When Nintendo announced that the company is going to cease the production of NES Classic Edition, Nintendo fans from all over the world were shocked, everyone was just confused why the company decided to stop the production of console within 5 months of its release, even when it was getting super positive response from everybody.
Now, Nintendo says that the last shipments of the miniature consoles will have shipped by the end of May, but it’s still not clear why such a great product is being killed off in the height of its popularity. In an interview with Time, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé did his best to offer an explanation.
“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” Fils-Aimé told Time. “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”
Fils-Aimé says that the current sell-in for the NES Classic is 2.3 million units. That’s a high number of sales and it would presumably be even higher if the company had gotten anywhere close to meeting demand.
Nevertheless, Fils-Aimé clears that there are “no plans to produce more NES Classic Edition systems for North American regions.”
He explained the reason for ceasing the production, he said
“Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize. But from our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now and we don’t have unlimited resources.”
We understand what he is trying to say, he is making a genuine point there, Nintendo just launched the Switch in Marxh and it want its customers to focus on that console and its new games.
On the other hand, the NES Classic Edition was created as a holiday gift and to relive the memories, the retro classic received virtually universal praise.
The retro console might not be Nintendo’s future, but it was a brilliant artifact from its past, and its untimed death is going to leave many fans disappointed who didn’t get the chance to buy the console.
Sadly, the only way to get the NES Classic Edition for yourself right now is to pay a premium on Amazon and eBay.