Following the news earlier this week that the NES Classic Edition has been discontinued in North America, Nintendo has now confirmed that it is ending production of the Famicon Mini in Japan.
Interestingly, unlike in North America, the announcement seems to suggest that production of the Famicon Mini may resume at some point in the future. The official Japanese Nintendo website says (as reported by Famitsu and translated by Kotaku):
“Production of this product is ending temporarily. When manufacturing resumes, we will provide information at another time on this homepage.”
While it is possible that production won’t restart again, it is also possible that Nintendo has further plans for the hardware in Japan. In fact, there has been some speculation that Nintendo intends to create updated units which include new games and features. These are just rumours at this stage, but considering the huge backlog of games available from that era and the positive response from fans (see our review of the North American hardware here), it certainly seems like there would be a market for the system.
Would you be interested in an enhanced edition of the retro hardware or should Nintendo just be focusing on the Virtual Console instead? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Nintendo Everything