All Nintendo Consoles & Handhelds Ever Released (1977-2021)
Published on November 29, 2020    Updated on August 18, 2021

All Nintendo Consoles & Handhelds Ever Released (1977-2021)

We are taking a close look at all the Nintendo consoles & handhelds released from 1977 to 2020, as well as their detailed specifications, cost, and units sold.

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Nintendo has been founded in 1889 (originally making handmade playing cards), and they began developing video games almost one century later, in 1975. To this day, the company is still going strong along with other competitors like SEGA, Microsoft, and Sony Corporation. Their first console was the Color TV-Games Series which was without a doubt a financial success that pushed Nintendo into the gaming industry for good.

Despite the brutal competition against other gaming companies and several failures in the past, Nintendo managed to stay strong in the gaming industry for a very long time.

Nintendo has sold over 1 billion units up to now, and that’s counting only their console sales.

Here’s the full list of all Nintendo consoles ever released!

Color TV-Games Series (1977-1980)

CPU: M5XXXP series
GPU:
None
Memory:
Not Specified
Hard Drive:
Not Specified
Optical Drive:
Not Specified
Video Output:
TV
Network:
None
Audio:
Stereo

Release Date: 1977 –1983
Code Name: Not specified
Generation: First
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: 94.35
Units Sold: 3 million units
Best-selling Game: Racing 112 and Block Kuzushi Half million

Color TV-Game consoles are the first home consoles that Nintendo released. There are 5 of them in the series, all released from 1977 to 1980. Check below for the full list:
  • Color TV-Game 6 (1977)
  • Color TV-Game 15 (1978)
  • Color TV-Game 15 (1978)
  • Color TV Racing 112 (1978)
  • Color TV Block Kusure (1979)
  • Computer TV Game (1980)
Unfortunately, the Color TV-Game did not have much to play, there was only 1 game the players could play, first, they had to connect it to a TV, then use the rim to turn it on, 2 players were supposed to sit in front of it and hold the rim by sliding it, the game was also a version of Ping Pong, another variation of the console came with a game, 2 players were going to break bricks by bouncing the ball using a thin brick.

Game & Watch Series (1980-1991)

CPU: Sharp SM5XX Series Familly
GPU:
Liquid Crystal Display ( Basically there’s no GPU)
Memory:
4kbit of memory
Hard Drive:
Not specified
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
LCD-screen
Network:
None
Audio:
Stereo

Release Date: April 28, 1980
Code Name: Not Specified
Generation: First
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $50
Units Sold: 43.4 million
Best-selling Game: Fire (Silver Series)

 

The Game & Watch handheld electronic games which were developed, manufactured and released by Nintendo back in 1980 to 1991. The handheld was known as Gēmu & Uotchi in Japan while it was called Tricotronic in West Germany and Austria. It was the earliest Nintendo video game product to gain major success until Nintendo released the Game & Watch successor, Game Boy. At the time, Nintendo was leaving the toys business due to the oil crisis which happened back in the ’70s that made it difficult to manufacture toys. As a result, they pursued the making of console video games. They were influenced by the success of Taito’s Space Invaders.

The Game & Watch made handheld video game consoles vastly popular. Many toy companies followed in the footsteps of Game & Watch, such as Tiger Electronics and their Star Wars-themed games. Nintendo’s Game & Watch units were eventually superseded by the original Game Boy. Each Game & Watch was only able to play one game, due to the use of a segmented LCD display being pre-printed with an overlay. The speed and responsiveness of the games were also limited by the time it took the LCD to change state.

Surprisingly, The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controllers were based on the controls in Game & Watch, and Game & Watch Multi Screen version became the model on which the Nintendo DS was based. Thus, this means The Game & Watch handheld paved the way to future Nintendo consoles.

One of the biggest hits for The Game & Watch was Fire from the Silver Series. Thanks to this one, The handheld managed to garner commercial and critical acclaim that helped to bolster Nintendo and its handheld at the time.

