In the words of Nintendo of America’s president, “once they sell out, they’re gone”. Production of the NES and SNES Classic consoles has ceased.
If you’ve been holding off buying a NES or SNES Classic then this Christmas might be your last chance to pick one up.
Nintendo of America’s president, Reggie Fils-Aime, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that, as far as the American market is concerned, no further mini consoles will be be produced.
Fils-Aime said: “We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, to really have the best games that defined that generation. We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone“.
Both versions of the popular classic consoles are currently on sale for the holiday season with stock available at sites like Amazon.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Nintendo have announced the end of production for the NES Classic. Originally launched in time for Christmas 2016, Nintendo announced that they would stop making units the following year, but such was demand that the company reversed this decision.
There’s a slim possibility that this is a statement designed to ignite interest in the classic consoles ahead of the holiday season, but the reality is that Nintendo are most likely channeling their energies into their retro gaming content for the Switch.