In a questionable move, Nintendo will cease production of the incredibly popular NES Classic Edition. The retro mini-console was plagued by supply issues since it launched November of last year. Communicating with IGN, Nintendo stated,
“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.”
It’s a baffling decision; one that makes sense if you don’t really think about it. Nintendo went on to tell IGN that it “…wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans”.
How sweet! Nintendo did us a favor by adding additional shipments! The consequence is that the remaining NES Classic’s will be bought and resold for obscene sums of cash. It’s difficult to believe the Classic will be discontinued in perpetuity, however.