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.
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1. OPPO F9 (water)drops!
We were getting teasers of this phone two weeks ago and now it’s finally here! The OPPO F9 is official and it comes with a notch that the company is essentially calling a “waterdrop.” That aside, it’s looking like a lean, mean, midrange machine with its 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage, an AI-enhanced 16MP main shooter with a secondary 2MP depth sensor for portraits, and a 3500 mAh battery.
Our hands-on and unboxing is up on YouTube so make sure you watch it!
Notches and gradients are all the rage in 2019, so we guess it makes sense that Motorola opted to fuse both the iPhone X and the Huawei P20 Pro. The result is the Motorola P30 because Moto probably couldn’t be bothered to think of another name. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 chip with 6GB memory. It will come in both a 64GB and a 128GB variant. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. Moto must really want to butter up Apple and Huawei.
Xiaomi’s been cooking something but since this is the Internet and tech leaks are totally a thing, we already know what it is. Coming our way officially next week is the Pocophone F1. A leaked video pretty much already told us a lot of what we want to know: 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 845, and 6GB of memory.
We’ll have our own video on this soon so definitely stay tuned for it.
Google is being generous in handing out pies. Android Go, a less data-hungry version of the mobile operating system, will also get Android Pie. The Go edition of the newest Android OS only needs half the storage space and can run fluidly, even with just a gigabyte of memory.
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However, the FDA warns that “no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device.”
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Best specs, lower prices
Putting the words “affordable” and “flagship” seems like an oxymoron at first, but manufacturers have reached a point wherein this magical combination is actually possible.
Yes, affordable flagships are a thing now, and they’re taking away some of the premium segment’s long-standing thunder. Why wouldn’t you want the best specs and features in a cheaper package?
This year has been kind to us with all the affordable flagships launched thus far. Here are the best ones to date:
Let’s begin with the brand that started it all. Originally called the “flagship killer,” the OnePlus line is synonymous with high-end power without the extravagant pricing. The OnePlus 6 is the latest entry, and it’s an absolute stunner from its gorgeous display to the fluid Android interface.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
This is the one time Xiaomi likes to go a little more premium, and we support it a hundred percent. The Mi Mix 2S combines a ceramic body with a massive, notch-free display and incredible hardware for the price. Each generation improves on the predecessor — this is no exception.
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Games to play
Fortnite on Android
Chay: You read that right. The highly successful battle royale game is finally coming to Android. At Samsung Unpacked, Epic Games announced that Galaxy devices will get exclusive early access to the game through the Game Launcher app. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes available in even more devices, and if we’re being honest, we can’t wait to see more memes (and dances!) as more people get to play it.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Android
Rodneil: If you’re itching for a Spider-Man game to help tide you over until the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4, then this mobile game released back in 2014 should tide you over. It looks good, the controls are simple, and the game also gives you the satisfaction of swinging around New York City as you please.
Movies to see
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Marvin: It’s tough to believe, but Mission: Impossible is on its sixth installment, and the latest may be the most death-defying one yet. Tom Cruise is once again Ethan Hunt, an agent who needs to track down a terrorist group before they blow the world up. His stunts are jaw-dropping to say the least, and the twists are surprising enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen. My advice: Watch this in a cinema with great seats — it’s a long ride!
TV shows to binge watch
Kevin: Having been released back in 2016 and now waiting on its third season, Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian TV sitcom that focuses on a Korean family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. The show centers on everyday happenings and mishaps of the family. It presents characters who fit, and at the same time, break certain stereotypes while injecting a hint of moral in different (mostly funny) ways.
Orange is the New Black (Season 6)
Chay: Is there hope for the inmates of Litchfield? Will there ever be justice? These are always the questions you have after watching an entire season of Orange is the New Black. The longer the series goes on, the more invested you become in these women’s stories. This season, the spotlight is even brighter on my all-time favorite OINTB character: Taystee goes on trial to clear her name and fight the injustice she and fellow inmates have been suffering behind bars.
