Nintendo reveals that NES Classic Edition sales hit 2.3 million units across the globe. The miniature device included 30 classic games and became the best-selling console of January 2017.
In a recent interview, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the NES Classic Edition has sold 2.3 million units since going on sale five months ago. "We just didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be," said the Nintendo of America executive, adding that "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.”
While sales of the throwback device were likely spurred by nostalgia as well as the busy holiday shopping season, this is still impressive for a revamped version of an old console. But on the other hand, although those figures deserve a round of applause, this just adds further confusion as to why Nintendo chose to discontinue the console.
Elaborating on Nintendo's stated reason for ending NES Classic Edition production (that it was never meant to be a permanent product fixture) Fils-Aime explained, "From our perspective, it's important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive."
The executive also noted that the company does not have "unlimited resources" and it has "a lot going on right now," and some fans will be understanding of Nintendo's predicament. The company has had to increase Nintendo Switch production to keep up with sales, for example, and surely shipments of its new console take precedent over shipments of its retro revamp.
However, Fils-Aime's words won't be very comforting for the fans who have missed out on buying a NES Classic, as demand for the console was already high and has increased even more now that people know production is ending. Those unlucky enough not to get the device (which retailed at $60) will have no choice to resort to places like eBay where the NES Classic is selling at ridiculously high prices. That's disappointing and simply impossible for those who can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars to re-sellers.
At this point, it's unclear whether or not Nintendo will bring the NES Classic Edition back, having seen the continued demand as well as the anger around the announcement that production is ending. But with a Super Nintendo mini reportedly releasing this year, it seems that Nintendo has already turned its attention elsewhere.
The NES Classic Edition's production has been discontinued.