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NES Classic Edition Console Discontinued In North America


NES Classic Edition Console

Back in August, we reported on the rebirth of the NES Classic Edition.  This is a smaller, but faster version of the classic Nintendo console. Well here it is 7 months later and we are sad to have to say goodbye to this new and improved nostalgic gaming console, the NES Classic Edition


Nintendo announced they will stop selling the NES Classic Edition and inventories will not be replenished.  It sold for $60 back in August, but you will pay a premium now that it has been announced that it will no longer be available. It is flying off the shelves everywhere it’s being sold. Amazon shows some in stock selling for $280, a considerable increase. It will likely become more expensive as supplies become scarce. But once stock runs out, they are gone forever.


NES Classic Edition comes with 30 of your favorite classic games pre-installed including, Super Mario Bros. (1, 2, and 3), The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II, Pac-Man, Mario Bros. Dr. Mario, Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., Kirby’s Adventure, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Galaga, Final Fantasy, Balloon Fight, and much more.

North America Only

Forbes reported that this will only affect the North American market since the Classic Edition will still be available in the European and Asian markets.


So why would Nintendo cut production and discontinue this popular console?  Many think the company does not want the Classic Edition competing with Nintendo Switch.

Forbes reported, “that Nintendo could perceive this micro-console containing a selection of classic NES games as a threat to the yet unreleased Virtual Console service on the Switch. The reality is that the NES Classic Edition only affords a limited number of NES games that cannot be easily changed unless of course you hack the system and even then it is still limited.”

This is a likely conclusion since the only similarity is that the two systems only share the retro game theme.

Bye Bye

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Having the ability to go out and buy a brand new piece of your childhood memories was sweet. The classic games should remain on other platforms, with or without hacking required. But the NES Classic Edition console will soon fade into game console history.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of