One of Nintendo's throwback consoles has reached a new milestone, reflecting how much effect nostalgia has for gamers.
During the latest Corporate Management Policy Briefing of Nintendo, company president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that the SNES Classic Edition has reached a new sales milestone. "During fall of last year, we brought back the nostalgic Super Nintendo Entertainment System as a palm-sized home console," said Kimishima. "Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has reached 4 million units in global sell-through," he added.
Moreover, the Nintendo boss also revealed that they have resumed the production of another throwback console: the NES Classic Edition. "We plan to continue selling NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition this year. We view them as an opportunity to garner interest in Nintendo Switch from those who have not interacted with video games in a long time, or ever," Kimishima explained.
Interestingly, the SNES Classic Edition has nearly doubled the sales output of the NES Classic Edition, though the latter was eventually discontinued by the company last year. Gamespot noted that the NES Classic was able to ship 2.3 million units globally before Nintendo decided to stop production.
According to a TIME report, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé said last April that they "didn't anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand." Nintendo's move to halt the NES Classic's production surprised the gaming community, considering how warm the console had been received.
Fils- Aimé noted, however, that the company had to shift their focus on other key areas in relation to where Nintendo stands. With the SNES Classic's remarkable sales run and Nintendo's announcement of the impending return of the NES Classic, gamers, especially those who grew up in the 80s and 90s, will get more chances to enjoy the some of the most iconic games and titles that have helped shape their childhood.