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Discontinuing the NES Classic Is a Classic Nintendo Mistake


WIRED
124 d ago

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Once again, Nintendo denies people an easy way to play its retro games—for no good reason. The post appeared first on .
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Nintendo has officially discontinued production on the NES Classic, its incredibly popular $60 game console — at least in North America.
Nintendo 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 NES Classic, which was sold across many retailers from Gamestop to Urban Outfitters and elsewhere, was a miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System that could play 30 classic NES games out of the box, and could connect to modern HD televisions with updated ports.
Nintendo sold the NES Classic at many big-box retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and even Urban Outfitters, but it sold out almost immediately at every location it was sold. When Business Insider previously reached out to Gamestop about availability issues, one employee told us , "Nintendo is dropping the ball."
Considering the massive hype around the NES Classic, especially since it was so rare to find, it’s a bit baffling that Nintendo would cut production for such a popular gadget.
We’ve reached out to the company for more information, particularly about whether or not Nintendo ever plans to restart North American production on the NES Classic at any point in the future.
If you're still hoping to snag an NES Classic Edition, you might want to move quickly. Plenty of people are still reselling the consoles via eBay , but most of them cost at least double the original retail price. But don't expect prices to get cheaper; as time goes on, these rare relics will only get more expensive.
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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.
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Nintendo is discontinuing the popular but hard-to-find retro console, as IGN first reported. The company confirmed this with GamesBeat in an email. The NES Classic edition is a miniature version of Nintendo’s first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. It comes with 30 games, including nostalgic hits like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Mega Man 2. When it released last November, it immediately became a hot item. Nintendo was caught off guard by the system’s popularity.
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The NES Classic Edition has been discontinued, with the final shipment of the hard-to-find machine's production run heading out to stores this month, according to IGN .
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The NES Classic Edition continues to be an elusive beast nearly half a year later. And as of Thursday afternoon, it's a collector's item — Nintendo officially discontinued the NES.
Here's the wording straight from the horse's mouth, provided to IGN by Nintendo :
"Throughout April, [Nintendo of America] 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."
So! Why in the world would Nintendo discontinue one of its most popular products in years? There are a few reasons, and you're probably not going to like any of them.
1. The NES Classic Edition was never intended to be a product — rather, a commercial. Nintendo
Nintendo has been in the dumps for the past few years:
• Its latest console, the Wii U, had been a flop.
• Its portable console, the 3DS, was fading.
• With few exceptions — "Super Mario Maker," for instance — Nintendo's stable of hit franchises was stagnating.
In so many words, Nintendo, a company that once dominated the video game market internationally, was fading from relevance and losing to its competition. The NES Classic Edition was an amazing way to at once remind people of their love for Nintendo and break back into mainstream attention.
It's a box that looks identical to a miniaturized NES console — Nintendo's most iconic game console — and comes with all your favorite classics ("Super Mario Bros.," "The Legend of Zelda," etc.). More important, it's just $60. It's the perfect combination of nostalgia and low cost.
If you get one before production ends this month, you're thinking about Nintendo (and maybe buying that new Nintendo Switch console that you keep hearing good things about?). If you can't find one, you're still thinking about Nintendo (and maybe buying that new Nintendo Switch console that you keep hearing good things about?).
Either way, Nintendo managed to put its brand back in the spotlight. That was the point.

2. Nintendo has a history of creating collector's items. As of now, the NES Classic Edition is a collector's item. Ben Gilbert / Business Insider
Nintendo has some of the most serious, dedicated fans of any company in entertainment — rivaling the likes of Marvel and Disney. These are the kind of fans who get tattooed, who name their pets and children after Nintendo game characters, who begrudgingly buy their fifth or sixth copy of "Super Mario World" on yet another new piece of Nintendo hardware.
I should know. I'm one of these people.
And the NES Classic Edition, while a commercial for Nintendo itself, is a gushing love letter aimed at Nintendo's most serious fans. It's no surprise it's available only for a limited time — if everyone could get it, it wouldn't be a collector's item.
This is, of course, driving up resale costs and frustrating the hell out of people who can't find the system. But that's how artificial supply constraint works.

3. Nintendo has a new console to sell that costs much more than $60 — that's a much bigger risk — that it wants you to pay attention to: the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo
If people are busy buying the NES Classic Edition, they're unlikely to rush out to buy another new Nintendo game console anytime soon. At least that's what Nintendo is betting on, and it likely has data to back up the assertion.
It's no mistake that the Switch launched five months after the NES Classic Edition, in early March. If the Switch and the NES Classic Edition had both launched last holiday season, the hype for the mini NES Classic Edition would've surely overshadowed that for the Switch.
That's an especially important point: The Switch is Nintendo's future. It's the console that Nintendo is betting the next five to 10 years on.
The NES Classic Edition is a short-term profit with no extendability — you can't buy games for it, nor can you download them. It's a one-and-done revenue generator for Nintendo. The Switch is an ongoing revenue generator for Nintendo. That's a tremendously important difference.

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