Back in November, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition and it sold out almost immediately. Despite how popular it is and how quickly it sold, Nintendo has made the stupid decision to discontinue the system.
While Nintendo has announced it will no longer make the NES Classic Edition, there still is time for people to buy them. The last shipments to retailers will go out throughout the rest of April, according to IGN.
Here’s what a Nintendo rep told IGN:
“Throughout April, NOA 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.”
Let’s re-read that last sentence together:
“We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
Now let me ask this question: if a company pays attention to consumer feedback and most of said feedback is positive and supportive of a certain product, why on Earth would a company no longer make that product? Now the product, in this case the NES Classic Edition, will become more expensive, and that extra cash will not be in the hands of Nintendo, but instead on the secondary market.
This is where Nintendo chimes in with its long-term plan, because the NES Classic Edition was never supposed to be a long-term product:
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans,” a Nintendo rep told IGN.
So while Nintendo did add a couple extra units to its original plan, it doesn’t plan on adding any more. That means from now on, unless Nintendo wakes up, the company will no longer make NES Classic systems or controllers.
@IGN – "How's the NES Classic doing?"
– "It's sold out everywhere, extremely high demand even at $150+!"
– "What?! Discontinue that shit!"
— J. Hernandez ⚽ (@El_Artista4000) April 13, 2017
Oh @El_Arista4000, you are so right.
The NES Classic Edition and 30 games re-introduced by Nintendo in November was a hit and, at the time, Nintendo assured customers that despite them selling out almost immediately, more would be made in the near future.
The near future has come and gone, and if you didn’t get your hands on one of the 1.5 million plus they made, that sucks for you, because Nintendo doesn’t want to make more stupid amounts of money.