Much to the chagrin of fans around the globe, storied Japanese video games manufacturer Nintendo is winding up its popular NES and SNES Classic console range.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé announced the news in the Hollywood Reporter stating that Nintendo will stop manufacturing the devices once the holiday season stock sells out.
“We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it,” he said. “The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online, and we just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo) from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content.”
The $60 NES Classic sold out upon its much publicised release in November 2016, and Nintendo Initially discontinued the product in April 2017. It was re-released in June. Nintendo then released its SNES Classic in September promising to meet consumer demand.
The consoles have shifted over 10 million units between them and have proven a tremendous success.
With the popularity of the Nintendo Switch handheld, the Japanese company is perhaps looking to attempt to funnel fans to Nintendo Switch Online, which includes NES games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and others.
Nintendo is set to add Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods, and Adventures of Lolo to its online offerings.
For Cambodian fans wanting to grab a slice of the retro-gaming pie the NES Classic Edition is still available on Amazon – and after paying hefty import charges – you could nab a piece of video game history.