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Wow I didn't know that N64 sold so low...






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azrm2k said:
Wait does that mean years later there are still 100k N64s sitting on shelves/store warehouses that haven't been sold?

 More like a dumpster or some store employees basement.



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konnichiwa said:
Wow I didn't know that N64 sold so low...

 Japan historically supports only one console. PSone obviously was that console.



Another milestone for the Wii. :)
What happened with the 130.000 japanese N64 that weren't sold to customers?
Buried in the desert,if you know what i am refereeing to?! ;)



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Where the N64 really lost (compared to the SNES) was not Europe, not the US, but Japan. So it's good to see Nintendo reclaim the first territory they had lost so long ago.



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^The N64 didn't do great in PAL either, it just seems less bad because the NES and SNES both did pretty poor compared to PS1/2 here.



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Sure, the PS put the European market on the map. As the Amiga and other home computers died in the early 90s, the PS made console gaming #1 in Europe for the first time and actually outsold all 6 previous and contempary consoles from Nintendo and Sega combined (that is the NES, Master System, Super Nintendo, Mega Drive, N64 and Saturn).

But I was looking at Nintendo's own record here (which is the topic of the thread after all) and I said "compared to the SNES" just like people compare the PS3 to the PS2. I think it's always productive to improve on what you have and not compare yourself with others so much.

The N64 in Europe sold 78 % of what the SNES had sold (6.75/8.58). In the US the N64 sold 88 % of what the SNES had sold. The big drop was in Japan, were the N64 only sold 32 % of what the SNES had sold.

Had the N64 sold as well in Japan as in Europe (compared to the SNES) that would have been 13 million units sold and the N64 wouldn't have been considered a failure. Then maybe Yamauchi would still be president and we would never have seen something as innovative as the DS and the Wii.



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