Blink and miss.
Did you hope to get your hands on an NES Classic Mini, Nintendo’s new NES microconsole that came loaded with some of the system’s greatest hits? The system launched to overwhelming demand last Holiday, and has been perennially sold out since. If you were hoping to get your hands on it once demand died down, however, you are out of luck- the NES Classic Mini (and the corresponding Famicom Mini in Japan) has been discontinued worldwide, Nintendo has confirmed.
Nintendo’s representative, confirming the discontinuation, defended the decision, pointing out that the system was never meant to be an ongoing product line, and was just meant as a novelty item. “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,” he said.
Right now, there are some residual NES Classic Minis in some stores somewhere, as well as those being sold online for obscenely high prices. If you want one, act fast- and to Nintendo, let’s… hope that they learn from this debacle. If an SNES Classic Mini ever comes out, let’s hope to goodness its stock situation is better managed.