The NES Classic Edition, the system everyone wanted but no one got, is about to become even harder to find. Today, in a statement to IGN, Nintendo of America has said there will be one more run of the NES Classic Edition after which it may become impossible to find at a reasonable price. Here is the statement in full:
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
There is no mention of what will be happening in markets overseas, as this release pertains to Nintendo of America. However, there will be one last chance to snag the elusive mini-console. Explaining further another representative told IGN that “…due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” The rep also states that the system was never intended to be “an ongoing, long-term product.”
This will come as unfortunate news to gamers eager to scratch that nostalgic itch with the retro Nintendo system. As the representative says, if you want one, contact you local Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or what have you to figure out exactly when they will be receiving their shipments. Nintendo didn’t handle the initial release of the console very well, failing to meet demand on all fronts. It doesn’t look like the console will be going out any differently.
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