Nintendo Entertainment System (1985)

CPU: Ricoh 2A03 8-bit- 1.79Mhz
GPU:
Not Specified
Memory:
16kbit (2kb)
Hard Drive:
128kbit
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
RCA connectors
Network:
None
Audio:
PSG sound, 5 channels

Release Date: October 18, 1985
Code Name: Advanced Video System
Generation: Third
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$89.99
Units Sold: 61.91 million units
Best-selling Game: Super Mario Bros.1 40.24 million

 

The Nintendo Entertainment System ( or known as Familly Computer aka Famicom in Japan) was first released back in 1983 by Nintendo. Now, back at the time, the latter had a determined rival that didn’t know when to quit. The rival I’m talking about is SEGA. The competition was brutal, and both companies strove to bring the best they could.

As a result of this competition, Nintendo released a plethora of groundbreaking video games that garnered both critical and commercial success. For example, our little beloved friend Super Mario Bros. In addition, there was The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. All of these games were a success that aided Nintendo to shine at the time.

Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers to produce and distribute games for the NES. There are lots of examples such as Journey to Sillus, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Castlevania and more.

Five years after the release of the original NES, Nintendo released a remodelled version internationally. Not only that but also, on July 14, 2016, Nintendo announced the November 2016 launch of a miniature replica of the NES, named the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition in the United States and Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe and Australia. The emulation-based console includes 30 permanently inbuilt games from the vintage NES library, including the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series.

Game Boy (1989)

CPU: Z80 Sharp processor -8Mhz
GPU:
Not Specified
Memory:
32Kbit
Hard Drive:
cartidge
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
160×144 @56 colors and 320×288 @24colors
Network:
None
Audio: 
4-channel FM sound

Release Date: April 21, 1989
Code Name: Dot Matrix Game
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $89.99
Units Sold: 118.69 million.
Best-selling Game: Tetris † 35m

 

 

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld game console developed and manufactured by you know who, Nintendo. This was the first handheld in the Game Boy Familly at the time, and it was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, then North America, three months later, and lastly in Europe, more than one year later. It was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch series of handheld electronic games and several Nintendo Entertainment System games: Satoru Okada, Gunpei Yokoi, and Nintendo Research & Development 1.

Just like the situation with the NES, Game Boy had a myriad of titles that nudged the consumer to pick up the handheld the moment they laid their eyes on them. Some of these games are Tetris,  Super Mario Land, Pokemon Yellow, Wario Land: Super Mario Land, and Kirby’s Dream Land. All of these titles sold extremely well, and to this day, they are still regarded as eternal classics.

Moreover, similar to the situation with Color TV-Games Series, the Game Boy had several versions which were released throughout the years. Look below for the full set:

Game Boy Pocket

Game Boy Pocket was released 7 years after the release of the original Game Boy. It is similar to the aforementioned but slimmer with a monochrome screen rather than the original pea soup screen. It takes 2 AAA batteries and lasts for a little less time. The first releases of the Game Boy Pocket did not come with the red LED, as shown in the photo. Due to high demand, Nintendo added the LED to the system.

Game Boy Light

After the release of the Game Boy Pocket, Nintendo released Game Boy Light exclusively in Japan back in 1997. Similar to the Game Boy Pocket except it featured a backlit screen for playing in the dark. It ran on two AA batteries. Sadly, The Game Boy Light only lasted a short amount of time before the Game Boy Color was released in October and November of 1998.

Pokemon Pikachu

There’s nothing much to say about this, but The Pokémon Pikachu is a virtual pet toy and pedometer similar to a Tamagotchi. The player takes care of a virtual pet Pikachu. This one was released in Japan and North America back in 1998. We wanted to include it for the purpose of informing everyone about the existence of such hardware.

Game Boy Color

Similar to the Game Boy, but with color graphics. The Game Boy Color also had many technical improvements such as a more powerful processor and an infrared wireless link-up port. This system was technically compared to the Nintendo Entertainment System, except that the Game Boy Color had a larger colour palette. There is no backlight on the screen. It was also backwards compatible Game Boy games which was a nice feature at the time for those who missed a game from the aforementioned.

Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS

 

The Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS is a virtual pet toy and pedometer. Unlike the original Pokémon Pikachu, the player doesn’t have to take care of Pikachu. One of the features that the latter included was how it included a currency system that could be sent to Pokémon Gold and Silver & Pokémon Crystal in the form of items.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)

CPU: Ricoh 5A22 – 3.58 MHz
GPU:
Not Specified
Memory:
128kb
Hard Drive:
cartidge
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
RCA Connectors
Network:
None
Audio: 
8 ADPCM.

