IGN reported a statement from Nintendo announcing that the company will stop the distribution of NES Classic Edition systems across North America. It is expected that the last shipments of the fan-favourite nostalgic console will arrive this month. According to the 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.”
Nintendo stated that the company originally didn’t intend to make NES Classic Edition a long-term product in its planning. However, high demand from devoted fans made Nintendo stretch their plan with additional shipments. After the end of distribution, the company will also stop distributing NES Classic Controller.
Nintendo also announces the end of Classic Mini Famicom production, the equivalent of NES Classic Edition in Japan. However, the decision is implied to be temporary and the company plans to resume the production and distribution in the near future.
NES Classic Edition is a modern remake of Nintendo’s famous NES, with 30 retro games integrated in the mini console. Players can relive their childhood memories with masterpieces such as Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. During the launch, the console suffered from being constantly sold-out due to its disrupted supplies and high demands in holidays. In January, NES Classic Edition had been announced to reach 1.5 million sales in North America, while breaking records in Japan with 262,961 consoles sold in first four days.