NES Classic Edition – Grab it Now

Nintendo have surprised everyone by announcing the NES Classic Edition is on its way out. The diminutive console has been a popular choice with gaming aficionados clamouring to get them. Why it would be discontinued is anyone’s guess. I suspect it is related to upcoming features on the Switch. Maybe a classic Nintendo subscription covering numerous old consoles will soon be available?

If you’re yet to get your hands on the NES Classic Edition but do plan to get one then you still have a small window. The console’s final shipments will be sent in the remaining days in April in North America. Other territories likely have the same expiration date although this has not been confirmed.

NES Classic Edition unboxed

Official Statement

In a statement given to IGN, a Nintendo of America representative said the following.

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… and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.

The representative went on to add:

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.

Strange Decisions

This really is an odd move on Nintendo’s part and only time will tell why. The NES Classic Edition was so popular that many people could only buy a second-hand version at an inflated price. If you are lucky enough to have the console they you may want to buy an extra NES Classic controller now. The controller is also being discontinued. If you do decide to purchase one you’re going to want to scour your local shops. It will likely be hard to find the console and controller at a sensible price. We can only expect resold versions to get increasingly expensive once the product is off the market.