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Game over, man! The NES Classic is discontinued planet-wide

Game over, man! The NES Classic is discontinued planet-wide
From TechCrunch - April 18, 2017

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The NES Classic Edition (it went by several names, but you know what I mean) was the must-have item of the holidays and pretty much ever since, owing to short supply of the compact retro gaming console. And Nintendo just confirmed that it was indeed ending production of the device in Europe, the last region they were still officially available.

A Nintendo representative told Eurogamer that the company is no longer manufacturing the Nintendo Classic Mini. This was previously confirmed for the U.S. and Japan, but there was a glimmer of hope that it might, for some strange reason, live on in Europe. It was not to be.

If youre anything like the other 7 billion people on this planet, youre probably wondering why Nintendo would voluntarily stop printing money. This thing, after all, was a cheap Linux box running games that came out 30 years ago, and people were paying multiples of the reasonable $60 retail price.

Its kind of hard to sayNintendo has done some very strange things in its time, and has made some very questionable decisions, so theres no guarantee this one is any different. But if you think about it, they got everything they wanted out of this, and more.

The NES Classic was arguably always meant to be nothing more than a snack. Nintendo couldnt push the launch of the Switch to before the holidays (even March was a stretch given the lack of games and features), but the idea of having the walking-dead Wii U as its only offering for this major buying season was unthinkable.

So to bridge the gapand keep people excited about Mario, Link and everyone elseNintendo put out the Classic. It would tide people over until the Switch launch, and whet their appetite for the NES titles that would be offered later on the inevitable Virtual Console.

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