Worldwide, the NES Classic Mini sold 2.3 million units, but the console’s success has been plagued with availability issues. Sadly Nintendo announced recently that they would be stopping production for the console, despite there being many who still haven’t managed to get their hands on the system. It’s a controversial decision that has left many disappointed at Nintendo’s lack of supply. In a recent interview with Time the president for Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, shared his thoughts on the high demand for the console and why they felt it necessary to stop production.
“We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be”
Reggie explained that the demand was much higher than anticipated, especially because they “originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday” and only made enough units for that period. However Reggie wanted to assure the fan base that they “added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could”. Reggie added that “we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize”.
It’s a shame that such a fantastic and unique idea like the NES Classic Mini will always be remembered with stock issues in mind. While recognizing the disappointment around the retro console, Reggie did explain “it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive.” Perhaps Nintendo feels it’s necessary to focus solely on the Switch and the release for the newly announced 2DS XL. With luck, Nintendo has learned from their experience with the NES Classic Mini and will be better prepared when releasing future consoles.