From time to time companies make questionable decisions. In Nintendo’s case, the company had initially decided to discontinue making the NES Classic console which was doing very well. This confused many and later the company sort of backtracked when they announced that they would be bringing it back.
It seems like that proved to be a great idea because according to a report from the NPD Group, it looks like the NES Classic continues being a huge hit where apparently it has managed to outsell current-gen consoles like Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One for the month of June. What’s notable is that this is the first time a Nintendo console has led in monthly unit sales since the NPD began tracking the figures back in 1995.
The NPD Group’s analyst Mat Piscatella also suggests that dollar sales on hardware were driven by the NES and SNES Classic. “Xbox One hardware dollar sales nearly doubled in June 2018 when compared to a year ago, while Switch sales jumped over 50 percent. PlayStation 4 hardware dollar sales were also higher. Dollar sales of all other hardware grew more than 23 times in the month when compared to a year ago, driven by sales of plug-and-play devices like the NES Classic and the Super Nintendo Classic.”
In the meantime there is speculation that Nintendo could be readying another “Classic” console release in the form of the N64 Classic. Nintendo has yet to officially announce anything but we wouldn’t be surprised given the trend.