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Nintendo Has Sold Over 10 Million “Classic” Consoles

It’s been nearly two years since Nintendo debuted the NES Classic Edition, a plug and play console loaded up with 30 classic Nintendo games. This delightful little stocking stuffer remained almost constantly sold out after launch, prompting Nintendo to follow it up with the SNES Classic Edition, which was similarly successful.

The two mini consoles have continued their popularity into 2018, with the former
even topping June’s hardware charts, and now they’ve collectively hit a major milestone. According to Nintendo’s latest presentation to shareholders, the Classic lineup of mini consoles has now combined for over 10 million units sold.

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last official count (through March 30th) placed total sales of the two mini consoles at around 7.58 million, so it looks like Nintendo has moved roughly 2.5 million more units over the past two quarters. Nintendo expects those strong numbers to continue, and even improve, throughout the holiday season.

Source: Nintendo

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NES Classic Edition Was June’s Top-Selling Hardware

For the first time since 1995, an NES-branded console is the top-selling piece of hardware in the United States. The NPD Group has just released its monthly report, highlighting software and hardware sales in the US, and Nintendo’s re-stocked NES Classic Edition sold more units than any other hardware. Of course, being priced at $60 gives it an enormous advantage over modern consoles.

When it comes to hardware with an MSRP of at least $99, PlayStation 4 is king for the month and (thus far) the year. However, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch also saw their sales increase over the same period last year. Xbox numbers hardware profits nearly doubled over last year, while Nintendo’s rose by about 50%, despite declining 3DS numbers.

Source: Venture Beat

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There’s Still Plenty of Time to Grab an NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition was a prized stocking stuffer during the holiday 2016 shopping season, and Nintendo’s production was completely unable to keep up with demand. After a lengthy absence, Nintendo finally began restocking the coveted plug-and-play console last month, but it quickly sold out at most retailers. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on one yet, don’t panic! There’s still time.

Nintendo of America tweeted out yesterday to let fans know about the return of the NES Classic Edition, prompting fans to check with their local retailers. These things don’t sit on shelves for long, but Nintendo says they’ll continually restock them until the end of 2018. As usual, we’ll keep you up to date on major restocks when we see them. Happy hunting!

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NES Classic Edition is Available Now at Best Buy

The NES Classic Edition, Nintendo’s plug-and-play retro console, was a huge hit in 2016, and Nintendo was utterly unprepared to keep up with the demand. Fortunately they’re giving the popular collectible a second shot at life. Nintendo is restocking the Classic at numerous retailers, and they’re selling out fast. If you’re eager to get your hands on one, you can currently grab an order at Best Buy. Get ’em before they’re gone!

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The NES Classic Edition Returns to GameStop Next Week

Back in 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature console pre-loaded with 30 classic games. Demand for the retro stocking stuffer far exceeded supply, and Nintendo found themselves utterly unprepared to keep up with their insatiable fans. If you missed out on your chance to grab one earlier, fear not! The mini console will soon be available once again.

Nintendo has promised to issue more stock throughout 2018, and GameStop has just revealed that they’ll be getting their new supply in one week. Starting June 29th, you’ll be able to buy the NES Classic Edition in stores or online. However, supplies will still be limited. GameStop plans to supply each of their stores with at least 10 units, but they’ll certainly sell fast.

Source: GameSpot

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The NES Classic Edition Finally Returns Next Month!

The NES Classic Edition was one of the hottest stocking stuffers of 2016, but Nintendo was woefully unprepared to keep up with demand. Nintendo discontinued the plug and play mini console after selling a couple million units, but they later promised to bring it back when the fans demanded it. It’s been a long wait, but we finally have word on when this delightful collectible is coming back.

Nintendo has just confirmed that you’ll be able to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition again starting on June 29th. This news applies to both North America and Europe. Nintendo intends to make the Classic available through the end of the year, so you’ll have about six months to secure one if you haven’t already.

The NES Classic Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games, including hit franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Metroid. This treasure trove of retro goodness costs $59.99, or about $2 per game.