Release Date: November 21, 1990
Code Name: SNS
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $199
Units Sold: 49.10 million
Best-selling Game: Super Mario World 20.60 million

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), or also known as the Super NES, or Super Nintendo, is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan. It was later released to other regions such as North America, Europe, Brazil, and Australia. In South Korea, the console has a unique name. It was known as the Super Comboy.

The SNES was created with the vision of surpassing its predecessor, the NES. The aforementioned was Nintendo’s second programmable home console similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System. It introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other systems at the time. The system was designed to accommodate the ongoing development of a variety of enhancement chips integrated into game cartridges to be competitive into the next generation. One of the best features the SNES introduced was the ability to save one’s progress. This worked well with Role-playing games such as Illusion of Gaia or the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Just like its father, the SNES received critical acclaim and was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the 16-bit era after launching relatively late and facing intense competition from Sega’s Genesis console in North America and Europe. Surprisingly, it managed to remain popular well into the 32-bit era, with 49.1 million units sold worldwide by the time it was discontinued in 2003.

Fortunately, the console continues to be popular among collectors and retro gamers, with new homebrew games and Nintendo’s emulated re-releases, such as on the Virtual Console, the Super NES Classic Edition.

Virtual Boy (1995)

CPU: 32-bit RISC Processor- 20 MHz
GPU:
Not Specified
Memory:
1 MB of DRAM and 512 KB of PSRAM
Hard Drive:
carts
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
Reflection Technology Inc SLA dual mirror-scan, high resolution LED displays
Network:
None
Audio:
16-Bit Stereo
Built-in Stereo Speaker

Release Date: July 21,1995
Code Name: SNS
Generation: Fifth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $179.95
Units Sold: 770,000 units sold
Best-selling Game: Wario Land

 

 

The Virtual Boy was released in 1995 and to this day, it is still regarded as a failed portable video game console. The aforementioned used a monochromatic (red and black) visor that simulated a 3D view on its games pretty much like VR, but worse. Moreover, the system is noteworthy for being one of the few failed products of Nintendo. It was the last product former veteran Nintendo-designer Gunpei Yokoi had developed.

Sadly, the Virtual Boy, like any hardware, had several flaws that led to its demise just after one year of its release. One of the reasons it failed is because it was slightly rushed to get the people on the team to work on the Nintendo 64, development was expensive on the other hand. In addition, it caused other health issues to people such as eye strain after playing it for a while.

Additionally, The console also had an EXT. port, presumably for multiplayer features. If this was the case, the Virtual Boy never got around to releasing a multiplayer cable, possibly due to the console’s low ratings and discontinuation.

Just like any Nintendo console, the Virtual Boy had a handful of games that managed to sell, but not very well. For example, Wario Land, Red Alarm, Galactic Pinball, Teleroboxer, and Nester Funky Bowling.

Nintendo 64 (1996)

CPU: MIPS R4300i- 93.75MHz
GPU:
SGI RCP -62.5MHz
Memory:
8MB RAM
Hard Drive:
64 MB
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
RCA Connectors
Network:
None
Audio:
SGI RCP, 64 2D Voices, ADPCM, 500 MB/sec Bus

Release Date: September 29, 1996
Code Name: Project Reality Ultra 64
Generation: Fifth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $199.99
Units Sold: 32.93 million
Best-selling Game: Super Mario 64 11,91 million

 

The Nintendo 64, or abbreviated as the N64, is another home video game console developed and marketed by Nintendo. The aforementioned was officially released back in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America, and March 1997 in Europe and Australia. The name of the console is derived from its 64-bit central processing unit. In addition, it was the last major home console to use the ROM cartridge as its primary storage format until the Switch in 2017.

Nintendo 64 was nothing but a revolutionary piece of hardware that introduced new mechanics and gameplay elements which weren’t implemented before. A fine example is Super Mario 64 and how it influenced other developers. Rare and Naughty Dog were one of those developers that paid tribute to Nintendo’s masterpiece and how it impacted the way they made games since then.

