Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime has opened up about the NES Classic Edition being discontinued, breaking the news that the console had surpassed two millions sales.
Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, has opened up about the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, amid uproar that fans weren’t able to get a hold of the console due to the fact that it was almost always sold out. During an interview with Time, Fils-Aime broke the news that Nintendo has shipped 2.3 million of the consoles sine it was originally released. When first announcing the discontinuation, the company said:
“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.”
Not long after announcing that it would be discontinued in North America, the company announced that it would also be discontinued across Europe. Even though sales of the console have been strong, Fils-Aime has said that the company has too much going on, leading to Nintendo not being able to devote the resources needed in order to continually produce the console. As he seemingly puts it, the company has plans for other products to be released in the future, which means that development will be focused on them for the time being.
In Fils-Aime’s words:
“Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize. But from our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now and we don’t have unlimited resources.”
However, that doesn’t exactly put players at ease, with many who are desperate to get their hands on the console being forced to take to eBay and pay extortionate prices in order to buy it, if they even manage that. Even if players decided to pick a different one of the companies consoles, they’d still be in for a wait; currently the Nintendo Switch is out of stock in a vast number of retailers. You can check out Reggie Fils-Aime’s full interview with Time here.