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NES Classic November sales almost beat the Wii U’s six-month tally

Nintendo sold 196,000 NES Classic Edition consoles in the US alone last month, despite being unable to keep the mini machines on the shelves.

Figures from the NPD group show the November sales figures weren’t far behind the 220,000 units the Nintendo Wii U console shifted during the previous six months.

If Nintendo had been able to keep the console available throughout the month it’s not unreasonable to assume the firm could have sold up to a million, although that’s pure speculation on our part.

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The $60/£50 console, which features 30 classic titles built-in, is even tougher to track down in the run up to Christmas.

US retailer BestBuy has announced it’ll have limited quantities available this Tuesday at several retail locations, but buyers will be required to get in line early and pick up a ticket.

eBay sellers are also cashing in on the shortage, offering the NES Classic at at around four times the retail cost.

Given the success of Super Mario Run, which has already surpassed 5 million downloads to become the top grossing title in the App Store on day one, it hasn’t been a bad few weeks for Nintendo.

The success of Pokemon Sun & Moon for the 3DS also carries the Japanese giant into the new year on the crest of a wave as it prepares to dish out more Nintendo Switch details in early January.

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