The latter was developed primarily to compete with the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, and it worked. Not only Nintendo developed revolutionary games Star Fox 64 but also managed to create titles that sold extremely well. For example, Golden Eye 007, Donkey Kong 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Kart 64. All of these titles nudged a plethora of players to purchase the console.

In addition, The Nintendo 64 received generally positive reviews from critics. Reviewers praised the console’s advanced 3D graphics, gameplay, and the hardware’s power. On G4techTV’s Filter, the Nintendo 64 was voted up to No. 1 by registered users.

Game Boy Advance (2001)

CPU: ARM7tdmi RISC -16Mhz
GPU:
Not Specified
Memory:
32KB WRAM + 96KB VRAM + 256KB WRAM
Hard Drive:
Not specified
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
240 x 160 pixels (LCD Screen)
Network:
None
Audio: 
Mono speakers, stereo headphones

Release Date: March 21, 2001
Code Name: AGB
Generation: Sixth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $99.99
Units Sold: 81.51 million units
Best-selling Game: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire 16 million

 

The Game Boy Advance (or abbreviated as GBA) is a 32-bit handheld game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo as the successor to the Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001, in North America on June 11, 2001, in Australia and Europe on June 22, 2001, and in mainland China on June 8, 2004, with a different name, iQue Game Boy Advance.

This handheld was ahead of its time with how it managed to run a plethora of first-person shooters. There’s no denying that nobody was expecting to see such things at the time. However, looking back, most of the titles don’t hold up both graphically and in terms of controls. Yet, we can all agree that it was such a revolutionary thing that deserves praise. Some of these games are DooM, Duke Nukem Advance, James Bond 007: Nightfire, Serious Sam Advance, and Wolfenstein 3D.

Once again, similar to the situation with Game Boy, Nintendo, after a couple of years released two models after the gigantic success of the Game Boy Advance. See below for the full set:

Game Boy Advance SP

Starting with the Game Boy Advance SP. It was released back in 2003, and it was the first Game Boy handheld to have a clamshell design similar to the Nintendo DS. The latter also featured much better graphics and a front-lit screen which could be turned on or off (the model AGS-001). On the one hand,  the newer model, AGS-101 featured a backlit screen with adjustable brightness. Moreover, the system’s game compatibility is identical to the Game Boy Advance’s. Backwards compatibility with the Game Boy and Game Boy Color continued with the SP.

Game Boy Micro

Game Boy Micro ( stylized as GAME BOY micro or Gameboy Micro) was the last model in the Game Boy line. It was also the smallest handheld ever released back in 2005. It released one year after the DS hit stores. It featured a lack of backwards compatibility to play original due to design changes, only able to play Game Boy Advance games. The screen was about 2/3 the size of the original Game Boy Advance.

Nintendo GameCube (2001)

CPU: IBM PowerPC 750CXe Gekko- 485MHz
GPU:
ATI Flipper graphics processor- 162MHz
Memory:
43MB RAM
Hard Drive:
1.5 GB HDD
Optical Drive:
CD-ROM
Video Output:
AV Cable, Scart, D-Video
Network:
LAN, Ethernet, Wireless
Audio: 
64 audio channels

Release Date: November 5, 2001
Code Name: Dolphin
Generation: Sixth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $199
Units Sold: 22 million
Best-selling Game: Super smash Bros: Melee 7,41 million

The GameCube, or known as GCN, is another home video console released by Nintendo in Japan and North America in 2001 and in Europe territories in 2002. The GameCube is the successor to Nintendo’s previous console, the N64. The aforementioned had the same intention, to compete with Sony’s PlayStation 2, as well as, Microsoft’s Xbox. Sadly, it couldn’t last long as it sold less than those two. Especially the PlayStation 2 which sold over 155 million units. A number that Nintendo did not expect.

However, graphically speaking. The GameCube was technically superior to Sony’s PlayStation 2. It had more RAM capacity. A GPU that was capable of running games almost closer to Microsoft’s Xbox, and a controller which was said to be better than the PS2. However, that’s debatable.

When it came to games, the GameCube had a handful of games that we can consider as honourable competitors against the gigantic library of the PS2. An example of such games are The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and Star Fox: Adventures.

Despite not being able to destroy the PS2, it managed to garner a positive reception from fans and critics. The console was praised for its controller, extensive software library and high-quality games, but was criticized for its exterior design.

