Nintendo released the NES Classic in November 2016. It was a console that emulated 30 games from the original Nintendo home console. 30 games which included popular games such as Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Kirby’s Adventure, Mega Man 2, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 & 3, and of course, The Legend of Zelda.
According to a report published by IGN.com, Nintendo has ceased production on it’s miniature Nintendo console, the NES Classic. Throughout April the final shipments will be going out. The report also says the NES Classic controller which was also compatible with Wii controllers, will also no longer be produced
Now, the most obvious reason has to be to preserve the upcoming Virtual Console for the Nintendo Switch. The Virtual Console is the name for Nintendo’s ‘app store’-like shop that offers downloads of older games. The report suggests as per Nintendo, that this was never intended to be a long-term product. However, understandably so, the unexpected demand for the product left Nintendo little choice but to keep pumping them out. Leaving the only logical reason for abandoning a money making ship, is because you’re preparing to release the same content elsewhere. It could be argued that it’s silly to expect the NES Classic to cannibalize the Switch’s Virtual Console. But, given the recent success of the Nintendo Switch, as Time.com calls it, “Nintendo’s Best Selling System in History” it affords Nintendo the flexibility to take that gamble.
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Speaking of Virtual Console, check out our very own Nolan Mackey’s 5 underrated games that should come to the Switch’s Virtual Console.