Nintendo Has Sold 1.5 Million NES Classic Edition Consoles Worldwide As It Works To Increase Production

How popular is the NES Classic Edition console? According to Nintendo, it has sold 1.5 million Famicom Mini and NES Classic Edition consoles since their release in November. These numbers were confirmed by Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who spoke about the consoles’ success during the company’s most recent earnings briefing.

Nintendo managed to sell 1.5 million consoles despite chronic shortages. The NES Classic Edition sold out within hours on its release date, with scalpers selling the console on eBay for four times the device’s regular retail price. The console continued to sell out during the holiday season regardless of Nintendo’s restock promises.

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Kimishima apologized for the shortages during the briefing. He noted that some of the parts take some time to procure, remarking, “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.”

Kimishima hopes that the success of the Famicom and NES home consoles will draw customers to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is scheduled to launch in March and has already received a ton of hype. Nintendo has slowly been releasing juicy morsels of information regarding the Switch’s specs. The devices was even featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the original 80’s console and can be plugged into modern HDTVs via HDMI. The device includes an NES Classic Controller, HDMI cable, and an AC adapter. The console comes with thirty class games, however, gamers have naturally already hacked it in order to add more games. The console is currently unavailable at most retailers, so let's hope Kimishima keeps his restock promise.