Back in Fall 2016, Nintendo pulled the rug from under everyone when it revealed the NES Classic Edition: a miniaturized replica of the NES. Not only was this just a mini replica, but also essentially an emulator box, coming packed-in with a selection of retro games. This gave quite a bit of folks a massive nostalgia rush, which led to equally massive sales. So much so, that stock shortages plagued the mini system, especially since it was originally intended to only be around for a limited time.
Considering the success of the NES Mini it’s no wonder why Nintendo followed up last year with the SNES Classic Edition, which also proved to be a hot item. At this point, both retro revivals have together sold over 10 million units worldwide. This sales number was confirmed by Nintendo’s President Furukawa during a recent financial briefing (which took place on October 30, 2018).
Sony has shamelessly taken a page out of Nintendo’s book and will be releasing the PlayStation Classic later this year for $100 (US). It’s more expensive than the NES and SNES Minis, but considering the prestige surrounding the PlayStation brand name, it wouldn’t be surprising if the PS Classic generates a similar level of success to that of Nintendo’s retro offerings.