With its release in November of last year, the NES Classic Edition became a hot commodity for both long-time Nintendo fans and those looking to dive into a classic catalog of great games, with the device having now reached a major milestone after just a few months since release.
As part of the company’s latest financial, Nintendo has revealed that the NES Classic Edition has reached worldwide sales of 1.5 million units since its debut in November. The Classic Edition, at $59.99, released as an affordable and compact plug-and-play style console preloaded with 30 classic games from the NES generation, including staples such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and many others.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima also provided a statement regarding the availability and shortages of the NES Classic Edition, as the console became notoriously hard to find during its initial debut in November. Specifically, Kimishima apologizes to both consumers and retailers by stating that the delays and shortages in getting more consoles out were due to the fact that “some parts require time to procure,” while addressing that Nintendo is “working to increase production” to meet the demand from retailers and consumers.
As Nintendo has seen previously with Pokemon GO leading to excellent sales of Pokemon Sun & Moon, Kimishima also stated that the company is hoping to see a similar effect for the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch based on the drive and demand for the NES Classic Edition. Kimishima explained regarding the NES Classic Edition that “we also see the nostalgic interest in there products as an opportunity to draw consumers’ attention to our latest game system, Nintendo Switch.”