Kevin: If you’re into Rick and Morty’s tandem and outer space adventures, Final Space might be something you’d want to check out. The story follows a smart-mouthed prisoner who works on a space station, meets a cute alien life form, and immediately becomes friends with it, not knowing that it’s a valuable entity to the menacing Lord Commander. I’m just a few episodes in but it’s been entertaining and funny — something I would expect from Conan O’Brien producing the show.
Meteor Garden (2018)
Rodneil: If you loved the Taiwanese version that first aired in the early 2000s, then I suggest you give the 2018 version a chance. It’s great to see how the setting has been updated to modern times with some of the bullying part of the story happening in social media. There are cool tidbits too about how transactions are mostly made through QR codes and how the phones of the less privileged are OPPO while the elite F4 carry Vivo phones. It’s a nice glimpse to the current state of technology in China. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the cast actually looks like they’re still students versus the already adult-looking cast of the original adaptation.
Mob Psycho 100
Rodneil: I held out for quite a bit before watching this anime but when I found out that season two is already arriving at the start of 2019, I knew I had to binge the 12-episode first season. From the same creator as One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 features Shigeo Kageyama — a young, overpowered psychic who’s trying his best to live life without taking advantage of his psychic ability. If you loved the over-the-top action and the ridiculously overpowered lead in One-Punch Man, there’s plenty for you to enjoy in Mob Psycho 100.
Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 3)
Marvin: It’s been a grueling couple of months, but Part 3 of Terrace House: Opening New Doors is finally available on Netflix outside Japan, and it’s certainly worth the wait. The cast gets a near overhaul, and with the new members come much more drama and the awkward first dates we’ve grown to love. But the real highlight of Part 3 are the commentators, who are able to turn any sad moment into a laughing fit for both the viewers and themselves. Part 4 can’t come soon enough!
Music and podcasts to listen to
Honey by Scandal
Rodneil: My fascination for Asian girl groups continues. Scandal has had plenty of their songs appear on several animé, and this album gives you plenty of those types of tracks. My favorites are “platformsyndrome,” “OVER,” “Koisuru Universe,” and “Short Short.”
“Long Gone” and “Lover Boy” by Phum Viphurit
Kevin: Thai-born, but New Zealand-raised, indie artist Phum Viphurit’s “Long Gone” is a mellow tune with just the right soul to make you groove and nod your head to the rhythm. “Lover Boy,” on the other hand, has more funk to its bass lines which is then overlayed with Viphurit’s smooth vocals — almost reminiscent of how John Legend made “P.D.A.” a chill, sexy track.
“Sana” by I Belong To The Zoo
Rodneil: “Sana” is a gut-wrenching Filipino track that tells the story of a romance that has gone stale. While that sounds like a run-of-the-mill heartbreak song, singer Argee Guerrero delivers each line with so much conviction that it’s hard not to imagine yourself in the shoes of the aggrieved party.
Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl
Chay: In their first episode back after an eight-month hiatus, #TeamTylerandKorey discusses the top trends of the year, Bernie Mac, and how hotels are homophobic. Korey also reveals he had a vocal box replacement and was on vocal rest during the hiatus. It’s not clear whether that’s the only reason the podcast was MIA for a while, but it’s possible the Fullscreen shut down, which picked up Psychobabble for a video version in early 2017, is also a culprit. That’s bad news for anyone who paid for a subscription on the streaming service, but good news is all episodes are now available on Spotify, as well.
Cities to visit
Rodneil: Madrid is a beautiful city filled with mid-rise buildings that feature stunning European architecture. For some street entertainment, check out Plaza del Sol at night. If you’re looking for a place to eat, the cochinillo (suckling pig) in Las Cuevas De Luis Candelas, located just right outside Plaza Mayor is to die for. There’s also the restaurant Mr. Frank which seems like a nice date place. Definitely order the Provoleta con chorizo and Presa Ibérica con frutos rojos. The restaurant is located near the Congreso de los Diputados which is a great backdrop for your touristy photo.
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