and the PlayStation remained the best-selling non-handheld console until surpassed by its successor, the PS2, in 2006.
Nintendo’s third entry in this top five list is also the most recent console here. First released in 2006, the Wii has managed to appeal to a wide family audience like no other console ever before – not even the PlayStation 2. The secret to its success has been family-friendly games made truly interactive by the motion-sensor controller. A simple idea, but highly effective.