Bad news for anyone hoping to eventually get their hands on a Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition – it’s just been reported that Nintendo are about to discontinue sales, in North America at least.
A Nintendo spokesman said the following:
“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.”
Additionally, Nintendo have said that the NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be ongoing, but due to high demand extra shipments were ordered. The final shipments are set to go out to retailers this month.
Although the spokesman didn’t mention if the NES Classic Edition will continue to be sold elsewhere in the world, now that North America is out of the picture it looks increasingly unlikely. This will come as a massive disappointment to many, as the system has suffered from stock shortages ever since it was first released in November 2016.
Nintendo said at the time “there will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year”. Although that ‘steady flow’ never materialised – at least not enough to cope with demand – enough were produce for Nintendo to claim 1.5 million units shifted at the end of the company’s third quarter.
Boasting a roaster of 30 games – many of which are regarded as all-time classics – and costing just £50, many regard the NES Classic Edition as the best console of this generation. RIP, NES Classic Edition – you were too good for this world.
Did you manage to get your hands on a NES Classic Edition? Are you mad at Nintendo for stopping production too soon? Let us know in the comments below.
North America isn’t the only casualty – Nintendo also announced NES Classic Edition production will stop for Australia and UK as well.
Why have Nintendo discontinued their wildly successful console which sold 200,000+ units in just a month? Find out here.