A visualization of yearly and total sales for the best-selling video game consoles of all time. From the beginnings with Atari 2600 as the first widespread home console, over the console wars era where Nintendo and SEGA battled for dominance, to the eventual rise of the Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBox.
Data has been taken from a wide variety of sources, and intrapolated where no specific data existed. Scroll down for a list of data sources, and feel free to contact me if you want my collected dataset.
An sum-up on why Sega Master System is still being sold in Brazil can be found here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/brazil-is-a-video-game-alternate-universe-where-sega-beat-nintendo
Credits: Songs From An Unmade World 2 by Visager (http://freemusicarchive.org/)
Global unit sales of video game consoles https://www.statista.com/statistics/276768/global-unit-sales-of-video-game-consoles/
“Historical Data: Consolidated Sales Transition by Region” (xlsx). Nintendo. April 27, 2017. Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/finance/historical_data/xls/consolidated_sales_e1703.xlsx
sony cumulative production shipments of hardware https://web.archive.org/web/20120609161654/scei.co.jp/corporate/data/bizdataps2_e.html
sony cumulative production shipments of hardware https://web.archive.org/web/20131101120621/www.scei.co.jp/corporate/data/bizdataps2_sale_e.html
vgsales wiki: PlayStation sales figures https://vgsales.fandom.com/wiki/PlayStation
Sega Corporation Annual Report 2001 http://www.segasammy.co.jp/english/ir/library/pdf/printing_archive/2001/e_sega_annual_tuuki_2001.pdf
vgsales wiki: Sega Saturn https://vgsales.fandom.com/wiki/Sega_Saturn
Consolidated Sales Transition by Region https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/historical_data/pdf/consolidated_sales_e1509.pdf
Nintendo historical shipment data https://www.neogaf.com/threads/nintendo-historical-shipment-data-1983-present.701305/
“Retroinspection: Sega Game Gear”. Retro Gamer Magazine. Imagine Publishing Ltd. (41): 78–85. 2009.
Halfhill, Tom R. “A Turning Point for Atari? Report from the Winter Consumer Electronics Show”. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016.
lots of data has been taken from respective wikipedia pages
some yearly sales numbers have been intrapolated from incomplete data