Nintendo released a hybrid version of the GameCube and a handheld with interesting features. We will talk about them in the next section. Please, check below for the full set:

Panasonic Q

The Panasonic Q is a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with the ability to play DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3s and CDs as well as several other new features. It was only released in Japan back in 2001.

Pokémon Mini

The Pokémon Mini is a Nintendo handheld themed around Pokémon which was released back in 2001 as well. Only 10 games were made for The Nintendo GameCube. On the one hand, Pokémon Channel features a Pokémon Mini emulator and six games.

Nintendo DS (2004)

CPU: ARM946E-S-67MHz
GPU:
not specified
Memory:
4 MB
Hard Drive:
Cartridge save 256 KB flash memory
Optical Drive:
cartridge
Video Output:
LCD Screen
Network:
WiFi-Bluetooth
Audio: 
Stereo speakers

Release Date: November 21, 2004
Code Name: Nitro
Generation: Seventh
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $129.99
Units Sold: 154.02 million units
Best-selling Game: New Super Mario Bros 30.80 Million

 

The Nintendo DS, or often shortened to DS or NDS, is another Nintendo handheld video game system which its development started back in mid-2002. The handheld was officially released back on November 21, 2004. After the success that the GBA was, Nintendo developed this handheld as a successor to the aforementioned. Luckily, one of the features the Nintendo DS has was its backward compatibility with the GBA. This was a good feature to those who missed a plethora of games on the system.

Other features which the Nintendo DS had was its clamshell design that was similar to the dual-screen of Game & Watch games and the Game Boy Advance SP. Also, The handheld is noted for having two screens, the lower one being a touch screen. In addition to the touch screen functionality, the DS also included a built-in microphone and, Wi-Fi.  Lastly, a stylus comes packaged with every Nintendo DS system that can be placed into a slot when not in use. There are other useful features which I haven’t included, but feel free to dig in around the web if you need further insight.

Nintendo has always been developing high-quality games that manage to sell millions upon millions on their consoles. An example of such games are New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart DS, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl,  Mario Party DS, and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. All of these took advantage of the DS features and implemented certain stuff which was interesting at the time.

Just like previous Nintendo consoles, The Nintendo DS had four iterations which were released throughout the upcoming release of the original model. Please, check below for the full set:

Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite was the first redesign of the Nintendo DS line which was released two years after the DS (2006). Compared to the first design, it was much slimmer and featured a brighter screen. Additionally, backwards compatibility for Game Boy Advance games continued with the DS Lite.

This one was seen as an improvement over the original Nintendo DS in many ways. For example, The screen had four levels of brightness, the lowest of which is even better than the standard screen light of the original DS. The microphone had been located at the centre between the screens, instead of the bottom-right corner. The Start and Select buttons have also been relocated for easy use.

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi was the second redesign of the Nintendo DS line which was released in 2008. It is bigger, thinner, and brighter than the DS Lite. The aforementioned was the first Nintendo handheld to feature multimedia. It featured a 0.3-megapixel camera that you could have fun with by editing pictures. In addition, it had a music app where you could record your voice and then play around with it.

You could also listen to actual music. Lastly, it featured the shop app where you could download games, navigate, and wishlist them. However, despite having all these features, the backwards compatibility for Game Boy Advance games disappeared in this version of the DS, which caused a lot of disappointment when it came out. On the other hand, it also had a few exclusive games that can’t be played on the original DS and DS Lite.

Nintendo DSi XL

 

The Nintendo DSi XL was the third and last redesign of the Nintendo DS line which was released back in 2009. It was the same as the Nintendo DSi except it featured a much bigger and heavier design with new 4.3″ dual-screens. In addition, it was also the biggest, brightest, and heaviest of the four models. Unluckily, this one is also not backwards compatible with the Game Boy Advances games.

Wii (2006)

CPU: PowerPC-based729 MHz
GPU:
ATI “Hollywood” GPU
Memory:
88MB RAM GDDR3
Hard Drive:
512 MB NAND flash memory
Optical Drive:
CD-Rom, DVD
Video Output:
S-Video, RGB Scart, Multi AV, VGA
Network:
WiFi, Ethernet Cable
Audio: 
 Stereo � Dolby Pro Logic II-capable[92]. Built-in speaker in controller.

