NES Classic Discontinued Due To Lack Of Resources At Nintendo
When Nintendo recently announced that they were discontinuing the NES Classic, many within the industry where confused. After all, the console had been a huge success, selling out almost instantly and moving some 2.3 million units worldwide. The $59.99 system, which had 30 classic NES games built into it, had become so sought after that many were willing to spend hundreds of dollars to get their hands on it on selling sites such as eBay.
While the cancellation of the console surprised media and players alike, it turns out that Nintendo simply don’t have the required manpower and parts to focus on multiple hardware projects at the same time.
“From our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive,” said Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo of America, in an interview with Time Magazine. “We’ve got a lot going on right now and we don’t have unlimited resources.”
“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday. We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”
Fils-Aime went on to apologize to fans who haven’t been able to get their hands on the system but that the company was now looking to the future. This means it was putting all of its resources behind it latest hardware such as the Switch and the newly announced 2DS XL that was revealed yesterday.