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Study: Retro tech people are most interested in Nintendo and PS2

Study: Retro tech people are most interested in Nintendo and PS2

Technology has undoubtedly evolved at a rapid rate, yet many of us have huge admiration and nostalgia for retro gadgets.

In a study shared with Finbold, eCommerce company OnBuy utilised the online analytics tool Ahrefs to establish which retro-tech products people worldwide are most interested in.

The findings show, that the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is the retro technology product that people are most fascinated by, with an average of 317,300 global monthly online searches for the home video gaming console – the equivalent of 10,235 online searches a day.

Image Credit: Ron Tiew Photography – Nintendo Entertainment System / Shutterstock

In the second position is the Sony PlayStation 2, which receives an average of 254,300 worldwide online searches each month from gaming fanatics.

The Nintendo 64 is in third place with an average of 237,000 global online searches a month for the 1996 manufactured console.

Retro Tech/Gadget Year Released Average Global Monthly Online Searches
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 1985 317,300
Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) 2000 254,300
Nintendo 64 1996 237,000
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) 1990 157,500
Nintendo Game Boy 1989 149,000
Videocassette Recorder (VCR) 1977 147,000
Sony PlayStation 1 (PS1) 1994 144,800
Sega Genesis 1988 113,000
Atari 2600 1977 93,000
Sega Saturn 1994 87,000
Pager 1949 77,900
Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) 2004 50,700
Sony Discman 1997 46,120
Nintendo Power Glove 1989 27,350
Apple Macintosh 1984 27,150
ColecoVision 1982 27,000
Victrola Record Player   25,000
Apple 1 Computer 1976 22,200
Palm Pilot 1997 17,000
Apple Newton 1992 13,700
OnBuy research data.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES – 157,500), Nintendo Game Boy (149,000), videocassette recorder (147,000), and Sony PlayStation 1 (144,800) are among the other retro technology products which receive more than an average of 140,000 global online searches every month, respectively ranking fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Interestingly, more than half (11) of the retro-tech/gadgets in the top 20 are gaming-centric products from the likes of Sony and Nintendo.

At the other end in 20th spot is 1993 released Apple Newton, with the personal digital assistant receiving an average of 13,700 worldwide online searches a month.

Demand for PlayStation 5 is booming

Moreover, our previous research revealed that Sony Playstation 5 is also gaining momentum, with console sales hitting $3.8 billion since its launch back in November 2020, selling over eight million units. Its competitor’s Microsoft Xbox X/S revenue stands at an estimated $2.04 billion globally, selling 5.12 million units during a similar period.

Cumulatively, both consoles generated revenue of about $5.92 billion since November 2020, hinting at the continuous demand for gaming consoles globally.

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