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Nintendo Sells 1.5 Million NES Classic Editions, Apologizes For Shortages

by Kyle Hilliard on Jan 31, 2017 at 02:50 PM

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Nintendo recently held a Corporate Management Policy Briefing, and while it mostly reiterated the financial details shared yesterday, there were some new details, like the success of the NES Classic Edition.

The system (which we reviewed here) is a miniature plug-and-play system that comes with 30 NES games. The device sold 1.5 million units across the world and continues to be difficult to find in stores. In the briefing, Nintendo shed a little light on exactly why that is.

In November last year, we brought back the nostalgic Famicom and NES home consoles in palm- sized versions and shipped the entire quantity of Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer units we initially prepared for each market. We apologize to our consumers and retail partners for the inconvenience caused by product shortages. Some parts require time to procure, but we are working to increase production. We also see the nostalgic interest in these products as an opportunity to draw consumers’ attention to our latest game system, Nintendo Switch.

For more on the NES Classic Edition, head here.

[Source: Nintendo]


Our Take
It feels like the only people who underestimated the potential sales of this thing was Nintendo. I really hope it leads to the release of a comparable Super Nintendo classic edition console. Despite being a heavy investor in the Wii U Virtual Console, that is one I would probably have to get.