The SNES Classic and NES Classic Mini have just been selling so well over the last 2 years that Nintendo has pretty much created a new market in mini devices with every console manufacturer attempting to bring out their own bit of micro nostalgia, hoping to replicate the sales of the big ‘N’. During this week at their Q2 2019 financial briefing, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced the classic line has indeed passed the 10 million mark and expects even greater demand leading into this year’s holiday season:
Combined global sales of the NES Classic Edition and the Super NES Classic Edition have now surpassed 10 million units. The Super NES Classic Edition, released last fall, and the NES Classic Edition, re-released in June of this year, both continue to sell as must-have products, and the fact that they are so affordable suggests that they will be in even greater demand during the holiday season.
While the total is no where near the heights of the Game Boy, in comparison the Wii U’s lifetime sales were capped at just under 14 million units which is about to be overshadowed by the Switch. So for two pieces of emulated hardware based on systems at least 25 years old to pull off these kind of sales, given the advances in gameplay and technology just shows how beloved they were.
Here’s looking forward to a third member of the classics family to be unveiled soon.