Despite continued, unprecedented demand for the NES Classic, Nintendo are discontinuing production in North America.
In a statement to IGN Nintendo of America announced that production of the NES Classic will cease after a final shipment of stock is distributed throughout April:
“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.”
Bad news for North America which includes the production of the Classic native controller too – but no word on whether Nintendo’s decision to cease making the NES Classic affects the rest of the world,
or production of the Famicom Classic in Japan.
[UPDATE] nintendolife.com has run a story confirming the end of production of the Famicom Classic in Japan a quote in the article from Nintendo reads (about the Famicom: “This product has ended production for now. When production is being resumed, we will tell you on our website.”
Released in November 2016 the NES Classic is a miniature replica of Nintendo’s 1983 console and comes pre-loaded with 30 games. Instantly demand outweighed supply with Nintendo never being able address the balance despite selling over 1.5 million units. Nintendo went on to tell IGN:
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.”.
The announcement is likely to pique the interest of scalpers, so if you’ve been waiting and hoping for Nintendo to catch up with demand you’d better get pr0-active or pay way over the odds for an NES Classic which retails for around $60 (£50).