NES Classic First-Month US Sales Revealed

Sales probably would have been a lot higher than 196,000 if it didn't sell out so fast.

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As part of its November report, the NPD Group announced this week that Nintendo sold around 196,000 NES Classic Edition consoles in the US during the month. The figure likely would have been higher had the system not sold out almost immediately following its launch on November 11.

"In its debut month, the NES Classic Edition sold 196,000 units, leading the retro console segment," NPD analyst Sam Naji said.

The NES Classic costs $60 and comes with 30 games, including some of the console's best ones like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Pac-Man.

It's been an incredibly hard-to-find system, as basically all retailers remain sold out. Earlier this week, ThinkGeek opened a lottery of sorts for people to potentially get their hands on a system, while GameStop announced that it should have more units available today, December 16.

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For its part, Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aime recently responded to the shortages, and claimed retailers are getting new shipments all the time. Demand was "certainly greater" than Nintendo anticipated, the executive said.

For more on what to expect on the Classic Edition--whenever you might be able to get your hands on one--read our full review.

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