Nintendo of America announced yesterday that their very limited NES Classic Edition system will be ending production by the end of this month in North America.
A statement provided to IGN reads as follows:
“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."
Additionally, the representative stated:
“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 system was one of the most sought after electronics this past holiday season, so this move by the publisher seems odd considering how the toy flew off retailer shelves. This announcement includes the discontinuation of the NES Classic Controller as well, although third parties will have the option of producing more for the system if they wish.
The fate of the NES Classic Edition worldwide remains a mystery. Of course, the end of the console's run will surely make its prices go even higher on the second-hand market. Best of luck to anyone out there who still hasn't gotten their hands on one!
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