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NES Classic, SNES Classic are no longer in production

‘Available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone’

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The NES Classic and SNES Classic are on their surprise farewell tour, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, Fils-Aime said that both mini-consoles will not return to store shelves once their current stock sells out — essentially making this holiday season their last.

“We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program,” Fils-Aime said. “We’ve also 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. And that’s it.”

Instead, Nintendo will focus on increasing its catalogue of retro games available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. An expansive, and expanding, selection of NES titles is on Nintendo Switch and accessible only to members of the premium service.

Yet that’s NES-only for now, which is likely not sufficient for fans of SNES games and beyond. And Fils-Aime mentioned back in November that there there’s nothing “in our planning horizon” for subsequent classic consoles, like a Nintendo 64 Classic.

That could change, of course; the NES Classic Edition was taken out of production less than a year after launch, before returning to stores this past June. Perhaps Nintendo will have yet another revival of the popular hardware, which replicates the old-school consoles with a set collection of games.

Retailers like Amazon still have both the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles in stock as of now, so it may be best to snag them before it’s too late.

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