Nintendo to cease production of NES Classic Edition system
The production of the thirty-game NES Classic Edition plug-&-play system will be ceased by the end of this month, Nintendo representatives announced on Thursday.
Nintendo representative explained that the NES Classic Edition was not intended to be a long-term product. However, the4 product’s high demand prompted the company to add extra shipments to its original plans.
The company has also decided to discontinue the production of the NES Classic controller, despite a high demand for the product.
The company said in a statement, “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year.”
Almost immediately after the NES Classic's release on November 11, the $60 miniature system was nearly impossible to find on store shelves. It was being sold for an average of a 200 percent markup in second-hand sales on eBay. Those after-market prices have come down a bit since then, but the console still routinely sells for over $100 on the auction site.
According to an earnings report released in January, Nintendo sold more than 1.5 million NES Classic systems during the 2016 calendar year. Demand for the product was so high that Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had to apologize for the inconvenience caused by product shortages.