Nintendo's SNES Classic Sells 4 Million Units

It's been a prosperous year for the house that Mario built and the numbers are just going up.

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It would appear Nintendo learned a valuable lesson from the NES Classic: If you actually make enough product to go around people will buy it. They've taken that lesson straight to the bank to the tune of 4 million SNES Classic units sold. For some context, that's about a third of what the Wii U sold in its entire lifespan and roughly a quarter of what the Nintendo Switch has sold.

According to Techspot, the numbers came out of Nintendo's annual earnings report. The report also stated that elusive NES Classic would be getting a brand new production run at some point in 2018. While the SNES Classic has proven tough for some consumers to hunt down, it's scarceness has been nowhere near what the NES Classics was. Hopefully, by the end of the year, nostalgic fans will be able to complete their collections and get that retro fix they've all been craving.

Nintendo is also hoping that interest in their Classic series will bring old-school gamers who may not be into current-gen consoles an appreciation for the Switch. They still have yet to announce a specific date for the NES Classic relaunch.   

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    February 1, 2018 2:52 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, Nintendo's SNES Classic Sells 4 Million Units

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      February 1, 2018 3:02 PM

      Why does no one talk about Raspberry pi? 10$

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          February 1, 2018 3:11 PM

          hahahaha that is hysterical

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          February 1, 2018 6:02 PM

          lolllllll yes

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          February 1, 2018 6:29 PM

          But he's right - if you have a Raspberry Pi, you can do so much more than just run a few SNES games, you can load it up with every ROM from every system ever made and then have a perfect little box filled with gaming history that you will then use for ten minutes, remember how many NES and SNES games sucked shit, and then unplug and never use again.

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            February 1, 2018 6:39 PM

            and frickin' Pi-hole

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            February 1, 2018 6:58 PM

            You're preaching to the choir, I have three RPIs in the household, only one of which is a retropie, and I'm planning to buy at least two more. One for my car, and one for the wife's (four kids keep busy in the back with the TV screen). But for the most part anybody very interested in Nintendo's boxes isn't going to want to spend any amount of time learning or expending the small (very small) amount of effort it takes in completely blowing away this overpriced gadget. It devolves discussion time and again when they are pitted against each other.

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            February 1, 2018 7:07 PM

            Actually, you load all the roms from everything and then spend 2 hours trying to decide what to play.

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            February 2, 2018 7:17 AM

            Or you can spend half the summer playing Chrono Trigger instead of new shit you've never played, like I did.

            Mine wasn't a raspberry pi though, it was RetroArch on my htpc.

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        February 1, 2018 3:52 PM

        Sigh...no one expects you to understand, Greg. You hate everything. :p

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        February 1, 2018 4:41 PM

        Yeah really!

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        February 1, 2018 5:30 PM

        For the same reason we don't talk about pictures of dragons fucking cars, we all know about it but we just don't talk about it.

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      February 1, 2018 5:36 PM

      Would be 4 million and 1 if I could find any

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      February 2, 2018 8:11 AM

      Just waiting on that reprint of the NES Classic now

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        February 2, 2018 8:18 AM

        I want one of these so badly. I’ve gotten at least the $80 out of the SNES at this point and would play the fuck out of the NES mini.