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World's highest-selling video-games consoles

Last updated on: May 23, 2013 08:58 IST

Image: Visitors play at an exhibition stand at the Games Convention Online fair in the eastern German city of Leipzig.
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Video games are big business. The industry is worth around $80 billion, and although games can be played on PCs and phones, the industry is still dominated by dedicated consoles, according to The Economist.

Let's take a look at biggest-selling video-games consoles in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Image: Visitors play Gran Turismo 4 video game on Sony Playstation 2 at Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, Japan.
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Sony Playstation 2

Total units sold: 158 million

Launch year: 2000

Generation: Sixth

Global rank: 1

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Image: A woman tries out PlayStation in Makuhari, 30km east of Tokyo, Japan.
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Sony PlayStation

Total units sold: 105 million

Launch year: 1994

Generation: Fifth

Global rank: 2

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Image: Visitors play a rowing race with Nintendo Wii games during a visit at the Paris Games Week show.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Nintendo Wii

Total units sold: 100 million

Launch year: 2006

Generation: Seventh

Global rank: 3

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Image: Visitors play on a Sony PlayStation 3 in Richfield, Minnesota, United States.
Photographs: Eric Miller/Reuters

Sony PlayStation 3

Total units sold: 78 million

Launch year: 2006

Generation: Seventh

Global rank: 4

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Image: Attendees play the Dance Central 2 for the Xbox 360 Kinect in Los Angeles, California.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Microsoft Xbox 360 (core)

Total units sold: 77 million

Launch year: 2005

Generation: Seventh

Global rank: 5

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Image: A youngster tries Nintendo video game player in Raritan, New Jersey, United States.
Photographs: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Nintendo

Total units sold: 61 million

Launch year: 1983

Generation: Third

Global rank: 6

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Image: Children and their parents look over video game software at the World Hobby Fair in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Total units sold: 50 million

Launch year: 1990

Generation: Fourth

Global rank: 7

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Image: A boy tests his skill on a Nintendo video game in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district.
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Nintendo 64

Total units sold: 33 million

Launch year: 1996

Generation: Fifth

Global rank: 8

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Image: Top British Formula One racing driver Damon Hill tries out Sega's 'Virtual Racing' video game.
Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

Total units sold: 32 million

Launch year: 1988

Generation: Fourth

Global rank: 9

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Image: Atari booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California.
Photographs: Phil McCarten/Reuters

Atari 2600

Total units sold: 31 million

Launch year: 1977

Generation: First

Global rank: 10

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Image: Bill Gates, left, watches as Seamus Blackley, Director of Microsoft's X-Box advanced technology, demonstrates the capabilites of the video game console at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
Photographs: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Microsoft's X-Box

Total units sold: 22 million

Launch year: 2001

Generation: Sixth

Global rank: 11

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Image: Boys play Nintendo GameCube video game console in Makuhari, 30km east of Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Reuters

Nintendo GameCube

Total units sold: 21 million

Launch year: 2001

Generation: Sixth

Global rank: 12

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Image: A man tries out Ferrari F355 Challenge racing car simulator developed by Japanese game maker Sega Enterprises in Tokyo.
Photographs: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Reuters

Sega Mark III/Master System

Total units sold: 7 million

Launch year: 1985

Generation: Third

Global rank: 13

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Image: A man walks in front of the headquarters of NEC in Tokyo.
Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

Total units sold: 5 million

Launch year: 1987

Generation: Fourth

Global rank: 14

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Image: Young Japanese try out computer game maker Sega Enterprises' Dreamcast game machines at a Tokyo hotel.
Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Sega Dreamcast

Total units sold: 3 million

Launch year: 1998

Generation: Sixth

Global rank: 15