The NES Classic Edition was the “highest unit-selling hardware platform” across the United States in June, the NPD Group has reported.
That means that the miniaturised replica managed to outsell the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, although the low price for the plug-and-play device saw Sony’s console outperform it “in dollar sales.”
“The NES Classic was June 2018’s highest unit-selling hardware platform, while the PlayStation 4 led the market in dollar sales,” NPD Group US video games industry analyst Mat Piscatella shared. “This is the first time a Nintendo Entertainment System console has led in monthly unit sales since NPD tracking began in 1995.”
The NES Classic Edition comes with 30 NES games pre-installed on it, like the original Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Balloon Fight and Metroid.
With spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards growing 25 percent compared to the prior year, reaching $1.1 billion.
It was Mario Tennis Aces that was the best-selling game for the month, achieving “the all-time highest month one sales for a Tennis genre game in NPD tracked history.” That saw the Nintendo Switch exclusive outperform the previous record holder, which was Mario Tennis that had released on the Nintendo 64 in September 2000.
The NPD Group add that Nintendo was June’s top-selling publisher with Ubisoft remaining the best-selling publisher in the year to date.
Piscatella also signalled that the momentum behind Nintendo Switch has shown no signs of slowing down either, explaining: “Nintendo Switch was the only platform that produced software sales growth in June, with dollar sales more than doubling those of June 2017. Year-to-date software sales on Nintendo Switch are also more than double those of a year ago.”