NES Classic Edition Discontinued, Final Shipments Coming In April

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The upcoming NES Classic system is coming in November. Nintendo

The NES Classic Edition console was the hottest toy/gaming console of the 2016 holiday season. But instead of producing more, Nintendo has announced it will discontinue the popular console.

In a statement to IGN, a Nintendo of America representative revealed the company’s plans for the final distributions.

“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.”

The rep also told IGN the “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.”

With the discontinuation of the NES Classic, the classic controllers will also be discontinued, so get your hands on a second controller for your NES Classic while you can. As for third-party accessory makers, the NoA rep said production and distribution will be left up to each individual manufacturer.

The release of the NES Classic console was marred by shortages caused by Nintendo’s underestimation of the demand for the console. Hopefully, the rumored Super NES Classic console will happen and Nintendo will be ready for that console’s demand.

What do you think of Nintendo’s decision to discontinue the NES Classic? Will you be out searching for one before they’re all gone? Sound off in the comments section below.

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