Both the Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4 are closing in on massive sales landmarks, but neither can hold a candle to June 2018’s best-selling console… The Nintendo Entertainment System.
Yes, the highly-sought-after NES Classic Mini was the top US unit shifter during June, despite only returning to stores with a couple of days left in the month. NPD says the PS4 led the way in revenue, but the retro-flavoured console brought a Nintendo Entertainment System to the top of the monthly chart for the first time since the industry group began tracking sales 23 years ago.
The demand for the console is understandable considering it was initially discontinued by Nintendo ahead of the SNES Classic launch. That had forced the secondary market price way up as nostalgic gamers rushed to re-play the likes of Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, and the 25 other games built into the palm-sized console.
Word comes via NPD’s Mat Piscatella (via The Verge), who broke down the situation in an illuminating Twitter thread packed with good news for the gaming industry. There was also a boost for Microsoft, with the dollar value of its console sales up 50% compared to last year. The higher-priced Xbox One X probably has something to do with that. Switch sales also jumped 50% compared with June 2017, according to NPD, proving there’s no sign of the hybrid console’s momentum slowing following the original rush to obtain it.
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The Switch itself is rapidly closing in on 20 million unit sales overall, and may have already surpassed the figure already. Meanwhile, at 82.2 million sales, the PS4 is on the verge of surpassing the lifetime PS3 sales, which were clocked at 83 million.
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