The SNES and NES Classic Mini have proven to be a huge success for Nintendo since the systems were launched and resulted in many companies trying to emulate this success with their own retro devices. It turns out, both of Nintendo's miniature systems have been so successful, combined global sales have now surpassed 10 million units.
Speaking at Nintendo's Q2 2019 financial briefing, President Shuntaro Furukawa made it official and explained how the Japanese company expected the systems to be in even greater demand leading into this year's holiday season:
Combined global sales of the NES Classic Edition and the Super NES Classic Edition have now surpassed 10 million units. The Super NES Classic Edition, released last fall, and the NES Classic Edition, re-released in June of this year, both continue to sell as must-have products, and the fact that they are so affordable suggests that they will be in even greater demand during the holiday season.
If this figure doesn't immediately impress you, to put it in perspective, the Wii U's lifetime sales were capped at just under 14 million units. For two miniature retro systems - including more than 20 games each - to sell more than 10 million units is quite the feat.
Have you contributed to these classic system sales? Tell us below.
Just shows that retro lives.
I wonder if would have sold just as well if it had be 2 game collections on the Switch
@Slitth I'd have vastly preferred that. I have been shot down time and again and shown that my opinion is not widely shared, but I don't like having a closet full of plug and play machines like this.
I'd vastly prefer to buy this collection of games on the Switch and have it come pre-packed with a wireless retro controller.
@Slitth I would think the novelty and it being a stocking filler even for those without any current gen Nintendo consoles would make collections on switch be far lower in sales. It'd be interesting to know how many owners of these have a switch as well.
I know people who grew up on these that would love them but have moved on from gaming as a hobby in general.
@Heavyarms55 I'd be down for a software collection release at a later point. But the core audiance for these likely are for the novelty of owning almost the original hardware again.
I can't say for sure I would of rebought these as collections (least on release day) if they were just software collections. But definitely should be an alternate choice.
We want them on the go..
Shame ps mini will pass the 10.
@BensonUii @KazooieTooie You really think so? They don't have the best of title lineups coming for it (outside of Japan at least) and missing many of the iconic PSX titles for filler.
If the emulation comes I would definitely pick one up though. But would wonder how big the internal memory for ps classic is and if they enable external hdd support?
I still look at these and think it's a wasted opportunity.
Give them a connection to the eshop and gradually release more games for them. Do what Sony did with PS1 classics and make a purchase playable on switch as well and you have mega bucks coming in.
Do it in conjunction with the online service so give people an opportunity to own games as well
Who knew the little person community was so into retro console gaming?
It's just a matter of time until they surpass Wii U sales.
@BensonUii Indeed! Very impressed with the Canoe emulator. I will say not having online shops for these mini consoles is a huge missed opportunity, though.
The PS1 mini's catalog looks a little lackluster, but thankfully that can be rectified! Pure retro bliss incoming. I hope Nintendo doesn't put off the N64 classic for too long.
@XenoShaun I think those exact people were the initial target market for these.
@XenoShaun I own a Switch as well as both the NES and SNES mini. I play all 3 fairly regularly. I really like these mini consoles, and personally prefer it to a retro game collection on the Switch. They’re fun to collect, and I feel it’s a more authentic experience compared to the original consoles. Although adding wireless controllers like the 8bitdo ones is necessary if you want to enjoy it in a living room environment. Just my opinion/usage...
I bought 3 NES systems when they first came out for stocking fillers. They where easy to come by for the first couple of weeks in the UK. but we only ever opened one. Always felt bad I had them in a cupboard when they where so hard to come by but did not want to be one of those people who scalped folks on ebay so they sat there until today. Glad everyone who wants one can now get hold of them but I'll not be jumping into the retro again. Sometimes good memories are best left in the past..
@XenoShaun @Alexface It will eb hacked inside of three months and with that will come USB storage device compatibility. Game lineup is irrelevant.
The NES & SNES mini are two different products though. It would be like saying the Switch won't outsell the Wii and Wii U. Not to mention the vastly different entry point cost.
@shaneoh I know, it was kind of said in jest,another stick to poke at the poor Wii U.
Fair enough, it's hard to tell with people around here sometimes.
Really need help playing Super Nintendo. Super mario. And I’ve completed the first ghost house in donut. and don’t no how to get the bridge to get across to the next level. I’ve not played the game in around 20 off years and can’t remember can someone please help thank you
@Alexface That would be best. That's why I really like the Wii Eshop. I could choose "Master System" or whatever system, and pick from a bunch of games...albeit not a complete list, but at least it was something. A retro Eshop is the way to go.
I think the appeal of this goes far beyond retro. There’s an aspect of gaming that’s quickly being forgotten, and that’s the physical, offline, multiplayer medium. These retro consoles are something you can hold, sell, or play forever. They belong to you, and work out of the box with no subscription, no gigabit internet or account system necessary. There’s such an overwhelming feeling of comfort when you gather around the TV with your friends, hit the power button, and begin playing your favorite game.
