The already short-in-supply NES Classic Edition will be discontinued by the end of April. Nintendo has confirmed that its last shipment to retail stores will be by the end of the month. Nintendo told IGN that this system was never meant to be on-going. This also means that production will stop on the NES Classic Controller, as well. Nintendo did not confirm whether or not production will end worldwide for the system, but it certainly is in North America.
The system really took off when it launched on November 10, 2016. Retail supplies were immediately short. The system offers 30 popular NES titles packed into a tiny console shaped like the original Nintendo and retailed for $59.99. Finding the system online will cost nearly double the price, as this news will surely mean those prices will go even more up. Recently, Nintendo sent shipments to Gamestop and Best Buy, but it was not highly publicized.
“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year. 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. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”