Recently we learned that Nintendo would stop production on the excellent, but elusive NES Classic Edition. The miniaturised console was released last year and came bundled with 30 classic NES games, and also had the output functionality so we could a piece of history on our new fangled tvs.
Nintendo issue this statement to The Verge:
“Throughout April, [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.”
While the console itself was generally well received, the issue was that it was terribly difficult to actually get one. During the shortage Nintendo stated that there would be a steady flow of new consoles to retailers throughout the new year, but now it appears that this is coming to an end. Expect eBay prices to go through the roof (as if they weren’t already).
Here’s hoping that the general success of the NES Classic Edition will mean they’ll be releasing a SNES version, with the demand for the NES it would seem like a bit of a no-brainer.