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Nintendo fans will finally get a second chance to bag the formerly discontinued NES Classic Edition, the best-selling plug-and-play console that was only on the market for five months.

Nintendo of America recently tweeted that it will be sending out new shipments of the NES Classic Edition on June 29th. Unfortunately, it didn’t say exactly how many units it would be shipping or which stores would be getting it, so we’ll see how long these babies stay on shelves this time.

The NES Classic Edition kickstarted the new wave of miniaturized classic consoles when it launched in November 2016. It sold out almost immediately at launch and continued to move units afterwards, despite being increasingly difficult to find. In fact, it sold so well that it placed third on the NPD’s January 2017 best-selling hardware list. In the end, the NES Classic Edition moved 2.3 million units.

Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic Edition back in April 2017 in order to divert production resources to the Switch. But, by then, the damage was already done. Following the NES Classic Edition’s success, Nintendo launched the Super NES Classic Edition, which also sold insanely well. Ultimately, the success of these two retro consoles led to both Sega and (most recently) SNK announcing their own classic plug-and-plays.

Nintendo hasn’t released any more information about this second wave of NES Classic Edition shipments, like whether or not it would fix the controllers’ ridiculously short cables. Either way, the rush to re-release the classic console isn’t that surprising, considering Switch Online will likely give players access to most of the games included with the mini NES with the added benefit of online functionality. However, for consumers (and scalpers) who don’t own a Switch or don’t want to shell out $20 a year for subscription service that provides limited online functionality, the return of the NES Classic Edition is probably welcome news.

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Nintendo is giving us another chance to grab an NES Classic Edition

The hard-to-find plug-and-play darling is getting a second lease on life very soon.

By Michael Goroff | 05/14/2018 11:13 AM PT | Updated 05/15/2018 11:07 AM PT

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Nintendo fans will finally get a second chance to bag the formerly discontinued NES Classic Edition, the best-selling plug-and-play console that was only on the market for five months.

Nintendo of America recently tweeted that it will be sending out new shipments of the NES Classic Edition on June 29th. Unfortunately, it didn’t say exactly how many units it would be shipping or which stores would be getting it, so we’ll see how long these babies stay on shelves this time.

The NES Classic Edition kickstarted the new wave of miniaturized classic consoles when it launched in November 2016. It sold out almost immediately at launch and continued to move units afterwards, despite being increasingly difficult to find. In fact, it sold so well that it placed third on the NPD’s January 2017 best-selling hardware list. In the end, the NES Classic Edition moved 2.3 million units.

Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic Edition back in April 2017 in order to divert production resources to the Switch. But, by then, the damage was already done. Following the NES Classic Edition’s success, Nintendo launched the Super NES Classic Edition, which also sold insanely well. Ultimately, the success of these two retro consoles led to both Sega and (most recently) SNK announcing their own classic plug-and-plays.

Nintendo hasn’t released any more information about this second wave of NES Classic Edition shipments, like whether or not it would fix the controllers’ ridiculously short cables. Either way, the rush to re-release the classic console isn’t that surprising, considering Switch Online will likely give players access to most of the games included with the mini NES with the added benefit of online functionality. However, for consumers (and scalpers) who don’t own a Switch or don’t want to shell out $20 a year for subscription service that provides limited online functionality, the return of the NES Classic Edition is probably welcome news.

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Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.