NES Classic Edition Officially Discontinued

With a classic NES look, albeit miniaturized, and pre-loaded with 30 classic games such as, Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby's Adventure, and many others, the NES Classic Edition became an instant hit that has already sold over 1.5 million units. 

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's super popular mini console has been consistently sold out at both physical and online retailers since launch. What is shocking, and even upsetting to some, is the sudden news that for the foreseeable future the production of this system in North America has suddenly come to a halt. According to a Nintendo representative that spoke to IGN, the reason for this is that it was never intended to be an ongoing, long-term product, however, they did add a few extra shipments to try to meet the surprisingly high demand. To that effect here's what Nintendo had to say regarding the final shipment:

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.

It's worth noting that the Nintendo rep did say, "for this year". Even so, if you're still waiting to finally get your hands on an NES Classic Edition, this month may be your last chance. May the odds be ever in your favor!

I'll leave you with the launch trailer for this awesome mini-console. Who would've thought? Nostalgia Sells!

Source: IGN