The Super NES Classic Edition recently hit a major sales milestone, selling 4 million units worldwide.
The figure was confirmed in Nintendo’s recently published financial results briefing, and completely eclipses the previous NES Mini’s sales.
It seems that Nintendo has learned their lesson from the debacle that was the NES Mini. When the original mini console was announced in 2016, stores couldn’t keep them in stock. Resellers were purchasing the console and then selling them on eBay for ten times what they retailed in stores.
To make matters worse, Nintendo then announced that they would stop making the NES Mini in April 2017, having sold 2.3 million consoles. Analysts universally panned Nintendo’s decision as demand for the hit mini console was still very clearly there. It was as though Nintendo was announcing to the world that the company dislikes money.
Nintendo did not make the same mistake twice. The Super NES Classic Edition remains in production, reversing an earlier decision to halt manufacturing at the end of 2017. Although pre-orders of the console were sold out in minutes, the SNES Mini is still available in stores months after its original release.
And, according to Business Wire, Nintendo is also reversing their earlier decision to stop the manufacture of the NES Classic Edition and will bring the original mini console back sometime this summer. Nintendo will release additional details at a future date.
Both consoles play heavily on gamer’s sense of nostalgia, containing software which emulates classic console games from the era. The Super NES Classic Edition comes with 21 games including Final Fantasy IV, F-Zero, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and Super Metroid. It also contains the previously unreleased Star Fox 2, which was canceled before it could be released on the original SNES console.
The NES Classic Mini came with 30 games, including Castlevania, Mega Man 2, Ninja Gaiden, and The Legend of Zelda. Games from around the world praised the return of much-beloved classics to their home entertainment systems without the need to constantly blow on their cartridges to make them work.