Ever since its release last November, the NES Classic Edition has proven a hard-to-find piece of technology, usually selling out almost immediately after being restocked in stores. If you were hoping to wait out the rush and get one later on down the line, though, we've got bad news for you. Nintendo of America announced today that it is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. The final shipments of the retro console are being sent to retailers throughout the month of April.
The NES Classic Edition contains 30 classic NES games, including the original Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. While it was a popular system, it has also suffered from supply shortages and has been difficult to find for many consumers in North America, in part due to Nintendo underestimating the demand for it.
This announcement may come as a surprise given how relatively young the console is, but Nintendo explained that the console was only meant to have a limited number of shipments for a short amount of time. The surprise popularity and its rocky supply issues, they explained, is the reason they continued making more units.
You can read the statement Nintendo provided to IGN below:
"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." — Nintendo
While this announcement may be surprising, rumors have circulated the past couple of months that pointed to April being the month that Nintendo would send out its final shipments. It looks like those rumors had more truth to them than any of us wanted to believe.
How do you feel about this announcement? Were you able to purchase a NES Classic Edition? Let us know in the comments below!