The Nintendo NES Classic Edition was one nostalgic (and small) gaming console, and it was definitely one of the most sought after products for collectors and gamers alike. Well, Nintendo just announced that it is discontinuing the highly popular console in the US; supplies of the NES Classic will no doubt be even more scarce now.
In a statement released to the media, Nintendo said that “NOA (Nintendo of America) territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year.” The Japanese company, however, did not elaborate if the NES Classic will also be discontinued in other regions.
Nintendo added that the NES Classic “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product,” which somewhat explains the company’s decision to discontinue the miniature console. That being said, it’s quite puzzling as to why Nintendo would pull the NES Classic from the market: there’s clearly demand for it. After all, IGN wrote that Nintendo has sold 1.5 million units of the retro-inspired console.
Nonetheless, if you do plan to get your hands on the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, now’s the time to start hunting for the console. At the time of this writing, we still see some online retailers listing the NES Classic for sale.