Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition was discontinued in North America, after months where the system was hard to find at retail. In response, the price of the NES Classic on Amazon has risen overnight, going from the $59 asking price and $99 average to around $330 as the lowest price at this time of writing. Ebay prices are still lagging behind, coming in at around $250 to $300.
"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 explained yesterday.
That's little solace for folks who were still having trouble finding a system at retail and have just found their searches much harder.
Nintendo has also halted production on the Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom in Japan, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku). The official site notes the end of production, but doesn't commit to the product never coming back.
"Production of this product is ending temporarily. When manufacturing resumes, we will provide information at another time on this homepage," says the website.
I guess offering the vain hope of a return is better than nothing?