After a mere five months on the market, Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition.
It seems that the plug-and-play retro console, meant to emulate the NES of old, barely saw any time on the shelves at all; after launching in November, units were quickly snapped up in the holiday rush. It sold nearly 200,000 units within the first month, and outperformed sales of the Wii U.
Already, though, the last shipments of the popular and nostalgic console are being sent out.
“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year,” Nintendo wrote in a statement to IGN. “We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize.”
While it seems that Nintendo could be throwing away sales for a still-popular system, another representative revealed that pulling the console early had been Nintendo’s plan all along.
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term project,” a representative said in a separate statement to IGN. “However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.”
The NES Classic Controller will be discontinued along with the console. If you’re still looking to get your hands on one of the consoles, it seems that the next few weeks may be your last chance.