Nintendo has announced it is discontinuing the NES Classic, a bite-sized version of the Nintendo Entertainment System from the 1980s that became one of the 2016 holiday season’s most-wanted and hardest-to-find items.
“We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize,” Nintendo told IGN. “We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”
It attracted current and lapsed gamers alike and quickly became next to impossible to find on store shelves. You can still find it on online auction sites like Ebay for two to three times more than its $ 80 list price ($ 60 US).
Gamers and gaming journalists reacted to the discontinuation news in shock.
My unopened NES classic is about to become way more valuable
Travis Sachdeva, a sales associate at Toronto’s independent games store A&C Games, said he gets several customers a week still asking about the NES Classic. The store has never received regular retail shipments of the device despite multiple requests.
Sachdeva thinks Nintendo would do well to release a second version of the NES Classic, with 30 more classic games, or even a Super NES Classic that miniaturizes the Nintendo Entertainment System’s successor from the ’90s.