A huge number of different supply issues has caused Nintendo to discontinue production of the NES Classic Edition. The NES Classic was a more portable remake of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and included thirty games from the original system and from Nintendo’s earlier days when it first released.
These games included titles like Castlevania, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac Man, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and the first three Super Mario games.
According to a statement by the company, the NES Classic Edition was never meant to be a long-term product, more a collector’s item; the only reason it was on the market for as long as it was is due to a huge amount of demand.
With the production on the system ceasing, the shipments that are being sent out to retailers in the NOA region will be its last. The NES Classic ended up selling 1.5 million units, impressive considering how it was immediately beset by supply issues when it was first released.
At the time Nintendo said that there would be a steady stream of the consoles, but apparently that stream has run dry.
Along with the NES Classic Edition being discontinued, the various accessories that came with the device will also be discontinued, especially when it came to third-party producers.
If you still haven’t gotten an NES Classic for yourself, you should probably try and contact retailers around you to see if they’ve got any more coming. Once they’re gone this time, they’ll likely be gone for good.
While Nintendo has currently said that they don’t have any announcements to make about the future of Classic consoles like the NES Classic, we can at least hope that someday they’ll try and sell consoles like it again.