The final tally of NES Classics that were shipped has been revealed, thanks to an interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie: 2.3 million. That’s quite a lot of units for something that was essentially supposed to be a fun little holiday gift for nostalgic Nintendo fans.
“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” Fils-Aime told Time. “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”
Fils-Amie didn’t comment further on the reasoning for the stoppage but did hint that the resources being used to create the NES Classic could be going somewhere else – like the reported SNES Classic, for example. Even so, fans are still buying NES Classics from scalpers on eBay, where prices are currently sitting between $200 and $350 – between a 400 and 700 percent markup from its sticker price.