Last updated on August 3rd, 2019 at 01:21 pm
The NES Classic Edition discontinuation saga continues, with Australia being the next causality.
We recently reported Nintendo discontinuing the NES Classic Edition in North America and temporally halting in Japan. Now the site Vooks is reporting having spoken to multiple trustworthy sources who have said that store are being told there will be no more shipments, and to stop taking pre-orders.
They also spoke to a Nintendo Australia representative, who has said this:
“We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System. If production resumes in the future, an update will be posted on the official Nintendo website.”
This won’t come as a surprise to many, as it seems Nintendo for one reason or another wants to halt production entirely – a move that baffled many as the console has been selling like hot cakes.
In fact demand is so high, Kotaku has reported eBay prices of the NES Classic Edition have tripled, going as high as $400.
The NES Classic Edition was released in November 2016, and has seemingly been in constant demand since. Featuring excellent emulation of 30 games – many of which are some of the most important games ever made – and being sold at fair a price of £50, it’s easy to understand why the console has been selling like hot cakes.
Of course Nintendo do have quite a history of not shipping enough units to meet demand, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception. One wonders though in this case is it a deliberate ploy, and later this year we will seem a fresh batch of units. This would be the sensible business decision, but then again this is Nintendo we’re dealing with.
Watch this space for more on the NES Classic Edition saga.