NES Classic Edition Sold 2.3 Million Units; Discontinued so Nintendo Could Focus on Other “Key Areas”
Nintendo has revealed how many units the NES Classic Edition sold prior to its discontinuation earlier this month.
The NES Classic Edition hit store shelves last November, and quickly became a hot holiday item that was hard to find in stores. While Nintendo did discontinue the device earlier this month, that didn’t stop Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé from reveling how many units the pint-sized NES sold to TIME.
He confirmed that the NES Classic Edition sold 2.3 Million units. Reggie commented on how Nintendo was surprised by the community’s reaction to the console, so they extended the number of shipments, even though they did eventually have to cut it off:
“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.”
When asked if the NES Classic could resurface again in the future, he didn’t give a very enthusiastic response, saying that Nintendo wants to focus on other “key areas” right now, as they do not have unlimited resources.
“Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize. But from our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now and we don’t have unlimited resources.”
Other key areas for them right now mostly likely include the Nintendo Switch, which they recently revealed had shipped 2.74 million units in its launch month, and the recently announced New Nintendo 2DS XL.