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Top 10 best-selling video game consoles of all time

#1 will NOT surprise you!

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Remember your first-ever gaming console or handheld? I personally hope so because I want you to play along with me. Can you guess the top best-selling consoles and handhelds of all time?

Alright, it’s time to roll your sleeves up and strap up: Some of these will surprise you. I’ll be listing off the all-time best-selling video game consoles starting with the 10th on the list.

10. PlayStation 4 (2013)

Alright, alright. It’s too soon to flip tables. The official count of units sold is at 76.5 million. That can change considering this is still in stores. Not to mention, there are a ton of game releases that will reel in more people to getting the PlayStation 4.

Clench your butts because you’re in for a ton of surprises. We’ve literally just begun.

9. Game Boy Advance (2001)

Honestly, I did not think the Game Boy Advance would beat the PS4. Thought the Game Boy Color was a colorful brick? This was a bigger one. You’d be pretty surprised: Nintendo sold 81.51 million of these. Can the PS4 beat it? It’s well on its way.

8. PlayStation Portable (2004)

Ah, Sony’s first attempt at handhelds. The PlayStation Portable (PSP) was released to compete with the Nintendo DS as part of the seventh generation of video games consoles. They sold 82 million of these. There was a clear winner of the handheld wars though, and you’ll find out pretty soon. I won’t spoil anything but you can take a pretty reasonable guess. Interestingly enough, the PSP was announced during E3 2003 and was unveiled in E3 the year after.

7. PlayStation 3 (2006)

With the release of the PlayStation 3, came its role as the direct competition to consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. There was an absolutely clear winner despite its sales at a whopping 83.8 million. We might need to send a virtual hug to Sony because following this one is…

6. Xbox 360 (2005)

Is this here because so many had the dreaded “red ring of death” back when the console launched? Just kidding! The Xbox 360 narrowly won the console war against the PlayStation 3 with 84 million sales. Sure, we had to deal with the lunacy of forcing the Kinect down our throats, but the console brought us three Halo titles and Gears of War. Multiplayer was the far superior experience between the two consoles. Who didn’t enjoy kids screaming swear words as you spawn-camped them in a game of Call of Duty?

5. Nintendo Wii (2006)

This one is a clear leap from the Xbox 360 because it reached 101.63 million sales. Remember the days when everyone would either injure themselves or break something because of some furious Wii remote action? Nintendo took a dramatic new direction with the Nintendo Wii and it was an incredible success, forcing the console to be in short supply for the first year of its release. The Nintendo Wii didn’t just bring motion controls and pointless accessories to the world, the console also focused on families and keeping fit. Remember that one time your aunt or uncle totally broke character and started flailing wildly playing Wii Sports? They’re probably still aching all these years later.

4. PlayStation (1994)

Now we’re entering the old school. The Sony PlayStation debuted back in December of 1994, meaning this daddy of console gaming is older than Kendall Jenner. This was long ago when the world hadn’t seen a Toy Story movie. The PlayStation brought the world a lot of iconic titles during its lifespan, like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. It makes every bit of sense that the console sold a massive 102.49 million. I can still hear the jingle the console played every time you hit that power button.

3. Game Boy / Game Boy Color (1989)

Oh hey, it’s the grandpa of handheld gaming! Could you imagine a time when you had to keep the lights on to do some late-night gaming or had to pause your game when the sun got too intense? The Game Boy was almost the size of a brick but went through an intense diet regime when the Color version came out. It even had some sweet curvature on the rear. Handheld gaming had never been sexier. It’s no surprise that Nintendo sold 118.69 million of these.

2. Nintendo DS (2004)

Handheld gaming clearly brings in a ton of money since there’s a second Nintendo handheld in the top three, but it’s not the 3DS. The Nintendo DS introduced a clamshell design with two screens for gaming, one being a touchscreen. Nintendo graced us with a stylus pen that you were always destined to lose. Young or old, I have never heard of anyone who didn’t lose theirs. Can you guess how many of these handhelds were sold? 154.02 million. Yes, boys and girls: a whopping 154.02 million Nintendo DS units!

1. PlayStation 2 (2000)

Yay, Sony did a thing! Securing the top spot with over 155 million sales is Sony’s PlayStation 2. Must feel great knowing all four consoles are top-10 material, huh? But where do you begin with the PS2? It was an all-around beast that destroyed the competition at the time and featured a huge library of games — we’re talking over 1,850! This console brought us Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Vice City. It also debuted the Kingdom Hearts and the God of War series. It’s difficult to avoid loving this console.

Well, there you go, folks: the top 10 best-selling consoles and handhelds of all time. Did you guess some of these right? To be honest, I was pretty surprised that the Nintendo 3DS didn’t make it to the top 10, but worry not: It was the eleventh — almost making it to this list.

SEE ALSO: Kingdom Hearts 3 has adorable retro mini-games!

SEE ALSO: God of War: A must-play for 2018

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9 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q2 2018)

Choose your weapon for mobile gaming!

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We’re almost midway through the year, so it’s time to update our Best Gaming Smartphones list! Our initial list during the first quarter of 2018 included six suggested phones, but for the second quarter, we now have nine. Some have stayed, and there are definitely new entries.

