NES Classic Mini Edition, Nintendo’s plug-in home console that boasts 30 built-in games and save states, was clearly too good to be true. The first signs of trouble were seen when the system instantly sold out at retailers after its launch back in November. That was followed by laughable restocks which then led to exploitative scalpers raking in bushels of cash from desperate consumers who couldn’t find the unit in stores online or in person. Shortages have continued to plague NES Classic Edition for months, but today Nintendo came out and officially dropped the axe on the beloved retro vault as well as the NES Classic Controller.
Nintendo claims that NES Classic Mini Edition was only ever meant to have a finite run, but whether there’s another reason behind ending its manufacture is unclear. With Switch getting its own Virtual Console in the coming months (and 3DS and Wii U already having their own versions of the retro games service), perhaps Nintendo felt it was better off pushing its classic titles on other platforms versus a novelty plug-in console. That’s just conjecture, but regardless of the motivation, it’s a sad day for those who never got their hands on the system. Shipments will continue for the rest of this month, however, so act fast to get your hands on an NES Classic Mini Edition before they’re gone for good!