Nintendo’s NES And SNES Classics To End Production Soon In US
Goodbye, NES and SNES.
The NES and SNES Classic consoles will end production in the Americas soon, Nintendo has confirmed. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo of America president reggie Fils-Aime stated no more of the mini-consoles will be produced, and that those already on store shelves will be the last ones sold.
"We've been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they're gone," the executive said. "And that’s it."
It's unclear what this means for the two devices in other territories, since Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe, and Nintendo of Japan do not always necessarily operate together. It's also worth noting that Nintendo did discontinue the NES Classic once before, only to bring it back into production this year.
Elsewhere in the interview, Fils-Aime claims Nintendo currently has no plans to make Classic versions of other consoles, such as the Nintendo 64. Responding to a question to that effect, he stated: "We've said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program." Finally, Fils-Aime said he’d "absolutely love" Red Dead Redemption 2 on Nintendo Switch, but explained it's probably unlikely to happen.
The SNES and NES Classic were hugely successful, and Sony followed suit this year with the PlayStation Classic. We didn't think Sony's attempt was as good as Nintendo's two efforts, however--read our thoughts on that mini-console in our PlayStation Classic review.
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