Nintendo on Thursday confirmed that it’s discontinuing the NES Classic Version simply six months after launch. What makes the determination so extremely baffling isn’t simply Nintendo’s mismanagement of stock however the indisputable fact that demand stays sky excessive.
A consultant for Nintendo instructed IGN that all through April, [retailers in] North America will obtain the final shipments of the NES Classic Version “for this 12 months” (a clue?). The rep acknowledged (and apologized for) the difficultly that many customers have had find a system, suggesting that anybody considering the system get with stores relating to availability.
The NES Classic Controller can also be being discontinued.
Nintendo added that the NES Classic Version wasn’t meant to be an ongoing, long-term product however resulting from excessive demand, they did add further shipments to the authentic plans.
Whereas I get the complete “restricted version” strategy, I don’t must agree with it (and also you should not both).
Widespread sense dictates that when you have got a shock product that’s in excessive demand and just about unattainable to search out on retailer cabinets, you don’t randomly discontinue it. Critically, why forfeit the earnings and (additional) piss off your fanbase?
It seems as if your finest wager for securing the NES Classic Version transferring ahead shall be via a third-party supply like eBay the place pricing has gone via the roof (even additional). If you happen to’re fortunate sufficient to have already got a system, congratulations on proudly owning a future collector’s merchandise.
There are, after all, different methods to get some hands-on time together with your favourite NES video games for a fraction of the worth. A number of on-line tutorials exist that’ll stroll you thru the technique of constructing a Raspberry Pi-based retro gaming emulator or for those who’d moderately keep on with the straight and slender, you may decide up an authentic Nintendo and a number of other basic sport cartridges for lower than $100 on eBay.