Nintendo just announced that they are ending production of their beloved NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the company said that after the current stock sells out, the classic gaming systems will not return to shelves in the United States.
“We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said. “We’ve also been clear that, at least from an American’s perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it.”
There’s no word on whether the mini-consoles, which are shrunk down versions of the original consoles that are loaded with classic games, will continue to be sold in other areas around the world. It’s also important to note that Nintendo did discontinue the NES Classic once back in 2017, only to bring it back earlier this year.
For now, consumers can get their hands on both the NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles at in-store retailers like GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and Target. The systems are also being sold by online retailers like Amazon, where the NES Classic will be in stock on December 18 and the SNES Classic will be available on December 23.
But even after the current crop of consoles sells out, fans of the classic content will still be able to access those games that Fils-Aime says “defined that generation.”
According to the Nintendo of America president, “the way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online,” adding that the company just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo) on the platform. The annual subscription service costs $20 per year.