Get Them While You Can – Nintendo Discontinues the NES Classic Edition Console
After only a six month run, Nintendo is pulling the plug on their NES Classic Edition console. The retro console, which launched in North American and Europe on November 11 2016, came with a library of 30 built-in games, including old hits like Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man 2. According to Nintendo in a statement to IGN, the final shipments of the NES Classic Edition consoles will arrive at stores later this month. Once that stock is gone, there won’t be anymore new consoles available, at least for the near future.
“Throughout April, NOA [Nintendo of America] 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.”
Ever since the console’s launch back at the beginning of the Holiday 2016 season, the little bundle of nostalgia suffered from numerous supply issues, which NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime attributed to a “marketplace disconnect”, suggesting that the mass hysteria surrounding the console’s launch was entirely unexpected. That said, it makes very little sense for Nintendo to be discontinuing such a hot commodity, given that so far, the NES Classic Edition console appears, at least from the outside, like an easy way to print money.
While Nintendo has not given a reason for discontinuing their console, the above statement mentioned that we would not be seeing anymore shipments “this year”, which may suggest that Nintendo plans on releasing a similar console next year. Until then, those of us that haven’t gotten their hands on their own NES Classic Edition consoles will have to keep a close eye on local retailers, as the last batch of consoles coming this month will most likely sell out in mere seconds.
So, what are your thoughts on Nintendo’s decision to discontinue the NES Classic Edition console? What do you think may have influenced their decision? Do you plan on trying to pick up a console from the last batch before they sell out? Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, stay tuned to DFTG for all the latest entertainment and gaming news! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for our 24/7 news feed!
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