There were heavy rumours earlier this year, but Nintendo of America have today officially announced that production of their NES Classic Edition console has been discontinued.
Well, that kind of blows, seeing as almost everyone who wanted one since its release back in November still hasn't got one – and now you may as well kiss your dreams of owning a tiny version of the NES goodbye.
The console sold out almost immediately following its announcement last year, and has sparsely been back in stock since. Shops have had one or two units in at a time over the last several months, but unsurprisingly have sold out again within minutes.
Why Nintendo would decide to cancel a product that proved to be so successful for them, we can only but speculate. Perhaps they didn't like the idea of them being hacked, or perhaps they didn't want to waste time and resources on manufacturing a product that wouldn't continue to bring them revenue after the initial purchase.
In a statement to IGN regarding the decision to cease production, Nintendo of America said:
"We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologise. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product."
Paid close attention to customer feedback, huh? Like all that feedback that people wanted one but couldn't get one?
Nice move, Nintendo.