Source: Nintendo

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The NES Classic Edition Will Likely Return Soon

The NES Classic Edition made for an excellent stocking stuffer when it debuted in Holiday 2016, but Nintendo was woefully unprepared to keep up with demand. Thankfully, they’ve promised to bring the NES Classic back in 2018, thanks to the success of the SNES Classic. Nintendo has been all quiet on that front for over six months now, but a recent development in Japan suggests that the plug-and-play mini console will return soon.

While most people think of the NES as Nintendo’s first home console, it was essentially a rework of the earlier Japanese Famicom. As such, Japan got the Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer (or Famicom Mini) in place of the NES Classic Edition. The overall concept is pretty much the same, but a few games are different.

Likes the NES Classic, the Famicom Mini was a hot item, and has long since been sold out. However, some retailers in Japan have quietly begun taking orders for the console again. So far only two retailers (Rakuten and Bic Camera) are accepting orders, but this is likely a sign of things to come. We’ll keep you up to date as this story develops so you can hopefully grab a Classic for yourself!

Source: Inside Games (via Nintendo Everything)

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Nintendo is Bringing Back the NES Classic in 2018

The NES Classic was a big hit—and a far bigger one than Nintendo was anticipating, as they quickly ran out of stock and were unable to meet the demand by far. Gamers were understandably upset when the system was abruptly cut off, as many had failed to obtain one in the mini retro console’s limited run. Well, it looks like Nintendo has heard our cries. This morning, the company not only gave some solid examples of how they’re working to avoid that fate with the SNES Classic, but they also revealed that the NES Classic will be returning next year.

According to their press release, when the SNES Classic launches on Sept. 29th, Nintendo will be shipping out more units than the NES Classic saw throughout the entirety of last year. Of course, this will be followed up with new shipments regularly, so stock should hopefully not be an issue at all this time around. In addition, Nintendo is no longer planning to cut off the console later this year, as was originally announced; they will now continue to supply this mini console into 2018.

2018 will also see the return of the NES Classic. The press release pens it in for a return in the summer of next year, but we’ll have to wait for more specific details than that.

“Due to incredible demand for the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo plans to ship the retro-inspired product into 2018. Originally, shipments were announced to cease at the end of this calendar year.

“In addition, more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its Sept. 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly. Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.”

“Next summer, Nintendo will also bring back the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system with new shipments. More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future.” — Nintendo

Are you excited to see the return of the NES Classic Edition? Pleased to see the steps Nintendo is taking to meet the overwhelming demand for the SNES Classic? Or are you still wary of the company’s abilities to supply that many units? Let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments below!

Source: Press Release (via Business Wire)

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Nintendo Shipped 2.3 Million NES Classic Units Before Its Cancellation

Following Nintendo’s recent shareholder meeting, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed how many NES Classic Edition units were shipped before the highly sought-after product’s cancellation weeks ago. The last units may already be in customers’ hands, and all 2.3 million of its lifetime shipments may be gone from stores for good by now.

In an interview with IGN, Fils-Aime acknowledged consumers’ massive disappointment with the plug-and-play console’s limited supply and short run on the market:

“We understand that some people were frustrated about not being able to find the system, but for us, we need to make sure we manage all of our resources in an effective way.”
— Reggie Fils-Aime

He also referenced how Nintendo wanted to make sure they were ready for the launch of the Nintendo Switch and stated that “NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product.”

Fils-Aime confirmed that the NES Classic was only supposed to be a product for the holiday 2016 season, but due to high demand, Nintendo shipped out more units of the system. After the shipping of NES Classic units, Nintendo refocused their efforts to give the Switch more supply. That focus on their future was why Nintendo was able to ship 2.7 million units of the Switch.

It was also revealed that, as of February 1st, Nintendo had sold 1.5 million units of the NES Classic. Compared to the 2.3 million total units shipped to date, Nintendo added another 35 percent’s worth from February through April.

At the end of the day, were you able to get your hands on the NES Classic? And from a sales perspective, do you think it was a good idea to focus on Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below, and share your stories about searching for both of Nintendo’s recent most coveted products.

Source: IGN

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Nintendo is Discontinuing the NES Classic Edition

Ever since its release last November, the NES Classic Edition has proven a hard-to-find piece of technology, usually selling out almost immediately after being restocked in stores. If you were hoping to wait out the rush and get one later on down the line, though, we’ve got bad news for you. Nintendo of America announced today that it is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. The final shipments of the retro console are being sent to retailers throughout the month of April.

The NES Classic Edition contains 30 classic NES games, including the original
Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. While it was a popular system, it has also suffered from supply shortages and has been difficult to find for many consumers in North America, in part due to Nintendo underestimating the demand for it.

This announcement may come as a surprise given how relatively young the console is, but Nintendo explained that the console was only meant to have a limited number of shipments for a short amount of time. The surprise popularity and its rocky supply issues, they explained, is the reason they continued making more units.

You can read the statement Nintendo provided to IGN below:

“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.” — Nintendo

While this announcement may be surprising,
rumors have circulated the past couple of months that pointed to April being the month that Nintendo would send out its final shipments. It looks like those rumors had more truth to them than any of us wanted to believe.

How do you feel about this announcement? Were you able to purchase a NES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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The NES Classic Edition Can Now Be Hacked to Play Nintendo 64 Games

Hacking the NES Classic Edition has become quite the hobby for some people, with recent attempts successfully emulating the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Genesis, and much more. A new video has surfaced recently taking things to the next level—emulating the Nintendo 64. Similarly to previous attempts, YouTuber 1lokolo1 used a program called Hakchi to load games such as Mario Kart 64, Wave Race 64, and Super Mario 64 onto the device.

Check out the device in action above!

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Unlikely Rumor: Nintendo’s Not Going to Make Any More of the NES Classic Edition

Nintendo’s NES Classic system has been the most hard to find item since it released back in November. The item has caused a lot of consumer frustration, and most people were hoping that Nintendo would have fixed production issues by this point. However, a recent rumor from an unnamed Scandinavian retailer suggests that Nintendo may instead be looking to end the NES Classic in certain regions.

According to NeoGAF user Roarer, the company he works for is receiving limited quantities of the system based on what he was told from their Nordic distributor Bergsala. It is estimated that their last shipments of the device will arrive in April or May.

Of course, since this is a rumor, we should always be skeptical of information like this. In fact, Nintendo said in their latest investor meeting that they intend to increase production of the NES Classic and Famicom Mini (see the bottom of page 9). However, it is possible that a single Nordic distributor could simply stop sending the NES Classic. This would mean the rumor would not affect North American markets. Still, it is unfortunate if retailers in other areas of the world are impacted by this.

What do you guys think? Is Nintendo winding down production of the NES Classic in certain areas? Will Nintendo focus mainly on their virtual console services of Switch and 3DS from now on? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: NeoGAF

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You Can Hack the NES Classic to Play Games from SNES, Game Boy, Genesis, and More

Ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition was first announced, its design seemed somewhat limiting. The replica console came with thirty pre-installed games, including several classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but no other games could be played on the system, which disappointed many old-school Nintendo fans. After the NES Classic was released, many people started hacking the system to make it play more NES games. Now, fans have gone even further and modified the console to make it run games for the SNES, Game Boy, SEGA Genesis, and more.

Over the past few weeks, a large community of NES Classic modders has appeared
on Reddit. They’re been creating tons of tools for hacking the system and have enjoyed great results, as it’s now possible for a regular fan to make the NES Classic run ROMs of games made for other consoles. In the video above, you can watch the NES Classic emulate the Game Boy’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX from the Game Boy Color, Pitfall! from the Atari 2600, Sonic the Hedgehog from the SEGA Genesis, and even Super Metroid, which was originally released on SNES.

This was all accomplished using a program named Hakchi2, which was built by several NES Classic modders, most prominently “madmonkey” and “pcm720.” You can learn more about the program
here; it’s relatively easy to install and lets you play all kinds of games on NES Classic. You can also watch a quick tutorial on the installation process here.

What do you guys think? Do you own an NES Classic, and would you consider modifying it to play these games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nintendo’s Miniature NES is Finally Available Again

Over the holiday 2016 season, there was much hype for the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature replica of the original NES, complete with 30 pre-loaded games. This retro console proved to be a smash hit with customers, and Nintendo was unfortunately unable to keep up with demand. If you were one of the unlucky souls who couldn’t secure one last year, you have another chance, but you’ll have to act fast.