Release Date: November 19, 2006
Code Name: Revolution
Generation: Seventh
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $249.99.
Units Sold: 101.63 million units
Best-selling Game: Wii Sports 82.90

 

The Nintendo Wii is another home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. The aforementioned is the first control to ever introduction motion controls via Wii mote and nunchuck controls. Just like Nintendo’s previous hardware, Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii was also a revolutionary piece of hardware. On the contrary, the Wii turned out to be a success, unlike the Virtual Boy.

Despite the legal and distribution difficulties that faced Nintendo at the time, they managed to top both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 In sales. It managed to sell over 101.63 million units, while Sony’s PlayStation 3 sold 87.4 million and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 selling 84 million units. In addition to this, it received other awards such as Best of Show and Best Hardware by Game Critics Awards.

The latter had some of the most phenomenal games that sold extremely well, and they are still regarded as classics to this very day. Such as Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. All of these games sold millions upon millions of copies. (We can only hope to see all getting remastered anytime soon)

Just like the previous set of hardware that I stated above, The Wii received two other revisions that introduced a couple of interesting features. Check below for the full set.

Wii Familly Edition

The Wii Family Edition (also called the (RVL-101) is the first revision of the Wii which as released back on October 23, 2011. Unlike the original Wii, with the version, the console sits horizontally similar to the GameCube. Unfortunately, this revision and the Wii Mini lack Gamecube backward compatibility. Luckily, it comes bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and the original Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack. The Wii Familly Edition received another version which was released a year after.

Wii Mini

The Wii Mini (also called the (RVL-201) is a smaller version of the Wii console that, similar to the Game Boy Micro, was released after its successor, the Wii U back in 2012. Just like the Wii Family Edition, it lacks GameCube backwards capability. In addition, it also lacks many of the other Wii’s features, such as internet connectivity, an SD Slot, Wii LAN Adapter, and only one USB port. It was first released in Canada in 2012, then North America and Europe in 2013, a year after the Wii U’s release. It comes bundled with Mario Kart Wii. After 4 years, the console was discontinued.

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

CPU: Dual-core ARM11 MPCore @ 268 MHz
GPU:
DMP PICA200 @ 133 MHz
Memory:
128 MB
Hard Drive:
2 GB Toshiba eMMC
Optical Drive:
Carts
Video Output: 
LCD Screen (320 x 240)
Network:
WiFi
Audio: 
Stereo Speakers

Release Date: February 26, 2011
Code Name: CTR (Citrus)
Generation: Eight
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $249.99.
Units Sold: 75.77 million
Best-selling Game: Mario Kart 7 18.92 million

 

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console produced by Nintendo back in 2011. The handheld is regarded as the successor to the Nintendo DS. Luckily, the system features backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS video games. The main competitor of the Nintendo 3DS was Sony’s, PlayStation Vita. Lastly, the console came pre-loaded with various applications including an online distribution store called Nintendo eShop; a social networking service called Miiverse which shut down in 2017; an Internet Browser; Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube streaming video services; Nintendo Video; a messaging application called Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in Europe and Australia); and Mii Maker.

Once again, despite the difficulties that Nintendo faced at the time, their console performed very well. Prior to its launch, Nintendo of America announced that the number of pre-orders was double the number of pre-orders compared with the Wii. In addition, The system launched in Japan on February 26, 2011, and sold its entire allotment of 400,000 Nintendo 3DS units during its release. The console continued to sell until it surpassed its predecessor, the Nintendo DS.

After the success of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo released a couple of revisions and models that introduced a couple of new features that the original hardware didn’t have. Check below for the full set.

Nintendo 3DS XL

Similar to the Nintendo DSi XL, the 3DS XL was officially released on July 21, 2012, in Japan and on August 19, 2012, in the USA and other countries. One of the features that latter introduced were: A Larger screen ( top screen: 4.88 in – 124 mm, bottom screen: 4.18 in – 106 mm), an increased battery life, and an increased weight. This model was officially discontinued back in 2015. And to this day the 3DS XL remains the handheld with the biggest screen of any Nintendo handheld.

Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS is a redesign of the Nintendo 3DS released back in 2013. it uses mostly the same software but differs in physical design. It features a more solid, tablet-like design ( similar to Game Boy) as opposed to the Nintendo 3DS’ clamshell design. Unfortunately, The Nintendo 2DS cannot display games in 3D, hence the name 2DS. The removal of 3D capabilities was done to help sell it to younger audiences. Luckily, it features two cameras and allows people to take 3D pictures and videos.

New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS is a revision of the original Nintendo 3DS that includes new features like amiibo and the Face Plates and added exclusive games and a Virtual Console of Super Nintendo Entertainment System which are incompatible with any of the older models. The console also has a 3D screen which can be viewed in different angles and two new buttons and an additional control nub. This one was released back in 2014, by the way.

New Nintendo 3DS XL

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a bigger version of the original Nintendo 3DS XL and the New Nintendo 3DS which was released back in 2014. The aforementioned features faster-processing speed, a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking and a built-in amiibo support. After it sold 75 million units, Nintendo discontinued this model in 2020.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a technologically-improved remodel of the 2DS handheld which was released back in 2017. The console is much larger than the original 2DS model and adds all features of the updated ‘New 3DS’ line of systems, minus the ability to play games in 3D on the top screen. The handheld was discontinued 3 years after its release.

Wii U (2012)

CPU: Tri-Core IBM PowerPC “Espresso”- 1.24GHz
GPU:
AMD Radeon-based “Latte”- 500MHz
Memory:
2 GB DDR3
Hard Drive:
8 GB (Basic Set) 32GB Deluxe NA)
Optical Drive:
Optical Disc
Video Output: 
S-video, RGB Scart, HDMI
Network:
WiFi-Bluetooth
Audio: 
5.1 Linear PCM, Analog stereo

Release Date: November 18, 2012
Code Name: Project Cafe
Generation: Eight
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $299.99 (Basic) $349.99 (Deluxe)
Units Sold: 13.56 million
Best-selling Game: Mario Kart 8 8.45 Million

 

The Wii U is a home video game console developed by Nintendo and was released in late 2012. it is the first eighth-generation video game console and is regarded as the successor to the Wii. Once again, the console was developed with the intention of competing with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. (However, sadly, that didn’t work out in the end).

By the end of 2019, Nintendo reported lifetime sales of 13.56 million Wii U console units and 103.01 million software units worldwide. On the other hand, despite not selling as many units as its predecessor, the Wii U received a favourable reception. Critics and reviews praised its features and the overall design, while they also criticized some other aspects. On the one hand, some critics were seriously dissatisfied with the hardware.

The Wii U, like any Nintendo hardware, has had some superb games which sold very well and nudged die-hard fans to instantly purchase the handheld. A handful of games such as Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Smash Bros U, Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

In June 2015, the basic Wii U was discontinued in Japan, and replaced by a 32 GB “Premium” set that includes white hardware and a Wii Remote Plus. This decision was made when the Nintendo Switch was marching in. Nintendo formally announced the end of its production on January 31, 2017.

NES Classic Edition (2016)

CPU: 4xARM Cortex A7
GPU:
Mali-400 MP
Memory:
256 MB of DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive:
512 MB NAND Flash TSOP48
Optical Drive:
Internal flash memory
Video Output: 
HDMI output
Network:
None
Audio: 
Stereo Speaker

Release Date: November 10, 2016
Code Name: NES
Generation:Third
Status:
(2018- Present)
Release Price: $60
Units Sold: 3.6 million
Best-selling Game: Not specified

 

The NES Classic Edition is a mini-console that emulates the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was first released in 2016 but was discontinued a year after. However, after the massive demand on the console, Nintendo resurrected the console the following year, and since then, the device has not been discontinued.

The NES Classic Edition features 30 different notable NES games The system simply gets plugged and play can start. Luckily, it can also be hacked to have more than 30 games in your library. In addition,  it also supports various visual options including a pixel perfect option that displays each pixel as a square, a CRT mode and a 4:3 option.

