As of today, Nintendo plans to discontinue the ever popular Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition after the next and final shipments head out to retailers later this month.
A representative stated the following:
“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.”
The rep also stated that the NES Classic Edition was never intended to be an ongoing long-term product. The plans to scrap all future product also includes the NES Classic Controller. Third party accessories may still be available depending on individual manufacturers.
The NES Classic Edition was launched back in November 2016 and it comes with 30 classic games from Nintendo’s glory days. A smaller version than the original and also with an HDMI port that makes it tailor made for TV’s today. Since it’s release, there was an insufficient supply in stores, some only have as many 10 in stock. They would later come out a couple months at a time and still the same lack of supply with some retailers having people line up outside taking a number before the store even opens. When the system was originally announced, Nintendo stated that “There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year,” and advised customers to check availability at retailers.”
I personally think that Nintendo should have drawn this product out longer or at least after the first initial wave of systems, increase the amount of product shipped to retailers in order to give people who aren’t able to camp out in front of stores and having to pay a ridiculous amount for it online because at the rate it was selling, it probably would sell as many units if not more than the Nintendo Switch (it already has more games). Nintendo does things that only makes since to Nintendo most of the time, so this is another one of those “what if” cases that we’ll never know the answer to.