Ever since it launched late last year, the NES Classic Edition has been a huge seller for Nintendo – so much, in fact, that it’s been incredibly hard to keep it in stock. Well, hang on tight, fans, because it’s going to get a lot more scarce.
Nintendo has confirmed that the NES Classic Edition will be discontinued after its latest shipment goes out, indicating that it was not a “long-term” product. Whether it will revisit it in the future has yet to be seen.
The company noted: “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.”
A representative also told IGN, “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.”
We reviewed the NES Classic Edition back when it released, noting that it was quite a blast from the past with its 30 packed in games and old-school feel. So it’s kind of sad to see it go, although there’s always the possibility that Nintendo could release another similar system in the future, along the lines of a SNES Classic Edition (which has been heavily rumored). And, of course, it’s going to be exploring its classics as part of a Virtual Console line for the Nintendo Switch, although those plans haven’t been fully revealed as of yet.
So pour one out for the NES Classic, guys. Its stay on the market was much too brief for its own good, and it was a fun little system that reminded us of the old-school nostalgia that a lot of us grew up with. Make sure you get your hands on one soon, because the price is likely to skyrocket on eBay once it’s out of stock.