Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition mini-console last year. It’s basically a tiny version of the original NES that comes with 30 games baked in. It also comes with a new controller that has been designed to work with the rectangular NES gamepad. The mini-console instantly became a hit and remained very hard to find throughout the holiday season. Nintendo has now revealed that it sold more than 1.5 million units of the NES Classic globally.
Nintendo released NES Classic Edition on November 11th last year and it was instantly sold out. Even though the company ramped up production and continued to provide more stock to retailers, they just kept flying off the shelves.
For $59.99 a pop, NES Classic provided customers with 30 classic games such as The Legend of Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Kid Icarus, Pac-Man, Mega Man 2, Super Mario Bros., Galaga, Castlevania, and more. Since it has an HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to a big TV for some retro gaming.
It proved to be a winning combination for the company. Nintendo did well for itself by playing off of the nostalgia that surrounds some of its iconic gaming products. Data revealed at a recent corporate strategy meeting shows that more than 1.5 million of these mini-consoles were eagerly purchased by customers across the globe.
Nintendo will continue to increase production of the NES Classic as demand still exists. It will certainly be interesting to see just how many of units of this mini-console the company will be able to move before customers finally have enough of it.