Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that more than two million Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition consoles have been sold worldwide.
That tally has been calculated from Nintendo’s internal data, Media Create, and NPD, and is an early indication at just how much demand there is for the plug-and-play miniaturised replica. So much so, that it has nearly outsold the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition – which had shifted 2.3 million consoles worldwide.
“The palm-sized Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, a home console that recalls the nostalgia for Nintendo’s 1990s hardware, went on sale overseas in September, and in Japan in October.
“The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has reached a sell-through of 2 million units worldwide, at latest tallies,” Kimishima revealed at the company’s six months financial results briefing.
“The expectation is that the chance to interact with video games for those who either haven’t done so in a long while or those who never have will lead to a greater appreciation for our newest gaming console, Nintendo Switch. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition will continue to ship moving forward.
“As has been announced already, a decision has been reached to resume production of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition in 2018. We are hoping that consumers eager to purchase this system will wait just a short while longer.”
The NES Classic Edition will return to retailers around the world next summer, while Nintendo has extended the SNES Classic Edition production and resulting shipments into 2018.