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Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Game Console After Supply Issues

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By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 06:13 AM

Nintendo has discontinued its NES Classic Edition entertainment system after suffering numerous supply issues at stores and with online retailers since its release in November.

The NES Classic Edition game device features 30 classic games, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mega Man 2. The edition was a miniaturized version of the NES originally released in 1985, tech website IGN.com reported.

Though Nintendo announced at its third quarter fiscal results meeting in January that the NES Classic Edition sold 1.5 million consoles, the edition was hard to find in November because of supply shortages, frustrating gamers at retailers and online, according to IGN.

"NES Classic Edition wasn't intended to be an ongoing, long-term product," a Nintendo representative told the website. "However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans."

Nintendo issued a stated to the website The Verge, stating that its American territories will receive shipments through April.

"We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability," the statement said. "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."

Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime had told GameSpot in March that the company had underestimated the demand for the edition.

"That was the maketplace disconnect that happened," Fils-Aime told the GameSpot website. "We're working to make sure that the supply chain [for Switch] is robust and there is a steady flow of hardware. The one piece we can't anticipate is the demand side of the equation but certainly from a supply, we feel like we're going to be well-positioned."

Adam Rosenberg, a senior games writer for Mashable, wrote that Nintendo owes its fans an apology for pulling the plug.

"After five months of apologies and promises to do better, Nintendo's answer is to give up without explaining why," Rosenberg wrote. "Nintendo, I say this to you directly: your fans deserve more. For five months, customers have made it clear that they want NES Classic."

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