You’ve probably never been able to get your hands on one, unless you’ve paid over the odds on eBay, but Nintendo are already stopping production of the NES Classic. The tiny console, that came bundled with a great selection of 30 classic NES games has been hot property ever since it came out, with Nintendo failing to keep up with demand.
Nintendo put out the following statement to IGN:
“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 apologise. 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.”
Slightly bizarrely, the announcement only applies to the US at the moment, and also leaves the door open for Nintendo to produce more of the console in the future, as it only states that production will end “for this year”
Given the going rate is somewhere between 2-3x the RRP when you can find one, perhaps Nintendo are going to come out with an updated version of the NES Classic? Or, more cynically, perhaps with the impending launch of the virtual console on Switch, Nintendo would rather consumers spend their money there?
Either way, I have my fingers crossed for a SNES Mini Classic.