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Nintendo of America Discontinues NES Classic Console

posted on by Anita Tai

A Nintendo representative told video game news website IGN on Thursday that Nintendo will end North American shipments of its NES Classic Edition console. Nintendo of America territories will receive the last shipments this month.

The statement included an apology for the lack of availability of the console at retailers and noted the high demand for the product. The representative explained, "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."

The NES Classic controller for the console will also be discontinued. The announcement did not include a statement on the status of the console worldwide.

Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition Console originally in the 1980s. It relaunched the system on November 11 last year in North America and Europe for a retail price of US$59.99. Nintendo had shipped over 1.5 million units of the console worldwide as of the end of January, and the high demand for the product created shortages. The system comes with 30 classic games.

Source: IGN (Jose Otero)

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