Nintendo is having a great year so far in terms of sales from their consoles and games. With yesterday’s big news about the Switch reaching nearly 20 million units sold this year, you might forget that Nintendo is currently also selling two other consoles – the NES and SNES classic. According to an article published by VentureBeat, the NES Classic Edition actually outsold the PS4, Xbox One, and the Switch in June. The data comes from NPD, a market research company that has been tracking monthly unit sales of consoles since 1995. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes that this is the first time a Nintendo Entertainment System console has led the monthly sales since they began tracking more than a decade ago.
The sales of the NES Classic boosted hardware sales up to $350 million USD in June. What’s interesting to note about this is that the growth of NES Classic sales did not result in a cannibalization of sales from other console vendors – all current generation consoles showed sales growth. Piscatella believes that these “gains were driven by Fortnite, promotions around the E3 period, and reinvigorated distribution of the NES Classic among other factors.”
Still, in terms of dollar sales, the PS4 topped the charts in June. Considering the price difference between it and the NES Classic is around $240 USD, this shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. The PS4 is literally 5 times the price of the NES Classic – $300 USD vs. $60 USD.
Another interesting tidbit from NPD regarding console sales in June, is that dollar sales of hardware grew more than 23 times compared to the figure for the same month last year. If anything, this shows two trends that are hard to dispute:
- Retro sells.
- The console market is growing faster than ever.
As we start moving out of the summer and into the fall, there might be a brief lull in number of sales, but by November, these figures might reach record levels due to Black Friday and the approaching holiday season.
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