Thursday, April 13, 2017

NES Classic Edition Officially Discontinued in North America


If you were hoping to scoop up the NES Classic in North America - which plays Mega Man 2 among 29 other built-in games - you're nearly fresh out of luck: it's being discontinued by the end of this month.




A Nintendo of America representative provided the following 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 representative goes on to say, "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."

Bit of a shame to see this bite the dust prematurely. The device was very successful, no doubt about that. So successful, in fact, consumers are still having a hard time finding one. Needless to say, demand for the device exists and will likely continue to be so. This is a curious move on Nintendo's part.

Source: IGN

16 comments:

  1. Glad I was able to pick one up, but a shame that so few were put in circulation.

    BUT...

    If this means Switch production will be increased, let's do this.

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  2. I just want to add that the April shipment numbers for these things are pathetic, Not saying everywhere will be like this but my job only received two of these things for the month, I was lucky enough to get one due to early break time, and working in the respective electronics department.

    It's a shame it's coming to an end so early too, NES classic is without a doubt the best plug n play system to date, and should you choose to mod it(Which is extremely easy to do by the way) It's really small and easy to take with you too, I know I'll be bringing it whenever I hang out with friends or go to parties thats for sure.

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  3. Don't care. I built a raspberry pi.

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  4. #CapcomDidIt #BlameCapcom
    … I kid, I kid.

    These things certainly were an interesting device. Like ShaolinTurtle said, it's definitely the best plug 'n play ever made. AtGames almost had something with their mini-Genesis... but the shoddy hardware and bizarre sound emulation -- not to mention incompatibility with a completely random set of cartridge games -- really ruined it. Still, though, in a time where even game companies themselves are putting emulated versions of games on bigger consoles, it's kind of a novelty... even if you're paying like... fifty-cents-per-game.

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  5. All the more reason to just buy an Analogue Nt Mini, which is accurate to real hardware with an FPGA chipset. The Classic Edition was already expensive due to Nintendo hype and scalping.

    The Classic Edition and Famicom Classic's 2 is altered from the original to prevent seizures or something like that. I forgot.

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  6. Meh. That money is better spent toward a real NES console and an Everdrive cart.

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  7. I still prefer waiting for the snes ver. I don't think it is worth.Despite used to have the original classic,none of the game really touch my heart.Also the fact that you can't insert more game unless you hack it is kinda....

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  8. ATGames products have always had problems when it comes to the consoles they're supposed to emulate.

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  9. Scalpers everywhere are rejoicing....

    I was lucky enough to pre-order one and have had it pretty much since launch. It's super easy to mod and I play it all the time.
    I think it's pretty stupid for them to discontinue it considering its' popularity but that's Nintendo for you.

    I would just like to be able to get an extra controller for it but screw paying scalper prices. Guess I'll just repair it myself if it breaks or buy an aftermarket one.

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    1. Probably not the ones that sold it before the discontinued announcement. They're not selling +$100 USD more on top of the scalped price lol...

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  10. Don't really care for it as it only had 30 old games that are also available on other systems. It would be better if it was compatible with cartridges, like that new Mega Drive release in Brazil. (which is probably not compatible with Sega CD and 32X... why not release an all-in-one "Sega Master Mega CD Drive Game System Nomad 32X Gear Genesis" with 100 games in the memory compatible with all their carts and CDs from any region? And a new mini NES fully compatible with NES and Famicom carts and the Famicom Disk System? One can dream...)

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  11. One thing I really hated about the NES Classic Edition, is that out of all the Mega Man titles that were on the NES, Mega Man 2 ended up getting singled out. Sure, it could be argued that having all six (or seven, if you count RockBoard) would have devalued Legacy Collection, but releasing all six games for iPhone and Android not even a full year later debunks that completely. This is clearly another case of blatant bias and favoritism towards that game. Luckily enough, the others can be added alongside it through mods, but still.

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    1. It's not bias,it's the fact that it is the most popular game in the franchise and that Nintendo was trying to target the more casual fans and most of them likely played Mega Man 2 more than the other ones.

      It's all moot since you can add the entire library on there anyway,which to me seems like Nintendo intentionally designed it this way.

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    2. "trying to target the more casual fans and most of them likely played Mega Man 2"

      Than why SuperC instead of Contra?

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    3. Yeah I was surprised when I saw Super C as well. They should have just went with Contra Force instead. That might have lowered the price of the original in some way...

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  12. Would much rather they made a bundle of 30 or so NES classics for sale on Nintendo digital store for their current main consoles/handhelds.

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