Posted April 14, 2017 by David Latham in Feature

REPORT: NES Classic Edition Discontinued?

Reports are coming in from IGN and The Verge that Nintendo has discontinued the NES Classic Edition in the United States. That means any shipments currently on the way or in-store are the last you may see. This announcement includes both the console and the NES Classic controller.

Nintendo has only released information about stock in America though, so you can still have some some hopes of seeing the console arrive on Australian shores in the future. If you were hoping/waiting for a reduction in the price of the console however, that is now looking extremely unlikely.

Here’s the official word from Nintendo:

Throughout April, [Nintendo of America] 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 NES Classic Edition had a wildly successful launch late in 2016 and has sold millions of units worldwide. With 30 emulated games pre-installed on the console, it has allowed players to relive their fondest childhood memories.

So finally, we’ll leave you with this classic Nintendo Machine comic from Dorkly.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Group of Eight university, but only uses his very unique set of skills writing about video games. By day he's a stay-at-home dad, by night he's literally Batman. Where does he find the time?


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