It is no secret that people all over the world love video games. Sometimes back video games were associated with kids and youth. However, people of all ages now enjoy video games not only as a hobby but also to inspire their inner selves. Video games are consumed differently in various parts of the world. Some countries in Europe and the Americas are known to host some of the biggest video games fans globally. However, few people know that a Southeast Asian country, The Philippines, is quickly making a name for itself in the world of gaming. In case you didn’t know, here are the top 5 best-selling consoles in the Philippines.
PlayStation has found a huge fan base in the Philippines islands with a little over half a million units sold. However, this is only an approximate figure since the console continued selling more units long after the official report was released. Filipinos probably love PS3 due to the many classic games contained in the console. Additionally, PS3 is the first console of the PlayStation franchise to support the blue-ray disc and other modern-day software and hardware.
2. Nintendo Wii
Wii Sports is the main reason why Nintendo Wii has done so well in the Philippines. With excellent controls and a user-friendly interface, the console keeps selling thousands of copies in the Asian country. Also, Nintendo Wii is considered the most mainstream console of the mid-2000s. Games in this console are not only thrilling but are also incredibly easy to play. If you’re a Filipino gamer and haven’t played Nintendo Wii yet, then you’re missing out on a lot of fun. The console has sold over 100 million units worldwide as per the official report.
3. Nintendo 64
N64 is one of the most popular consoles not only in the Philippines but also globally. Those who grew up in the 80s and 90s will confirm that N64 was unmatched as far as 3D was concerned. The console boasts of some of the best games of the time such as The Legend of Zelda. Surprisingly, these old games have found their way into the hearts of the young Filipino population.
The best-selling console of all time, PS2 has sold a record 155 million units worldwide. It continues to penetrate every street in the Philippine urban centers despite it not being the latest in the franchise. The console’s most popular and best-selling game is GTA San Andreas which has sold close to 18 million units by the time production was discontinued. PS2 has sold over a million units in the Philippines alone, a feat that is only matched by a handful of countries.
5. Xbox 360
Last on our list is Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Along with PS3, and Wii, Xbox was among the first gaming consoles to go online. That meant users could download the games and play with their devices at home. The console is popular in the Philippines, thanks to attention-grabbing games such as GTA, Gears of War, Call of Duty, and more. With 84 million units sold in two years, Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s best-selling console to date.
The Philippines is one of the most populous countries in Asia, making it a gaming hub as well. With a median age of 22.7 years as per the 2020 census, the majority of its population are the youth, which explains why gaming is popular there. Game developers such as Microsoft and Sony are tapping into the young population by availing their consoles in the Philippine market. It remains to be seen whether new consoles will overtake the likes of PS2 and Nintendo in the flourishing Philippine market.