If you were one of those people that managed to grab one of those NES Classic Edition Mini consoles, you were lucky. Those of you that didn’t grab one, you may be out of luck… permanently. Nintendo announced on Friday that they will be discontinuing production of the mini console. The last of those consoles are going out to retailers this month and after that – they’re done.
Nintendo had this to say in a 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.
For many people, it was an unspoken truth that this was not going to be a long-term item. However, when Nintendo launched the mini console, they never said that they were going to produce it long-term or a limited-time option.
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product,” Nintendo revealed to IGN on Friday. “However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.”
Nintendo did mention that it was, also, going to discontinue the NES Classic Controller. This was sold separately and compatible with both the Wii and the Wii U consoles. Now, this makes more sense given that Nintendo has ceased production of both consoles in favor of their new Switch.
News around the tech world is that Nintendo has something about making money. Maybe it was confusing for Nintendo to have a instant hit on their hands, which sold more than their Wii U, and they were confused by it. However, if you go by that logic, the Switch should be discontinued by the end of summer.