Well, it seems we’re at the end of an era here, gamers. Yesterday morning, gaming website IGN.com broke the news that Nintendo would be discontinuing its NES Classic Edition system sooner than planned.
With the last shipments of the retro console being sent out to retailers this month, it may already be too late for those of us who missed out on the initial orders to get our hands on the miniature-sized console. Which is a shame, considering what a bargain it was for us gamers who love nostalgia. The price point for the NES Classic Edition was pretty awesome, too. Throughout its life (beginning on November 10, 2016), the price for the system was set at $60 USD, and the package included the console itself, one controller, and 30 classic NES games. This was a HUGE deal, when you consider that buying all of that stuff separately on a site like eBay, would have set you back over $600 USD.
Here’s the issue: In just 2 months, the NES Classic Edition sold about 1.5 million units. It’s been reported that Nintendo didn’t expect the little console to do so well (have they MET us Gen-X gamers??), and it immediately suffered from store supply issues, prompting some pretty interesting retailers to scoop it up for their businesses. Heck, we here at PCU barely got our mitts on one of these.
In a statement given to IGN for their exclusive yesterday, a Nintendo spokesperson stated, “Throughout April, [North American] 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.” The kicker, though? There’s been no confirmation that the console would be discontinued worldwide. However, Nintendo hasn’t offered up any comment on the future of the Nintendo Classics brand, so…maybe there’s still hope?
If you really want to get your hands on one of these before time runs out, keep checking with your local stores as often as possible. Otherwise, you may have to resort to eBay, Amazon, and (sigh) Craigslist. And do any of us REALLY want to do that?