Though we normally wait for Media Create numbers when it comes to sales in Japan, some good news can't wait. The Famicom Mini - or Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer - has enjoyed a strong launch in Japan; according to Famitsu it hit about 262,961 unit sales over its first weekend.
Those are very encouraging numbers, especially in light of the current trend of fairly weak numbers in the country. For comparison the PS4 Slim was welcomed with nearly 100,000 sales recently, and at present 'good' numbers for current-gen systems are about 30,000 units per week. What's not clear yet is how well the PS4 Pro has done in Japan; in any case, the power of nostalgia has certainly helped Nintendo's miniaturised system.
NeoGAF user Sammy Samusu, meanwhile, has shared a table of launch sales of various systems:
- 1998.11.27 [Sega Dreamcast] (¥29.800) - 101.490 (3 days)
- 2000.03.04 [Sony PlayStation 2] (¥39.800) - 630.552 (2 days)
- 2001.09.14 [Nintendo GameCube] (¥25.000) - 133.719 (3 days)
- 2002.02.22 [Microsoft XBox] (¥34.800) - 123.929 (3 days)
- 2005.12.10 [Microsoft XBox 360] (¥29.000 / ¥39.795) - 62.135 (2 days)
- 2006.11.11 [Sony PlayStation 3] (¥49.980 / ¥59.980) - 88.443 (2 days)
- 2006.12.02 [Nintendo Wii] (¥25.000) - 371.936 (2 days)
- 2012.12.08 [Nintendo Wii U] (¥26.250 / ¥31.500) - 308.570 (2 days)
- 2014.02.22 [Sony PlayStation 4] (¥41.979 / ¥46.179) - 322,083 (2 days)
- 2016.11.10 [Famicom Mini] (¥5.980) - 262,961 (4 days)
Considering the fact the Famicom Mini isn't even a 'new' system in the conventional sense, the numbers seem impressive.
As always we'll report on the Media Create figures on Wednesday, but in the meantime let us know what you think of these reported sales. If you want a closer look at the system, meanwhile, checking out this video unboxing.