If you were still hoping to pick up the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition at retail, I'm saddened to say it's going to get harder soon. Nintendo has confirmed to IGN that it will be discontinuing the NES Classic. The last shipments will go out this month.
"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," a Nintendo spokesperson told IGN.
"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's currently no word on whether the Famicom Mini will suffer the same fate. The only charitable reason I can think of for this shift is Nintendo needs all resources on deck making Switch systems. Regardless, this is an easy win for some goodwill that the company is throwing away.