Thank you @RolStoppable !
Thank you for sharing this data with me. It took me a little while, but I think it has some cool information.
Regarding the conversation we are having about Nintendo Legs, there are two consoles here that are amazing, the NES and the Gameboy. Both have a little bit of an asterix besides them, but in any way both of them sold a lot, for a long time!
The gameboy sold an insane 3 times more than what it had sold the first 5 years. This one has 2 pieces of key information, the first one, is that these numbers combine the original Gameboy and the Gameboy Color, so a bump is obvious. There is something very important, and that is that the original gameboy had its highest selling year the year before the GBC came out. It was actually increasing in sales. This can easily be explained with the fact that in 1996 Pokemon Red and Blue came out. It is insane how much impact it had in sales.
Yearly Gameboy units sold
Just to put things in perspective, if the switch would have such growth after year 5, it would sell more than 300 million units....
@Mar1217 Something you might find interesting is how much the NES sold after it's first five years (Actually this is how much it sold after 8 years because it was released much earlier in Japan). Therefore as a console it is a great example of a nintendo console selling well for a long time.
Now... you will definitely find interesting how poor nintendo home consoles sold after 5 years, percentile wise, 4 of the bottom 5 consoles are nintendo home consoles (Wii, GC, N64, WiiU).
I find it unbelievable that how bad the N64 sold.... I love that console, with games like SMB64, Mario Kart, Goldeneye, Starfox, Zelda, Mario Party, Waverace (and many others) how did it sell so bad! I just can't imagine how this is possible.
Anyways, thank you Rol for sharing that link, it is a great insight into the past, obviously it is not like comparing apples with apples, but it gives a general idea.
Last edited by dmillos - on 21 December 2020