Nintendo Releases Sales Figures For The NES Classic
During a meeting today Nintendo revealed that it sold 1.5 million of the NES Classic last year. The Japanese corporation had re-released their iconic console for fans in November, which caused quite a stir for the now 25-year-old gaming machine as digital stores ran out and some customers left angry Twitter messages for Nintendo to see.
The demand was so high, and so unexpected, that Nintendo was forced to ramp up production for a short time to meet consumer needs. At the time, the NES Classic released with 30 classic games, such as Mega Man 2, Super Mario Bros. and the original Zelda. Since then, more have become available as many old-school fans have released parts of their own collection and many tinkerers around the world have banded together to make cracks that allow gamers to play the more obscure titles.
The enthusiasm for the NES Classic is a hallmark of the nostalgia older gamers seem to feel when looking back at simpler, 8-bit times when all protagonists could do was jump on enemies rather than eviscerate them 3D environments. Whether this wave of remembrance will be ridden by other companies remains to be seen, one can imagine the old 16-bit Sega would be rather popular with some people.
Since 1.5 million is a decent amount to sell of anything, Nintendo is likely hoping that the Switch will do a little better than that: the new console is set to come out in March and probably has about a thousand times the computing power of the old NES. Though the Switch’s specs are only being revealed in a slow trickle rather than a flood, expectations are high for the new machine. Maybe in 25 years, today’s younger gamers will be lining up in their millions to buy a copy of their classic?
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.