After launching the SNES Classic in Europe and North America in September, Nintendo has already sold over two million of the bite-sized retro consoles. Needless to say nostalgia for the 90s is more popular than ever.
The fact that two million Nintendo fans would scoop up a miniature replica console in its first month of life isn’t very shocking, but the fact that Nintendo was able to produce that many so quickly is. Last year’s NES Classic was incredibly difficult to come by and despite increased stock with the SNES iteration, it hasn’t been very easy to just walk in a store and buy one either. However, Nintendo promises more SNES Classics are coming.
Eurogamer is reporting that more than two million SNES Mini consoles have been sold so far, with more than 370,000 selling in Japan over the span of just half of a week. The SNES Classic, like the NES Classic before it, packs a bunch of old video games into a single, tiny box that just plugs right into any standard HD TV via an HDMI cord. Rather than having to deal with SNES game carts, every game is ready to go at the push of a single button. The box itself is also designed to look just like the SNES you remember, albeit quite a lot tinier.
Every SNES Mini comes loaded with the same 21 excellent SNES games: Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Punch-Out!!, Super Castlevania IV, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, Star Fox, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Contra III The Alien Wars, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Star Fox 2 (previously unreleased).
Notably you’ll see that Star Fox 2 was never released before the SNES Mini. Nintendo canceled the game back in the 90s before it ever saw the light of day, despite the fact that it was nearly finished in development. The SNES Classic is the first (and only) way for people to finally see the game.
Selling two million units of a retro console before the holiday season is underway is a really strong number for Nintendo, especially when considering the Nintendo Switch is selling well too, plus the recent launch of Super Mario Odyssey, which sold two million copies in its opening weekend alone.
The SNES Classic is currently available in Europe, Japan, and North America for purchase, but good luck getting your hands on one if you haven’t already.