Today, Nintendo of America announced that they will be ending production of their highly sought after NES Classic Edition system. The small console’s final shipments will be sent out throughout the remainder of this month in North America.
In a statement given to IGN, a Nintendo of America representative said the following about the product’s end:
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 representative went on to add:
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.
This move may be strange to some considering just how sought after the NES Classic was. It was one of the most popular pieces of hardware this past holiday season and many people looking to purchase it had to turn to the second-hand seller market to acquire one. While some held out hope of getting one at a later date, it seems that the window of opportunity is closing.
Additionally, the NES Classic controller that served as a companion to the NES Classic will also be discontinued. Nintendo of America didn’t comment on whether or not this also means that production for the system will be ended in other territories as well.
Of course, the end of the NES Classic’s run will surely make its prices go even higher on the second-hand market. If you’re still looking to buy one for yourself, then make a conscious effort to check your own local retailers throughout the remainder of April.