Without further ado, here are our top picks for the best gaming smartphones:

Apple iPhone 8

Whether you like iOS or not, you can’t deny that iPhones (especially the latest releases) are one of, if not the best mobile gaming platform. Apple’s devices run smoothly and are favored by developers so it’s a no-brainer that games released for iOS are guaranteed to be in tip-top shape. We chose the iPhone 8 Plus here because of its larger display at 5.5 inches and bigger battery compared to the iPhone 8’s, and it doesn’t have a notch that gets in the way like with the iPhone X.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola’s game-changing Moto Mod accessories make their Moto Z series special. If you pair the Moto Z2 Play with the Gamepad Moto Mod, it’ll be an instant portable console. The Gamepad adds dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four tactile action buttons which mean you don’t have to rely on touch controls anymore. Also, the Moto Mod magnetically attaches to the phone with no wireless pairing required and has its own built-in battery. The gaming accessory works with the powerful Moto Z2 Force, as well. The phone is already due for an update, and the Moto Z3 Play’s announcement is just around the corner.

SEE ALSO: Moto Z2 Play Review: To mod or not to mod

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia is definitely back in the game and the Nokia 7 Plus is our choice from their arsenal. Why? It’s got a flagship-grade processor and it runs pure Android. It’s like having a Pixel-like device but at a fraction of the cost. The tall aspect ratio is also a good feature for better gaming.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 7 Plus: The Android One midranger

OnePlus 6

The latest OnePlus 6 phone is now out and it’s definitely one of the best smartphones you can buy for gaming. It’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with 6GB of memory — a combo that’ll surely deliver without hiccups and lags. The display notch can get in the way of your game though, but that can easily be fixed in the Settings menu.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6 is officially a complete Android flagship phone

Razer Phone

When we were shortlisting our gaming smartphones, the Razer Phone was already on the top of the list. The phone is focused on being a true gaming smartphone since it’s made by Razer. It’s got the latest specifications to play popular and demanding games, a 5.7-inch IGZO panel with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, front-facing stereo speakers, and a long-lasting battery. It also has other features to make it a daily driver, but you can immediately tell that the Razer Phone is built for gaming.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone Review: Best smartphone for gaming?

Samsung Galaxy S9+

We’re replacing the Galaxy Note 8 with the latest Galaxy S9+. The premium Galaxy phone comes with the latest specifications — may it be the Snapdragon or Exynos variant. It also has one of the most beautiful phone displays with curved edges that make gaming more immersive.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

Sony Xperia XZ2

Another fresh entry on the list is Sony with the Xperia XZ2. It has powerful specifications and a gorgeous HDR display just like the other phones here, but it has something that makes it standout: the Dynamic Vibration System. You can feel the game (or even video) on the Xperia XZ2 thanks to its DualShock-like vibration system that mimics a similar experience on PlayStation controllers.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia XZ2 Review: Flexing more camera muscles

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

When Xiaomi launched their latest borderless flagship phone earlier this year, it was the fastest Android phone on AnTuTu’s test and even in real-world usage! Packed with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 8GB of memory, the Mi Mix 2S will be able to run even the most demanding mobile games. It’s also priced competitively just like the OnePlus 6, but this one doesn’t have a notch. 😉

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Review: Faster, smarter

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (AI)

We’re putting two Xiaomi phones on the list, because why not? While we wait for the successor to the Mi Max 2, the best budget-midrange phone from Xiaomi is the Redmi Note 5. It can handle the latest titles, although they might not be at the highest settings. For a budget phone, it’s already an impressive feat to be able to run popular titles, so no complaints here.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Hands-on: The new budget smartphone king?

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Xiaomi Haul: Spring Edition

Xiaomi is not just about smartphones

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Xiaomi is primarily known for their value-for-money smartphones that sell like hotcakes during online flash sales. But like CEO Lei Jun said in an open letter recently, Xiaomi is more than a hardware company; they are an innovation-driven internet company.

Much to my excitement, the Chinese company started opening physical Mi stores all around Asia in recent years selling not just smartphones, but also products ranging from smart home tech to toys to fashion items.

Fast forward to 2018, Xiaomi now has a whole ecosystem of products from startups and companies that they funded. In the last few months, I’ve acquired a few of them from trips abroad and the mall so now it’s time to unbox and start using them.

Amazfit Pace, CNY 799 / PhP 6,200

Xiaomi produces its own fitness trackers but they look like, well, a fitness tracker that doesn’t look good on most people’s wrists. Amazfit Pace is also one of the smartwatches available at Mi stores, and arguably one of the better looking ones. It has a heart rate sensor and GPS built-in, modes for running, walking, biking, and more. It promises 5 days of battery life, and you can even sync your data through the Strava app.

The box comes with the watch, user guide and warranty information, a micro-USB cable (sigh), and a charging dock.

Functions are honestly quite limited for it to be a full-fledged smartwatch; there are no other apps available for download right now since it runs on its own OS. And, it still looks very much like a sports watch so it’s not something I would wear everyday to work or to my brother’s wedding. But if I were to get really serious about tracking my activities and fitness goals, I’d still rather wear something that looks like a watch and not a hideous band of rubber.

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ASUS ZenFone Max (M1) Unboxing and Review

The battery prince

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These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a smartphone with really poor battery life even if devices are getting smaller and slimmer.

Although every now and then, big-battery devices come along and make our super-slim phones feel inadequate. The latest smartphone to do so is ASUS’ budget smartphone, the ZenFone Max (M1). Is this your GadgetMatch?

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