It’s this form of gaming that’s kept me from jumping into the next gen. Xbox and PlayStation just don’t do it, and it’s slowly fading with Nintendo. I guarantee an N64 classic would be the best selling console for a good while if it does get made
I have the Snes Mini. I was going to buy the Nes Mini but have the Nintendo online service with Nes games and more being added monthly so thats more than enough for me.
@KazooieTooie Well, I won't be part of that 10+ million if it does surpass what Nintendo did.
The game lineup on the Playstation Classic sucks.
No Crash? No Spyro? No Castlevania: SOTN? No Mega Man games? No Street Fighter Alpha 3? No Legend of Dragoon? The list goes on and on.
Granted the NES and SNES Classic were missing games I wanted to see on them, but if you wanted a capsule view of what those systems had to offer, they did a good job.
But the Playstation Classic is missing tons of games that defined the PS1.
@Pelpel On the first floor that you appeared in, just keep going
and jumping forward until you see a door, then enter. On the second area, you will appear with a flight of stairs and there will be a block under you and a door. Go enter the door, you will then appeared under the stairs this time underneath the block in a familiar looking room. This block contains a P-Switch which can sent you to a secret room to snatch more coins.
If you don't want to enter the secret door then jump up the stairs and enter the ordinary door again to appear at another familiar looking room, this time jump and hit the block to reveal a vine that leads you to a platform which contain the real door to the real exit. This exit will create the bridge for you to the next level.
Note that in the second area, there are two familiar looking rooms that look a like, the one that had the Yoshi coin is the room that had the vine on the block which would lead you to the real exit. If you're on the room that doesn't had the Yoshi Coin then that's the room that would reveal the P-Switch with the secret door to the secret room.
The Super Nintendo is one of my two favorite systems of all-time so I bought the SNES Classic, no way I was missing out. NES was my first console but I don't have the same nostalgia for it that I do the 16-bit era systems in general. If Nintendo releases an N64 Classic, I'll be there day one to get that as well.
For the most part though, while I love Nintendo's Classic line and am happy it's been a success, I prefer something like the original Wii's Virtual Console. What an absolute dream that was for retro gaming and it's a shame Nintendo probably won't try to replicate it on Switch. The WiiWare service also had some excellent retro revivals like Konami's ReBirth series, which I'd love to see return.
why would anyone try to hack those things ???
you go online looking to hack things like that and you find dozens of generic copies preloaded with over a 100 NES or SNES, PSX, N64 and I even saw a NGC once at a flea market, most all older systems depending, but for half the price you'd pay for your NES mini or SNES mini, you can find portables preloaded with a 100+ SNES games and all of these things sold for half that of the officials, (some of the better portables also hook up to your tv too)
there are also Raspberry Pi kits with official looking cases and you can load as many games you want,
so again, why would anyone want to hack those "Official Mini systems" ???
It's great to see the mini classics line doing so well. I missed b0th of these consoles when they were out and the minis have opened up a new world of retro gaming to me. I can see the argument about having game collections rather than plug and play consoles but for me the consoles win out. I don't know why but having played retro games collections before and the Wii's VC I was never able to get into the games. However maybe its the tactile nature of the console itself or having the correct controllers for the games but using both minis has been an absolute blast.
And I think the SNES Classic made up the bulk of those, at least according to Wikipedia, which is how it should be imo.
And yes, I own a SNES Classic--it's the first console I've bought since the Wii.
Yeah it does seem crazy that they didn't make it connectable to the eshop and let you download more titles for each particular system.
Bring on the N64 Classic!
Nice little pocket change for Ninty
I know that the visuals haven't held up well over time, but I still want an N64 Classic Edition and hopefully some kind of deal could be reached with Microsoft to include iconic Rare titles. I wonder if they'll release a Game Boy Classic too?
I am L❤️VING these mini consoles. Been playing both all the time since launch.
@Arpie Couldn’t have said it better myself. Using the original controllers has been a revelation for many of the games.
I've considered getting both and still may at some point. I really wish you could (legally) load saves that you have on other Nintendo platforms; I would love to bring my Earthbound file over from my Wii U to a SNES Mini. Unfortunately, this is probably just wishful thinking.
Stunning, if you put it in perspective of their biggest failure of a console with the WiiU. An actual console, their last dedicated one too, and it barely eeked out 14M units and it had hundreds of games, more into the digital realm. Here you have the NES and SNES CE systems with 51 games between the two locked into place at the non-hacked consumer level, and unlike WiiU, it's still on the market, has a large presence, and it will sell at the least into 2019 to some point that holds value to them to continue the run.
It makes you wonder how many ATGames has peddled with Sega systems by the year they get so much flack for. How will the mediocre list of good/decent games the upcoming Sony PS1 mini will do? How about the SNK Neo Geo Mini too which also has some issues.
