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Nintendo's NES Classic has been discontinued in Europe too

Nintendo NES Classic Edition Stock Update Nintendo has stopped production of the popular Nintendo Classic Edition console
Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 00:30

There's good news and there's bad news from Nintendo this week.

Despite being significantly different from numerous now available consoles, the Nintendo Switch has proven to be a hit among gamers all over the world, enough so that it may spawn some new versions, at least according to some analysts.

Nintendo has said that the NES Mini, which came preloaded with 30 classic NES games, was never meant to be a long term product. On the one hand, the company has been unable to keep up with the demand for the past several months now.

Nintendo said Tuesday it's ended production of the mini gaming console. "However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans", he said. Nintendo has already unified its handheld and console business sectors in preparation for the Switch, so this prediction seems to have merit, but it's still risky for Nintendo to go all-in on a device that would nix the 3DS' massive library of content.

Nintendo is now high on the early success of their newest console, the Nintendo Switch, so it makes sense that they want to focus most of their energy on that.

The move prompted surprise among Nintendo fans, many of whom did not see the logic is ending production of the hugely popular device.

The NES Classic was the most sought-after tech product of 2016 holiday season.

But the most likely explanation is usually the most obvious one, the one that the Japanese game maker has always given about NES being a limited-time offering.

It might not be the same for production in the USA, but if it is, it's still unclear when they'll be sold again - if ever. To date, the company has not given any official reason for discontinuing the popular console, prompting the outrage from customers. When the NES Classic Edition launched last November, it only cost $60 (depending on the store). The experience has taught Nintendo a lot.

In a statement, a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer: "We can confirm that we are no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System". We understand that it has been hard for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize.