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NES Classic Edition Has Been Officially Discontinued in North America

Nintendo has decided to discontinue the Nintendo Classic Edition in North America despite the fact it has been nearly impossible to get your hands on the system since it debuted during the holidays. New shipments will continue for the rest of April, but they have already stopped production on more units after this month. Here is Nintendo’s official statement to IGN:

“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...

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Wii U Production Has Ended Globally

So long, old friend. As was rumored last year and reported for just Japan yesterday, we now know that the Wii U has ceased production altogether, marking an early death for the system before its swansong game, Breath of the Wild, has even released. Nintendo of America clarified after remarks that they stopped production in Japan yesterday that this wasn’t just a Japan thing, but rather, Nintendo has stopped production on a global scale.

That means there are no more Wii U units being made. If you really want a brand new Wii U unit either for your collection or to play its back catalog because you don’t like buying used, good luck. They are already impossible to find in my area locally and I don’t exactly live in a massive populated area...

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NES Classic Edition Has Sold Over 1.5 Million Units World Wide as Production Increases

The NES Classic Edition has been a fairly hot commodity since it released back in November, as it’s nearly impossible to find them on store shelves. If they do appear, chances are they are gone that exact same day. Online ordering is virtually impossible (unless you want to buy second hand off of Ebay). Clearly, Nintendo has massively mismanaged sales expectations for the system itself. Still, how successful is it?

It turns out that Nintendo is reporting, according Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki, that it has sold over 1.5 million Nintendo Classic Editions world wide (includes all versions). He also reiterates that they are increasing production of the unit currently to meet demand. Are you impressed by these sales figures?

Source: Twitter

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Wii U Production Has Officially Ended in Japan

Now that we’re practically one month removed from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, it should come as no surprise that the Wii U is ended production for various parts of the world. According to Nintendo Japan, they are no longer producing Wii U’s in Japan, meaning that there will be no more restocks of the console moving forward in that country. There have been rumors circulating for awhile that Wii U production ended late last year for most of the west, which could explain why I’ve had a hard time find any brand new units on store shelves.

There are still reasons to buy a Wii U beyond a collectors standpoint, as the Nintendo Switch is not backwards compatible.

Source: Nintendo Japan

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Report: New Super Mario Bros. is Heading to Nvidia Shield in China

Hold the phone, Nintendo is releasing one of their most successful games in over the last couple decades on a device that is not only not a Nintendo based console, but is also not a mobile phone (smart device) platform either. According to a news site out of China (as translated by Daniel Ahmad, an industry analyst, on Twitter), New Super Mario Bros. (2006) has been approved for release on the Nvidia Shield in China. According to the report, this is the first game in what is a long standing content partnership between Nvidia and Nintendo for releasing older games on the Shield.

It is unclear if this extends beyond the Chinese marketplace at this time...

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Here is the Complete Fire Emblem Direct

 

The Fire Emblem Direct aired a few moments ago, and it contained a lot of information regarding upcoming entries for the Fire Emblem franchise. The Direct was rather short and showcased three new games, as well as two amiibo. While a majority of these games are not coming out until later in the spring or fall, one game, Heroes, which most of the Direct was devoted to, releases on February 2nd.

To see everything the Direct had to offer, as well as everything we have mentioned here on Nintendo Prime unsegmented, check out the video above. What Fire Emblem news are you most excited about? Let us know down in the comments!

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A Bowser Figure is Being Made by First 4 Figures

Collectors can have themselves a pretty big New Year’s celebration in the coming weeks as First 4 Figures has announced a pretty exciting project. The figure makers have posted a teaser image for a Giveaway revealing a brand new Bowser collectible slated to come out this year. First 4 has been responsible for detailed Nintendo figures in the past including a diorama of Link Vs. Scervo.

From what we can tell this figure looks great you can clearly see bits of details for the scales and the color palette is right on the money. The figure will most likely be above or around the $250 USD mark in sync with the other statues on the site and is currently not yet up for pre-order.

Are you looking forward to picking up a collectible figure from the site?

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Everyone at Nintendo, Including Iwata, Hated the Idea of Changing GameBoy’s New Design into Two Screens (Nintendo DS)

Everyone that is, except for then CEO and President Yamauchi. While the release of the system ultimately came at the very beginning of the late Satoru Iwata’s reign as CEO and President, the actual concept of changing the GameBoy into a two screen device was essentially pushed by only Yamauchi. Nobody on the GameBoy hardware development team liked the idea, nor did Iwata, who was tasked with bringing the idea to the hardware team.

As the story goes, that change ended up being a fundamental success, and it also officially marked the end of the GameBoy line of systems. We gained this new insight thanks to words from Satoru Okada, the now retired former head of R&D1 out of Nintendo of Japan.

“Actually, after the SP, we were working on the newest model in this range...

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NES Classic Edition November Sales Tally Show Japan Got More Units Than the United States

Have you had a hard time getting your hands on a NES Classic Edition in North America? While Reggie Fils-Aime is sticking by the company of line of demand being greater than they anticipated, what seems extremely odd is that Japan received more units of their Famicon Classic Edition than North America received for the NES Classic Edition. Why is this confusing and note worthy?

Japan obviously has a smaller population than the United States alone, but home consoles are also not a primary market in Japan anymore, as they have moved over almost exclusively to handhelds. Meanwhile, the home console business is absolutely booming in the United States. Beyond those facts, the NES itself sold around 19 million of its 62 million units in Japan...

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Reggie Fils-Aime States Nintendo Didn’t Expect Such High Demand for the NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is Nintendo’s hot ticket item this holiday, but it’s been nearly impossible to find online or at retail outlets. It’s been sold out since before it launched and every time a new shipment arrives, it’s practically gone before retailers can even get them out of the box. Nintendo isn’t exactly a stranger to product shortages, as some amiibo during their initial launch period went upwards of six months before they finally got restocked properly, and the Wii itself had a hard time staying on store shelves during it’s entire first year on the market.

For Nintendo, this sort of demand is wholly positive, as it ensures high sell through rate. However, for consumers it creates confusion and frustration. Reggie Fils-Aime finally addressed the shortages:

“Every day there’s mo...

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