A few days ago there were rumours that the latest restock of the NES Classic in Australia could be the last. Now today it was announced that throughout April retailers in North America will receive their final shipments of NES Classics.
During its short run the NES Classic was incredibly successful, but availability issues plagued it since day one. In a statement from Nintendo they apologized for the lack of availability, stating that they “understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system”. Nintendo went on to state that they “have paid close attention to consumer feedback” and appreciate the “incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
Nintendo is obviously aware of the positive feedback the console received, so hopefully this won’t be the last console like the NES Classic. Regardless it appears the legacy of the NES Classic will always be tarnished by its availability problems. To potentially avoid a life without a mini NES Nintendo encourages their fans to “check with retail outlets regarding availability”.
It’s sad news for many Nintendo fans, but the NES Classic has been a great console and a successful re-invigoration for an older system. Hopefully it’s an idea Nintendo tries again soon. For now, those of you who were able to snag an NES Classic should revel in its rarity — or turn a quadruple profit on its scarcity.