I recall hearing a rumor a while back that Nintendo would discontinue the NES Classic, but I dismissed it because to do so would be completely and utterly absurd. Well, guess what—Nintendo is discontinuing the extremely popular, impossible to find NES Classic.
A Nintendo representative issued the following 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.”
That sound you hear is the price of the console on eBay skyrocketing even further. If this makes you angry, consider the additional statement Nintendo made to 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.”
I have a hard time believing that a company would be so adamant about sticking to their original plan that they would ignore such a popular, and presumably lucrative, product. There must be a more logical reason for doing this, but I just can’t fathom it. Expanding production and adding additional systems (like the SNES, which would probably be an even bigger seller) down the line seemed like a no-brainer.