If you’re one of the unlucky Nintendo fans who still hasn’t been able to pick up the NES Classic Mini now’s your last chance, at least in North America. Nintendo have announced that next month’s shipment will be the console emulator’s last, bringing an end to last year’s most sought after Christmas gift.
A representative of the Kyoto-based company sent IGN the following statement:
“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.”
Released last November for $60 (£50), the Classic Mini soon turned into gold dust, and could be found on sites like eBay being sold for over four times its original price. More stock was introduced to keep up with the demand, however Nintendo also stated to IGN that the “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.”
The emulator came with 30 pre-installed NES classics, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3, and Metroid. With many of the original classic games coming at a hefty price for retro game collectors, the Mini Classic was seen as an affordable way for both older players to get their nostalgia fix, and the younger generation to try out some of the most important titles ever made.
No doubt in the years to come the retro emulator will continue to be sold for more than the $60 recommended retail price.
Did you manage to get a NES Classic Mini, or will you be trying to get one from the final batch? Let us know in the comments section below.