Nintendo may have pulled the plug on the sales of the NES Classic Edition, but the mini-console was actually a heck of a lot more popular than some people may have originally thought. They managed to sell 2.3 million stock keeping units since releasing in November of 2016.
Time is reporting that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that Nintendo moved 2.3 million NES Classic Edition units.
According to Reggie, he told Time…
“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” […] “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”
Reggie also told Time that they have no plans on producing anymore NES Classic Edition units in the North America region, so the stock that they produced and sold throughout April will be the last of the units. In Japan, however, the website had indicated that they will notify users when they will start up production and manufacturing of the Famicom Classic Edition again, so it sounds like in Japan they plan on selling more units to consumers.
Rumors also spurred that there could be an SNES Classic Edition inbound later in the year, which has a ton of people excited about the possibility.
Some feel as if this may or may not happen, but wonder what the 30 games would they include in the package and if they would still release the system for only $60 like they did the NES Classic Edition? It’s a good question because the SNES is definitely far more valuable than the NES thanks to its library of games that are still relevant, beloved and played to this very day.
There’s also a question of whether or not Nintendo wants to limit production of this nostalgic products in order to keep them from cannibalizing potential mind-share and sales of the Nintendo Switch? Of course, we won’t know for sure what plans Nintendo has for the micro-console line-up until they presumably unveil them at E3 this year.