Nintendo has announced that they have discontinued the NES Classic, the 30-game mini console that had became popular with collectors as soon as it launched back in fall. So much so that many stores sold out immediately.
A Nintendo representative confirmed that the last shipment of the NES Classic will hit stores later this month and then that will be it, retailers will not receive any further shipments of the product.
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.
In a statement to IGN, another Nintendo representative advised that this was Nintendo’s plan all along, stating “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.”
As of January 2017, it was confirmed that 1.5 million units of the mini-console was sold and that additional units were being shipped.