GameStop has announced that they’ll have the NES Classic Edition in stock again sometime this week, and some stores have already received their stock. However, they will only have a “limited number of units” available, which isn’t all that surprising. Customers will only be allowed to purchase one unit apiece, and shipments are expected to be low enough (as little as two units at some stores) that they’ll likely sell out almost immediately.

If you’re eager to get your hands on one, you’d be wise to call your local GameStop ahead of time and check to see if they have it in stock. Hopefully Nintendo finally catches on to the fact that there’s strong demand for the console.

Source: GameSpot, Polygon

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This Japanese NES Classic Just Became One of the Coolest Game Boys Ever

Nintendo’s new retro console, the NES Classic Edition, has drawn a ton of attention over the past few months, and not only because of how hard it is to find. The mini device allows access to a wide variety of classic games, but it does have some issues when it comes to things that Nintendo consoles have since moved away from, namely wired controllers and requiring a TV. Well, the modders of Kei Studio have taken it upon themselves to change that, and they did so by transforming a Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom, Japan’s version of the NES Classic, into a Game Boy.

You can check out the video above to see it in action, as well as to see how they took the Mini Famicom and moved all that hardware into a Game Boy-esque shell (don’t worry about the Japanese text, as it also has English subtitles). It does get pretty technical, so the full 25 minutes won’t be for everyone, but if you’d like to see how you might convert your own NES Classic like this, it’s a great tutorial.

Would you like to try this out for yourself? Are you even one of the lucky few who has an NES Classic and could therefore attempt this? Let us know in the comments!

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Here’s How You Can Add More Games to Your NES Classic Edition

Yesterday we reported on a modder going by KePocuH who upgraded his NES Classic Edition to play additional games. Nintendo’s recently-released plug and play console comes loaded with 30 games, but he was able to mod two of them to hold 60 games apiece. KePocuH stated that he’d be releasing a YouTube video showing NES Classic Edition owners how they can upgrade their consoles as well, and his tutorial is now available.

Adding additional games to your NES Classic Edition appears to be a relatively simple, but lengthy process. You’ll have to download a program called hakchi2 (which is linked to in the YouTube video and description) as well as ROM files (which cannot be linked to for legal reasons) for all of your desired games. You can watch the step by step process in the video above.

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The Famicom Mini Has a Secret Message Hidden in its Code

Late last year, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature replica of the original NES, complete with 30 pre-loaded games. Nintendo released a similar product in Japan, but instead based its design on the Famicom and gave it a slightly different lineup of pre-installed games. As it turns out, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom also has a secret message hidden away inside its code.

Programmers often like to hide Easter Eggs, and poking around the Famicom Mini’s emulator reveals the following bit of text:

“This is the hanafuda captain speaking. Launching emulation 3..2..1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the hanafuda captain.”

For those who are unfamiliar, Hanafuda are a type of Japanese playing cards. Although Nintendo is thought of as a video game company, they’ve actually been around for well over 120 years, and they began as a trading card company. The secret message is a nice little throwback to the company’s origins.

Source: Reddit

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A Russian Modder Upgraded the NES Classic Edition to Hold 60 Games

Late last year, Nintendo released the
NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature replica of the original NES, complete with 30 pre-loaded games. This retro-styled console is not designed to be upgradable, but one buyer claims to have done just that. Reddit user KePocuH has uploaded video footage that appears to show an NES Classic Edition console loaded up with 60 games instead of the standard 30.

KePocuH has created two of these upgraded NES Classic Edition consoles, and he’s currently
attempting to sell them on eBay with a starting price of $249. It’s unclear exactly how he modded the console, but he claims he plans to release videos explaining the process on his YouTube channel at a later time. The console appears to run completely normally (although the OS is in Russian as the modder is from Russia), and in addition to the standard 30 games, it includes the following titles:

  • Mega Man
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man 4
  • Mega Man 5
  • Mega Man 6
  • Batman: The Video Game
  • Batman Returns
  • Battletoads
  • Bionic Commando
  • Blades of Steel
  • Blaster Master
  • Bucky O’Hare
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Dragon Warrior IV
  • Duck Tales
  • Duck Tales 2
  • Hudson’s Adventure Island
  • Hudson’s Adventure Island II
  • Hudson’s Adventure Island III
  • Jackal
  • Little Nemo – The Dream Master
  • Metal Gear
  • R.C. Pro-Am
  • River City Ransom
  • Snake Rattle n Roll
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – The Arcade Game

