No, you didn’t read that headline wrong. Nintendo is killing off a product that is selling so well, that retailers can’t keep on store shelves. That’s right, the NES Classic, which has sold more than 1.5 million units since it was introduced late last year, is being discontinued. If you’re confused, join the club. Nintendo reached out to IGN and gave them the following statement:
“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.”
As you can see, there is no explanation as to why Nintendo decided to kill off what can only be described as an instant success. The NES Classic has been so in demand, that the device has become a hot commodity on sites like Amazon and eBay where it’s going for over $150.
While we have no idea why Nintendo is doing this, we can speculate. Aside from supply and demand issues, as in NIntendo just could not produce enough of these with whomever they were using to manufacturer them, perhaps Nintendo is planning release a SNES Classic which may also house the NES Classic as well. It may be that Nintendo is going to announce their virtual console for Switch at E3 and they realize that they’d probably sell fewer games on the Switch, if customers can get 30 of their classic games for $59 on the NES Classic.
Who knows, Nintendo makes all kinds of bizarre decisions. All I know is that I’m ticked off, I wanted one of these and I’m NOT going to lay $150+ for one.