Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Edition
You’re no longer playing with power. IGN reports that Nintendo of America has officially discontinued the NES Classic Edition, a smaller version of the NES that plugs into the TV with a pre-programmed library of thirty retro games. The final shipments of the console will go to retailers this month.
A representative said: “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. NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.”
Nintendo of America has no plans to make more systems in North America, including the NES Classic Controller. The decision of whether or not to continue making third party accessories is up to each individual manufacturer. NOA did not reveal if this meant the system will be discontinued worldwide, where it sells under the names NES Classic and Famicom Mini. No announcements were made about the future of the Nintendo Classics brand or the lifetime sales of the miniature console.
The NES Classic launched on November 10 of last year and sold 1.5 million copies during the third quarter, according to Nintendo’s announcement in January. There was a supply issue with retailers both online and in-store. At the time, Nintendo said: “There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year.“