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. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
Additionally, a representative told 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 company has no plans to produce more NES Classic systems for North America. This announcement includes the discontinuation of the NES Classic Controller. As for third party accessories, Nintendo said the decision whether or not to continue production of accessories will be up to each individual manufacturer.
Obviously this is some rather disappointing news considering how high in demand the product still is today. While there is no doubt the product was always intended to be a limited run item for the holidays, it seems odd for Nintendo to willfully leave money on the table. We can only hope this means news about their plans for Virtual Console are on the horizon, though that won’t make up for the loss of this product on store shelves.