There was another NES Classic Edition which was specifically published in Japan. It was called ” Jump Version “.  In this version, all the games were replaced by games related to Shônen Jump. Here is a list of some of the games that were included:

  • Kinnikuman: Massuru Taggu Matchi
  • Hokuto no Ken
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyajin
  • Captain Tsubasa
  • Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu

Nintendo Switch (2017)

CPU: Four ARM Cortex A57 cores (theoretical max 2GHz)
GPU:
256 CUDA cores (theoretical max 1GHz)
Memory:
4GB
Hard Drive:
32GB Internal Storage
Optical Drive:
Nintendo Switch game cards
Video Output: 
Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode
Up to 720p via built-in screen in tabletop mode and handheld mode
Network:
WiFi-Bluetooth
Audio: 
Compatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output
Output via HDMI connector in TV mode

Release Date: March 3, 2017
Code Name: NX
Generation: Eight
Status:
(2017- Present)
Release Price: $299.99
Units Sold: 6.86 million as of September 2020
Best-selling Game: Mario Kart Deluxe 8 28.99 million so far

 

 

The Nintendo Switch is the new console by Nintendo. It is a hybrid console that can be used as either a home console or a portable device. Its wireless Joy-Con controllers, with standard buttons and directional analogue sticks for user input, motion sensing, and tactile feedback, can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play.

The aforementioned was unveiled on October 20, 2016. Known in development by its codename NX, the concept of the Switch came about as Nintendo’s reaction to several quarters of financial losses into 2014, attributed to poor sales of its previous console, the Wii U, and market competition from mobile gaming. Nintendo’s then-president Satoru Iwata pushed the company towards mobile gaming and novel hardware. The Nintendo Switch’s design is aimed at a wide demographic of video game players through multiple modes of use.

Once again, the console was created to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. The console shipped nearly three million in the first month of its launch, exceeding Nintendo’s initial projection of two million and within a year of release achieved over 14 million units sold worldwide, outselling total lifetime sales of the Wii U. By the start of 2018, the Switch became the fastest-selling home console in both Japan and the United States.

Despite being fairly new, Nintendo Switch has a library of games that sold millions upon millions, making it a worthy opponent against PlayStation and Xbox. Such games are: Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Smash Bros: Ultimate.

After the success of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has developed another version two years after. This version has sold very well, and it’s still selling to this very day. Please, check below:

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite (also called Switch Lite or HDH-001) is a version of the Nintendo Switch that cannot dock into a TV and cannot have joy-cons removed. This console is built for handheld play only, and light use only. Somehow, this version can be considered as a successor of sorts to the 3DS platform. Lastly, it is available in an exotic range of yellow, turquoise, grey, and coral paint jobs, and is marketed at $200 dollars or the regional equivalent.  This is an affordable price for those who want to get their hands on the switch.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition (2017)

CPU: Ricoh 5A22 – 3.58 MHz
GPU:
Mali-400 MP
Memory:
256MB DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive:
512 MB NAND flash memory
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
HDMI
Network:
None
Audio: 
8 ADPCM.

Release Date: September 29, 2017
Code Name: SNS
Generation: Fourth
Status:
2017-Present
Release Price: $79.99.
Units Sold: 10 million units
Best-selling Game: Not specified

 

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition ( or known as Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe and Australia) is a retro mini-console that includes several classic SNES games, released in North America on September 29th and Japan on October 5th. This version was developed after the massive success of the NES Mini. Hence, it acts as a successor to the aforementioned.

The console came out loaded with 21 games for both the American/European and Japanese release. See the full set below:

-For American and Europan release:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

-For the Japanese release:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Final Fantasy 6
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Mega Man X
  • Panel de Pon
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Just like the NES Mini, this one sold very well as well exceeding 10 million units. Making it impossible for Nintendo to discontinue the console.

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (2020)

CPU: 32-bit Arm Cortex -M7 280 MHz
GPU:
Mali-400 MP
Memory:
1.4 Mbyte RAM
Hard Drive:
128-Kbyte Flash memory
Optical Drive:
None
Video Output:
Liquid-crystal display
Network:
None
Audio:
Stereo Audio

Release Date: November 13, 2020
Code Name: Tricotronic
Generation: Second
Status:
2020-Present
Release Price: $79.99.
Units Sold: Not Specified
Best-selling Game: Not specified

 

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is a limited-edition Game & Watch game developed and published by Nintendo, released on November 13, 2020. The game is a compilation of three prior Nintendo games, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (known as Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan), and Ball. The game was released to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario series, as well as the 40th year anniversary of the Game & Watch line of systems.

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