NES Classic Edition Is Being Discontinued
The NES Classic Edition, a mini console with 30 NES games packed into it, has been in high demand ever since it came out last November. It sold out almost immediately and has suffered supply issues ever since, with many fans still looking for one. Many people thought Nintendo would increase the supply to meet this demand, but unfortunately, the opposite is true.
Nintendo has issued the following statement:
“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
With such huge demand for the NES Classic Edition, it’s quite a surprise to hear that it’s being discontinued. A Nintendo representative told IGN that it was always meant to be a limited time product, and that Nintendo actually made more than the originally planned to because of the high demand. Nevertheless, it’s a puzzling decision, unless the NES Classic Edition wasn’t nearly as profitable as it seemed.
Maybe Nintendo is planning an improved version of the NES Classic Edition for the future, or maybe they’ve discontinued it in preparation for the Switch’s Virtual Console. No matter what the reason is, you better find a NES Classic Edition fast if you still hope to get one.