Despite the unquestionable success it has received, Nintendo is officially ending the production of one of its most sought-after products from the past that had recently made a strong comeback in today's modern generation of gaming.
In an official statement sent to gaming website IGN, the company confirmed that the last batch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition will be shipped within the month of April, at least in North America. "Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year," the statement read.
They advised, however, that interested parties can still get hold of the elusive console through retail outlets. "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 statement added.
Nintendo also noted that although they were surprised by the reception the NES Classic received, they initially did not intend the console to be sold on a long-term basis. Nevertheless, they still accommodated the high demands by adding "extra shipments" to their original plans, the statement explained.
Although meeting the demands had been a major hurdle, the company did not provide a clear and specific reason for arriving at the decision that has caught gamers and observers from around the world by surprise.
Meanwhile, Polygon reported that production of the Famicom Classic Edition has also ended, according to the company's Japanese website. "This product has ended production for now. When production is being resumed, we will tell you on our website," said the statement. The Famicom Classic Edition is Japan's version of the mini-NES.
Released in November of 2016, the NES Classic went flying off the shelves, as fans went scrambling to get their own units that went for $60. The console came with 30 of the most popular titles of the original NES back in the day, which include Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2, Castlevania, and Super Mario Bros, among others.