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The first generation of video games (1972–1977) includes the Magnavox Odyssey, Coleco Telstar, and other consoles.

Sales figures[]

Sales comparison[]

Console Worldwide sales United States Japan
Nintendo Color TV Game 3 million[1] (1979) N/A 3 million
Coleco Telstar 1 million (1976)[2] 1 million N/A
Epoch TV Tennis Electrotennis 440,000[3] (1975) N/A 440,000
Magnavox Odyssey 330,000 (1975)[4] 330,000 N/A
Atari/Sears Tele-Games Pong 150,000 (1975)[5][6] 150,000 N/A
Allied "Name Of The Game" 16,000 (1977)[7] 16,000 N/A
Total 4.936 million 1.496 million 3.44 million

Sales history[]

Year Sales
Odyssey
[4]
Epoch
Tennis
[3]
Atari
Pong
[5]
Coleco
Telstar
[2]
Allied
[7]
Nintendo Color TV Game [1][8]
Game 6 Game 15 Racing Kuzushi
1972 130,000
1975 330,000 10,000 150,000
1976 1 million
1977 210,000
(+200,000)
16,000 350,000 700,000
1978 440,000
(+230,000)
1 million
(+650,000)
1 million
(+300,000)
500,000
1979 2.5 million 500,000
1980 3 million

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sheff, David; Eddy, Andy (1999), Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World, GamePress, p. 27, ISBN 978-0-9669617-0-6, "Nintendo entered the home market in Japan with the dramatic unveiling of Color TV Game 6, which played six versions of light tennis. It was followed by a more powerful sequel, Color TV Game 15. A million units of each were sold. The engineering team also came up with systems that played a more complex game, called "Blockbuster," as well as a racing game. Half a million units of these were sold."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Herman, Leonard (1997). Phoenix: the fall & rise of videogames (2nd ed. ed.). Union, NJ: Rolenta Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-9643848-2-5. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=duITAQAAIAAJ. Retrieved 16 February 2012. "Like Pong, Telstar could only play video tennis but it retailed at an inexpensive $50 that made it attractive to most families that were on a budget. Coleco managed to sell over a million units that year."
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=981407
  4. 4.0 4.1 Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game system. Pong-Story (1972-06-27). Retrieved on 2012-11-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ellis, David (2004). "Dedicated Consoles". Official Price Guide to Classic Video Games. Random House. pp. 33–36. ISBN 0-375-72038-3.
  6. Kent, Steven (2001). "Strange Bedfellows". Ultimate History of Video Games. Three Rivers Press. pp. 94–95. ISBN 0-7615-3643-4.
  7. 7.0 7.1 [1] [2]
  8. http://kotaku.com/5785568/nintendos-first-console-is-one-youve-never-played



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