Nintendo confirmed the discontinuation in a statement to IGN which reads, “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.”
For those who are surprised and disappointed, the Nintendo rep also told IGN that the NES Classic Edition wasn’t meant to be an ongoing product in the first place. “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.”
It is a bit strange that Nintendo would discontinue the device, especially when you consider how well-received it has been and how much money the company has made from its sales. We’re not sure if Nintendo will change their minds at a later date, but for now it seems that if you wanted the device you’ll want to move fast before it is too late.
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