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Nintendo's Classic Mini Consoles Sell 10 Million Units

The Nintendo Switch isn't the only hardware Nintendo is finding success with. Its line of retro consoles — comprised currently of the NES Classic and SNES Classic — have combined to sell 10 million units, according to a report from IGN.


The news originally came from Nintendo's end-of-fiscal-year financial briefing, where the company updated shareholders on hardware and software sales.

The popularity of the Classic consoles is good news for Nintendo, as the company has several more legacy consoles it could consider giving the "Classic" treatment. Fans are undoubtedly eyeing the Nintendo 64 as the next system up to bat, though there are some licensing issues with some of that platform's more popular games. GoldenEye 007, for instance, makes use of the James Bond video game license that seems to be in limbo. And other classics, like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day, belong to Rare, which is now owned by Microsoft.

Nintendo could also consider going to the portable side of things for its next Classic. The Game Boy existed over several of Nintendo's home console generations, and there could be a large fan base waiting to dive into treasures like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Super Mario Land.


The sky's really the limit, thanks to how well the NES and SNES Classic consoles have been selling. And other companies have definitely taken a notice to how well the Classic line's been received. Sony recently revealed its own PlayStation Classic, which packs in 20 original PlayStation games such as Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil Director's Cut. And Intellivision plans on making a comeback itself. Last week, that company unveiled the Amico, a new take on the old-school Intellivision console with some modern-day amenities and remakes of retro hits.

The NES Classic first released nearly two years ago on Nov. 11, 2016. The SNES Classic launched last year on Sept. 29.