We just got word from Nintendo (or rather, their Nordic distributor Bergsala) that the NES Classic Mini has reached its end of life and will be phased out. According to them production has ended and we will be receiving a few more shipments before everything dries up.
By our estimates, we (as a single retailer) might not be able to fulfill all orders that have been placed so far. Our last shipment should arrive in April or May, and after that there won't be any more shipments.
I have heard from other retailers that they've received the same information. Some of them are emailing customers to tell them that their order might be cancelled. (for example: https://www.minhembio.com/forum/inde...9312&p=4411297 )
This all seems insane and I can't really understand what Nintendo is thinking.
Norwegian retailer confirming this: https://www.facebook.com/spillsjappa...47404862008627
EDIT2: Yes this could apply just to the Nordic countries. We got word from Bergsala, the general distributor for the Nordic countries. They said nothing about the worldwide situation, of course. Not sure why the Nordic market would be singled out like this though.
I looked for a Mini for 3+ months before giving up and building a RetroPie. Oddly enough the only ones I ever saw in retail were in Super Potato in late November. Should have picked one up, would have made a good souvenir :) I assumed they would be everywhere when I got back to Canada :(
They are about the launch a new console where they plan to sell n.e.s games via the virtual console.
Why Nintendo, why
The NES classic mini has been hacked and certain people can add any game for free.
Sure they might make some money from the initial sale of the console but in the long run it's damaging for them.
Possibly but they would be better off focusing on the switch for now.
Perhaps to be replaced with a revised version that makes adding ROMs more difficult?
In November last year, we brought back the nostalgic Famicom and NES home consoles in palm-sized versions and shipped the entire quantity of Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer units we initially prepared for each market. We apologize to our consumers and retail partners for the inconvenience caused by product shortages. Some parts require time to procure, but we are working to increase production.
Kimishima literally stated in the latest investor meeting that they were working to actually increase production.
I suspected they didn't care about any money made off of the NES classic, or at least that wasn't the primary function.
It's definitely true for Scandinavia. From Norwegian retailer spillsjappa.no:
I'm highly skeptical as well, especially as to whether his is worldwide
Roughly translated: They've received notice that their order placed in July 2016 won't be fulfilled, despite promises it would be. Last delivery in April, and that's it.
Nå er det offisielt.
NES Classic har utgått fra sortimentet til den Nordiske Nintendo importøren Bergsala AB.
Dette er tragisk for oss og våre kunder da de ikke vil fulllevere ordren vi la inn i Juli 2016.
Det kommer leveringer i Mars og April og deretter er det slutt :-(
Vi vil kontakte alle som står i kø hos oss og de som satte seg i køen sist vil få de triste nyhetene på epost først.
Vi vil fortsatt følge køen slavisk selvfølgelig og de som står først til enhver tid vil få levert først.
Vi kan bare beklage dette da vi først fikk beskjed om at vi snart kunne levere til alle og så kom kontrabeskjeden om at slik blir det ikke.
In other words, I bet they will abandon this concept so you can look forward to high virtual console prices.