Nintendo ends production on NES Classic console

Credit: David Greedy

Credit: David Greedy

Fans of replicas of vintage video game consoles who still want to get Nintendo’s first home game console will need to act fast.

Mashable reported that Nintendo is sending the last shipments of its NES Classic mini console to stores this month.

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Nintendo of America issued the following statement about the decision:

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.

IGN reported that a representative for NOA said the console was always going to be a short-term product.

“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product,” the representative said. “However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.”

The Verge reported that the console was launched in November and was bundled with 30 classic games in a replica version of the NES. Despite the retro look, it can be connected to modern TVs with HDMI cables.