Nintendo really did set the bar for not just price, but a quality line up with that price that so far hasn't been quite as matched which is a bit of a shame.
It's known the hardware Nintendo has can handle the N64 on the high end without upgrading the parts, and lower down that ladder Gameboy anything would be manageable too. So what's next, and when (if?) They have no motivation to stop with these things with that level of appeal as it goes well beyond just adults, but the kids are lapping it up too because year of release doesn't degrade quality of game when they're just made that well.
You should set up a shrine and worship them for the god memories that they are.
ahhh.....good memories, I remember Vampire Hunter D, saw it when it first came out, it was the first time i ever tried pot, trust me, that movie's a lot more dramatic when you're flying on Jamaican Red, LOL
(yes, physicists are allowed to be hard core gamers and former potheads)
@jhewitt3476 O.k the portables you talk of are all pretty much garbage and nobody wants to play on a 2" screen with augmented transistor glue audio.
Secondly Raspberyy Pi kits cost at least ane qual amount in value once you buy controllers a case etc and then you have to assemble it. With a MINI system its well built it plays with a genuine controller, it gives me the real experience that i know and love and if i hack it which is simple to do i can have a beautiful full selkection of games with all the amazing artwork to browse at my fingertips. A simpler and 100% more sensible question is : Why wouldn't you?
@BarFooToo ???????? Haaaaaaaaaaa i like how mental you are. Yeah don't go thinking of having fun again , just because you had fun once before. leave that where it belongs in the past.
2" screen ??? guess you don't know, the various Pi's 2 & 3s have HDMI out, and save for some software install, they are very easy to DIY, I was fixing to make another PSX in March, my daughter stole the last one I made, but I'll probably add NES, SNES, GBC/GBA and Genesis this time, I love my Pi's and they are not complicated like you are making them out to be
as for cost....the newest Pi 3 B+ is $35, a cheap USB PS2 style controller is $10-$15, a simple case is $7,
so i think $57 is a very good price
Pi boxes contrary to belief are not easy to set up for most people, they take work, practice, and depending, assembly of the product before you even try and put the OS, then loader/frontend, then the games. Even after that it still would need some refined configuration. Pi is a pain in the ass and not even astoundingly accurate either. It's just a somewhat cheapo option some can take to run a crap load of ROMs in whatever shell or existing system they can hack up to run stuff. I've seen the tiny ones inside of those Tiny Arcade devices, a bit up into zero to the 6" tall mini arcades, and up from there, even inside of NES/SNES CE shells too. But the actual thing from NIntendo is already setup and even if you hakchi it, it's basically bulletproof and easy enough for a toddler to load up while still retaining that nice menu system. If you get a little more bold, usb bypass + stick drive and you can get insane with it falling back on retroarch to bypass limits of storage. And yet all that is still far easier and more manageable than some dumb Pi. So fed up early people use the Pi excuse.
@Heavyarms55 Agreed — The thing with the Switch, yes you'd lose out on the hardware by selling us retro games as software but GUESS WHAT? Now you can sell us Joycons that are NES, SNES, N64 etc style. Instant profit.
@YANDMAN @Fandabidozi For me it was a bit like going back to the place you grew up and totally rad long step hill you skated down is no more than a little slop and the great tree you took pride in topping stands no more than 10 meters tall. Some memories are best with a rose tint and today is better spent making tomorrows memories than trying to re-live yesterdays, at least for myself. I do of course embrace others who happen to see thing differently from myself.
@Caryslan I think the problem with the PS1 Classic is that the machine was so heavily dependant on third parties from the get go, I can imagine there would be a lot of legal wrangles involving old licenses, licenses changing hands, software companies and developers completely going down the pan...Nintendo have a huge back catalogue of their own titles they can throw onto these mini consoles without a thought, Sony doesn't quite have that luxury.
"Pi Excuse" ???
I don't know what you mean, I mentioned it as a better and cheaper alternative to buying the official and then a separate usb cracker device
as for what you refer to as "difficulty", how so ???
I've been working with many models of Pi over the years, I'm no programmer either, I just either googled or went to the countless Pi club websites at first, which model Pi's ha e you used and what did you try to use them for, i might be able to help
@jhewitt3476 Each to his own. If you like that stuff good for you but i simply don't. I like the feel of the classics from opening the box to playing the games. I have nearly all genuine systems set up on CRT's, but for a convenient easy play session on a modern TV nothing is better for me.
@BarFooToo I'll never personally understand that stance as i don;t truly believe that it is one, but this is your opinion and it only pertains to yuo and i respect that.
@YANDMAN that's awesome, I do admit myself I am a very aesthetically minded person and even if it has no effect on the function of a thing or game also usually, i am also a very OCD minded when it comes to practicality and it will override my pretty preference at times and my pension for all in one things hits me sometimes
never said mine was better than yours, just defending why Raspberry Pi's are a very good option also
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