Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic

Nintendo of America has announced they’re discontinuing the NES Classic Edition.

The news comes via a statement to IGN:

“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 spokesperson noted the last shipments for the console will go out to retailers throughout this month. The Nintendo representative elaborated a bit regarding the hardware’s longevity and popularity, and how the company struggled to meet demands.

“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,” the Nintendo rep said. Naturally, the NES Classic Controller is being discontinued as well.

Nintendo of America wouldn’t confirm whether or not this means the throwback release is being discontinued around the world, as both Europe and Japan have their own versions of the console.

Brandon Orselli


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  • cyxceven

    Well, shit.

  • Just Some Guy

    They make it sound like this thing is hard to make or something. I seriously don’t understand this business move when people to this day are still clamoring for it.

  • This was such a dumb thing to come out with in the first place. Anyone with a toaster for a PC can download NES emulator + all the roms they want, get a $12 USB-NES controller, and play the games that way. Same goes for SNES as well.

  • Captain Vidya

    >barely put out any units
    >recognize high demand and that not everyone who wanted one got one
    >end production anyway
    Bravo, Nintendo.

  • patyos

    I have an idea with this… They could release with aq Nintendo NES Classic SWICH

    With all the NES Classic games already on the switch.

    Im sure peeps would get it.

  • Gaspar

    Why won’t they just release an emulator to the switch with those 30 or so NES games in it? If people want to pay for a closed emulator box Nintendo can literally sell it to them at 0 manufacturing cost.

  • Just Some Guy

    You’re missing the point of the product.

  • le master trole

    Well played Nintendo :D

  • Captain Vidya

    They have been. It’s called Virtual Console.

  • Captain Vidya

    Only in Japan and Europe :^)

    America never gets the cool design stuff, it seems, anyway.

  • NeoSkyte

    Goddammit Nintendo. Well there goes my chances of picking one up and I ain’t paying those inflated prices from resellers.

  • Do tell. Is it the whole “classic console” experience thing? If so, that’s a pretty weak selling point imo.

  • Gale

    “Hm, it seems as if the only people that own this are scalpers. Should we make more?”

    “No, shut it down.”

  • Geheimen

    It’s not like people want to buy it or anything…

  • Captain Vidya

    It’s clearly strong enough for some people.

  • Verus

    nintendo genuinely gets dumber by the day. it’s like they hate money.

  • Bitterbear
  • Bitterbear

    Chances are that they couldn’t patch away the rom sideloading.

  • Just Some Guy

    Please don’t go into business or marketing.

  • RichardGristle

    Nintendo is not an intelligent company.

  • Fenrir007

    Like I said before, Nintendo is literally retarded.

  • John Smith.

    I don’t know if I should laugh or cry at the absurdity of this bit of news.

  • I get that there’s money in nostalgia-baiting, but paying $60 for only 30 roms as apposed to just buying a $12 NES USB controller and downloading all the roms you want for free is kind of a no-brainer.

    Is a “console experience” really worth the additional $48 + tax to that many people? Obviously, that’s up to the consumer. But if Nintendo wanted to charge this much, it should’ve been more like 50 or 60 roms. 30 is just a rip off no matter how you slice this. They should’ve put 50 or 60 in there. It’d be easy to justify $1 per rom + the setup. The roms themselves certainly didn’t hardly cost Nintendo a nickel, given they own over half of the roms on the thing. There’s no way that price tag can be justified.

  • Mr0303

    Maybe it will be in direct competition with the eShop. Still this was a wonderful idea that would’ve won them more sales.

  • DrearierSpider

    Can someone just purge Nintendo already?

  • They just found a less expensive way to manufacture paper weights, no reason to keep making these.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    So that basically just confirms 100% that this thing existed solely to be a holiday boost to their finances before they could get the Switch out in March.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It would not surprise me if that was actually the reason it was discontinued.

  • Zack Attack

    Nintendo is really fucking stupid, I wanted one.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    message me

  • -blank-

    I admit I’m kind of a Nintendo fanboy. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their recent games, I still buy Amiibo (when supplies allow it…), and I tend to be more forgiving on Nintendo’s baffling decisions.

    But this? Holy shit fuck off, Nintendo. You discontinue the NES classic after making it such a hassle for anyone to buy the damn thing without paying a premium to scalpers. If this was supposed to be a short-term thing then fair enough, but at least say so up-front when you start selling it. It’s stuff like this that makes me understand why people pirate Nintendo games

  • Tenetan

    It was already discontinued in Scandinavia 3 months ago, mostly because there where so many preorders and they got 10 units a week…

  • Forgotten One

    I love how you confirm this without backing it up with any facts, well played

  • Lavenza

    “Fuck you” – NoA

  • Richard

    My question with Sony and Nintendo is who is making these decisions. Japan or America, because most of their products are still popular in their home country. Who do I blame for the poor decisions.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    They don’t want this thing to outsell the Switch. The NES has a Library of games. The Switch has Breath of the Wild and a few titles coming.

  • Huh, thought they would have done this by now, oh well!

  • Zanard Bell

    Does Nintendo really think that the best way to earn money is to do the Wu Tang Clan method of console manufacturing?


    Kek they are simply discontinue now and then open more preorders nearing Christmas again.

  • Envy Noson
  • Touma

    And that’s the dumbest thing they’ve done recently, seriously this would’ve printed them money had they supplied demand.

  • “We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”

    “And that’s why we’re gonna fuck you over and ignore your requests!”

    God, NoA, you’re so full of shit.

  • Asuka

    Mr. Know-it-all here camnot fathom that other people have different consumer habits. This whole debacle is proof of how desirable this product was.


  • I get that there are different consumer habits, but from a purely financial standpoint, as a consumer, paying $48 for a paltry 30 games when you could just be paying $12 for a controller that works with hardware you already have & getting all the games you want for free is absolutely absurd.

    I suppose the market of consumers who buy into this nostalgia-bait shit is just denser than I previously thought.

  • sanic

    Were the profit margins too slim? This should have continued till demand dropped off.

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  • machariel00

    Thank goodness. NES Classic is an awful product:

  • Matz

    Oh god no, now it will be more difficult to get one of these shits, scalpers will be using the pretext of “Nintendo wont make any of these systems again” to sell this thing for $300 or more

  • Feniks

    It was just a short term sideline project. Not much money in this thing without a Store to buy old games from and even then it’s only a trickle compared to selling new games.

    Besides selling old shit can canibalise the sales of new shit.

  • Robert Beasley

    Fuck you Nintendo, fuck you scalpers.