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Here’s a Look at More Accessories Coming Out for Nintendo Switch and NES Classic Edition

About a month ago, EB Games listed some Nintendo Switch accessories that seemed to confirm that the system would have USB-C charging. Now, the company Snakebyte has revealed some more Switch and NES Classic accessories. Among these are headsets, carrying cases, and cleaning cloths for the Switch, as well as a USB AC adapter and controller extension cables for the NES Classic. This is Snakebyte’s official description of these products:

Designed to enhance the portable nature of the Switch console, the snakebyte range has been produced with a strong emphasis on quality, catering to gamers of all ages and robust enough to survive the most demanding of trips. Products in the range include:

Nintendo Switch Foldable Headset

Ideal for on-the-go gaming, the Foldable Headset features powerful 40mm drivers for crisp, clear gaming audio. Neatly folds up when travelling, making it the perfect companion to your Switch tablet.

Nintendo Switch Starter Kit

Featuring all the essential accessories a gamer could ask for, the Starter Kit features a Carry Bag, Stereo Earbuds, Cleaning Cloth, Screen Protector, Control Caps and Game Cases to allow for an enhanced gaming experience and protection for the tablet screen and games.

Since its launch last year, the NES Classic Edition system has captured the imagination of gamers, managing to appeal to multiple generations wishing to re-discover the classic gameplay made so famous by Nintendo. The Classic Edition accessory range from snakebyte extends the appeal of the system yet further. Products in the line include:

Nintendo NES Classic Edition Power Adaptor

The NES Classic Edition is cleverly powered via USB, however sometimes a convenient USB power source is simply unavailable. The NES Classic Edition Power Adaptor accepts the USB cord from the console and allows users to draw power from any regular power outlet.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition Gamepad Extension Cable

Gamers love the authentic NES gamepad but are saddened at the short length of the cable. The NES Classic Edition Gamepad Extension Cable makes couch play a reality once again, instantly adding a generous 9.8 feet to your NES gamepad length!

What do you guys think of these accessories? Will you be getting anything to go with your Switch system? Let us know in the comments below.

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Online Searches for Nintendo Terms Are Now Higher Than PlayStation and Xbox Combined

It’s been a bit of an off year for Nintendo in terms of core releases, as a relatively low number of 3DS and Wii U games were released in 2016 while the company geared up to launch Nintendo Switch next March. However, Nintendo has found other ways to keep money flowing in, and more importantly, they are working hard to improve their brand awareness. They’re doing particularly well in the latter category, as research shows that online searches for Nintendo-related teams have skyrocketed in recent months.

According to Venture Beat (via data provided by
SimilarWeb), online interest in Nintendo has seen an enormous spike in the second half of 2016. Searches for Nintendo-related terms began to climb in the summer with the release of Pok√©mon GO, but they’ve really been exploding since September with the reveal or release of Nintendo products like the upcoming Nintendo Switch, the NES Classic Edition console, and Super Mario Run.

Since this spike, Nintendo’s search traffic volume has been higher than that of PlayStation and Xbox combined. The driving force behind this search surge is an increase in the number of popular Nintendo terms that are drawing interest. At the start of the year, just six Nintendo-related words were pulling in large amounts of traffic, but that number has grown to 101 in recent months.

“The growth in Nintendo’s search traffic over 2016 is so big that when comparing its search traffic in November 2016 to January 2016, it multiplied its search traffic by [a factor of] 60. In January 2016, we were able to identify a total of 39 keywords generating traffic for these brands. Nintendo had 6, Xbox had 16, and PlayStation had 17. While in November 2016, we were able to identify 183 of such keywords. [And then], Nintendo had 101, Xbox had 30, and PlayStation had 52.”
— SimilarWeb

This increased awareness and interest in the Nintendo brand is good news for a company looking to launch a new home console after their previous effort undersold expectations by tens of millions. Nintendo will look to continue this expansion of their brand going forward, as they are interested in film and TV adaptations of their IP and they have teamed up with Universal Studios to create Super Nintendo World.

Source: VentureBeat

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