The NES Classic has been discontinued
If you were hoping to get your hands on Nintendo’s NES Classic console, a USB-based homage to the classic Nintendo Entertainment System which can play 30 different retro games, your dreams may be coming to an end. Nintendo has announced it will not be shipping any more NES Classic consoles to North America this year. It's unclear whether the product is really permanently dead, but the outlook isn't good.
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.”
It would seem that Nintendo always intended the NES Classic to be a limited-run item, or at least it said as much in an addendum to its original IGN statement:
“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.”
When the NES Classic originally launched last November, fans of the console were disheartened to discover that Nintendo had provided extremely limited quantities to local retailers, and the supply shortage continued over the following months. Fortunately, according to the above statement, it would seem those who still want an NES Classic will have one final opportunity to get it.