80 Interesting Nintendo Facts, History and Statistics (2019) | By the Numbers

Here are a few of the more interesting Nintendo facts and important dates in Nintendo history I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Nintendo Facts, History and Statistics

As a child growing up in the 80’s, Nintendo played a very big role in my youth. Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Metroid, RBI Baseball, Contra, Castlevania were just a few of a long line of endless 8bit adventures we were challenged by our friends to conquer. Nintendo has evolved some since the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, but they continue to entertain children and adults alike with creative and challenging games that are just a bit more sophisticated than those we fondly remember.

So just how big has Nintendo become after all these years? and how much do you really know about this Japanese powerhouse company? Let’s find out…

Nintendo Facts

  • Website: nintendo.com
  • Year Founded: 1889
  • Founder: Fusajiro Yamuchi
  • Headquarters: Kyoto, Japan
  • President: Shuntaro Furukawa

Key Nintendo Games and Franchises:

Donkey Kong, Mahjong, Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Punch Out!!, Yoshi, Dr Mario, Star Fox, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Wii Fit, Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Heroes, Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Mario Kart Tour.

Nintendo History

Year Nintendo was founded:

1889 (yes, seriously)

Nintendo Products prior to video games:

playing cards, cab services, love hotels and toys

“Nintendo” English translation:

“leave luck to heaven”

Nintendo’s first gaming console:

TV-Game15 (1977)

Nintendo’s first gaming handheld:

Gmae & Watch (1980)

Original name and launch date for the NES:

Family Computer (Famicom) in Japan in 1983

Year the Nintendo Entertainment System launched:


Year the Gameboy launched:


Nintendo Statistics

Total number of Nintendo gaming devices sold all time:

727.65 million

Last updated 8/12/18

Total number of Nintendo consoles sold all time:

300 million

Last updated 8/12/18

Total number of Nintendo handheld devices sold all time:

427.11 million

Last updated 8/12/18

Nintendo revenue (annual):

Nintendo mobile game revenue for 2018:

$348 million

Number of Nintendo employees:


Last updated 4/1/15

Nintendo’s most sold console of all time:

Nintendo DS (154.9 million consoles sold)

Last updated  12/21/19

Percentage of Nintendo sales that are outside Japan:


Last updated 4/1/15

Number of Nintendo Entertainment Systems sold all time:

over 60 million

Number of Game Boys sold all time:

150 million

Number of Super Nintendos sold all time:

49 million

 Number of Wii sold all time:

101.63 million

 Super Mario Bros. game sales all time:

40.24 million

Number of Nintendo Switches sold all time:

20.058 million

Last updated 9/21/18

Legend of Zelda game sales all time:

6.51 million

Metroid game sales all time:

2.73 million

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! game sales all time:

2 million

Amount Nintendo spent on research & development in FY 2015:

$527 million

Amount of days it took Nintendo’s first mobile app, Miitomo, to reach 1 million registered users:

3 days

Number of Miitomo app downloads in the US during the first 4 days it was available:

1.6 million downloads

Number of Miitomo active users:

4 million

Last updated 4/12/16

Number of Miitomo daily active users:

1 million

Last updated 4/12/16

Miitomo average daily revenue:


Last updated 4/12/16

Average user time spent per day on Miitomo:

8 minutes

Last updated 4/12/16

Percentage of Miitomo revenue that comes from iOS:


Last updated 4/12/16

Percentage of Miitomo revenue that comes from Android:


Last updated 4/12/16

Number of times Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been downloaded:

15 million times


Wii Sports game sales all time:

82 million

Mario Kart Wii game sales all time:

36.53 million

Wii Sports Resort game sales all time:

32 million

Total number of NES games sold all time:

500 million

Total number of Super Nintendo games sold all time:

379 million

Total number of Nintendo 64 games sold all time:

224 million

Total number of Game Boy games sold all time:

501 million

Total number of Game Boy Advance games sold all time:

377 million

Total number of Nintendo DS games sold all time:

947 billion

Total number of Wii games sold all time:

914 million

Total number of Wii U games sold all time:

84 million

Total Number of Nintendo 3DS games sold all time:

264 million

Number of Nintendo 3DS sold all time:

close to 70 million

Last updated 10/31/17

Number of Nintendo 3DS units sold in FY 2018:

6.4 million

Number of Nintendo 3DS sold in Japan since launch:

21.9 million

Last updated 12/26/16

Total number of Nintendo Nintendo Wii  consoles sold all time:

101.63 million

Number of Nintendo Amiibo figures sold all time:

24.7 million

Number of Nintendo Amiibo sold in FY 2018:

10.3 million

Nintendo’s estimated value:

$37 billion

Last updated 10/20/16

Number of NES Classic Edition’s sold in November 2016:


Total number of NES Classic sales:

1.5 million

Last updated 2/2/17

Total number of Super NES Classic Edition sales in FY 2018:

5.28 million

Number of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer games sold in FY 2016:

3.04 million

Number of Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon games sold in FY 2016:

1.22 million

Number of Splatoon games sold in FY 2016:

4.27 million

Number of Wii Fit copies sold all time:

21 million

Number of Brain Age copies sold all time:

19 million

Number of Super Mario Maker games sold in FY 2016:

3.52 million

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