Despite being released for a little less than a year, Nintendo has decided to pull the plug on the NES Classic in North America. The last shipments will hit retailers this month and that will be it.
Nintendo confirmed the news to IGN in 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.
There is still a high demand for the console and there are plenty of scalpers on Amazon selling the product for well above its MSRP of $60. The console was announced as having 30 games from the NES all installed onto the console. It was a good deal for $60 but unfortunately, Nintendo was never able to keep the console in stock and the scalpers took full advantage of it.
This may put plans to make future consoles of the sort, such as a SNES Classic, in jeopardy but we will see.
Were you able to get a NES Classic?