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Yeah, you heard that correctly – Nintendo is ceasing production of the much in-demand NES Classic. You may have been like us; waiting for the insanity of the new shiny to pass so that you could actually buy the console without paying triple the retail value to a scumbag scalper. Like us, you are also out of luck. In a statement today to IGN, a spokesperson for Nintendo confirmed:
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 Nintendo rep told IGN, “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.”
More than anything, the move only serves to shake a gamer’s confidence in the business acumen of those running Nintendo. The release of the NES Classic was a disaster from the start and the company failed miserably to meet consumer demand, with retailers selling out in minutes after putting the product on the shelves. But in November, Nintendo assured customers there would be a steady supply of consoles throughout the holidays and into the new year. And while the Nintendo Switch seems to be doing moderately well, there are doubts the device will survive long once the luster of a new Zelda game has passed. Nintendo has yet to demonstrate if any of their newer devices can show the longevity of Playstation or Xbox.
Fan reaction ranged from angry, to ambivalent, to downright baffled at the move:
— Michael Anthony (@MikeG7827) April 14, 2017
You're cancelling the nes classic? What stupid shit is this? Massive demand =Nah too much effort
— Peter (@presumingpete) April 14, 2017
Fans can (somewhat) take heart in the knowledge that Nintendo has plans to emulate classic games on the Switch, but the Switch lacks the nostalgia of the NES Classic console and controllers. At this point, the only thing left to do is sit back and wait to see if Nintendo can persevere in the wake of this decidedly stupid decision and hope that it doesn’t indicate more bad decisions to come.