According to a statement Nintendo made to IGN, America will be receiving the last of the NES mini shipments this month. So if there wasn’t a mad rush to get one before, there is now. Despite the system’s immense popularity, Nintendo explains that the mini NES was never intended to be a long-term product. This discontinuation includes the Famicom Mini as well.
The NES mini received a lot of praise for including 30 games from the original system, all favorites of fans who grew up on the console. However, it also suffered from supply issues. Which spawned such issues as severely over-priced versions showing up on eBay and Amazon as people tried to profit on the high demand.
Nonetheless, 1.5 million units were sold in the end and made Nintendo a great deal of profit. Perhaps this helped fund the Switch’s launch, or boost Breath of the Wild into finally being published. Not that Nintendo is ever really short on profits.
The NES mini was certainly a good romp through nostalgia, especially with the first Zelda game that featured on it. Though I would have rathered a remake, like they did for Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, than playing the old version again.
Did you manage to get your hands on the NES? Will you, now the production for it has stopped? Let us know in the comments below!