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Nintendo announced the mini Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console will now be discontinued...but why? The gaming world buzzed when the exciting news was revealed last summer. Yet the video game company state the NES was only meant to be a limited release.

A Nintendo representative told IGN in a statement,

“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.”

"NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product," the representative continued. "However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” The remaining shipments will go out this month but Nintendo doesn't plan to create anymore of the plug-and-play consoles for their North America market. So if you couldn't get your hands on the NES when it launched last November, your chances of purchasing one now are dire.

The NES had high demand since its release and continuously sold out in retail stores. According to The Verge, Nintendo claimed it had sold nearly 200,000 of miniature consoles in the U.S. as of December. But in other news, the Nintendo Switch is now the company's fastest-selling console ever since the system launched last month. So how many units were sold? A whopping 906,000! The Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild actually outsold the console itself, moving 925,000 copies.

Wipe your tears away while going down memory lane with our video compilation in honor of Nintendo 64's 20th anniversary below: